Will a USB 2.0 eMac be suitable for general usage (and other questions)?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by GuyLewis, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. GuyLewis macrumors newbie

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    I use old computer hardware fairly regularly (I'm skint) and I recently decided to buy an eMac from eBay for £35. It's the USB 2.0 edition downclocked to 1GHz for the education market.

    I was wondering several things:
    * Will it be useful as a general purpose desktop (nothing hardware intensive like gaming or videos, just general web browsing and the occasional bit of coursework)?
    * Is there a way of getting back that .25 of a GHz without messing around with resistors and soldering irons? If not, how difficult is the soldering?
    * It comes with 512 MB of RAM and I plan to upgrade it to the full 2 GB. Can I use PC3200 RAM or am I stuck with PC2700? I had a look on Google but I found differing opinions.
    * Will Quartz Extreme work? If not, how screwed am I? Again, Google offered no general consensus.

    Sorry if I sound like an idiot! I've never used a PowerPC Mac before so I'm not too sure what to expect, although for 35 quid I'm not really fussed even if I've just bought myself a very stylish new paperweight!

    Thanks in advance for the help! :D
     
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    it will be fine for word processing, iTunes, mail, internet, etc.
     
  3. ThunderSnake macrumors 6502

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    Yes.
    Not as difficult as you might think. You'd be surprised at the precision work that you can do under a good quality magnifying glass. Hone you skills on a PC before putting the iron to any Mac.
    Yes, PC3200 will work, but run at 2700 speed.
    Yes
     
  4. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    It'll be fine, I've got a 1GHz model with 1GB of memory and use it for those exact purposes.
     
  5. GuyLewis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the help guys! I'm definitely looking forward to receiving this :D
     

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