power mac g4 upgrade questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DraxgoN, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. DraxgoN macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2009
    I just aquired a power mac g4 from friend and wanted to upgrade it so that its good enough to record music. Right now the specs that I know are as follows:
    Single cpu 400mhz
    126 md ram
    os 10.3

    I'm not sure on the graphics or anything like that.

    If anyone can help me with this? I have no idea where to start.

    Also I have the oppurtunity to get a g5 for $500. Would it be better to just get that rather than upgrading the g4?
  2. DraxgoN thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2009
    I figured it would be better to get the g5. But I've decided to upgrade the g4 anyways just for the experience. I want to get the best out of this machine. Can anyone help me out?
  3. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    A 1.6ghz G4 upgrade processor costs about $200 online. I've seen dual 1.42ghz Powermacs going for under $300 on craigslist which would easily be twice as fast. I just don't see the point of spending $200 on a G4 upgrade unless you can get one for very cheap.
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    500? Get a brand new Intel Mac Mini. It will run 4x as fast as any G4 and twice as fast as any G5 you can buy.
  5. jodelli macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2008
    Windsor, ON, Canada
    First off, you need to find out if it's a Yikes (PCI Graphics) or a Sawtooth (AGP Graphics). You can completely forget about upgrading a Yikes.

    Even the Sawtooth is more expensive to upgrade than it's worth, and since you have to ask you probably can't be sure if you're actually getting compatible components.
    As an example, not just any AGP card will work in one of these.

    If you really want to do this I suggest you stick to an outfit such as OWC online that can tell you what part you'll need. Or some local Mac reseller that has lots of used pieces in the back room.

    And 500 would be better spent on an Intel Mini, IMHO.

    edit: The Gigabit Ethernet could have a 400mhz CPU as well. Same thing applies as with the Sawtooth.
  6. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    Alright, hit :apple: (should be in the left-hand upper side), then More Info... then give us the model identifier. Dunno if this is in Panther, though... But it would help us figure out which model you are using.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    RE: power mac g4 upgrade questions

    "Also I have the oppurtunity to get a g5 for $500. Would it be better to just get that rather than upgrading the g4?"

    If the g5 is in good shape, that would be the best way to go.

    You can always keep the g4 around "as is" for a backup or spare.

    The g5's are far more _quiet_, too.

    - John
  8. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    What are the specs of the G5? If it isnt dual core or quad it isnt worth it as you can buy a Mini for the same price.

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