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raeble
Jan 15, 2005, 09:59 AM
Hi,

My sister has got a powermac g4 867, and she's looking at upgrading the video card. It's an Nvida 32mb card. She's using final cut express and it's running a bit slowDoes she need to get a specific type of video card? Would she be able to use a sapphire radeon 9550 256mb? It's about 50 which is about 70 cheaper than a slower card the guy in the mac shop showed her.

Also does anyone have any recommendations on external dvd writers?

Thanks.

yippy
Jan 15, 2005, 10:27 AM
Short answer, the Saphire will not work, needs to be a specific card.

Mac need Mac specific graphics cards. However, an upgrade does not have to be that expensive. As seen here (http://eshop.macsales.com/MyOWC/Upgrades.cfm?model=156&type=Video&TI=%23TimeFormat%28Now%28%29%2C+&shoupgrds=Show+Upgrades) you can pick up a good upgrade from what you have for about $120 US. The link I gave you might not ship to the UK, so maybe some one over there can help you find a good place to buy them. eBay is not a bad bet either.

James Craner
Jan 15, 2005, 11:05 AM
Yippy says you need a Mac specific card, like the Radeon 9000 Pro, which you can find here

http://www.microanvika.com/MAC/product.asp?TXT=INFO&PNO=ATI54578

However before splashing out on a New Graphics card make sure you have at least 512MB of Ram, if you are running with less than that, it may make more difference.

cluthz
Jan 15, 2005, 11:16 AM
A videocard update won't make Final Cut run faster at all!
Get more RAM, be sure you have one HD for apps/system and one for video.
Be sure you have atleast 20% free space on you HDs.

Your system probably have a 32MB GeForce 4mx, which is good enought for all kinds of 2D, if you are into 3D apps and gaming, then upgrade the videocard.

With FinalCut 512MB RAM is the bare minimum, get 1GB (1024MB) or more.

IF you are planning to upgrade the videocard, get a Radeon 9600 or faster, the Radeon 9000 is only a bit faster than the GeForce4mx

raeble
Jan 15, 2005, 12:02 PM
Thanks, I'll pass the information onto her.

Nermal
Jan 15, 2005, 04:23 PM
The link I gave you might not ship to the UK, so maybe some one over there can help you find a good place to buy them.

I'm in NZ and I just bought a video card from OWC, so there should be no trouble for UK users either.

jadam
Jan 15, 2005, 06:14 PM
hrmmm get her a mac mini :-D

solvs
Jan 16, 2005, 02:58 AM
hrmmm get her a mac mini :-D
Considering it has only a Radeon 9200 with 32MB, I don't think that would help. Plus the slower drive. And less RAM. But I'm sure you were kidding. Right?

Yes, get more RAM. And a nice, big, fast, scratch drive if possible. If you're going to be updating the video card, it has to be a Mac specific one. I second OWC (http://eshop.macsales.com/). They'll ship internationally. It might speed things up a bit in Tiger with a nice Radeon 9000 or 9600, but not as much as RAM will. The more, the better.

jadam
Jan 16, 2005, 03:50 AM
Considering it has only a Radeon 9200 with 32MB, I don't think that would help. Plus the slower drive. And less RAM. But I'm sure you were kidding. Right?


Yeah I was kidding, mostly because of the slow hard drive, it would probablly be a pain in the ars to use with the 4200rpm hard drive it has. Im no expert on this stuff, but I really doubt changing the video card is going to increase performance of FCP.

raeble
Jan 16, 2005, 04:15 AM
Well apparently according to her it needs 40mb of graphics to run, but considering she's not the most technically minded person when it comes to her mac. I don't know. I live in another city so I can't go and see what she's doing and I really know nothing about g4's. I told her to do it at college and I got shouted at so I'm just going to find out what she needs. She's planning on selling it in june when uni finishes, so there's no point spending a fortune and either buying a g5 or a powerbook depending on what apple does with it.

On the ram point she had to by another 512mb to get the program to open, I've told her to get some more from crucial this time which is a lot cheaper than that stuff she bought in the mac shop.

Thanks for all the advice.

solvs
Jan 17, 2005, 05:33 AM
Well apparently according to her it needs 40mb of graphics to run, but considering she's not the most technically minded person when it comes to her mac. I don't know.
According to this (http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/specs.html) it just needs an AGP card, which she has. I'd tell her to upgrade the RAM if she has less than 1GB and maybe the hard drive. If she's just getting a G5, it probably won't matter, but the extra RAM will increase the resale value anyway.

A Radeon 9600 from OWC is only about $120 if she can afford it, though.