well to try and answer a few questions. 333mhz isn't really that fast, i have a 333mhz G3 iMac, 333mhz G3 biege PowerMac, and 350mhz G3 Blue and White PowerMac. Each one has a differnet configuration. Course i guess i'm used to my QUAD, but others might agree, not so fast anymore.
The iMac uses PC100/133 notebook ram.
the imac i have can run OSX 10.3 panther. which seems to run alright with 256MB ram and a 30gig Hdd.
as far as price goes.. i think i was lucky i picked mine up at a thrift store for 15bucks so i'll let some one else answer that one. you could always check ebay. and there might be better machines on ebay aswell. i would take a rev b Blue and White over an imac. and i think they are going pretty cheap on ebay now adays. just find out if it's a rev B first.
anything i missed?
Oh yeah and welcome to Macmod. Most of us don't bite. and if we do we have had all our shots.
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2.4gHz 15" MacBook Pro, 1.66gHz Core Duo Mac Mini, 2.5gHz G5 QUAD, 733mHz Quicksilver, 450mHz G4 Cube, 700mHz G3 iBook, 350mHz Sawtooth G4, 350mHz Revs. A and B B&W G3, 16mHz Powerbook 100, 8mHz Macitosh Classic.
From the sound of it, this is going to be your primary use computer? for that, i would say light email and internet usage, wordprocessing and the like, but dont get excited about music (doubt the harddrive on that thing holds much more than the biggest nano anyway), photos or anything fancy. for a child as a first mac it would be good. This is essentially a 7+ year old computer, and even considering it for purchase speaks volumes over its pc counterparts (could you imagine going out and buying a pentium 2?) it also will most likely have OS 9 on it, so u dont get the functionality/current-ness of applications that os X has
if u could spring for a g4 imac (lowest at 700 mhz, up to 1ghz) then do that, then u can bathe in os x goodness, but itll cost u around 400
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