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I have a local seller who can hook me up with a Performa 6360, decent condition but no upgrades. These machines are pretty hard to find on eBay (and I prefer local sales anyways) and don't come up that often locally and when they do come up on eBay they are 100+. But thats eBay. Is a locally sold one worth 75 dollars ? (Im sure I can work down the price to 65-60.)

 

Thanks for the help guys! happy Saturday! 

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Depends on how much you're after that particular machine and what "no upgrades" means.  If it's base as the day it was built (maybe 16MB RAM and a ~1GB HD) then I'd say it's a bit steep, but if it's got a fair amount of RAM, a larger HD, and perhaps a CSII ethernet card that's reasonable.  I'm assuming that "no upgrades" means nothing like an L2/G3 or a USB card.

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The Performa 6360 was a good machine for running OS7 thru 8.6. It is simple to upgrade. Years ago, I added a G3 220 MHz card and a 10 MB PCI ethernet card to this machine. If the machine still boots, I think it's worth the money. Note you can no longer buy the 4.5V Alkaline PRAM battery for this machine. It's simple to splice the original PRAM battery connector to a 3 AA or 3 AAA battery pack as a replacement.

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35 minutes ago, EvilCapitalist said:

Depends on how much you're after that particular machine and what "no upgrades" means.  If it's base as the day it was built (maybe 16MB RAM and a ~1GB HD) then I'd say it's a bit steep, but if it's got a fair amount of RAM, a larger HD, and perhaps a CSII ethernet card that's reasonable.  I'm assuming that "no upgrades" means nothing like an L2/G3 or a USB card.

Yea by no upgrades I meant no upgraded HD or G3 card. Which is fine. 

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Even with the original 160MHz 603e chip, this machine should perform "fine" - it won't set anything on fire, but it was a fairly budget-oriented machine even when it was new.

 

I'd say to go for it! There are a handfull of really interesting upgrades for it (tv/fm/video kits, avid media card), and there's enough room for one or two basic upgrades (pci ethernet or commslot ethernet plus pci usb) if you'd prefer something more generic or easier to use with modern files.

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Only if you want it.

 

I have snagged all kinds of macs and kept them for ages except for a 63xx and a Classic II that I didn't like and sold off quickly so I am biased.

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3 hours ago, ClassicMac said:

I have a local seller who can hook me up with a Performa 6360, decent condition but no upgrades. These machines are pretty hard to find on eBay (and I prefer local sales anyways) and don't come up that often locally and when they do come up on eBay they are 100+. But thats eBay. Is a locally sold one worth 75 dollars ? (Im sure I can work down the price to 65-60.)

 

Thanks for the help guys! happy Saturday! 

What do you feel? If you saw it for $75 in a thrift store, would you buy it?

Do you specifically want a Performa 6360 or will any Powermac do?

 

Personally, I find it a tad expensive, but looking at Macs in the U.S. on eBay, they all seem to be expensive. Also, with eBay you have to consider shipping costs and the possibility of damage in transit. If, however, you are prepared to wait, you will find a machine at a better price, but it might not be until next year.

If the machine the local seller can get you works and comes with the basics (keyboard, mouse, maybe a monitor), then go for it.

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I already have two 6500s. I just really like the form factor and the fact that its the last revision of that form factor. 

 

I will see if I can get it to below 60. Wish me luck.

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Location is a big factor in the US. If you're in or within the general orbit of a big tech-heavy city or region, then you're likely to run across a lot of stuff frequently. If you're not, then $75 for a stock 6360 doesn't seem that unreasonable.

 

The "desirable" Macs have been able to fetch a couple hundred bucks for a couple years at least, so I don't see $75 as being unreasonable for something "ho-hum, but unique and not widely appreciated." So, if you want one for the purpose of having a 6360, then I'd say go for it. If you've got the $75 laying around.  They're unlikely to get much cheaper.

 

Granted, if you're in, say, San Francisco or Seattle or even Portland or LA, I understand that the feeling is likely that there's a giant pile of them somewhere you just haven't found where it'll be in the $0-5 range, so at that point the question is whether or not you want to spend $75 on it, and not whether you want it at all. (Although as the years progress, each time "this is the last one you'll see like this!' has a higher possibility of actually being even a little bit true.)

 

Just casually, eBay in the US appears to have three 6360s on it right now:

- A complete kit with a multi-scan 15av for $399

- Two more, one for $165 and one for $199, in close to stock configuration with no accessories

 

I know i say this in every single "should I?" thread, but: If you want it, and you think $75 is a price where you wouldn't regret it, do it. You found one at half what the next least expensive option for this machine is, nationally. If yours includes anything or is specifically known to be working, then you're already ahead of where most of what's on eBay is.

 

I understand, though, that it's tough, because you already have other machines that need your functional needs - it sounds like this might primarily be an aesthetic/completionist collection item. (Which I understand entirely: I want one too, even though I also have other machines.)

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Congrats, I’d love to find a 6360 for anything near that reasonable!

 

Ever since the LC/Performa/Quadra 630 I’ve liked the form factor, pretty sure it’s the smallest “beige” era desktop with a built in CD-ROM, and the 6360 is the only model that is PCI based (USB/FireWire card possibilities) and has G3 CPU upgrade options. 

 

Not it sure if you could fit a tower 6400/6500 motherboard into a 6200/6300/6320 desktop case. The 2 slot PCI riser seems like it wouldn’t fit. 

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FYI the SuperMac C500 is very similar to the Performa 6360 and about the same size. The 6360 has 1 CSII slot and 1 PCI slot, while the C500 has 2 PCI slots. You could install a 10 Mbit Ethernet card and a 2 port USB 1.1 card n the C500.

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1 hour ago, Forrest said:

FYI the SuperMac C500 is very similar to the Performa 6360 and about the same size. The 6360 has 1 CSII slot and 1 PCI slot, while the C500 has 2 PCI slots. You could install a 10 Mbit Ethernet card and a 2 port USB 1.1 card n the C500.

The C500 was based on the x400 architecture. I'm not sure if the 6360 is in the same family.  Alchemy?  Tanzania?  Something like that.

 

The 6360 was the first model in that whole larger line (5200/6200 - 5500/6500) that I liked.

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Nice buy! You'll love it. If a card won't work in one of your picky, TAMlike 6500 boards it'll probably be fine in the 6360.

 

C500 doesn't have the AV Slot of the 6360/6500/6500 family for all kinds of toys to play with in it and a CSII NIC is 10bT card in a funky subset PCI slot.

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14 hours ago, Forrest said:

FYI the SuperMac C500 is very similar to the Performa 6360 and about the same size. The 6360 has 1 CSII slot and 1 PCI slot, while the C500 has 2 PCI slots. You could install a 10 Mbit Ethernet card and a 2 port USB 1.1 card n the C500.

Back in 1999 I used a C500 with two Ethernet PCI cards and IPNetRouter software (http://www.sustworks.com/site/prod_ipr_overview.html) as NAT router at my college newspaper (we also used it for scanning and Photoshop).  Got the whole office online. This was back before inexpensive Linksys routers (and WiFi) became a thing, I think I remember some NAT routers in the back of the Mac magazines being hundreds of dollars at the time. 

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