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    Apple G4 Desktop - Sacriledge Upgrades?

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    Apple G4 Desktop - Sacriledge Upgrades?
    I know this post will be met with some adversity, but I've been looking to build a gaming PC for awhile now. Money is tight, so I'm looking to cut corners here and there. I have an old Apple G4 desktop sitting in my basement, and I would really like to revamp it and bring back the shine it once had! In.. A different way of course. Is it plausible to gut the parts out of it, save for the fan and the hard drive (I want to reuse as many components as possible) and turn it into a fair gaming PC? I know it depends on the internal brackets of the desktop, but I'm computer illiterate, heh. Anywho, I would be really greatful for responses. Thanks

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    Apple G4 Desktop - Sacriledge Upgrades?
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    I'm in the current process of tricking my 2001 Quicksilver..

    I managed to pick up an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb for around $90 CDN shipped. And while the 733mhz cpu is a bottleneck, it gave noticeable improvement on overall image quality of the OS, especially with things like scrolling, Expose, Menus, and minimizing/bringing up windows from the Dock.

    OWC sells some daughter card upgrades, but they aren't cheap. A dual 1.6ghz card is about $400 USD.. eBay typically runs on-par or more for similar cards. Mine came with a stick of 512mb RAM and it cost me around $70 CDN to put another gig in, which was quite difficult to find (the computer is almost a decade old).

    Given the slow bus speed, and the ram bus speed (both 133mhz, yours may vary), the old G4's can't push data like something newer (possibly a G5 or early Intel), could put out.

    I'm a gear sl*t, especially for legacy hardware.

    While my G4 is still a usable system, and can run Ableton alright, I've decided to purchase a used G4 MDD with dual 1.25ghz cpus, which are on a 167mhz bus (not much faster, but it's noticeable), and uses DDR333 ram, which also helps quite a bit. I'm using mine for one specific role, which is running a sound studio, and Ableton takes advantage of dual cpu's, so the G4 MDD would be a decent system for my needs until I get the cash for a MBP, as my Dell Studio just ran my VST's like garbage (even with a core2duo and 4gb DDR2).

    I'm technically not paying for the MDD, as I'm selling my current QuickSilver for the same price as I'm paying for the new one. Macs like these go for a lot more than where I live compared to most other places (like the USA), so I can get away with it.

    If you're just using it for basic computing tasks, it should be fine running Tiger.

    As for gaming, a lot of the newer, better games are made for Intel-only Macs. There are plenty of older games like Call of Duty, StarCraft/WarCraft 3, Dungeon Siege, and Diablo II that can run decently, provided you have a 64mb+ video card and a cpu of around 1ghz.

    My 733mhz barely plays CoD, SC/WC3 run nicely, as does Dungeon Siege and Diablo. Halo will also run on anything 800mhz+ with 32mb vRAM.

    To be honest, you're better off buying a G5 at the least, or move into older-gen Intels.

    You have to keep in mind that a lot of software developers do not make Universal binaries anymore, which prevents the G5 and previous from running anything. And believe me, it's getting harder and harder to find PPC binaries on the Net (prime example, Transmission, I had to download v1.54 to be able to run on my QW).

    Not meant to flak, just some food for thought.

    Also, posting specs of your current machine may give some insight to the rest of us here on some cheap upgrades that might be worthwhile!

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    Apple G4 Desktop - Sacriledge Upgrades?

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    I think I may have misunderstood your post, but just to double clarify - I'm not wanting to run a better Mac OS on it. I want to turn it into a Windows machine. :/

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    Ahh, my mistake.. I thought you wanted to game on OS X.

    That said, parts like ram, hard drives, and optical drives are universal across PC's.

    In short, no you cannot.

    If you're planning to use the Apple hardware, that will not work because it's completely different processor architecture, unless you run something like VMware while using OS X.

    I'm pretty sure that would also be in violation of the EUAL if it were even possible to run windows natively on PPC technology, as it would be to use OS X on a "hackintosh."

    If you really want a gaming PC, hardware is pretty cheap to get a nice rig setup for the newest games. Unless you plan on getting a fairly newer Mac that can game natively (with lesser titles of course), on OS X, and/or you could dual-boot with Win7/XP/wahtever, and run games that way.

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    Apple G4 Desktop - Sacriledge Upgrades?

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    So I can't just use the Desktop case to house the parts?

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    Apple G4 Desktop - Sacriledge Upgrades?
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    The plot thickens..

    If you want to gut it and mod it to fit PC components, you're more than welcome. Just check google for some pics, there are some pretty nice ones out there.

    I did that with my old Sawtooth G4 before the logic board died. Had it running a P4 "prescott" 3.26ghz OC'd to 4.0ghz under stock voltage/cooling, around 69*C. Running on an ABit AA8XE mobo, 4gb OCZ ram, and an eVGA 6800GT 256mb (at the time this card was top of the line, around 5-6 years ago when the GeForce 6-class first came out.).

    Ended up selling it because i switched to consoles for my gaming needs. I leave my computer to do computer stuff.

    I did some air mods too to give it the air it needed to cool it.

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