Upgrading a B&W 400MHz Rev 2.

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by FinnishFlash, Feb 5, 2004.

  1. FinnishFlash macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2004
    Helsinki, Finland
    So I got my new toy today.

    It has 320Mb RAM, 6 Gb original hard drive, Rage Pro 16Mb, DVD drive.

    What should I upgrade if I have about 200 € to spend? Overclock it maybe...?
  2. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    you can buy a sonnet G4/500mhz upgrade for 200 american. you have enough ram that upgrading it could wait a bit. I have the same sonnet upgrade and it gave my 350mhz blue and white a huge kick. osx runs well on any G4 so that would be a good way to spend your 200.
  3. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    What do you want to run on it? Some other possibilities:

    (a) 7200RPM bigger hard drive - this will give you a 10% performance boost, and more space
    (b) Graphics card - these are overpriced, but you can shop around or flash a PC card (e.g. Radeon 7000 PCI)
    (c) Firewire and/or USB 2.0 card

    I think the CPU upgrades are expensive for what you get. You see, you can buy a Sawtooth for $500 or less, and it'd be somewhat faster than the upgraded B&W.

    Overclocking is not a good idea, as it shortens component life and lessens reliability. A B&W 400 is a very reliable machine, one of Apple's best.
  4. Hemingray macrumors 68030


    Jan 9, 2002
    Ha ha haaa!
    Funny you should mention... I just finished upgrading a 400MHz B&W G3 here at the office. First thing I did was put in an ATI Radeon 7000 PCI graphics card. That right there increased my graphics speed by over 100% (I benchmarked the computer before and after, of course.) I also put in a Sonnet Encore/ZIF 500MHz G4, so Photoshop performance has definitely improved, and upped the RAM to 640MB, which also helped. One thing this computer still lacks, though, is a faster HD. I wish I had put that in with my upgrade proposal.. but then, any higher and you start getting into the cost of just buying a used G4, so I kept the cost at around the $400 mark.

    So, as the others mentioned, my advice is to get two things at the very least (okay, three...):
    1) ATI Radeon 7000 PCI graphics card.
    2) 7200rpm hard drive.
    3) A couple extra 256MB RAM chips in there wouldn't hurt either.

    That right there will give you a significant performance boost.

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