Power Mac G3 Yosemite

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by zachy85, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. zachy85 macrumors 6502

    zachy85

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    I was at my parents over the weekend and decided to reclaim my G3 tower from 1999. I am pretty sure its the 350 mHz model. I remember adding a second 32 gig hard drive back in the day to spilt my OS 9 and X installs.

    Wondering what the utility would be in hunting down a processor upgrade? I think I will max out the RAM.

    This is more for fun/tinkering than anything else, won't be using it for anything day to day.
     
  2. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Unfortunately processor upgrades are getting really hard to find, if not flat out scarce these days. About 3 years ago they were much easier to find. Probably the best option is finding an original 400MHz chip and overclocking to 450MHz. RAM is a lot easier and cheaper to get a hold of. The full 1GB shouldn't run you more than $30 total.
     
  3. zachy85 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Ya thats not a bad deal for that 500MHz G4. Another option is a Radeon 7000 PCI or 9200 video card. Those can also be had cheap, and combined with a G4 chip, you should see some decent performance.
     
  5. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

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    My B&W is one that I've done some things to. I lucked out and a guy in Japan had a Radeon 9200 12MB card and a 450MHz FastMac G4 CPU. That was $60 for them both but it just happened to be luck that I came across them.

    But as the other guy said they are relatively hard to find these days. Just check ebay every so often!
     
  6. zachy85 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. The processor seems like it might be one of the tougher parts to fine, so I have decided to make a few easier upgrades:

    RAM: Max out to 1 Gigabyte
    (I think the machine currently has 448 mb in a 64+128+256 config)
    $6.99*3 256mb PC100 DIMMS=$20.97

    Sata: Sonnet ESATA PCI Tempo card
    Microcenter: http://www.microcenter.com/product/222076/Tempo_Serial_ATA_Hard_Drive_Controller#
    $13

    SSD: 64 gig drive
    Amazon: Kingston SSD
    $49.99

    Molex to Sata adaptor
    Microcenter: $2.49

    Graphics: Radeon 9200
    Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Power-Mac-A...283?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27de6208d3
    $27.95

    All in all, a little over $100 bucks doesn't seem so bad for all this. Now I need to find a Tiger disk to install the OS onto the SSD!
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    Why get the ATI 9200 for it when the GeForce 5200 supports CoreImage?
     
  8. zachy85 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No reason, except that I saw somewhere that it was probably the best video card this machine can support. I'm happy to learn otherwise!
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    The GeForce 5200 may be the best. Some models have 256MB of ram on a 128-bit bus and have VGA/Svideo/DVI out as well as CoreImage. While the 5200 is the slowest CI card, it's the only PCI one that can flashed for Macs.
     

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