How can I make this old Power Mac G4 better for gaming?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by sparklegrass, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2011
    How can I make this old Power Mac G4 better for gaming, nothing major like WOW but games like Runescape or Facebook games?

    Model Name: Power Mac G4
    Model Identifier: PowerMac3,6
    Processor Name: PowerPC G4 (3.3)
    Processor Speed: 1.25 GHz
    Number Of CPUs: 1
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
    L3 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
    Memory: 1.5 GB
    Bus Speed: 167 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: 4.4.8f
  2. macrumors member

    May 18, 2011
    You really can't. FB games need a browser that's optimized for the processor architecture in the system, and nobody's making browsers that take advantage of the PPC anymore. You can try TenFourFox, which is doing yeoman's work, but I doubt you will get a very good experience in FB games.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    Sell it and buy something less than 5 years old.
  4. zen.state, Jul 23, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2011

    macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    To actually answer your question you could buy a dual CPU for your tower for under 100 and upgrade the video.

    What video card do you currently have?
  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2008
    Cudi Zone
    After doing what Zen recommended, I suggest you upgrade to a G4 build of Camino, that is IMO the best browser for the G4 Macs. You should get fairly decent performance on those FB games with this setup.

    G4 Camino:

    Use the 7450 build for your processor.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2010
    Dubai, UAE
    mate if runescape is your audience, then forget it!

    i play myself everynow and then and even on my G5 DC tower, its unplayable in terms of frame rates. Sure it will load up, but its not playable on PPC at this stage. not only that, but i saw the update yesterday that will soon make it impossible to play on ppc anyhows.

    hope that did not ruin your day :)

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