Would an overclocked iMac G3 sell for much?

Arkious

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I have an iMac G3 DV that is fully upgraded and over clocked from 700MHz to 800MHz. It is a lovely machine but I don't give it the attention it deserves so I was thinking of selling it on. But I'm not sure whether its worth much or not or if anyone would be interested.

Anyone know if this would sell?

Cheers :)
 
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Apple fanboy

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I have an iMac G3 DV that is fully upgraded and over clocked from 700MHz to 800MHz. It is a lovely machine but I don't give it the attention it deserves so I was thinking of selling it on. But I'm not sure whether its worth much or not or if anyone would be interested.

Anyone know if this would sell?

Cheers :)
Overlocked or overclocked? I hate spell check sometimes! As to whether it will sell or not, depends on the price. We have about 5 x G5's at work that might just end up being donated or chucked. By the time they have been wiped and rebuilt, it's probably cheaper to put them in a skip.
 

Arkious

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Overlocked or overclocked? I hate spell check sometimes! As to whether it will sell or not, depends on the price. We have about 5 x G5's at work that might just end up being donated or chucked. By the time they have been wiped and rebuilt, it's probably cheaper to put them in a skip.
overclocked, bummer can't change the title

Yeah its just with it being better than the best it could be i thought someone might be interested in it
 

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In some regions, they go for a bit more because they are not as easy to find.

However, it's safe to say that, in the U.S. & U.K., you won't get a whole lot for one. You will get more than usual though, considering yours is the last version of iMac G3... and better-yet, over-clocked.

I'd say you could get anywhere from $40-80 off of it. I wouldn't pay $80 for a G3, but I'd say that is around the market value for one. If you had a lesser model, it would not be $80, unless it's a rare model. Most of these are not old enough to be collector's items, but are too old to be worth much. They also produced TONS of these things; I have about 12 of these machines.

Given that it IS over-clocked, fully-upgraded, and is a high-end model, I suppose you could get an O.K.-amount of money from it. It is sort of hard to judge the value of most of these, though, since the prices seem to be all over the place, and different configurations are plenty.

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redheeler

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In some regions, they go for a bit more because they are not as easy to find.

However, it's safe to say that, in the U.S. & U.K., you won't get a whole lot for one. You will get more than usual though, considering yours is the last version of iMac G3... and better-yet, over-clocked.

I'd say you could get anywhere from $40-80 off of it. I wouldn't pay $80 for a G3, but I'd say that is around the market value for one. If you had a lesser model, it would not be $80, unless it's a rare model. Most of these are not old enough to be collector's items, but are too old to be worth much. They also produced TONS of these things; I have about 12 of these machines.

Given that it IS over-clocked, fully-upgraded, and is a high-end model, I suppose you could get an O.K.-amount of money from it. It is sort of hard to judge the value of most of these, though, since the prices seem to be all over the place, and different configurations are plenty.

P.S. Off-topic, but your current MacRumors rank (or higher) allows you to have an avatar!
I paid a bit more than I'm proud of for my Rev. B Bondi, but think it was worth it. It's in good condition and a somewhat collectable model, plus has the original keyboard and mouse. The Rev. C flavored ones were produced in mass and I have two of those. Those aren't likely to fetch any kind of high price and I didn't pay much for them.

Looking at the eBay listings I can tell that some sellers either don't know or don't care what a fair price for an iMac G3 is. eBay isn't the best place to buy or sell it anyway, because of the high cost of shipping something so heavy.

P.S. Most of the people that don't have avatars don't care and are perfectly fine with not having one ;)
 

Arkious

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Thanks for the info guys :)

even at £40-50 id be more than happy to sell up for.

I'm actually after 20" G4 with the money from this Mac, it's the one type I've never had the pleasure of working with
 

Hrududu

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I'm going to venture out and say you might actually get a good sum for that iMac. G3 iMacs have gotten more rare in recent years and are selling for more than they used to. The last 700MHz models even more so. I'd start the bidding (if you're going eBay) at $100. I think you'll easily get it.
 

