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4330 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2010 7:16 AM by Pixturesk RSS
Pixturesk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 17, 2010 6:17 PM
I am looking to purchase an iMac G5 MA590LL, A1208 Core 2 Duo 2 Gig (not sure of the OS yet) privately for about $500.00 Canadian. What is your view of this machine, is the price inline, are there any significant problems with this machine. I am currently using an iMac G4/800 running Tiger, essentially looking for more power + built-in iSight camera. I am fairly new to Macs, not much of a techie, not of the computer generation so I always want to research before making this type of purchase. Thanks, Ken.
iMac G4/800, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 768 megs of ram, dsl internet
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,055 points)
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    Nov 17, 2010 7:08 PM (in response to Pixturesk)
    First, this iMac is NOT a G5, but an Intel iMac (G5's were Power PCs). Here are the specs for the model you are talking about:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/SP28

    I'd say from a quick check of ebay completed auctions, the price is a bit high for a four year old computer out of warranty. It appears to have come with Mac OS Tiger (10.4). If you decide on it, make sure you get the original install discs - I wouldn't consider it if they weren't included.

    You'd get more power of course, but I'd add another $100 or so and go for a much more powerful 20" 2.4 GHz, model MA877LL from 2008 - I just saw one on the local craigslist for US $600. This one should suit your needs for some time.
    27" 3.2 GHz iMac i3, 4 GB RAM, 13" white early '09 MB,, Mac OS X (10.6.5), LaCie d2 DVDRW, 2 LaCie d2 Quadra ext HD , Wacom tablet, Epson Artisan 810
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)
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    Nov 17, 2010 7:35 PM (in response to Pixturesk)
    Hi Ken

    I'll side with Barbara, $500 is a little on the high side for a 4 year old 17" iMac. $400 is more inline for a 17" models of that era, providing that the original install disks are included and everything is in perfect working order.

    Dennis
    Early Core Duo - 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD - 2GB RAM - 21.5 LG Display - iPad -, Mac OS X (10.6.5), - Maxtor FireWire HD's - WD Passport - Nikon - Epson - 80GB Classic - 2GB Nano
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,055 points)
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    Nov 17, 2010 8:31 PM (in response to Pixturesk)
    Just a note here for clarification: you will not be able to use the disks from your old computer - install disks are machine specific unless they are a genuine retail copy.

    Powermax is one of my favorite places and I've purchased several things there; however, their used Macs are overpriced.
    27" 3.2 GHz iMac i3, 4 GB RAM, 13" white early '09 MB,, Mac OS X (10.6.5), LaCie d2 DVDRW, 2 LaCie d2 Quadra ext HD , Wacom tablet, Epson Artisan 810
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,130 points)
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    Nov 18, 2010 10:32 AM (in response to Pixturesk)
    Barbara. My Tiger install disk is the genuine retail copy so it will work on all machines.

    It won't work on an Intel-based Mac. Apple never released a retail copy of Tiger for Intel systems. 10.5 was the first retail release that would work on any Intel-based Mac. Otherwise you'll need the original systems disk for that iMac (late 2006) model. So as Barbara suggest, confirm that it comes either with the original system disk (wise to have in any case) or a retail version of 10.5 or 10.6.

    Regards.
    iMac Core i7 8GB ATI Radeon 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Also: iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24", IPad 16GB WiFi, Dell w/ Windows 7, Win XP via VM

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