What to do now

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by GermanyChris, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. GermanyChris macrumors 601

    GermanyChris

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    For various reasons which I do not want to go into I had to sell both of my Mac Pro's and my 30" ACD will be next. I spend 5 days a week in a place that has no TV nor cable or satellite. I still have my 17" MBP but the screen is a bit small to watch movies on from bed so I'm gonna do something. If you were me what would you do?

    Hackintosh a 20" iMac G4

    Buy and MDD and get a 1080P screen

    Find a white G5 iMac

    or other

    Keep in mind that white Intel iMac's still bring ~$400
     
  2. ihuman:D macrumors 6502a

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    What if you buy a bigger HD screen for your MBP?
     
  3. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    Awwww! That sucks Chris! G5 iMac too flimsy. You'd be much better with your MBP. Just buy a decent 1080p screen.
     
  4. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    Here's an idea that will not cost you a cent!
    Watch your movie on the MBP, when it's over, then go to bed and sleep.

    I watch movies and TV on a 15" MBP all the time and find it perfectly acceptable.
     
  5. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Why not a G5 PowerMac and a Cinema display? Where do you live where even white Intel iMac still bring $400? Here in the midwest, 06 and 07 models can be had pretty easily under $300.
     
  6. Nameci macrumors 68000

    Nameci

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    I would guess Chris is an American living in Germany.
     
  7. cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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    The difference between a 20" and 17" screen isn't a lot, imo. Very small upgrade in screen size for the expense.

    Why not just buy a 24" (or larger) monitor and use the MacBook? What do larger monitors cost in Germany? Can you find a deal on a used one?
     
  8. GermanyChris thread starter macrumors 601

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    I can't, I need the noise to sleep..

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    Maybe I should just pick up an external and be done with it for a bit..

    Thanks guys
     
  9. seveej macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to hear you had to sell your pro's. Won't inquire.

    I'm not sure what you point to with "Hackintoshing a 20" iMac G4" - why exactly would not the 20" do as such?

    An MDD with enough oomph to play your files will probably only be useful if you watch high-volume action flicks and have a decent sound system - otherwise what you hear is the wind tunnel and rattling of the PSU fans (I admit an MDD can be silenced - I've done it myself, but even though I cut three quarters off the sound level, it's still three times noisier than my 2008 MP.)

    The iMac G5 is risky. Sure, If you find one which has made it thus far, it won't have the most common defects, but...

    others:

    That you feel the 17" has too small a screen means you're not having it anywhere close - I just yesterday sat watching some flicks on my iPad. Sure, I had to hold it in my lap, but I'd say the viewing angle was comparable to a tv at recommended viewing distances.

    If you definitely want a 20" screen minimum, I'd look for either a "cheapo" monitor to go with an early intel Mac Mini (I regularly see those for ≈ 150 €) or a 20" intel iMac

    A used PC box with a 20" LCD ;)

    RGDS,
     
  10. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

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    2nd the pc box, I recommend a good enough gaming pc. Aka 4 gigs ram dual i3 gt 640 20 dollar coolermaster case 500 gig hdd

     
  11. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    A secondhand projector hooked to your MBP or Apple TV. Should be okay since you're not going to use it 24/7.
     
  12. GermanyChris thread starter macrumors 601

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    I might have to keep the original MP it started giving me serious headaches while boxing it up to ship. :(

    That'd be $800 I could use right now. On a related note I found a 23" Dell 1080 with a 19" that sorta kinda matches for $110.
     
  13. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

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    go with what you thinks best based on your current circumstances
     
  14. philz4life macrumors member

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    I'd go with the iMac G5. We have one in my house for watching movies and its great.
     
  15. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    What a useless answer, given that the question was:

    what's best given my current circumstances
     
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