Mac desktop for $300! 1.5gig ram, powerpcG4

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hardkoramerikan, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. hardkoramerikan macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2009
    This kid at my school is selling a mac desktop pc with the following specs for $300
    >proccessor-Power pc G4
    >video card-ATI rage

    I have a very low budget and I am looking to buy a mac pc so that I can run apples iphone developer tools such as SDK, xcode, and stuff.

    Is this a good deal?

    would you recommend this?

    If not why?

    p.s. please keep in mind that I have a very low budget and I cannot afford newer and more powerful macs.

  2. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    Correct me if im wrong, but cant the iPhone SDK only be run by Intel Macs?
  3. Ptyger macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2008
    Knoxville, TN
    You are indeed correct. OP, you will need an Intel-based mac in order to do any development for iPhone.
  4. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    You're correct about this.

    I wouldn't take that deal. Not for $300. At $300 you're already half way towards a mac mini, which is brand new, way faster in every way, and will run the iPhone SDK. I'd take it for $100, $150 tops.
  5. macobsession11 macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2009
    ya i wouldnt buy this. just save up a little bit and buy a used mac mini or somethin man.
  6. hardkoramerikan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2009
    thanks guys. This forum really saved me.

    boy I would of been mad if I bought the mac to find out I cant run SDK on it.

    know of any places where I might be able to find cheap intel based macs?
  7. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Apple refurbished would be a great place to buy a cheap mac. The best bang-for-buck mac if you don't need a portable would be the Intel Mac Mini with the 9400M graphics chip if you already have a screen. Otherwise I would go for the iMac
  8. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    Check out the apple refurbished store. Great way to save money on a new machine.
  9. rjphoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2005
    I saw a Black MacBook for $400 or $500 on Craig's List a few weeks ago.

    I wouldn't buy from someone that had to ship it to me. I would want to inspect it first hand.
  10. boston44 macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2009
    Right, I bought my first black macbook for $500 so look for something like that on clist in person where you can inspect it. It was a 2.4 GHz, so if you find something like that snag it up.
  11. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    A G4 with ATI Rage video is in the 500MHz range for processor speed. (unless they've bought an aftermarket upgrade card) That machine wouldn't run Leopard well at all.

    I'm with everyone else. You should let this "deal" go.

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