Please help me upgrade my G3!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Tyler62, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2007
    First of all, I just want to let you all know that all my life I have been a Windows user, so I am very new to all this Apple stuff. I recently used a new iMac and just fell in love. My uncle recently purchased a new iMac and passed his old Power Mac G3 on to me. I also want to let you know that I am a college student, so I can't get the things I want just by buying a new computer. I have an idea of what I want done to it, bud I have no idea what to do, how to do it, and where to get the things I need.

    I was just wondering if you guys could offer any help with bringing my computer up to date. I would like to upgrade the processor(currently 300mhz), so it is faster, add memory, possibly get a new hard drive, get a internal DVD burner, use Mac OS 10 Tiger, and use high speed internet. So, if at all possible, help me upgrade my G3!

    Thank you so much in advance,
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 5, 2003
    If you must upgrade your g3, visit Other World Computing ( THey have quite a few processor upgrades available. You may also want to look at getting a refurbished intel based mac, if you still need to run windows apps.

  3. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    Unfortunately, your core computer system will still be the weakest link. With your plan, you are basically replacing more parts than you are keeping.
  4. macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Agreed- the first thing you'll want to do is upgrade the processor to a G4 if you can afford it. Upgrading the video card will help as well as a new hard drive, but now you're getting into a price range that may be prohibitive for you.

    My advice is to look for a cheap used G4 tower or G4 laptop. In all honesty, you'll spend less money than you would on upgrades at this point. While upgrading any computer is always fun, it's also usually expensive. I don't think upgrading the G3 is worth it for you to be quite honest. Even though you're cash-strapped, your best bet is to sell it on Ebay or something similar and look for a computer that's a bit more capable. I think you'll only get frustrated and spend too much trying to upgrade the G3.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    Spending any money on a used G3 is pointless. The technology is so out of date that you'd be throwing good money after bad. If you can't use the computer as-is for doing stuff like email or writing term papers, then you might as well use it for a doorstop.

    Like other posters have said, you can get a more current (but used) computer for a lot less than what you would pay to upgrade your G3.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2007
    Thank you for your quick responses. I have been looking at ebay, and I like the looks of the iMac G4. How do you think this machine will fit my needs? Is there any other places besides ebay that you know of where I might be able to sell the G3?
  7. macrumors 65816


    If you list the complete specs and post some pics w/ a reasonable price, someone here or over at MacNN might buy it :)

    or sell it locally if your area has a craigslist.

    I also agree that you would do better to sell the G3 and get something more recent, from a value/investment standpoint. While fun as a tinkering project, upgrading old G3's is NOT like upgrading old windows machines, you cant just walk into the local mom&pop computer shop & start buying $1-5 parts & expect to walk out with everything you need for less than $50 :)
  8. macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Not here, until the OP has 100 posts and can qualify to participate in Marketplace. Trying to sell outside marketplace is a way to get banned.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    I agree with what's been said. I've been through a few B/W G3's (typing this on one now) and they're just not worth putting the money into. Every G3 that I've owned I've gotten free, and each would require about $300+ in upgrades to be a viable machine (and even that's just for use as a file server/print server, etc). Just not worth the cash.
  10. macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    The iMac G4 is a decent computer, and should be OK. You might still do better with a used G4 tower. Look at used eMacs as well.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
  12. macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    You're better off buying a used G4 either locally or on eBay.

    I've seen some 400-500 MHz and 466MHz G4s go on eBay for under 100 +/- shipping.

    Go for a 466 or 533 if possible, as they have the faster 133 MHz bus speed and the AGP 4X slot.

    Then just find yourself a el-cheapo PC card and flash it to a Mac card for Quartz Extreme, you can find more info at
  13. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    Old York
    You're better off ebaying it and then buying a mini or something, upgrades for old macs are very expencive, for the amount of money i've put into my cube over the years I could have bought a new mac mini a couple of times.
  14. macrumors regular


    Oct 15, 2006
    Yea, by the time you start doing processor upgrades, RAM upgrades and all that good stuff, you're going to be looking at dishing out the same amount of money you could get a refurb Mac for. I recently got a hold of a Power Mac G3 (see sig), and for me it's kind of a "backup" or family use computer. It's a capable machine for the simple stuff, but it wouldn't be worth dumping a ton of money into. If you're not looking to do much more than basic computing tasks, you may want to consider keeping the Power Mac, popping some RAM in, a bigger HDD, and OS X, it'll do the simple stuff. If not, the iMac G4 is a nice computer, or keep your eyes open for a Power Mac G4 or eMac.

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