G4 / 400 (yikes)

Being only the second mac I've ever purchased, Core was, as you can immagine, greatly anticipated. I got him from a girl I work with for a song - the tower plus a 19 inch NEC for $1,000. I haven't needed to own a mac until lately, becuase they were always provided by work. Unfortunately, there are no macs where I'm working now... Even though this isn't the most cutting edge G4, it's still damn fast, and you just can't turn down a deal like that. I'm finally able to really get into all of the stuff I've always thought about doing but never had the computing horsepower for. Well, to be fair... I've always been able to dabble with stuff like that before, but now I actually own the hardware I'm doing it on ;-)
I was really going back and forth about what I should buy. At first I wanted an entry level imac; just enough to hold me over until spring '01, or whenever we see faster powermacs. My plan was to buy something cheap now and save my money for a Big Bad mac something next year. I'll all good with iMacs now, don't get me wrong, but they are a bit inflexible. Now that I've got Core, it will be very easy to repurpose him when I do get my Big Bad mac. What with these PCI slots and drive bays, it'd be easy to make him a server or perhaps an audio box - something that would be much tougher on an iMac.


G4 400 Yikes
OS Mac OS X Server
RAM 832 MB
Drives 40 GB ATA
120 GB ATA
PCI ATI Rage 128 / 16 MB w/hardware DVD playback
System Bus 100 Mhz
Monitor Lacie 19" electron blue III (on a kvm)

Change log
  • November 27, 2001 - Added 5 GB ATA/33 drive (frink). Thanks piston!
  • December 4, 2001 - Added 256 MB of PC 100 RAM.
  • December 11, 2001 - Added ProRaid UW SCSI Card, 4x CD-R, 1 GB Jazz, 100 MB zip
  • December 14, 2001 - Added 80 GB Maxtor and removed frink.
  • February 13, 2003 - When I got pimp in November, core was re-purposed as a server. Currently he runs Mac OS X Server 10.2.3, and provides services for myself and a few friends. Added more ram a while ago for a total of 832 MB, and also a 120GB WD SE, for a total of ~ 240 GB. He no longer uses the scsi equip, either.
  • June 17, 2006 - core died today after many years of faithful service. Fortunately, his replacement was already up and running!

Pictures Updated 12/11/01
Notice the difference between the old and the new bandwidth ;-)