I picked up a beat-up B&W for $10.
I've always wanted one... couldn't pass it up, but its in bad shape outside (inside is pretty clean). I don't know much about this line other than a few of its fantastic specs, like the 100MHz bus speed, the ZIF proc slot, FW, usb1, AND adb.... and that's about it
There is a proc in it, don't know what it is, but I don't care -- I have a G4/450 zif ready to put in there (been saving it for this occasion).
There is no video card (damn savages!)... but I was going to run it headless anyway... and I have an ATI Rage 128 in my 9600 that I could use... still, I intend to use Remote Desktop... so maybe... should I take a look at those probably faster PCI slots and examine options?? You be the judge!)
It didn't come with any HD (though there appears to be cabling for 2 devices), or any RAM (those GD savages!)... so (please) lead me to the cheap Ultra ATA/33 and RAM sites...
I know nothing about ATA... scsi man here, and me and my knuckes are ready, if not eager, to move on...
Also, I'm so used to looking for RAM for the 9600, I'm afraid to begin looking for PC100 (so many kinds!)... any good tips are appreciated.
Its rumored to have a bad power supply, and I know I could just replace it with a functional but used one off an auction site (replace it with the original Apple Part Number: 614-0085), but I thought I'd ask about an upgraded one that might be a good buy... I know little about power supplies, but I know I want to max this out with hard drives, ATA and firewire, and I have no idea if putting a "better" power suppy in will make any difference (keeping in mind that I intend to keep it on all the time).
So here's the summary of my information needs if the information is readily available to you (as in you happen to know what you're talking about... you are experienced.)
a) What about these faster PCI slots? Should I put a hot graphics card on my wish list? Is it worth it? What's the deal?
b) Ultra ATA/33
(?? I know zilch... not even what the connectors look like)
c) Apple Part Number: 614-0085
(or repacement power supply for B&W suggestions)
d) PC100 3.3v, unbuffered, 8-byte, non-parity 168-pin SDRAM
(I THINK I saw some 256 modules for $32... but I am really unfamiliar with PC100 SDRAM... and wondering if this is really a rock bottom price, or if its likely its wrong because of the price... just don't know!)
Thanks for helping!