New to Macs, Software & Hardware question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RunawayKibbles, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. RunawayKibbles macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2009
    So after a few years of wanting to own a Mac, I got my hands on an iBook G4 in good condition. Here's the specs:

    1.33 GHz
    512MB RAM
    40GB HDD
    Combo Drive
    Leopard OS X 10.5.6

    I've been reading up on Mac stuff for a while, so I already knew that Leopard would be a bit sluggish on this iBook... and there is noticeable lag frequently, so I'm looking into getting a 1GB RAM upgrade for it. Any recommendations for what brand to get/where I should buy from? I've been looking at NewEgg and TigerDirect so far, kinda pricey.

    My other question is, after being a PC user for over a decade, what exactly can this Mac do that's really head-and-shoulders better than a PC? (besides a lack of viruses! :) )

    Thanks for any suggestions. :cool:
  2. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
  3. acurafan macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
  4. ceezy3000 macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2009
    The Valley!!
    owc is a good place but finding old ram like that is harder thus more expensive correct me if im wrong, also a mac like that cant do that, thats an old processor, remeber it was g4 , then g5, then core duo now core 2 duo so its a bit far back, yea dont install leopard on it,
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    it was G3, G4, G5, Intel Core Solo, Core Duo, Core 2 Duo. You forgot the Solo! :D
  6. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    yeah owc.... for RAM. World Computing/2100DDRSO1GB/ is exactly what you need.

    best of luck w/ your new iBook. Unfortunately at that speed, it probably won't do a whole lot that a modern PC will as far as gaming or more sophisticated apps, but it will still be a great machine for internet/email/word processing.

    Experiment w/ the iLife suite for sure. You'll enjoy it.

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