Single to Dual G4--worth it?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by sysiphus, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. sysiphus macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    I can pick up a dual 800MHz processor+heatsink for ~$20 locally which would swap into my 867MHz Quicksilver with no fuss. I'm probably going to be using this machine at least through the end of the calendar year. Worth the time/trouble/cost?

    (For reference, I'm using it for Mail/Office/Firefox/iTunes/VLC/light Java development)

    I hesitate to pour much $$ into an old outdated platform, but dual processors is tempting...
  2. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    It may only be $20 and your time, however it may also bring headaches if things don't go as planned. The axiom 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' may apply here. What are dual processors going to do for you that make this a compelling upgrade?
  3. 4JNA macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2006
    looking for trash files
    not worth it for your workload. will not make anything faster (maybe if you have all those apps open at once... doubtful) and will not help with resale at the end of the calendar year. save yourself the time/money/hassle.

    stick the $20 in a saving account and earn a bit of interest towards what is to replace the 867. best of luck.
  4. sysiphus thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    Thanks for the input. I was tempted primarily because I see the processor usage spike to 100% when loading content-heavy webpages (not even talking about streaming video), and thought I might be able to alleviate this.

    Sounds like I should think twice, though...
  5. uller6 macrumors regular


    May 14, 2010
    These old G4s are really CPU limited, my dual 1.25 maxes out all the time running safari as well. The dual would probably save you some time, but you're still going to be surfing the Internet at a crawl.

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