So Im Thinking (Help)

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  1. Funk T

    Funk T New Member

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    So I want to get a older used Mac to learn the OS X operating system. I am going through ebay and have dug up a couple killer deals on used G3/G4 and G3 Apple iBook.

    My question to you guys (due to me coming from a Dell sorta world) is what the bare requirments for processor speed at RAM? I would be using this PC mostly for internet, listen to music and msn.

    For example, the G4 I am currently eyeing is 350 MHz and 256 MB of ram, would this be fine for doing what I want to do?

    Is there any places that you would suggest that deals with refurb Apples?

    Please get back to me, the bidding on this unit stops in a day!

    :)
     
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    256 ram is not enough, IMO, so that would need upgrading

    but hey, for ~$200 more, you can buy a mini that trumps that macine in all specs :dunno:
     
  4. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    Funk T New Member

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    Thanks, but this is a PC for farting around with :)
     
  6. acabrera

    acabrera Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

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    consider that it will most likely become your primary computer for everything that's not a game.
     
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    Get the mini. it is your best bang for the buck. it will come with the iLife suite and the most current OS. you can use your current monitor, mouse and keyboard (or you can pick some up for real cheap).
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    honestly, mini is the way to go... new machine (with warranty, unlike used) competent specs, newest OS / software... if you factor all that in it really is the best buy. And IMO there's no replacement for warranty.
     
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    Fuck that noise. Get the mini. Even the lowest end, entry level mini is light years better then the old PowerMac.
     
  10. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    :werd:
     
  11. Funk T

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    Thanks for the reply guys, but money is tight when it comes to this project. My final queston would be

    What is a confortable MHz speed for surfing the net/listening to music? Im asking this because I know a 350 MHz MAC is not equal to a 350 MHz Intel.
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    i'm using a 400 MHz G4 at work right now and have iTunes running all day while using photoshop, illustrator, quarkxpress and/or indesign. obviously, the new machines will be much faster, but it still works fine, just make sure you have at least 512 MB of RAM (the more the better).
     
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    Thats what I needed to know! Thank you kind sir! :)
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    no problem. :)
     
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    Heres a question. I am getting a G4 it appears, what can you tell me about affordable processor updates if there is such a thing? Maybe even just overclocking the thing.
     
  16. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    all you need to know about CPU upgrades can be found here...

    http://www.powerlogix.com/

    however, if you're going to go that route, you'd be better off just dropping $499 on a1.42 GHz G4 mac mini from the get go.
     

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