733 G4 Tower Graphics Card Recommendations

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by technocoy, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. technocoy macrumors 6502a

    technocoy

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    Hey Peeps,

    Just came across an old 733 tower (the one before the quicksilver change) that I want to hook up to a decent monitor and would like some more power in the graphics card area for 10.4.

    Can anyone recommend a good card that will still work in these older machines? I'm a little rusty on the hardware side, and would love some recommendations.

    I would obviously like to keep it relatively cheap, but I'm not opposed to spending a little money. It's mostly going to be sitting as a server, but I my wife may use it from time to time. I would like to use it as a backup machine and may use it as a media server. Anyway, It's not a bad machine and I hate to just have it sit there.

    Thanks in advance,
    technocoy
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    A Radeon 7500, 9000, hacked 9600, or a GeForce 4 MX is fine too.
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I would also recommend an ATI Radeon 9000.
     
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  5. technocoy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks all

    i greatly appreciate the help...

    i'll look in to the modded one, but how realiable is that? i would love to have core image.

    otherwise, i'll probably go with the 9000.
     
  6. Vader macrumors 65816

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    That makes me sad, I have a 733 tower, and I still love it like it was new. With the 896mb ram it goes great, I did't ever think of it as an "older mac" before, because I am running 10.4.6 (scared to do the .7 update yet).
    I always thought of older macs as ones that can't handle OS X. But I guess my tower is an older mac as it can actually boot into classic, yeah, that's right.
     
  7. technocoy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Vader

    lol, nah, it's just that being in the design and multimedia fields i'm probably just used to having the latest machines. It's a fine machine and I'm hoping to turn it into a media server.
     
  8. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    What exactly is core image? I know it has something to do with the ripple effect in the dashboard, but that's about all I know.
     
  9. technocoy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    it really helps speed things up throughout the interface and with certain apps... it allows OS X to offload some of the processor intensive tasks to the GPU instead of bogging down the computer as well.
     

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