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    Default Get a DP533 or a Quicksilver 800 single

    I'm looking to get another Mac and wonder if I should go for a Dual 533 or a single Quicksilver 800? I'd go for one of the G4 Mini Macs but installing anything into them looks like a real chore that I'm not prepared to take.

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    Default The DP533 is the better machine..

    BUT given the same $$ I would buy an MDD (since its the $400 range?)..

    Either way, dont sell the Intel Mini short, the Intel is the future and PPC's will slowly be turned off .

    I would NEVER buy a PPC Mini, at this point... they are too limited for today's software.

    EDIT: I still have these for sale (an MDD and a DA)

    http://www.macgurus.com/forums/showt...5644#post95644

    but not sure I can arrange shipping until after the New Year.
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    Aren't those MMD Macs loud tho? The G4 DP 533 with a gig of Ram and a DVDCDRW is going for $200($25 shipping) so it's what I'm most serious about. At present I'm running a B&W with a Sonnet G3 and 1 gig of Ram.
    Will take a look at the MMD's and see what's out there.
    Thanks,
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    Default MDD's were loud

    They can be easily silenced..

    However, at $200 you wont find an MDD, and thats a good price point too. DP533 is a heck of a machine for $200, I say go for it!
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    For that price, you are pretty safe, assuming it works as advertised.

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    The Minis are not that hard to crack, just different from your typical tower. All you need is a putty knife. Limited to what you can upgrade. The biggest show stopper is if you need either/or:

    Really fast internal/RAIDed storage
    3D video for modern gaming

    I would, however wait to buy a Mini til they get bumped to a C2 CPU...which might happen at MacWorld in mid Jan.
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    Well I got the Dual 533 today and after switching the hard-drives out from the B&W to the G4 things are working great! I did have a small issue with the keyboard, I used a Griffin Technology: iMate so I could still use my old ADB keyboard and I couldn't type in single user mode. A quick trip to their web site for a driver update fixed that tho. They say it isn't compatible with Tiger but it did the job.
    The difference between this G4 and the B&W I was running is amazing. When I get some more extra money I guess I'll upgrade to 1.6 dual Giga I guess. Now I need to sell my ATI PCI 9200 so I can get an ATI 9200 AGP card. Then I should be good to go. Thanks again for all the input.

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    I don't think ATI made a retail Mac 9200 AGP.

    You have a few more options with 4X AGP of the DA, but at this point the only new retail card available is the 9800. They are expensive, juice-sucking case heaters, but they do perform well.

    The only other options are used OEM/older retail cards or flashing.

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    "I don't think ATI made a retail Mac 9200 AGP"
    You are correct, the one I'm thinking of is a flashed windows card.

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    Thumbs up

    I have a flashed AGP 9200 in my Cube, and it has been a good all around card.
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    Cool beans UncleMac. Does it support Quartz extreme natively? I had to use the AGP Hack to get it to work with the stock 32 meg nVIDIA card.

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    Nope. About the only thing it is missing. As I recall it is simply not supported by Apple, as opposed to lacking in capability.

    I did some 3D gaming with it some time back and it was pretty good overall, considering its specs.
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