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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-20-2004, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question for Mac users/owners (More ?s)

I am entertaining the idea of selling my Mac desktop and getting one of the new all-in-one iMac G5s.

Any idea what I might be able to get for it?

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Specs:
400 MHz PowerPC 7400 (G4)
384 MB of RAM (I think)
10 GB Ultra ATA/33 hard drive
ATI Rage 128 AGP/2X video card with 16 MB of SDRAM
10/100Base-T Ethernet

Translucent graphite and white tower case with a fold down door on the side that makes upgrading very easy.

CD-R drive (internal)
Zip Drive (internal)

Apple Studio Display 17 in. CRT
- Graphite & White (matches CPU)

I would also probably throw in my new burner as I wouldn't need an external one anymore. It's a LaCie Firewire CDRW 52x/24x/52x.
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Right now it's more of a dream to do this, but if I could get a decent price on it, I would really consider going through with it.

Tina


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-20-2004, 04:42 PM
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Actually, the secondhand price on used Mac's are not very high. Even though you'll get more selling a few year old Mac than if you were to sell a PC at the same age. I'd guess you could get about $250 USD for it, at the maximum. But I'm not too familiar with the US market, so it could be less.

Take a look at eBay and see if they have any models that are about the same as yours and check what they are sold for in eBay. That should give you a good idea what you might get for yours.

I really enjoy the design of the new iMacs!
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Would it be better just to add more hard drive space? Is there room in my unit to add another internal HD? Is this a tough process? The extent of my experience includes installing the internal Zip and adding memory sticks.

I'm just not sure whether I should expand upon what I have or if I should just upgrade now. (Considering the prices, I would probably have to drop to an eMac rather than get the new G5 iMac).

Any suggestions/advice would be great.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-21-2004, 02:02 PM
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Well, you have a machine that can be better with a few tweaks.

You could:

Install a second harddrive
Install more RAM
Install a processor upgrade
Install a faster graphics card

Usually when you get the stuff to install, it has some info on how to do it, but it's pretty straight forward and if you've already installed RAM and the Zip-drive it's pretty much the same when installing a second harddrive, just connect the things correctly.

When it comes to processor upgrades and graphics cards, it's a bit more tricky, but the stationary G4's that you have is so easy to work with. Only important thing is more or less to remember to ground yourself so you don't damage any of the sensitive circuts.

If you don't have room for a second harddrive, you can always transfer your old to a new one and install a 200 GB harddrive or something like that. That should keep you happy for a while.

Installing more RAM, even if you have a bit, is always great, especially if you want to run OS X on it. Aim for 512 MB or more.

The processor upgrade is the big thing... that will cost you a bit, depending on how far you want to go (I think a 1.5 GHz is around $500 USD). Some processor upgrades also allows you to upgrade your machine to a G5-processor, but having a G4 at 1 GHz would most likely make you very happy.

Not sure if that as much help, but calculate on how much it would cost to make your PowerMac more powerful compared to a new iMac. If the difference isn't too big, then buy a new one and don't care of the money you get for the PowerMac, that you can use to pay for more RAM in the future.
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