So. I am working as a consultant with a guy who is a huge Mac zealot. He's got me working on an old Cube right now. It would be really useful to be able to run the newer Skype. Unfortunately, the old Cube can't handle that, and it's pretty much a no-go to upgrade it.
We need something cheap, made by Apple (though it can be sold by anyone), with specs high enough to at least install OS 10.4, 10.5 would be nice though. Also, obviously, it should run the newest version of Skype.
Right now I'm looking at either a new Mac Mini for $600, or an older one for $500.
Any other potential fits that are cheaper/the same price? It doesn't have to be a powerhouse, just solid and cheap.
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Why does it have to be a Mac though? You can pretty much run skype on your toaster now.
Also, it has to be a Mac because this guy has owned almost every generation of Apple computers at some point, starting with the Apple II when he was a kid. He really digs them.
If I recall correctly, the cube was a G4 right? Why can't it run Skype? I have a G3 iMac running 10.4.11 and iWork '08 on 512 MB of RAM with only a 350 MHz processor. I mean, if you really need a new Mac, then a mini seems to be what you need, but dropping some RAM in the cube seems like it would be cheaper and still work.