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Upgrading a blue and white g3


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I recently decided that I wanted to look into upgrading a Blue and White g3 powermac... But I dont know how much this would cost. Does any one know of a place where you can buy this stuff for cheap? I herd you can get the actual blue and white setup for under 90 bucks. But the upgrade to 1 ghz g4 isnt as easy on the wallet. Can anyone give some links/ suggestions?
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Shreve Systems has a B/W 300 MHZ w/keyboard and mouse for $79; www.shrevesystems.com. You might also try Sun Remarketing: http://www.sunrem.com/.
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I recently decided that I wanted to look into upgrading a Blue and White g3 powermac... But I dont know how much this would cost. Does any one know of a place where you can buy this stuff for cheap? I herd you can get the actual blue and white setup for under 90 bucks. But the upgrade to 1 ghz g4 isnt as easy on the wallet. Can anyone give some links/ suggestions?
If you want to upgrade old hardware to 1GHz start with a 466 GHz G4 digital audio. The 1ghz g4 upgrade for B&Ws downclocks the system bus to 66MHz. The starting out cost is more, but the upgrades are going down in price and the end product will be better.

The best upgrade going for the Blue and whites is about 550-600MHz G4 running the full 100MHz bus.

Also many of the B&Ws have issues with the ATA bus so hard drive upgrades will work better in more recent macs. This is especially true of revision 1 B&Ws so insist on a revision 2 motherboard if you get one (see articles on lowendmac.com and xlr8yourmac.com for how to tell the difference and why you should care).

My last bit of advice is unles you are doing this for fun, or if you need the computer right away and only have $90... just get a mac mini. even if you get god deals on everything you buy you can get a mini for less than the cost of a used mac and the upgrades.
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