PowerMac G4. Worth anything?

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  1. thesaz123 macrumors member

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    I promised I'd ask on this forum for a friend about his PowerMac G4. He acquired it for free from another friend who was throwing it out. We've been trying to figure out the model (Quicksilver, sawtooth, etc) and all we could find is that it is a PowerMac G4 3,1. It was upgraded to a Dual Processor @1.6GHz, has 1.5GB of RAM, and is running OS X 10.5.8. I believe the video card is something along the lines of an ATI Radeon 8500?

    Anyone know specifically what model "name" this computer has?

    Is it worth anything? Thanks!
     
  2. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Its value would vary greatly depending on where you are. Where are you located?
     
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  5. thesaz123 thread starter macrumors member

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    Better than nothing!

    I told him it might be worthwhile just to put it in a safe place without much dust or humidity, and let it accumulate some value, and then sell it in a few years.
     
  6. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    Bad advice...these computers will only go down in value not up! If not using,sell it!
     
  7. thesaz123 thread starter macrumors member

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    But aren't the original macs from the 70's worth quite a bit now?

    If he waited a good bit of time, it might be worth something to a collector of electronics from the early 2000's
     
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    Maybe this link might help which model of G4 your friend has. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Mac_G4

    Maybe it's value is $100 or less. Computer hardware just depreciates thru time naturally. Reasons could be new softwares won't run in old hardware, no spare parts available, obsolete hardware. Though I know older hardware are built tougher like tanks compared to today's hardware which are mostly plastic parts. Back in those days prices of Macs were expensive due to the premium parts being used. There are users who still prefer using old Macs until today.
     
  9. jchase2057 macrumors regular

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    In 30 years I guess it may be worth something. Not much I would assume. Big difference between a nice Apple II and a G4.
     
  10. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    You have a sawtooth, and I do too!
    Use mactracker.
     
  11. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

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    Find a church group or some such to donate it too.

    Can still be used for word processing, web surfing, photo editing and World of Warcraft II
     
  12. LOLZpersonok macrumors 6502a

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    I have a PowerMac G4 MDD, Apple's most powerful of the G4 line. Normally a PowerMac G4 like mine (Dual 1.25GHz G4 [not the most powerful], 120GB, 2GB RAM, OS X 10.4.11) could easily go for about $200-400, but I paid $60 for it and it's in near perfect condition and is fully functional.

    Yours has better hardware, it'd go for much more than what mine would. I'd honestly say around $400-500, but it could be just me. Check eBay and search it for the PowerMac G4s. They still hold their value, despite their age.

    I believe Apples hold their values because of the logo. Apple is like the Gucci or Calvin Clein of computers, it's a high-end luxury brand.
     

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