Upgrade old PowerMac G4...?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by buxtone17, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Hey all -

    Just came upon an old PowerMac G4. I don't have a monitor to connect to to yet, so I'm not sure what speed the processor is and such. (The model # is M8570 if that helps anyone...)

    Anyways, I was wondering if it's possible and how difficult it would be to upgrade this machine with a new processor and video card. Also, I know these old Macs can only handle up to a gig of RAM. Is there any way to expand that capability (I've got a bunch of 1 gig sticks of RAM that need a home).

    Any help/suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
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    Dave H

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  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    The fastest processor on the MDD G4's is only 450 MHz, right?

    Are there any companies that sell faster processors for old Mac's?
     
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    Dave H

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  5. macrumors 6502

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    My last mac was this very model, and I upgraded just about everything I could on it... and I realized that the cost was just not worth it. The total amount I spent on upgrades could have gone toward a waaay better intel mac. However, if 1. this will be your only computer for a long time or 2. you really have enough money to pour into it, then by all means go for it...

    But especially now I would advise against it just because its a PPC and they are slowly becoming a dying breed :p.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    I think you can actually get like 2.0GHz aftermarket upgrade for them.

    But seriously, don't put too much time/money into it.

    It would make a fine file server or web machine, but beyond that it's aging pretty fast.
     
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    michael.lauden

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    i think if you have to ask "should i upgrade" - and you are financially able to, of course.

    then the answer is yes
     

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