Thinking about buying a 17" iMac g4 1.25GHz model

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jjahshik32, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Anyone in here have this model or any of the iMac g4 models?

    For some reason, I just want one on my desk!! It looks so cool with the swivel and for some reason I kind of miss the g4 old technology! I'd use it just for browsing the web and leaving it to d/l stuff and emails.

    One question is can this iMac handle youtube videos?
  2. jarenado macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2007
    you should be ok with youtube videos. I have an 800mhz one, and it takes some time to load them but it will play them. Hulu is a bit too much for it to handle. Its definitely just a web surfing/hobby computer, but yours should be able to give you a bit of functionality for a little while. They are definitely fun to own though.
  3. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    i don't get the whole "i'm going to buy a 4 year old computer because it's by apple" concept. it's old, outdated, and will be slow with today's apps (if it can even run them). on top of that it will probably be susceptible to the latest exploits. why not buy a new mac mini instead? it's cheap, runs circles around the system you mentioned, and you can use a monitor of your choice (also can be cheap depending on what you use it for).
  4. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    I find our 17" 1GHz model runs quite well. I upgraded it to the full 2GB of RAM it will handle, and that helps a lot. A 7200rpm hard drive would probably make a world of difference too, but I haven't gone with one yet. 1.25GHz would be a good bit faster than mine, so it'll still be a good computer for you. Just make sure you don't pay too much.
  5. Quad 2.5 G5 =) macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2009
    Maybe the OP doesn't want a Mini, but just wants something cheap to use for basic tasks. In answer to the OP, go for it, but make sure it's cheap, don't spend over..$200. If you can, go for the 20", or even a iMac G5, if possible.
    I dislike the "I want an older mac", with the answer being "Don't do that, get a Mini". The mini might not fit your needs, as it isn't that expandable.
    Another tip for the OP, go for a PowerMac G5, they are very expandable, and you just might be able to find something under $200-$250.
  6. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Yea as you can see on my sig that I already have a "primary" machine thats plenty fast. I just want one of the 17" imac g4 due to the screen swivel design that just looks so cool.

    I want to get one before it becomes even older..

    As for the 17" imac g4, I thought it can only go to 1GB of RAM max..??

    I cant find the 17" imac g4 for anything lower than $300. Man I want one real bad but then I could get a mac mini for that amount..
  7. sgmorr macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2005
    DFW area Texas
    I have gifted my old G4 1 GHz flat panel iLamp to my son. It still works great running Tiger. Got it in 2003.

    Now I've got a new 21.5 inch iMac. I can actually watch internet video again. You just will not be happy watching internet video on the G4 regardless of how much RAM you have or the speed of your internet connection. Flash is simply not optimized any longer for the PPC. It may be OK to watch the non-Flash video on Youtube, but by and large, watching internet video with the G4 is either painful or impossible.
  8. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    You aren't looking hard enough. My friend and I purchased a 1.25ghz 17" model for $150 last year, with an airport card and airport extreme thrown in too!
  9. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I bought a 6 year old PC to use as my Windows machine. Sure, it was old and arguably outdated, but it fit my needs and still does to this day. Same thing with Macs, a lot of people don't need the power of new machines (still sporting a 5 year old eMac here as my main machine) and older computers are much cheaper.

    I'm not entirely sure why you would think this. If anything, it's the newer OS's that are more susceptible. The older ones have had numerous security updates to keep them safe, and it's rare to find new holes in older OS's.

    Plus, some people just like the nostalgia and looks of an older machine. ;)
  10. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    I just won a bid for a 15" imac g4, 512mb RAM, 150GB hdd machine for $130. But it doesnt come with any keyboard, mouse or those little circle harman kardon speakers. Also it comes preinstalled with ubuntu and no osx.

    Anyone know if I can use a disc from the macbook to install osx on it?

    I just want to use it to view webpages and check email. Mostly for decorative reasons on my desk! I always wanted one!

    Plus I've looked around and the 17" imac g4 1ghz/1.25ghz are going for $300 on average.
  11. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    My iMac G5 feels just as fast as my MBP doing basic tasks. However, a G4 just isnt fast enough for Flash video most of the time. Try turning flash down to low quality, it should help. Good luck finding one too. Id get the 20" if I were you.
  12. sgmorr macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2005
    DFW area Texas
    Which version of OS X are you planning to install? Not sure if the computer specific disk that came with your Macbook would work, probably not. My G4 iLamp 17 inch came with Jaguar on it and I upgraded first to Panther and then to Tiger and I stopped there. I'd recommend trying to find an old Tiger retail disk, preferably from a friend who won't try to rip you off for as much as they try to sell these on the web.

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