Quick G4 Cube Question Regarding Ram

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ilovemyibook, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. ilovemyibook macrumors 6502

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    Hello everyone. My girlfriend got me a beautiful 450 MHz G4 Cube. It has 10.4.11, a 40 gig hard drive, and 768 mb of ram. If I understand correctly the Cube can take 2 gig of ram? If i go from 768 to 2 gig will I notice an improvement? Also, what are some other minor things I can do to help the speed? I do not want to do anything extreme to this computer, because it's not my main one. One final question, where would I go about getting speakers for it? I've looked online, but I'm not finding much. Thank you for all the help!
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    The G4 Cube has three ram slots and can take a maximum of 1.5Gb. A good way to get better speeds on the cheap is a new hard drive or SSD for it. For even more speed, a CPU upgrade is needed. But remember, this machine is 10+ years old. CPU upgrades for it are getting expensive. For speakers, you can either get the G4 Cube USB speakers or almost any USB sound card. I've used a Griffin iMic with mine in the past. Note: Only the G4 Cube's USB speakers make the startup noise.
     
  3. ilovemyibook thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you very much. I can see myself doing a hard drive upgrade and ram, but I don't really feel the urge to drop that kind of money on a CPU upgrade. Will a SSD make it much faster along with the 1.5 gig of ram? Am I just looking for any hard drive that will fit a G4 Power Mac? I am kind of confused as to the the sound card issue? The internals in the Cube are so packed I don't see how that can be a standard sized card?
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    For the SSD/hard drive upgrade you want a PATA/EIDE/IDE hard drive, not SATA. Preferably one that's 120Gb or less. Otherwise, you'll have to do some modifications to get a bigger drive to work. By USB sound card, I mean a USB device that plugs into the Cube and provides a headphone out or speakers. Like the Griffin iMic: http://store.griffintechnology.com/imic And if you're planning on running Leopard on it, a CoreImage video card would work wonders for user interface speed.
     
  5. ilovemyibook thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well I know what I'm spending my Christmas money on. lol. With the information you gave me I am going to do a lot of research. So if I did the SSD, ram, and video card I would have a fairly capable machine? I know it was made in 1999 and it's PowerPC, but I love this computer so much. I am content with running Tiger on it, because that's what I have. I've never personally used Leopard so I don't know what I'm missing out. Thanks again!
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    If you're not going to be running Leopard, the video card upgrade isn't really worth it. Tiger's eye candy is tame enough for the Cube's stock cards. A good source of Cube information is http://www.cubeowner.com They have everything you could ever need that's related to the G4 Cube. PS: The Cube came out July of 2000 and left production July of 2001. Use this link to find out exactly when your's was made: http://www.appleserialnumberinfo.com/
     
  7. bigeasy_uk macrumors 6502

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    I do love the cubes, I've got 2, a stock 450 with a modified pc graphics card, an ati 9700 I think, and one with a 1.2ghz g4 upgrade and a stock graphics card. I've lent the 1.2ghz one to my mum and she loves it, still looks gorgeous on her desk with the cinema display and usb speakers + isub.

    You can modify a pc graphics card to work in the cube and they are a lot cheaper than buying a mac specific card, a good site for info is http://themacelite.wikidot.com/
     

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