Should i get a eMac

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by CurtisEnergizer, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. CurtisEnergizer macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2010
    I have been saving up for a new iMac but ive only got $300 so i had a look on Trade me which is New Zealand's version of eBay and i came across this eMac

    I would like to use it for video editing and surfing the web.
    The software i would like to put on it is Final Cut express and Garage band.

    Do you think its good for that.

    Please help.
  2. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
  3. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    Which eMac? I like the 800/1000 w/ATI graphics - you can hook up a second monitor. The 700/800 machines with NVidia are a smidge lower in my book.

    It should be able to boot OS 9 if its 700/800. Only some 1GHz machines can - see for an exact list, if OS 9 is important.

    It has a USB 1.0 port - very slow filling up iPods.

    Try and get the OS cds with the machine.

    The originals will be for OS 10.1 (for NVidia, 10.2 for ATI).

    If it currently is running Tiger (10.4) and something happens w/o the disks, you may be looking at $99 to $250 for legitimate disks.
  4. CurtisEnergizer thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Hey i didn't really understand what you were saying. This is the emac

    It has OS X, 1gb RAM and thats all i know.
    I would like to use it for video editing.
  5. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2009
    certainly not, my sister has a eMac G4 and it's painfully slow for anything, my advice is save up more money and get a mac mini or an old intel iMac if you need the screen, G5's are mildly better but they will still struggle with what you want to do
  6. Pachang macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2009
    You can't use an emac for any modern software. You will have to use old versions that were made when computers were as crap as that computer.

    You should not buy that computer. It is actually worth like $30.
  7. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    if it comes with tiger and the discs fine , it will handle garageband just fine , but as its the powermac 4.4 means either 700mhz or 800mhz or 1 ghz make sure its the 1ghz model as for handling final cut
    Final Cut Studio System Requirements
    Macintosh computer with 867MHz or faster PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, or Intel Core Duo processor; HD features require 1GHz or faster single or dual processors (authoring HD DVDs requires a PowerPC G5 or Intel Core Duo processor)
    512MB of RAM; HD features require 1GB of RAM or more (2GB recommended)
    Display with 1024-by-768 or higher resolution
    AGP or PCI-E Quartz Extreme graphics card
  8. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    that comment is a bit harsh, i sold my powermac g5 quad 2.5, because there was nothing my emac could not handle too , and i prefered the emac because of its design
    emac's are still fine computers , maybe not a fast as the last g5 powermacs or latest intel's, but nobody who is considering buying a eMac is expecting it to be faster

    and when i look at the prices for used mac's ... the emac offers good value for the money
  9. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
    There's also a 1.25 ghz eMac, I used to have one.
  10. adrian.oconnor macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Nottingham, England
    Can you save a little bit more or sell something?

    I just had a quick scan down the buy-it-now desktop Macs on that site, in price order, and this stood out:

    For an extra $100 it'd be so much better. I had one of those eMacs years ago, and it was dreadfully slow, even then. You can use it for video editing (not HD video, mind), but it'd be a painful experience, and you might also find that you're better off running an older version of FCE, which was designed with that kind of hardware in mind.
  11. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    i even would consider this one
    ok its not working , but if you get it for under 100 new zealand dollars it might be worth to repair it ,depending if the seller can explain what went wrong , as i seen working 1.42 ghz models go for over 600 dollars in new zealand
    you could use this one for the spares needed looks battered with speaker grill missing but working
    i mean if the broken parts in one match the working parts in the other you could have for nz dollars under 200 a working eMac 1.42

    and keep in mind only the 1.25 and 1.42 models offer usb 2.0 , but actually not a problem as all emac offer firewire 400 which is faster then usb 2.0 (if you connect external harddrive or dvd burner) (there was a 1ghz model with usb 2.0 and the faster bus of 167mhz too but only sold to the education market )

    i prefer the eMac over the imac g5 , but thats me , but if emacs 1.42 sell for over 500 in new zealand i would be very suspicious about someone selling a imac g5 for less then 400 (looks good in advert , but if someone sells for less then others i always get careful)it COULD be a bargain
  12. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    ... video editing? Are you kidding me? On THAT eMac?
    I'm sorry, but that would never work. If you're trying to get REALLY old software for it, then maybe, but you also have to think how much that software had advanced over the years. So most likely you would never be able to do any decent video editing on there.

