Values?

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

  1. Davy.Shalom macrumors 6502

    Davy.Shalom

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    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
    superdrive
    airport extreme (802.11g)
    ATI Radeon 9000 pro 64 MB
     
  2. TrapOx macrumors 6502

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

    Cube
    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

    G4
    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

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    cubes look scary to work on:
    http://www.wap.org/journal/powermaccube/powermaccube.html
    (and shouldn't they be "iCubes"? iSteve must have suffered an iSenior moment.)
    here are some overpriced g4 cubes:
    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/sys/971749015.html
    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/sys/970665086.html
    http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/sys/971266473.html
    http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/sys/970218403.html

    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

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    Bettas don't need a filter or pump.
     
  5. Hrududu macrumors 68020

    Hrududu

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    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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