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BlueMax Jul 27th, 2009 02:41 AM

I'm about to go completely mad!
 
PC fan noise is driving me utterly insane!! Someone, please! I have such a modest budget but I need to get into a cheap Intel iMac or mini just to save my sanity!!! Anyone know the cheapest way possible to do this? Used machines? Retailers like macdoc?

Maybe it's just lack of sleep or crushing disappointment of one noisy PC after another, but I've had it! Someone save my sanity by helping me get a cheap mini or imac or something! I can use my external DVDRW so I don't need a SuperDrive... just CHEAP! Oh please give me silent computing.... :yikes:

minnes Jul 27th, 2009 03:00 AM

watch the Apple store for refurbs, and the ehMac classifieds often turn up good stuff, macDoc may have somethin you like too
A new Mini is about $750, a used Intel Mini is around $500
I would think all Intel Macs are still at the low end $500 even used.

The G3 Man Jul 27th, 2009 07:19 AM

PPC machines are going quite cheaply, and they're better then the Intels in most ways.

Morgan

John Clay Jul 27th, 2009 08:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The G3 Man (Post 850626)
PPC machines are going quite cheaply, and they're better then the Intels in most ways.

Morgan

While you're more than welcome to continue deluding yourself, please don't pass it along to others. PPC machines are by no means better than Intels.

SINC Jul 27th, 2009 08:21 AM

That's exactly why my PPC machines, an eMac and a Quicksilver, sit idle gathering dust in favour of my MBP and Mini. Intel Macs are so far superior it's not even funny.

mc3251 Jul 27th, 2009 08:26 AM

News flash! Apple's technology has improved over time. PPC's were wonderful in their day, and their day is drawing to a close.
Buy a mini-it's the cheapest way to go and unless you have some special needs it should work fine.
As with any computer though, the most important questions are around what you are using it for.
Obviously.

DR Hannon Jul 27th, 2009 08:32 AM

Hope these help:

Macdoc

The Stack
MacMini Mac Mini 2.0 ( new version ) 2 gigs RAM 120 Superdrive with 500 gig Newer Tech V3 stack ( you can boot off of this for more speed )..$990

Mom and Dad's new Mac - all new- same incredible price.
Mac Mini Core2 Duo 1.83 with 19"" LCD KB and mouse $880

Music and Movies Mini
MacMini 1.83 2 gigs RAM with 500 gig internal drive $770

Carbon Computing

17in, 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 512MB, 160GB, 8x DL SuperDrive, AirPort, Bluetooth, iSight $999

Also note that Macdoc does custom deals. You may not need the keyboard or monitor. I have dealt with Macdoc, and he has always treated me fairly. Also, keep an eye out the refurbs. I did not see any inexpensive sales. One last note, Best Buy or Future Shop (sometimes!) give deep discounts on older equip the have on display. I saved $400 on a Imac, when the newer version came out. Yes, it was an intel.

IllusionX Jul 27th, 2009 01:10 PM

MacDoc does not seem to like to sell machines alone (sorry MacDoc!) I've tried to deal with him before, he's a very good guy, very suggestive and quick in his replies. Email him, do not PM, as it is easier for him get the messages quick.

You are likely to save a couple hundred by buying a package from doc, that's what i am trying to say.

screature Jul 27th, 2009 01:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The G3 Man (Post 850626)
PPC machines are going quite cheaply, and they're better then the Intels in most ways.

Morgan

:rolleyes: Sorry but this just isn't true at all!! My Mac Pro puts my old PPC G5 to shame.

pm-r Jul 27th, 2009 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlueMax (Post 850606)
PC fan noise is driving me utterly insane!! Someone, please! I have such a modest budget but I need to get into a cheap Intel iMac or mini just to save my sanity!!! Anyone know the cheapest way possible to do this? Used machines? Retailers like macdoc?

Maybe it's just lack of sleep or crushing disappointment of one noisy PC after another, but I've had it! Someone save my sanity by helping me get a cheap mini or imac or something! I can use my external DVDRW so I don't need a SuperDrive... just CHEAP! Oh please give me silent computing.... :yikes:

I'd be one of the last people to discourage a "switcher", but as "modest budget" was mentioned, did you ever investigate the cause of the noise in the Win box??

Good quality, quiet fans are readily available for a very reasonable cost along with other methods of cooling. And if you do switch, don't fall for the price alone and end up with one of the older noisy PPC "Windtunnel" Quicksilver Macs. ;-)

Patrick Mead-Robins
Mac Solutions
250-652-1860
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