Powermac G4...which version?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by xjonx, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. xjonx macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2005
    I am looking to buy a powermac from a second hand shop this week. I am new to macs and the owner really doesn't know much about computers.

    This is what we know about it:

    Powermac G4 450mhz
    256 RAM
    20 Gig hard drive
    CD/DVD drive

    I have been doing research and it looks like the "sawtooth" model but I am not sure. Do these specs help to identify it?

    My other question - I am wondering if this we be able to run Tiger? Mainly will be used for web,email,IM,music and to test web pages with safari and some light web design.

    I want to know the model because I have heard bad things about the "yikes" and various reviews about the other models. I also am considering purchasing a sonnet G4 upgrade for 200.00 and have a pretty decent mac for 300 bucks.

    I have enough ram here to max it out. He is only asking 100.00 for it so I figure that is a pretty good deal. It boots into OS9 and runs pretty good as far as I can tell.

  2. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La

    Yes it is a sawtooth. Yes, Tiger should run, but not well.......at all. I would go with Panther.
  3. edwardk9 macrumors member


    Apr 24, 2005
    You can look on the back of the unit. If the sound jacks are at the top its a "Digital Audio" version but I think they were in the 466 flavor it they are at the bottom aligned vertically then its the AGP version(Sawtooth, GigB) otherwise its a PCI (Yikes)

    Correct me if I am wrong.

    As far as tiger on it - I also purchased a older powermac 500mhz G4 - I will let you know when I get it (Monday) if you haven't already purchased it. I have heard good reports, though.
  4. sw1tcher macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    So what you're saying is:

    $100 for Mac
    $200 for upgrade card
    = $300

    Add in Tiger ($129) and you're at $429

    For another $100, I'd get a mac mini instead. Much better investment IMO.
  5. xjonx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2005
    Student discount - 69.00. Yes but I can also upgrade the powermac overtime as I see fit. I can't do that with the mini.

    THe graphics card can be upgraded along with CPU hard drive and RAM.

    Granted it would probably be less in the long run to buy a new powermac but I don't have that kind of money now and probably won't for some time.

    I can buy upgrades as I go along.
  6. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    If you wanna have fun: Upgrade the RAM!!!! Get atleast 512 mb osx on 256mb is painfull
    The sawtooths has 4 PC100 SDRAM slots.. you can add about any PC100/133 RAM to it.
    I have a sawtooth with 704mb RAM, new harddisks and upgraded video, it runs panther like a champ!
  7. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    This is total rubbish Tiger runs better than Panther, it is a faster OS. Make sure you load up your baby with 1-1.5gb of RAM and have fun Tiger will work nicely on a sawtooth, it runs pretty good on my YIKES so it will run great on a sawtooth..

  8. edwardk9 macrumors member


    Apr 24, 2005
    yeah, I have been reading about tiger on old G4 powermac's and the results seem to be pretty good. Almost all say it's faster than tiger. I will let you know for sure on Monday. :)
  9. chv400 macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2003
    Houston, TX
    I think you also may want to get a Quartz Extreme capable card for it so things like expose will look smooth. Any Radeon Card should do it.

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