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    Upgrade hardware for Powermac G$

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    Upgrade hardware for Powermac G$
    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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    Upgrade hardware for Powermac G$
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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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    Upgrade hardware for Powermac G$

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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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    Upgrade hardware for Powermac G$
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    Quote Originally Posted by royrokit View Post
    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).

    HTH,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Upgrade hardware for Powermac G$

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    You're right. Thanks Nick

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