Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Davy.Shalom, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. Davy.Shalom macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2008
    Ok guys, I have a question regarding the values of a few apple PowerMacs that I am considering buying and upgrading extensively.

    -G4 cube
    500 mhz
    ATI Rage 128
    40 GB HDD
    17" LCD studio display ADC
    Apple pro keyboard + apple pro mouse
    Harmon Kardon round speakers

    -PowerMac G4 dual 1.42 MDD
    80 GB HDD
    airport extreme (802.11g)
    ATI Radeon 9000 pro 64 MB
  2. TrapOx macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Don't waste your money upgrading old hardware. The G4's have significant bottlenecks that make fast CPU upgrades a poor value.

    CPU- $150 for cheap 1ghz single to $450 for high end dual 1.5ghz.
    HD- 120gb hd (biggest it can support) $45
    Video- $75-200
    Memory- 1.5GB $25
    Total- $300-$720

    CPU- Dual 1.8GHz $425
    HD- 1TB $100
    Video- $75-300
    Memory- 2GB $45
    Total- $645-$870

    To upgrade either of those "extensively" would end up costing more than a Mini for FAR slower performance. The Mac Mini will be significantly updated in January, save your money for that and mod it to fit inside the cube or G4 case. $700 will also buy you a dual core G5 that, while it won't be as fast as a new mini, would still walk all over those upgraded G4's in every category.

    I spent $60 on my G4 to upgrade the CPU, video, memory and add USB2.0. Its no speed daemon but it makes a great backup/diagnostic/emergency computer with less than $200 into it.
  3. KítscheñÇinqµe macrumors regular

    cubes look scary to work on:
    (and shouldn't they be "iCubes"? iSteve must have suffered an iSenior moment.)
    here are some overpriced g4 cubes:

    how much ram? install cd? unless short on those, you could rob the cube for (some) powermac parts, though you could use the cube til it dies.

    [​IMG](where's the filter, aeration?)

    how much ram in the hdd? install cd?
    (btw, doesn't macrumors send "price this" threads to the misfits?)
  4. TrapOx macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Bettas don't need a filter or pump.
  5. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    I'd say the Cube is worth about $150 and the MDD is worth paying about $360 for. Of coarse, RAM is a determining factor as well. Older RAM for those systems is starting to become expensive again, so if they're already maxed out/have a usable amount installed that always helps the price some.

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