Upgrading PowerMac G4

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by raeble, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. raeble Guest


    My sister has got a powermac g4 867, and she's looking at upgrading the video card. It's an Nvida 32mb card. She's using final cut express and it's running a bit slowDoes she need to get a specific type of video card? Would she be able to use a sapphire radeon 9550 256mb? It's about £50 which is about £70 cheaper than a slower card the guy in the mac shop showed her.

    Also does anyone have any recommendations on external dvd writers?

  2. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Short answer, the Saphire will not work, needs to be a specific card.

    Mac need Mac specific graphics cards. However, an upgrade does not have to be that expensive. As seen here you can pick up a good upgrade from what you have for about $120 US. The link I gave you might not ship to the UK, so maybe some one over there can help you find a good place to buy them. eBay is not a bad bet either.
  3. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    Yippy says you need a Mac specific card, like the Radeon 9000 Pro, which you can find here


    However before splashing out on a New Graphics card make sure you have at least 512MB of Ram, if you are running with less than that, it may make more difference.
  4. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    A videocard update won't make Final Cut run faster at all!
    Get more RAM, be sure you have one HD for apps/system and one for video.
    Be sure you have atleast 20% free space on you HDs.

    Your system probably have a 32MB GeForce 4mx, which is good enought for all kinds of 2D, if you are into 3D apps and gaming, then upgrade the videocard.

    With FinalCut 512MB RAM is the bare minimum, get 1GB (1024MB) or more.

    IF you are planning to upgrade the videocard, get a Radeon 9600 or faster, the Radeon 9000 is only a bit faster than the GeForce4mx
  5. raeble thread starter Guest

  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I'm in NZ and I just bought a video card from OWC, so there should be no trouble for UK users either.
  7. jadam macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2002
  8. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Considering it has only a Radeon 9200 with 32MB, I don't think that would help. Plus the slower drive. And less RAM. But I'm sure you were kidding. Right?

    Yes, get more RAM. And a nice, big, fast, scratch drive if possible. If you're going to be updating the video card, it has to be a Mac specific one. I second OWC. They'll ship internationally. It might speed things up a bit in Tiger with a nice Radeon 9000 or 9600, but not as much as RAM will. The more, the better.
  9. jadam macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2002
    Yeah I was kidding, mostly because of the slow hard drive, it would probablly be a pain in the ars to use with the 4200rpm hard drive it has. Im no expert on this stuff, but I really doubt changing the video card is going to increase performance of FCP.
  10. raeble thread starter Guest

    Well apparently according to her it needs 40mb of graphics to run, but considering she's not the most technically minded person when it comes to her mac. I don't know. I live in another city so I can't go and see what she's doing and I really know nothing about g4's. I told her to do it at college and I got shouted at so I'm just going to find out what she needs. She's planning on selling it in june when uni finishes, so there's no point spending a fortune and either buying a g5 or a powerbook depending on what apple does with it.

    On the ram point she had to by another 512mb to get the program to open, I've told her to get some more from crucial this time which is a lot cheaper than that stuff she bought in the mac shop.

    Thanks for all the advice.
  11. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    According to this it just needs an AGP card, which she has. I'd tell her to upgrade the RAM if she has less than 1GB and maybe the hard drive. If she's just getting a G5, it probably won't matter, but the extra RAM will increase the resale value anyway.

    A Radeon 9600 from OWC is only about $120 if she can afford it, though.

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