PM 733 Quicksilver, questions

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by chanoc, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. chanoc macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2003
    Anchorage, Alaska USA
    I won this on eBay: link.

    So, if I slap in the best 4X AGP card, max out the RAM, add a 24bit M Audio Revolution 7.1 sound card, PCI USB 2.0 and PCI Firewire 800, will this Power Mac get good results at various tasks with the 733MHz G4 single and bus speed? I used to have a Power Book 667Mhz which was slow - even with 1GB of RAM.

    I was going to get the Mini, but this seemed like a good deal for 570.00, plus shipping.

    Quicksilver owners, current and past, tell me your experiences. I am about to get a new baby! Cigars for everyone! :D
  2. zvitali macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2003
    I currently own the same computer, 1GB Ram, Revolution card. It is noisy and slow. GUI is fine for small resolution but becomes much worse when used on 1600x1200. Planning to sell it off soon to get a Mini.
  3. jihad the movie macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2003
    Smugtown, NY
    I have a Quicksilver 800, I recently added a GeForce 4 Ti that I got at CompUSSR for $119, two 120 GB HD's (to replace the previous 40 and 30), Put in a Combo Drive from my G5 and I am happy to say I am pleased with its performance. I know it is not the fastest mac out there, but for your general mac uses, I think it is fine.

    Here is what the setup looks like now.

    2x 120gb HDs
    768 mb of ram
    GeForce 4 Ti (hooked to a 15" LCD)
    5 port USB2.0 card
    Adobe CS

    Even before I upgraded the HDs, and Video Card the machine was decent to use. I won't lie though, it is a fairly loud machine. I would advise removing part of the PSU fan grille since it is off warranty. Also, if you don't plan on installing a Zip Drive, I recommend removing the Zip Cage to prevent dust from collecting.

    If anything, I would want to upgrade the processor to one with an L3 cache just to speed things up, or just go dual, but since it is not my main machine, I don't really want to invest the money yet.
  4. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Quicksilver first of all has to be one of the best macs ever made. With that said i took my 733 to 800 then bought a 1.4 OWC upgrade card also threw out the 4mx32 and put in a geforce3 64 in it. has 1 gig of memory. Its performance is about equal to my mini1.42 just a pinch slower though its 64 video looks a little better then my 32 in the mini. They are making dual g4 upgrades now for that quicksilver. a upgrade in the cpu dept in effect can give you the performance of a new machine. As a owner of mini and quicksilver the quicksilver makes for a slightly better machine due to its video upgrade and other expansions but the mini can about match a quicksilver thats been upgrade and with its small size and silent operation and low price is tough to beat. Mini would be 100% perfect with 64 mb video. at the moment its only 95% :D
  5. chanoc thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2003
    Anchorage, Alaska USA
    I was disappointed with the shipping times for the Mini, even the local Alaska Mac Store quoted me a three-week wait for shipping. I may have to go the route of a dual CPU upgrade and max out the RAM soon, but for now this will be fine - better then my last Mac: iBook G3 500 w/8MB VRAM, slow bus, small and slow hard drive, and all around crap performance.

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