View Full Version : Upgrade G3 or go G4?

Mar 25, 2006, 11:50 PM
Hello again, I have a beige G3/266 Mhz PowerMac with 256 MB RAM and lookin to upgrade. I got about a $300 budget and wonderin if it's smarter to upgrade a G3 or buy a used G4. I'm been doin some pricing on upgrading and so far I've have a plan of getting a 900 Mhz CPU upgrade (PowerLogix PowerForce G3/1GHz (1000MHz) ZIF), 512 RAM upgrade (total of 640 replacing two 64 MB RAM sticks) and a 120 gig HD. I was lookin on eBay and G4s are sellin from $200 or so with a little less Mhz, ram and storage space. I dunno if an upgraded G3 is more cost efficient than just buyin a G4. I don't know, what's yer opinion?

Mar 25, 2006, 11:53 PM
I'd go with an AGP G4. Just pop a GeForce 2/Radeon 7500/GeForce 4 and you get wonderful Quartz Extreme and G4 power. You can sell the beige and add some more cash to your purchase. You're almost in Mac Mini territory too.


Mar 26, 2006, 12:32 AM
id say sell the beige, pool a little more cash and get a refurb mini out of the deal

Mar 26, 2006, 12:35 AM
id say sell the beige, pool a little more cash and get a refurb mini out of the deal$429 for the refurbished Mac mini 1.25GHz with 512 MB of RAM from Apple. You can try Craigslist or ask around here when you're ready.

Mar 26, 2006, 12:46 AM
I'm with others; it's not worth upgrading the G3. Go G4; it really won't be that much more expensive, and will be a whole lot better of an experience.

Mar 26, 2006, 01:07 AM
very cool, I really appreciate yalls help. I guess upgrading a G3 may seem cool to do, but it now seems kinda illogical. I didn't even think about the Mini. I just looked at MacTracker and was blown away by it's specs. Shoveling a little bit more dough will mos def be worth it. Lets just hope my PSP will sell nicely when I post it on eBay. As for selling my G3, I never give up a Mac. They're hard to let go of :D unlike a PeeCee

Mar 26, 2006, 02:14 AM
G4, G5 or Intel.....G3 = VERY No No ;)