Deck the Halls of my Powermac G4 Quicksilver ($500 mac)

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by codycartoon, Dec 10, 2003.

  1. codycartoon macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2002
    I have $400-$500 to spend on an upgrade for my:

    Powermac G4 Quicksilver 867mhz
    256MB Memory
    60GB Main HD
    80GB Film HD
    15inch Apple Studio LCD

    I am a filmmaker and use Final Cut Pro 3 sometimes daily, I am running out of space on my Hard Drive and am felling cramped on my 15inch LCD.

    It is possible that I may be editing a feature film in the future, and I am shooting a 20-minute short now, which has already accumulated 80 minutes of footage.

    What would you buy with the $400 - $500 budget? Remember it will be from Santa Clause himself so take it easy, there are other children.

    If your interested in my flicks, Here are some links:

    Thanks a bunch
  2. jrv3034 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2002
    Well, it's always nice to have a larger monitor for editing video, but it's not necessary. Hard Disk space, however, is essential. Right now you can buy a 250GB LaCie firewire hard disk for $289.

    Ask yourself if you really need an LCD monitor. If the answer is no, the sell your 15" Studio Display on eBay (you should get at least $250 for it) and with what you have left over get a nice 21" CRT for around $450-500. Or, if you really want LCD, there's some nice 17" ones (NEC I think) for around that price.

    Hard Disk space is your #1 priority. Then, sell your monitor and get a better one.
  3. codycartoon thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2002
    Thanks for the help.

    I was thinking of just adding a CRT monitor and having dual displays. What are some good ones?

    What about RAID?

  4. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    viewsonic make about the best crts I would say. they sell reconditioned ones through that come with a 1 year warrantee. very good value.
  5. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
  6. DavidFDM macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maine, USA
    I too have a Quicksilver and the first thing I did was max-out the RAM. The would be my first suggestion.

    Second, upgrade to Panther.

    Third, add a second monitor. I do work in Director and love having 2 monitors.

    Fourth, maybe add a ATA-133 or Serial ATA card and the appropriate hard drive for better performance. I have an ATA-133 with an 80GB attached and its pretty fast.

    - David
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    For video editing I'd say you need to get that up to 1GB RAM, which is very cheap now a days anyway. And of course get another big HDD, I wouldn't go for the HUGE drives (250GB) as you tend to pay a premium for it, get a 180-200GB drive and save yourself some cash towards a 2nd monitor of some sort.
  8. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    the quicksilver already has an ata 100 bus so adding an ata 133 or serial ata 150 would offer little to no gain at all. if you want proof just check out the benchmark results at when upgrading you need to shoot for what will give the the highest performance gain for the smallest amount of money. ram should give a good boost and is quite cheap.
  9. codycartoon thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2002
    umm... I run photoshop while FCP3 is up and it's fine... Is it just me or is this whole RAM thing hyped?

    What are some good flat screen CRT monitors? What about external firewire drives? Is panther worth it?

    I thought this looked like a nice monitor:

    what do you think?

    Thanks a lot, I know $500 doesn't seem like a lot, but it is a ton to me and I need to make sure it is well spent.

  10. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    trust me, the ram thing is far far far from hyped. ram is everything, ram is computer food. osx needs lots of ram, the apps you run need lots of ram. obviously you can run those apps with only 256 but they would run FAR BETTER with more. for what you do I would get 1GB min.

    this is not opinion, this is fact.

    please help me convince him how much ram would help final cut pro.
  11. krimson macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    get at least another 1Gb of RAM first, get another drive with the money you'll have left over.. new FW enclosure $60, then you could easily get a large capacity drive with what's left over.

    [edit:] im on a Sony G520, and i love it.. too bad i can't take it home.

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