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I paid a bit more than I'm proud of for my Rev. B Bondi, but think it was worth it. It's in good condition and a somewhat collectable model, plus has the original keyboard and mouse. The Rev. C flavored ones were produced in mass and I have two of those. Those aren't likely to fetch any kind of high price and I didn't pay much for them.

Looking at the eBay listings I can tell that some sellers either don't know or don't care what a fair price for an iMac G3 is. eBay isn't the best place to buy or sell it anyway, because of the high cost of shipping something so heavy.

P.S. Most of the people that don't have avatars don't care and are perfectly fine with not having one ;)
Yeah, the prices can be all over the place. Some of the flavored ones demand higher ones, though, and are more collectible. As for the Flower Power and Blue Dalmatian iMacs, those seem to demand anywhere from $60-120.

I know, I was just letting him know in case he was unaware. It's rewarding to get the avatar ranking ;).
 

Anonymous Freak

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With a machine that old, overclocking won't increase it's value at all. In fact, to some people, it might even decrease value, because overclocked systems tend to be less reliable and fail faster due to heat generation (and with that model's fanless cooling, even more likely.)
 

Arkious

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I'm going to venture out and say you might actually get a good sum for that iMac. G3 iMacs have gotten more rare in recent years and are selling for more than they used to. The last 700MHz models even more so. I'd start the bidding (if you're going eBay) at $100. I think you'll easily get it.
Im here in 'sunny' UK so it would cost a bit to get it shipped to you (I would be happy to do so if you were interested though). But if not its good to know someone is interested :)

I actually turned it on today and sat playing Age of Empires 2 on it for about 2 hours :-D man I had so much love for that game

Yeah, the prices can be all over the place. Some of the flavored ones demand higher ones, though, and are more collectible. As for the Flower Power and Blue Dalmatian iMacs, those seem to demand anywhere from $60-120.

I know, I was just letting him know in case he was unaware. It's rewarding to get the avatar ranking ;).
I set my avatar up :) its now my 'hackintosh' PowerMac G5 :)

With a machine that old, overclocking won't increase it's value at all. In fact, to some people, it might even decrease value, because overclocked systems tend to be less reliable and fail faster due to heat generation (and with that model's fanless cooling, even more likely.)
Its had the cooling modified, so theres no thermal pads in there. It significantly reduces the cpu temperature... it actually crashes with the pads as the heat transfer is so poor. It has a wedge of aluminium with Arctic MX-5 between both sides giving a better heat transfer.
 

Hrududu

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Im here in 'sunny' UK so it would cost a bit to get it shipped to you (I would be happy to do so if you were interested though). But if not its good to know someone is interested :)
Thanks, but I don't have any use for it. If I were to grab another iMac G3, it would be an original Bondi. I just keep an eye on what stuff sells for to see if there is anything in my collection that might make me a buck! :D
 

redheeler

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I know, I was just letting him know in case he was unaware. It's rewarding to get the avatar ranking ;).
Yes, it is rewarding :D and of course the OP got one after your post thereby proving me wrong, should have known it would happen ;)

Thanks, but I don't have any use for it. If I were to grab another iMac G3, it would be an original Bondi. I just keep an eye on what stuff sells for to see if there is anything in my collection that might make me a buck! :D
Good luck finding an original Bondi. I was lucky I got mine when I did.
 

Arkious

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Mine is a 233 bondi blue, not one of the multi colours. It actually tells you somewhere I just can't remember where ^.^
 

Anonymous Freak

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rev a and b are "bondi blue", revs c and d are multi-colored (where the blue is different than bondi.)

Rev a has 2 MB (with optional 6 MB upgrade) Rage IIc graphics, Rev b has 6 MB Rage Pro graphics. That's the only difference between a and b.

c is slightly faster (266 MHz instead of 233,) and got rid of the hidden mezzanine slot and infrared. I know there's something else c changed, but can't remember off the top of my head.
 

redheeler

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The easiest way to tell the difference between a Rev. A or B is to look at the manufacture date on a label located next to the ports. If the manufacture date is on or after October 17, 1998, it's a Rev. B; Before and it's a Rev. A. With the Rev. C flavored ones they stopped printing the manufacture date.
 
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