The Annual Mac "Retro" Edition

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MysticCow, Jun 24, 2017.

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If you can pick one PPC model to "Intel up" for a "Retro Edition," what would you pick?

  1. PowerMac G3/G4

    8 vote(s)
    19.0%
  2. iMac G3 or eMac G4

    2 vote(s)
    4.8%
  3. iMac G4

    13 vote(s)
    31.0%
  4. iBook G3/G4 (white model)

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
  5. Powerbook Pismo

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
  6. Wall Street PowerBook G3

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
  7. Other (comment why)

    3 vote(s)
    7.1%
  8. iBook G3 colorful models

    5 vote(s)
    11.9%
  9. G4 Cube

    8 vote(s)
    19.0%
  1. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    Pick a choice (or reply with yours) to redo as an Intel Mac. Why did you pick that model?

    Choices that already have an Intel redo have, obviously, been excluded.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 24, 2017 ---
    I picked the PowerMacs because of the form factor. It still sets it apart from the others. Plus, the expandability means I can keep it for a longer time.
     
  2. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    I said iMac G4. Probably my favorite design of all of those Macs.
     
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  5. redheeler macrumors 603

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    I agree the iMac G4 design is nice, but not sure if it's practical with a modern 27" 5K display. Will have to think about this question some more.
    Already done that, but cylinder shape instead of cube. :)
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Trash can you mean? :)
     
  7. redheeler macrumors 603

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    More closely resembles a trash can, yes. :)
     
  8. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    Ditto...
     
  9. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    With the exception of the G3 PowerBooks, nearly every system on the list has some record of being "hackintoshed" into an Intel system by somebody. Its amazing how far people will go to get modern internals inside their favorite Macs.
     
  10. amagichnich macrumors regular

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    Why shouldn't it be practical? I think especially creative people and people who have to show their screen often to the other side of the desk would be glad to have a free movable screen. Similar to the new Surface Studio but not only up and down but left and right movement
     
  11. bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    First choice: The "GooseNeck/Sunflower/Lamp".
    - But speakers included within a 21"/24/27" screen and a subwoofer within the bottom part.
    - Better cooling system - maybe without the need of fans.
    - Easy accessible RAM/HDD
    - an acrylic keyboard that can be opened easily to remove dirt and keycaps that stay pure white - if wired then via USBc and fully attached with USB3 and USBc socket ...
    - Frontside USB3/USBc-sockets and bunch of them on the backside.
    - Frontside headphone socket (ok - I'm kind of old fashioned and like to wear headphones when watching video late at night)

    Second choice: The "Cube"
    - cooling system without fans (or silent fans that can be maintained or replaced easily)
    - toaster-BlueRay/DVD-slot (just for the hell of it!)
    - one cable in (power) / one cable out (for all the rest sitting in an external hub: Ethernet, USB, FW, Thunderbolt, Audio,)
    - 24"/27" acrylic Cinema-Display connected to the hub
    - an acrylic keyboard that can be opened easily to remove dirt and keycaps that stay pure white - if wired then via USBc and fully attached with USB3 and USBc socket ...
    (one drawback: I couldn't/wouldn't afford it ... :D)
     
  12. zappaesque macrumors member

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    12" PowerBook G4 for me. I know the 12" MacBook is its modern equivalent, but I'd love to be able to perform upgrades on it. This particular PowerBook has always been my favorite and it's form factor is perfect for me.
     
  13. macgeek18 macrumors 68000

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    I would love my PB G4 12" with Intel guts.
     
  14. reukiodo macrumors member

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    Powerbook Pismo
    Wall Street PowerBook G3


    I have both of these and they are approximately the same formfactor... The Pismo is slightly thinner and substitutes the second PC Card slot for the Airport card and firewire for SCSI, compared to the WallStreet.
     
  15. shinji macrumors 65816

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    G4 Cube, no question, purely for the design.
     
  16. KawaiiAurora macrumors 6502

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    Powerbook G4 Aluminium! Oh wait.. They already recycled most of the case for the first gen Macbook Pros... PowerMac G4 then!
     
  17. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    PowerMac G3/G3 Tower. Closest we'll get to an expandable Mac again!
     
  18. bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    Yep - the core2duo MBP with 2,4-2,6 GHz are great intel-books and could be a bargain since a lot of people think, they're really old stuff...
     
  19. KawaiiAurora macrumors 6502

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    I saw a 2.4GHz one selling for like $330. What the hell.. It's a C2D machine nowadys that doesn't even have a socketed CPU so the performance isn't stellar. $330 can get you a used 2nd-3rd gen i5 laptop here.
     
  20. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Not to mention the GPU is a ticking time-bomb. I would never buy another one of those. My sister, a friend of mine, and myself all had late 07-08 MacBook Pros with the 8600M GT and all 3 died. You can only bake the board so many times before there is nothing left.
     
  21. Janichsan, Jun 25, 2017
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    I'm baffled that it has to be a PPC Mac.

    If there is a Mac worthy to be remade with modern hardware, it's the truly iconic original Mac.

    [​IMG]
     
  22. bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    Ha, sorry for that - it's such a bad experience - especially if you got them as pricy brand-new machines!

    Last year I had a similar experience with a 2nd hand 2010 15" i5 MBP with corrupt GPU (the most annoying thing had been, that it was sold by an IT-pro working at the Max Planck research organization and pretended not to know anything about the hardware-problem due to run only Windows on the MBP. Grrr )

    When it comes to the MBP4,1 - I guess only the diehards are left now and hopefully will be working for some time...
     
  23. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    iMac G4, hands down. But I have a dead 17" that at some point will be Intel-ified. Has gone on the backburner due to my money being spent on my film photography hobby, but one of these days I'll stick a NUC in it and rejuvenate it!
     
  24. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    @MysticCow could you make the poll a multiple-selection one? 2 choices would be great. It sounds like most people want two different Macs anyway. Of course that may ruin the fun of the process of choosing just one. ;)

    If I could pick two, it'd be the iMac G4 and white iBook.
     
  25. MysticCow thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm forcing you to make a hard choice. ;)
     

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