Old iMac Worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by FreedomFighter, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. FreedomFighter macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2007
    Hey guys,

    I am looking for an old imac to do word processing emails, etc for my wife.
    She will barely use it and has instructed me to get her an extremely cheap one. I have found an old Power PC iMac with the following specs:

    1.9Ghz Power PC G5
    17" Screen
    1GB Memory (only DDR)
    Ati Radeon 9600 128MB
    150GB Hard drive
    White iMac

    This is listed as $200 (Aus) which is about 4 $130 US
    First of all is this a good deal (it is ex-lease but has no scratched on screen)
    Second, i have a spare license to leopard, would it run on this machine?
    and what would the performance be like?

    As you may be able to tell i am not sure about the older iMacs as i have never owned one. :eek:

    Thanks for your help :D
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Nice for that price. I'd go for it if I was presented with it.
  3. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Sounds like a pretty good deal. The small amount of RAM might be a slight concern, but that can bumped to 2GB fairly cheaply (maybe $20 USD?). Is that the G5 iMac with a built-in iSight camera?
  4. FreedomFighter thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2007
    Yeah it has the isight camera so I think if it is like my new one I should be able to video conference.......

    And yes I was going to upgrade the ram because it o thought that was quite a small amount but i am not sure as to the capacity of the machine. is 2 GB the maximum??

  5. new2this09 macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2009
    2.5GB is max on G5 PowerPC iMac. If you want to run leopard smoothly, 2GB is going to make a difference (and it's not expensive at all).

    Keep in mind with a PowerPC processor, you probably won't be able to run Snow Leopard (10.6), assuming it's Intel based. But I don't suppose your wife will care!

    Great deal otherwise though!
  6. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    Throw a little more RAM in it and that machine will fly right along on Leopard without any problems. I would buy it for that price for your needs.

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