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If anyone has info where I can get Processor, Ram and Optical Drive to upgrade my PowerMac G4 800 mhz (Not Intel). Would like to run 10.5 at least since 10.4 is becoming useless
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Here is something VERY important to consider. An 800mhz Powermac G4 is worth about $25 dollars. A 1.8ghz dual processor Powermac G5 can be purchased for about $100.

A 1.8ghz dual processor Powermac G5 can do just about anything an 800mhz Powermac G4 can do (and more)...but do cpu focused tasks about 200%-300% faster...and perform video focused tasks much much faster.

Upgrading the ram, processor, and optical drive in a Powermac G4 will easily exceed $100...and in the end...an upgraded Powermac G4 will still be VERY inferior to a dual-cpu Powermac G5. And of course...a Powermac G5 has no problems running OS 10.5 "Leopard".

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Yeah. Makes a lot of sense. I guess I have an attachment to this old Mac, although I have several other PC's, this has been a very reliable machine. But, you're right. I'll do some shopping around.
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Yeah. Makes a lot of sense. I guess I have an attachment to this old Mac, although I have several other PC's, this has been a very reliable machine. But, you're right. I'll do some shopping around.
If you had some REALLY serious reasons for continuing to use your Powermac G4...such as:

- a large investment in hardware that ONLY works with a Powermac G4
- because you need to run a really old version of the Mac OS that a Powermac G5 cannot run
- need to run software that will not run on a Powermac G5

Then upgrading your Powermac G4 may make sense. But I don't think that you have any of these issues...since your goal seems to be to run OS 10.5. So I really think that spending more $$$ on your Powermac G4 would be much better spent on at least a Powermac G5 (if not an Intel Mac).

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You're right. Thanks Nick
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