    Seriously, just save up more money and do yourself a favor. Don't waste your money on this thing.
  13. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    typical answer of a intel mac owner ,there are people out there who cant safe up that sort of money a intel mac cost ,even used as the owners charge more then these are worth , so starting with a eMac to get into mac world is a perfect solution
    if final cut says minimum 867mhz g4 then a 1 ghz eMac will be just fine if you give it a bit more ram and for some it is not necessary to have the latest software to edit some home made films for example, the latest software is not always the best anyway
  14. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    $300 you can get a cheapo PC that is a lot faster than an ancient emac
  15. mabaker macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2008
    Exactly my sentiments! Some of the Mactel owners here do NOT realize that there are still PPC users out there with machines that boot and get things done faster than the brand new unibody boxes!

    Having said that an eMac for web surfing is very good. I’d put Flash Player 8 on it, too, to guarantee flawless Flash playback, tho. :)

    As far as video editing is concerned, I’d be rather cautious. To get good results you’d need at least 1.42 GHz CPU and 1 GB of RAM. Depends however what exactly you understand by saying “editing”? Will it be your usual family DVD or some more serious stuff? iMovie 6 HD would be fine for the first option.
  16. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    I believe anything with an Intel Core2Duo processor will suit you.

    Anything that is labeled G3, G4 or G5 is simply too old and the architecture is no longer supported.

    Find a MacBook, those things go for major cheap.
  17. nicroma macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Midwest, USA
    Keep saving that money for a new iMac. Just think how great your computer will be when you have enough! I'm sure the next generation will be out by then.
  18. CurtisEnergizer thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2010
    I already have a hackintosh witch is Laptop PC running Mac OS X 10.5.2
    It has a 2.13 GHz Intel Core Solo
    With 2 GB RAM.
    But it is slowly dyeing and i want this mac so i can slowing upgrade it like eventually put more ram and make it all pro.
    My music teacher at school said there great little things. He has 2 of them.
  19. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    your teacher is right trust him :)
    after the slot loading iMac g3 the eMac is the best AIO computer apple has ever produced
    the new ones might be faster , but just to big and to fragile
    the emac is well made and heavy and looks rugged and at the same time just beautiful , and with it you get a perfect display
    no dead pixel , no stripes, no pressure marks ( and i don't refer to the problems with the latest iMacs 27" ) just look on ebay uk and ebay .com and other ebay sites worldwide and look how many faulty eMacs are listed and compare with how many faulty imac g5 and imac core duo and core 2 duo are listed most of them with screen trouble , they didn't build them to last
    thats why i don't consider the newer imac's worth buying used ,faster processor doesnt help if the screen doesn't show a proper picture or none at all and is more expensive to replace then the value of the whole computer , ok some might cry out now that theirs is perfect , but for how long? when even new imacs with up to 7 dead pixels ? are no argument for replacement ? ....i dont like gambling , i stay safe with the eMac ;)

    and for all friend of the iMac G4 dont worry yours is not a computer its a design icon
    so its worth to replace a faulty screen at any cost :)

    this post reflects my opinion , you dont have to share it and i dont force you to agree, so you are allowed to have your own
  20. ppnkg macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2005
    save a little more and get a mini, you won't regret it ;)
  21. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
  22. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009

    a emac is never a waste of money , what is more a waste of money buying a 5 year old computer which works flawless for £200 or buying a new computer for near £ 2000 which gets one problem after the other ... i prefer to buy some more eMacs ...
  23. CurtisEnergizer thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Hey thanks man. Ive just go to wait until the guy gives me more info on the eMac like the processor.
  24. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Garage Band should work on it, I've seen it done quite a lot before. Though Final Cut might not work too well on it... To better your chances of it working though you could try sticking some more RAM in it, since its only got 1GB. 2GB would help greatly :D

    eMacs are pretty great computer running Tiger, I've had one and it smokes my iMac white Intel:cool: Even though the eMac's specs aren't nearly as

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