Need a Mac just for downloading.......

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by fab5freddy, May 25, 2007.

  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816

    fab5freddy

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    Help! i need an old mac just for downloading at home.

    I was thinking something like an old G3 & G4 tower....
    I already have a macbook pro that i use as my main computer,
    but i dont want to bog this down with downloading....
    What is cheapest and can do basic bit torrent downloading ?
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

    flopticalcube

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    I have seen old iMacs at thrift stores sell for $40. They are great in that they are complete w/ screen and usually come with some variant of OSX.
     
  3. FF_productions macrumors 68030

    FF_productions

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    try www.craigslist.org

    do a deal locally to get a cheap Mac so you don't need to pay for shipping.

    If that doesn't work out, go to eBay.

    you could get a g3 iMac, a g3 tower, something like that.
     
  4. Yoursh macrumors 6502

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    I say go with an older G4 Powermac tower. I've seen them go for $100-$150 regularly on ebay and craig's list. The nice thing about the towers is that you can easily upgrade the hard drives(120Gig max per drive on the older G4's), since the older mac's came stocked with fairly small drives.(6/10/20Gig) I run bittorrent regularly on my G4 and it does it fine.

    I also recomend finding one locally. You may pay a little more than ebay, but you won't have to pay $30-$50 for shipping.
     
  5. juanster macrumors 68020

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    wow how come i never thought of this, i m going to put my old p4 just for downloading instead of just keeping it there for storage....:)
     
  6. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    Heh, I just use my main PC and uTorrent, uTorrent is fast, small, and has practially no overhead, and doesnt slow my machine at all. Though I suppose that HyperThreading stuff helps too. ;)

    Right now, all my machine is doing is seeding out torrents that I got off of Blackcats Games.
     

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