Well, new to us, that is. 🙂
Today I purchased a PowerMac Sawtooth G4/450|http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac_g4/stats/powermac_g4_450.html. This is essentially to replace our SuperMac S900 FrankenMac, which died recently. I bought it from a used Mac dealer, Mac Of All Trades|http://www.macofalltrades.com/ for $499 + shipping and handling. It’s a great deal on a great machine. It has a 450 MHz G4 processor, 256 megs of ram, a 10 GB hard drive, ATI Rage 128 Pro video, Zip drive, DVD-ROM, mouse and keyboard.
Now, the Sawtooth is not the latest machine, and certainly doesn’t compete with the new PowerMac G5|http://www.apple.com/powermac/. In fact, it’s almost three years old. But it is a very capable and expandable machine, and for our budget right now, the price was right. It can be expanded to 2 GB of RAM, up to a Dual 1.4 GHz G4 processor, and can use AGP video cards. All in all, it leaves plenty of room to grow if necessary. I will definitely be upgrading the RAM and Video card without delay. I already have an 80 GB hard drive which can go into the machine, and our Firewire CD-RW can easily hook up to it.
The system will run Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) like a champ, and from what I’ve heard, should have no trouble running the upcoming Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther).
It’s supposed to ship out by tomorrow, and should arrive some time next week.