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    Upgrading a g4 power mac
    Hey there

    I am really new and I am trying to find out if it is worth upgrading this g4 or buying a new computer. The computer is really slow and is used for video editing. Currently it has Final Cut Pro 2 on it and I would like to upgrade to a higher version.

    Mac
    Machine Model Power Mac G4
    CPU Type Power PC G4 [2.9]
    Number of CPU's 2
    Dual 450 Mhz Power PC G4
    Memory 768MB SD RAM
    Speed 450 MHz
    L2 Cache [per cpu] 1mb
    Bus Speed 100MHz
    Boost Rom Version 3.3.4f1
    Virtual Ram 16mb
    Firewire 400mb/sec
    Driver com.apple.driver.APPLESCCSerial [v1.2.6]
    Ser# XB0380URJBC

    I don't know if that's all you need to know.

    Thanks a lot

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    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Simple answer is no.

    Have gone this way when Leopard was first released but cost prohibitive now and G5s and early Intel iMacs and Minis are very cheap. You are stuck with a 100MHz bus system and old, old architecture.

    If this was the dinosaur age you would be riding say a Brontosaurus as Fred Flinstone used at the quarry. Sorry mate.

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    Thanks at least I know where I stand with this computer. Do you know what I should be looking for when it comes to picking up a computer? I don't have a bunch of money and I am looking to run FCP 5.1 about what price might I be looking at? I don't care if the computer is used or a few years older.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by dustinc View Post
    Thanks at least I know where I stand with this computer. Do you know what I should be looking for when it comes to picking up a computer? I don't have a bunch of money and I am looking to run FCP 5.1 about what price might I be looking at? I don't care if the computer is used or a few years older.

    Thanks
    Whats your budget ? you looking towards $1000 and lower ?
    if you don't mind a refurb you cause always try a 20" imac

    cheaper then new at a $849.00 pricepoint

    Refurbished iMac 20-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Apple Store (U.S.)

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    Yeah, about around $1000 is all I can afford at the moment. I might be able to do as high as $1300 or so but that is pushing it.

    I have no problem with purchasing a refurbished mac in fact I think that might be my only option at the moment. I will definitely check out the link.

    Thanks

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