Upgrading B&W G3 with G4 Sawtooth Parts?

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  1. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

    gavinstubbs09

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    So I thought of an idea to take my B&W G3 and convert it into a G4 with everything such as the logic board, plastics, etc. There are a few reasons to do this rather than just go buy a G4. I live in the middle of nowhere and it is extremely hard to get a Mac of any sort here so usually the source is ebay and what kills everything is the cost of shipping. This isn't very cost effective but I thought it would get some cool pictures and be a fun side project.

    So I have some questions. I was looking at a G4 Sawtooth board that looks identical to the B&W except the vertical angle of the Audio In/Out ports on the back and the IDE cable moved. Would it be able to have everything plug right in just as the G3 did?

    That and if anyone has a parts G4 PCI/AGP laying around and can sell some parts which I can't find on ebay, I'd appreciate it!
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    I don't think the power supplies are compatible. The Sawtooth and the B&W G3 are a wholly redesigned logicboard. It's the PCI G4 that has a similar, near identical, logicboard to the B&W G3.
     
  3. gavinstubbs09 thread starter macrumors 65816

    gavinstubbs09

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    Small things like that seem hard to come by at a cheap enough price to get... and I ditched the idea.


    However, I found a guy who will sell me a 400MHz FastMac G4 upgrade and a 128MB Mac Edition Radeon 9200 for $45 total (incl. shipping). Killer deal!
     
  4. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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    You could have just bought a 350 or 400MHz G4 stock CPU of the PowerMac G4-PCI Intell just mentioned. You would get the whole machine for I guess arround 20USD or the CPU alone for 1-5,-USD on Ebay.

    But I don't know maybe the FastMac Upgrade has an additional or bigger cache than the stock 400MHz G4 CPU.

    Beware PowerMac G4 AGP models and later CPUs do not fit the socket!
     

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