Powermac G4

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by crazysaxchris, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. crazysaxchris macrumors member


    Sep 24, 2005
    Is a powermac g4 a good mac starter computer?
  2. doucy2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2005
    yes i believe so
    powermac g4 is in my opinion the best mac made (i have 3)
    easy to upgrade
    easy to fix
    reasonably priced
    still runs all the new apps
    and ohh yea looks sweet

    nedd ne more reasons
  3. randas macrumors member


    Dec 3, 2005
  4. Dustintendo macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2005
    a 500 dually should be planty fast, although im not sure if those 2 500s act as a 1ghz in osx, or if the application has to be multithreaded

    maybe somone could answer that
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Acts as two 500MHz CPUs, the OS does a decent job of handling the threads in Tiger now.

    But most apps aren't really multithreaded, unless you take a look at some of the Pro apps.

    Even with BSDs SMPng, people still say there are some problems with the way Tiger handles threads and a ways to go.

    But there is a lot to like about OS Xs SMP capability also.

    OS X is much better than OS 9, which would basically make use of the machine as a single 500 MHz machine -- except for the apps that make use of the multi-CPU extension for some of their filters and plug-ins.
  6. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    I had a "stock" dual 533MHz G4 w/512MB RAM and it ran great - I ripped/burned backup DVDs, ripped my CDs with iTunes, made my own DVDs with iMovie/iDVD, played Diablo II and a little Call of Duty. etc. etc. it did everything except the games perfectly - Halo and Call of Duty really needed a faster machine.

    Now that I've added all the stuff in my sig that same G4 hums along nicely - I can run everything I want to run.
  7. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Agree 100%.
  8. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
    I think so, however, it depends on what you're using it for.
  9. kwajo.com macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2002
    Bay of Fundy
    i think it's a great mac for anyone, starter or not!

    example: I am habituated to my Dual G5, yet my 350MHz PMG4 is never a pain to use and is actually rather speedy at many things. I can only imagine what a faster G4 would be like
  10. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    What will you be using it for? I always suggest the Mac mini as the "switcher machine." But a Power Mac G4 will also be nice, especially since it is easy to upgrade.
  11. Sargiel macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2005
    West Sussex, England
    I spent a lot of time mulling over whether to buy a Mini or a second hand Powermac G4 - and in the end it was the upgradability of the Powermac that won me over. I really wanted to be able to switch to a machine that would be able to meet my undemanding gaming requirements and the Mini's 32mb graphics wasn't able to offer that.

    Also there is the fun of taking a stock machine and upgrading it to the hilt - maybe that's not for everyone but I've been having a ball ! :D

    I also had a wireless networking card that I knew would work with Mac OS X so the Powermac was just as an easy a fit into our home network as the Mini would have been. The only advantage to the Mini is that it would come with iLife.

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