Powermac G4 533mhz Digital Audio - adding a better graphics card help

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  1. denial macrumors regular

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    I still love my aging Powermac (Digital Audio 533mhz, 1gig Ram,stock model) and I want to keep going with it (it's reliable and does the job for me). However I can get hold of a Radeon 9000 pro 128mb graphics card very cheaply and was wondering what benefits (if any) I would see if I replaced my Rage128 pro (16mb) with this new card? And as a complete novice is the fitting of it as simple as removing a screw, taking out the old card and fitting in the new one?

    Or should I just leave well alone?
     
  2. crap freakboy macrumors 6502a

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    It's just sooooo easy. Pull out the crappy RagePro and pop in the new one.
    It'll make a world of difference.
     
  3. denial thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sounds good. I'm one of these people that find putting in memory a world challenge so I'm glad it's straightforward!!.
     
  4. eXan macrumors 601

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    If you would like to have Core Image support in Tiger I'd recommend getting Radeon 9600 instead. As far as I recall they are also pretty cheap :)
     
  5. deadfrog macrumors regular

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    I second the 9600.

    I have a dual 533 and swapped the rage pro for the 9600. Was a nice move and kept me occupied untill i got my G5.

    Last time i checked you can get a modified one from www.macsales.com.

    Well worth it.
     
  6. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    I third the 9600. ;)

    I have a Dual 533 Digital Audio, so I'm running a similar computer.

    A piece of advice: I have upgraded my Mac with a 250GB 7200RPM SATA hard disk, 1GB RAM and the 9600 Pro 64MB @ $129 from OWC. In my experience, the hard drive upgrade made a BIG difference in performance - the biggest of the three upgrades. Boot time is faster, and next to getting a CPU upgrade it is the best performance upgrade you can get. OWC sells an SIIG brand SATA card (the one I bought) and a variety of SATA hard drives all the way up to 500GB.

    The 9600 Pro 64MB made a big difference too, but I was running a Radeon 7500 32MB before that, so you'll likely notice and even bigger difference.

    Good luck, and happy upgrading!
     
  7. Mord macrumors G4

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    you can get a 9800 pro for a hundred bucks off new egg and then flash it, if your not up for it i'd get a 9800 off ebay, those new 9600's are expencive.
     
  8. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    A lot of people go this way and it can save a bundle, but I just don't trust ebay. To be fair a number of people on the forums have gone this route with no problems.
     
  9. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    as mentioned there are alot of people on ebay who flash the PC cards to mac then sell them and you can save yourself a bundle, if you ask me thats the way to go but if you don't trust it go to a mac specialist card maker,

    ShadOW
     

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