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    Quote Originally Posted by Hcomplyr
    the prices look pretty good, so whats the main difference between the G3 and the G4?

    My main options would be.....

    G4 450-500 $129 OWC
    G4 500Mhz $159 Sonnet
    G4 700Mhz $199 Sonnet
    G3 1Ghz $219 Powerlogix

    any opinions between them?
    The Sonnet 500 looks like a good bet. A G4 Mac for $159, although you may need to upgrade the memory. Final Cut won't be too snappy on it, but if you intend to dabble and the if you like it, buy a newer Mac, it seems like the 500 mhz upgrade is the way to go.

    If you don't intend to buy a newer Mac anytime soon, I'd go for the 700 mhz upgrade.
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    dubious

    the value of a lot of these upgrades have been blown out of the water with the arrival of the mini and cheaper emacs...especially given the limitations of the older machines...having said that, I am also running 10.3.9 on a 128+32M imac 233 with a 6GB Hdd...runs quit well for basic web /graphics etc...you might get an email with a word doc, click on it, then go and get a cup of coffee, as by the time X fires up and openoffice starts up you can enjoy a nice brew :-) However, cannot justify upgrade costs for what you get.

    this is further compromised by the fact that you are dealing with much older tech (the rest of hardware) .. so you might spend say 130 at best for upgrade, +time to actually upgrade, +additional hassle (these are never straight forward..believe me) and what do you get ?

    just my 2c worth

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    Mac mini, 1.42Ghz G4 processor is well worth the extra bucks considering a sonnet/Zif upgrade of even half the specs of the mini would set you back a couple of hundred.

    FCP is not for the tame. You dont "dabble" in FCP, you are either tooling around and learning it or using it. U dabble in iMovie. If you want to be serious about FCP you need a serious computer. Otherwise you are only using FCP for minor non linear edits of web downloads?
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    a few more CPU upgrades worth checking out:

    FastMac
    Daystar

    Im probably going for a Daystar 550 mhz G4 upgrade for my G3 Powerbook (Pismo). Have already bought 100 gb Seagate disk and 1024 mb Crucial RAM, with a Sonnet Aria Xtreme wificard and 7200 mah hi-cap. battery coming soon

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    With all those upgrades, it might of been cheaper to buy a used powerbook off ebay:-)
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    Upgrading B&W to do anything significant is kinda not gonna happen.

    but you can always turn any ol mac that runs OSX or even OS9 into web servers, FTP servers, media players etc...
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    Fastmac has a 600 MHz G4 for $159

    Looks like I'll get that one. Thanks for the input I already have the ram and have yet to format it and install the OS I'm kind of in between apartments so it might be a while. Simon C - I might hit you up later when I finally set it up, right now it makes a handly doorstop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hcomplyr
    right now it makes a handly doorstop

    youd be surprised how often that happens with macs, but not PCs.

    I see more Mac Classics etc as door stops than anything, but i never see PCs doing that,
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    I have a classic SE that I picked up the other day for free, kinda cool.

    I think the job of Anchor would be given to that device

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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