pm g4 or mac mini

tedrjr03

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hello, im trying to buy my first mac, but the problem is i only have $300. i already have a monitor and keyboard and mouse. Now my question is which one would be better for me. My needs mainly are itunes and surfing the web. i will also use iphoto but ery very light use. which one could i probally get for $300 and what specs are more realestic for this price.
 

Chone

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tedrjr03 said:
hello, im trying to buy my first mac, but the problem is i only have $300. i already have a monitor and keyboard and mouse. Now my question is which one would be better for me. My needs mainly are itunes and surfing the web. i will also use iphoto but ery very light use. which one could i probally get for $300 and what specs are more realestic for this price.
I can tell you one thing, if iTunes and surfing are your only needs, any PowerMac G4 will do, just make sure you equip it with 1GB of RAM (it helps a lot in Mac OS X) I used to have a 450mhz dual G4 with 1GB RAM and it was a charm for just doing basic stuff, now my 733mhz system with 512mb RAM struggles quite a lot but still does quite well. (and the 733mhz was a better performer than the dual 450mhz when it was used in my main machine)

Now you only need to access the marketpalce
 

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zami

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Having owned both machines I would say go for the MacMini.

The plus points of the PowerMac G4 are the ability to add extra drives and PCI cards. However I got rid of mine because of the noise which is considerable and now use an Intel MacMini which sits on top of a matching LaCie firewire drive, best thing I ever did and the silence is golden.

Careful with the Quicksilver 733's as they need a special Apple ADC to DVI lead to run generic LCD monitors and do not have "audio in". Audio in can be sorted with the "Griffin iMic". Total cost of these two adaptors is about £50.00 here in the UK.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wo/StoreReentry.wo?productLearnMore=T2774G/A

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imic/
 

tedrjr03

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zami said:
Having owned both machines I would say go for the MacMini.

The plus points of the PowerMac G4 are the ability to add extra drives and PCI cards. However I got rid of mine because of the noise which is considerable and now use an Intel MacMini which sits on top of a matching LaCie firewire drive, best thing I ever did and the silence is golden.

Careful with the Quicksilver 733's as they need a special Apple ADC to DVI lead to run generic LCD monitors and do not have "audio in". Audio in can be sorted with the "Griffin iMic". Total cost of these two adaptors is about £50.00 here in the UK.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wo/StoreReentry.wo?productLearnMore=T2774G/A

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imic/

thannks for the help, but would i need ths connector if my screen is vga?
 

tedrjr03

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Chone said:
I can tell you one thing, if iTunes and surfing are your only needs, any PowerMac G4 will do, just make sure you equip it with 1GB of RAM (it helps a lot in Mac OS X) I used to have a 450mhz dual G4 with 1GB RAM and it was a charm for just doing basic stuff, now my 733mhz system with 512mb RAM struggles quite a lot but still does quite well. (and the 733mhz was a better performer than the dual 450mhz when it was used in my main machine)

Now you only need to access the marketpalce
thanks alot
 

tedrjr03

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CoMpX said:
Unfortunately, you cannot do anything else until you become a "macrumors regular" and can post in the Marketplace.

ok thanks, but i wasnt trying to buy a computer on here right no because i know im not a regular i was just trying to figure out which one would be better for me
 

zami

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tedrjr03 said:
thannks for the help, but would i need ths connector if my screen is vga?

No, but the screen will look much better if it can be connected by DVI. BTW I am not sure if the G4 MacMini does DVI.