Which Upgrades For Powermac?

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  1. macrumors member

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    I have a digital audio powermac g4, I was wondering which I upgrades I should do I have about 300.00 to spend, I know I'm already going to buy a pci usb 2.0, not enough usb ports, and I have a wireless card in another pci slot. So which upgrades would be the best for minimal garageband, medium Ilife, little imovie, idvd, IM, documents, ipod, music listening to, maybe a little world of warcraft (doesn't need to be superfast!) I proabably will keep the computer for about 2 1/2 years, just to put into consideration.


    Extra Ram 512mb
    Bigger HardDrive
    new video card
    dvd drive
    proccesser upgrade
    new speakers????

    I didn't know if I needed a new video card, if I do which one, under 75.00!


    thanks for your help!
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    300 dollars will not get you very far when it comes to upgrading the system. Youre going to need at least 500 if you want to upgrade fully

    RAM = Definately Upgrade but a 512 stick will use up about half of your funds.

    Hard Drive = Also a requirement if you plan to be able to store more files and software, but may also cost about 100 bucks minumun

    DVD = Only required if you want to watch DVD movies, but then again some mac software like iLife require you to have a DVD drive for installation you be the judge of that

    Processor Upgrade = This along with the RAM upgrade will significatly improve speed but this is very costly to do. Often times its better to just get a new computer than dish out the money for this

    Speakers = Only if you need them man. Or if you want better sound :)

    With 300 dollars id recommend doing the RAM and either the Hard Drive or DVD upgrades depending on your needs. Hope that helps :)
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    What are you current specs?

    Processor?
    RAM?
    Video card?

    iDVD requires minimun processor of 733 MHz G4 and a decent video card, 32 MB VRAM minimum.

    The price for some upgrades are, approximately:

    1 GHz G4 processor upgrade card $200
    Superdrive $60
    Video card $100
    512 MB RAM $80

    I hope that helps. Good luck.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    dual 500mhz
    512mb ram
    40gb
    dvd drive (want to upgrade to superdrive)
     
  5. adk
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    adk

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    I would definitely recommend the extra ram and a big HD. 512MB of ram will probably run you 80-$100, and you can get a 250GB drive for about $100. As for the other $100, it's up to you, but i'd say DVD burner or speakers, depending of whether you're more into music or movies.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Given the $300 budget, I would buy RAM, harddisk, and superdrive.
     

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