View Full Version : Replace the processor? (SPEED!)

Apr 18, 2004, 01:28 AM
I've been happy, up till recently, with the performance of my G4. Until lately, that is, when I've discovered online FPS games.

Now, I'm starting to wonder... Is it possible, or feasible, or even reasonable to upgrade to a faster processor?

What I have: A Power PC G4 with a 733mhz processor, 1.5G SDRAM, ATI Rage 32 mb video card. I can't find a build date right now, and I know the video card isn't the strong point of my system but... The game I'm currently into, I've been told by all the "gurus" is more processor intensive, than games such as UT2k4, which requires an awesome video card.

Thanks for any help!

Apr 18, 2004, 04:05 AM
after searching the forums on this topic, i have these links for you in regards to processor upgrades: http://eshop.macsales.com/Accelerators/index.cfm (Other World Computing), http://www.lowendmac.com/ppc/g4upgrades.html (low end macs info about g4 powermac upgrades - hopefully you know or can work out which of the 733 mhz models you own - im no help there sorry), http://sonnettech.com/default.html (Sonet).

Apr 18, 2004, 05:52 AM
you have a radeon 7500 not a rage no rage had 32mb vram

if you upgrade the video card i would be willing to pay you $160 for the old one

(need it for a cube)

Apr 18, 2004, 10:44 AM
Your video card is probably as much of a problem as your processor. It is possible to upgrade, but hardware upgrades for mac are expensive, and if you can afford it it would probably be worth your money to buy a new computer... Perhaps a 1.6ghz G5

I believe (might want to double check me, i could be wrong) to upgrade your CPU and video card to about the best they can be (1.4ghz g4, basically), you'd probably end up paying about $700, and if you sold your current computer and bought a 1.6ghz G5 you'd probably be paying about $1000 for what I think would be a pretty significantly better machine.

Just my two cents

Apr 18, 2004, 10:58 AM
If upgrading rather than replacing is the route you'd like to go, another pretty good site for information is www.xlr8yourmac.com. I concur with the above posts. The video card is more likely to be an issue on FPS than will the processor, but more processing power never hurt anybody.

Apr 18, 2004, 11:53 AM

Check thi splace out it seems to be bang for buck, muck cheaper than Powerlogix and the others