upgrading...??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Penelope636, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Penelope636 macrumors member

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    Here's info about my computer:
    Machine Model: Power Mac G4 (AGP graphics)
    CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (2.7)
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    CPU Speed: 350 MHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 100 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.2.8f1

    Have OS10.3. Use Quark (have 4.1) and other programs. Want to upgrade Quark as well as my operating system. Through this forum I now realize that I'm in difficult land if attempting to upgrade this machine. It's making weird noises, so the issue may be taken care of before I am ready!

    Can't afford anything new, so need either refurbished or unrefurbished used.

    Looking for suggestions and wisdom...:confused:

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Penelope636 thread starter macrumors member

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    ...as little as possible. Have $1000 at most, but that could be gone in a flash should anything else erupt!
     
  4. RedDragon870503 macrumors 6502

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    I'd go on eBay and look for a nice used intel iMac. Plenty of options and an absolutely enormous upgrade.
     
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  6. RedDragon870503 macrumors 6502

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    That'd be okay, but I'd look for a Core 2 Duo. Typically they do not draw much higher bids then the Core Duo machines do. But I've owned a White Intel iMac and enjoyed it VERY much. For under $1000 consider the 24 incher. The extra real estate is very nice. But definitely look for a Core 2 Duo.
     
  7. Penelope636 thread starter macrumors member

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    What's the difference between a Core Duo and a Core 2 Duo?

    Also, just remembered that I 'm gonna get new glasses, which reduces my stash a bit.
     
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  9. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Core Duo was crap and 32-bit. Core 2 Duo was less crap and 64-bit.

    Gainestown Nehalem is not crap at all and 64-bit. :D
     
  10. Penelope636 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks to all for suggestions. Core2Duo looks good...no great! Have located source for history of all Macs which has been very helpful. (www.apple-history.com)

    Any suggestions for another model which might cost a bit less would be appreciated, as it seems the $1000 I put aside mentally is quickly being spoken for.

    Thanks,
    Penny
     
  11. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    The white MacBook was just updated to the 9400M GPU. It's $999 and has FireWire over the aluminum MacBook. It can't output above 1920x1200, though, so if you need a 30" display, forget it.
     

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