04-23-2007, 06:50 PM
eBay is your best bet for hardware upgrades. Really all you will be able to upgrade if wanting better graphics, etc is to buy a whole new logic board (processor and motherboard are one.)
I just got an iMac G3 350MHz from someone at work. Here's the deal...
I'd take apart the bottom of the computer first to see if you can upgrade the logic board. I was told by someone on eBay that you can't use the faster logic boards like 500MHz to 700MHz on the 350's and slower because there is no heat sink pad on the chassis. I took my 350 apart and it had one. The processor is facing the inside of the iMac so you need to remove the logic board to confirm this. If you had the pad, you should be able to upgrade no problem. I haven't tried it yet, nor do I care anymore.
As for other items, if you can find a slot loading drive from other iMacs maybe upgrading that would be good. Upgrading the RAM is possible to 1GB, 2- 512MB of PC100 RAM. The hard drive can be upgraded. Any IDE hard drive works. Try tigerdirect.com They have the lowest prices I can find for hard drives (usually). I shop in their store a lot and haven't had a problem.
Which OS are you using? I assume you will have 10.3 for the latest version of iTunes so go with whatever HD you want but try and spend as much on RAM as you can. It's an old computer and will need plenty to keep iTunes and OSX purring. I think OSX works fine at 320MB of RAM.
hmm, I doubt iBook discs will work on an iMac. PM me if you are interested in the OS 9 discs for this machine. I picked up a set for $3 on eBay. If this machine already has OS X, no worries.