PC user buying 1st Mac, need suggestions / advice

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  1. DjShiznit

    DjShiznit Representing Deutschland, yah.

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    Well I've assembled / owned PC's up until now, but I'm thinking about buying an iBook off of a friend :o It's a 400MHz G3, 640MB RAM, 60GB HDD, CDRW/DVD-Rom, Airport wireless, with original software and OS 10.3 for $450. Am I getting ripped off? Any must-have programs and / or downloads I should get for it? Will I have any problems gettin' it to communicate to my wireless router, and would I be able to transfer files through the network with my PC? This is all pretty new to me, so any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated :bigthumb:
     
  2. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    no you're not getting ripped off. that's a good deal. that's plenty enough to run OSX Tiger. but there are no 400 mhz ibooks. there's a 366 and a 466 clamshell ibook, but no 400's. you might want to ask your friend which one it is. if it has 640 ram, then it's probably a white ibook with 500 mhz. so yea, you might just want to make sure all the information is correct.
     
  3. Rev. Johnny Vegas

    Rev. Johnny Vegas Rectal Ventriloquist

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    I think a 400Mhz G3 is pretty dated.
     
  4. Inferno

    Inferno New Member

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    I'll make you a deal of alife time.

    iBook G4 1.2 ghz, 60 gb hdd, 768mb ram, bunch of apps for $1100 shipped :)
     
  5. tenplanescrashing

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    not a horrible price but the G3's are started to get real dated. my pismo is barely cutting it anymore and its almost 6 years old. i'd save up some more money and get a new ibook for $999
     
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    Just keep in mind that it is over 3 years old and that technology and speed is nowhere what you could get with a current iBook, new or used.
     
  7. dionx

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    i think you will be better off getting a Mac Mini and add any monitor. just be sure the Mac Mini has at least 512MB RAM.
     
  8. MAD PUNK inDC

    MAD PUNK inDC Sic Semper Tyrannis

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    My G3 400 has served me well for 6 years now, and I still use it. Should be fine for everyday tasks.
     
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    wait at least 3 more months and you can get a NEW ibook with an intel processor. At the most it will probably cost about $800
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    $450 is ridiculous for those specs, IMO. You'd barely be able to run OS X on that machine. Is this one of the clamshell iBooks? I would assume so based on the processor speed. If so, stay the hell away from them :hsugh:

    edit: okay you'd be able to run it, but even with the 640 MB ram, I don't think it would leave you with an appreciation for the OS if it's running on that old hardware. Then again, my 4 year old G4 867MHz tower is still chugging along (though it does have 1.2 GB ram)
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    either way that's not really a machine you want to run OS X on, at least if it were me. Do you need a laptop for your first apple machine? If not, the Mac Mini is a steal at the same price.
     
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    TurboDerek My favorite meal is horsemeat and rice.

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    huge rip off
     
  13. DjShiznit

    DjShiznit Representing Deutschland, yah.

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    Well I've been out of town for a few days, but I picked up the laptop. It has a 600MHz G3. I'm in the process of wiping / reloading it right now :hsd:

    Edit: it also came with an extra battery and a laptop bag
     
  14. DjShiznit

    DjShiznit Representing Deutschland, yah.

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    I really wanted a laptop. Either a PC or a Mac, but I wanted to try out a Mac. I work for the railroad, so I'm frequently out of town. The hotels I stay at all have wireless internet, so I wanted to get something I could use to browse the internet, and chat with friends on while I was out of town. It'll also be nice because I can watch DVD's while I'm on the train.
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    fair enough... the laptop won't be a speed demon by any means but if that's all you're using it for then it should at least be adequate. The ram will help, at least.

    oh, and welcome to the club :) :bigthumb:
     
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    DjShiznit Representing Deutschland, yah.

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    Thanks :hsd:
     

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