View Full Version : Power Mac graphics upgrade

Apr 4, 2007, 04:54 PM

I recently had the opportunity to purchase a Power Mac G3 B&W for a very low price. It's been upgraded to a G4 processor and has 512MB or RAM, which isn't too shoddy, given that I paid under 50 for it. Now, I may just relegate it to being a server, but I was wondering about possibly actually using it as a PC. Now, this is my first Mac foray at all, so I'm a little lost as to whether upgrades aside from RAM and processor are actually possible. I looked online but I couldn't find much information on the subject.

Is it possible for me to get a storebought card and stick it in there? Or, do I need to get some sort of special Apple Mac card instead? Obviously it'd need to be PCI, but that's not too bad given I'm not going to be gaming on this thing; I'd just like a little more graphical power.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated

Apr 4, 2007, 04:59 PM
What's wrong with the video card that's already in it? (If there is one in there.) You're only running a server.

Apr 4, 2007, 05:03 PM
Well, the ATI Rage 128 isn't a particularly good card at all. It'll do for basic stuff, but I'd like to keep my options open. Plus, DVI-D would be nice. As I said, I probably will just use the machine for a server, but if it's possible to upgrade then I may change my mind on that.

Apr 4, 2007, 05:05 PM
Is there any specific reason for DVI-D output? You're not going to get much of a gain on a PCI based Power Mac when you upgrade the video card.

The Radeon 7000 PCI for Mac would give you the best video options for the price. (D-Sub, DVI-D, and S-Video) Your best bet it so check eBay or the local Marketplace here.

Apr 5, 2007, 09:58 AM
max out the ram,forget about the video card