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i started a topic about buying a g5 b4 but the deal broke due to the seller wanting to give his g5 a 2nd chance (wtf)


right now i found another seller but this time a powermac g4


the specs:


PowerPC G4

CPU: 800/MHz PowerPC 7455

Bus: 133 MHz

L2 cache: 256 KB on-chip L2 cache


RAM: 1.5 GB PC133 SDRAM in 3 DIMM slots

VRAM: 32 MB on ATI card (ADC & VGA port)

Video: ATI Radeon 7500

Hard drive: 40 GB

SuperDrive CD-RW/DVD-RW drive

4 x 64-bit PCI slots

internal 56k modem

Mic: standard 3.5mm minijack

FireWire 400 ports: 1 built-in, 2 on PCI

USB 1.1 ports: 2 built-in

USB 2.0 ports: 3 on PCI

10/100Base-T ethernet connector on PCI


Package includes: CPU + Power Cable + Original CDs + Manual + Apple Mouse + Apple Keyboard



also he will include a 19inch benq monitor for a total price of 550usd


any opinion guys?? should i have a go at this?

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Not sure how much or decent the monitor is, but on ebay a Dual 1Ghz G4 system goes for about $300


I purchased a Dual 500Mhz G4 system last week on ebay for $99


So with the monitor doesn't seem too bad. (Although I have concerns buying LCDs second hand. Any warranty left?)

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yeah..the monitor was bought on april this year..


right know i am divided on whether to buy this g4 or make a new hackintosh..


my purpose on buying this is just to have an original mac..i never own a mac b4..


can this quicksilver play hd movie or it needs some upgrade to achieve that?

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Better make a Hackintosh or buy a Mac mini. This machine was great, but it WAS. Buy something on intel. It's better to buy a Mac mini with a monitor.

Intel Mac mini with processor and memory mods

Mac mini with great extra memory

Apple display for 99 backs

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It depends on what you're doing with it. For basic use (web, email, Word, and basic editing), a G4 will do nicely, plus you have the option of running OS 9 without the need for special software (something no Intel/AMD Mac/Hack can do). Plus you have something no Hackintosh can possibly give you--100% COMPATIBILITY.


I wonder why it needed an extra ethernet port, as it SHOULD have come with gigabit ethernet installed. There should also be TWO Firewire ports on there, as the information below will show.


In terms of HD video, it's a crapshoot with any processor under 1 GHz. You can give it a shot, but I wouldn't expect spectacular results without a processor upgrade (Macsales.com is your friend). Of course, I also have several things that take up processor time that might play a part in sluggish HD playback, so it might just be my system with the menu extras.


Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002)


Introduced: January 2002

Discontinued: August 2002

Machine ID: PowerMac3,5

Model Number: M8493

Order Number: M8705LL/A (800 MHz), M8666LL/A (933 MHz), M8667LL/A (dual 1 GHz)

Support Status: Supported

Processor: PowerPC 7450 v2.1 or 7455 v2.1 (G4)

Number of Cores: 1

Processor Speed: 733 (education only), 800, 933 MHz, or dual 1.0 GHz

Cache: 64k L1, 256k (1:1) L2, 2 MB DDR L3 (933 /dual 1.0 GHz)

System Bus: 133 MHz

Hard Drive: 40GB 7200-rpm, 60GB 7200-rpm, or 80GB 7200-rpm

Media: 24x10x32x CD-RW, or 8x/12x/8x/32x DVD/CD-RW, or 2x/6x/8x/4x/24x DVD/CD-RW (2x SuperDrive)

Peripherals: Apple Pro Keyboard, Apple Pro Mouse

Weight and Dimensions (US): 30 lbs., 17" H x 8.9" W x 18.4" D

Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 13.6 kg, 43.2 cm H x 22.6 cm W x 46.7 cm D

Original Mac OS: Mac OS 9.2.2 (Mac OS ROM 9.0.1) and Mac OS X 10.1.2 (5P63)

Later Mac OS: Mac OS 9.2.2 and Mac OS X 10.1.3, 10.1.5, or 10.2

Maximum Mac OS: Latest release of Mac OS X

Hardware Test: AHT (Power Mac) 1.2.4, 1.2.5, 1.2.6 1.2.7

Firmware: Open Firmware

Firmware Update: None

Logicboard RAM: None

Maximum RAM: 1.5 GB

Type of RAM Slots: 3 - PC133 3.3v, unbuffered, 8-byte, non-parity 168-pin SDRAM

Minimum RAM Speed: 125 MHz (8 ns)

Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 7500, NVIDIA GeForce4 MX, or GeForce4 Ti

ATI Card Model: ATY,RV200 (Radeon 7500)

Graphics Memory: 32 MB (Radeon), 64 MB (GeForce4 MX), or 128MB (GeForce4 Ti)

Built-in Display: None

Display Modes: Dual display extended and video mirroring

Display Connection: 1 - VGA, 1 - ADC (Radeon and GeForce4 MX) or 1 - DVI, 1 - ADC (GeForce4 Ti)

Expansion Slots: 4 - 64-bit 33 MHz PCI, 1 - 4x AGP

Expansion Bays: 4 - internal 3.5" ATA drive bays, 1 - optical drive bay, 1 - Zip 250 bay

Hard Drive Bus: Ultra ATA/66 (ATA-5)

Large Drive Support: Yes (128 GB or larger per drive)

Optical Drive Bus: EIDE (ATA-3)

Backup Battery: 922-4028 (3.6 V 850 mAh Lithium)

Max Watts: 360 W

Line Voltage: 115V AC (90V to 132V AC) or 230V AC (180V to 264V AC)

Liquid Cooling: None

AirPort: Optional AirPort card (802.11b)

Bluetooth: None

Ethernet: 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)

Modem: Optional 56k

ADB: None

Serial: None

SCSI: None

USB: 2 - 12 MBit/s

FireWire: 2 - 400 MBit/s (15W total power)

Audio In: None

Audio Out: 1 - 3.5-mm analog output jack, 1 - 2.5-mm Apple Pro Speaker minijack, Built-in speaker (16-bit 44.1 kHz sample rate)

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I'd say, go for a real mac over a hackintosh. They're so much better. It's uncomparable.



If you can afford the mini, I say go for it, but the G4 processors run great.

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I say try to find a dual G4 if you really want a G4. They're just so much better. They might not be as fast as a new Intel Mac, but the G4s had a very good FPU (my dual 450 G4 could do 68% of my 3.5GHz P4 in FPU tests).

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