Powermac G5 Upgrade help

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  1. Drich290195 macrumors 6502

    Drich290195

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    Hi guys I have a dual 1.8ghz powermac g5 with 4gb ram. I really want to make use of this machine instead of having it sat there. It's got the base graphics card in and I'm running leopard. Is there anything i can upgrade to make it a decentish machine. Can you include any parts so I can search ebay. Thanks everyone
     
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  3. Drich290195 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just make use of it day today web browsing or podcast production machine something like that
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    They are plenty capable with Leopard. Use Leopard WebKit or TenFourFox for web browsing, Office 2008 for Office tasks, MacTubes or YouView for YouTube.
     
  5. Drich290195 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What about graphics what are my options there
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    What card is in it now. Click :apple: --> About This Mac --> More Info --> Graphics.
     
  7. Drich290195 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not near it now but think it's the base at I 5200 or something
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The top of the line cards are going to cost a decent penny. I'd recommend getting a mid-range ATI Radeon 9600 Pro or 9600 XT. Intell has great suggestions on video cards and price points...
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    I second Altemose's suggestion of an ATI 9600 Pro/XT. They're much more powerful than the lowly GeForce 5200, yet they aren't as expensive as the higher end cards like the ATI X800 or GeForce 6800 Ultra.
     
  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Woah! Intell agrees with me.... that is actually the first time! :D

    I have a 9600 XT in my PowerMac and it drives a 17" Apple Studio Display and a 20" HP S2031 without issues even with streaming video on both displays. I also can play games like Minecraft (Lower Settings with both displays attached) and Battlefield 1942 (Max Settings) without issues.
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    I've agreed with you before. But beyond that, it shows that you're learning well.
     
  12. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Now I just need to memorize every specification, board schematic, fan size, placement, power rating, capacitor size, brand of capacitors, placement of every part on the Logic Board, updates to OS X and what each one included, the entire Terminal command dictionary and then maybe I will have 1/4 of the knowledge of Intell.... :rolleyes:
     

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