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#1 crpcory

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Posted 07 June 2005 - 01:32 PM

I have a dual 533mhz G4 tower and would love if i could get a little more processing power out of it. I've read about upgrading (does sawtooth mean soemthing?), I think, but i'm really not quite understanding what it all is.

If anyone can help point me in the right direction or talk about how reliable/effective/easy it is to deal with. I've installed RAM, internal hard drives, video cards and such so I have some understanding of my box's insides.

Not sure why this is escaping me, any help is appreciated

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Posted 07 June 2005 - 05:43 PM

Give us the specks please. Without them we have know idea what you need to upgrade. Or if you can do anything at all.
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#3 crpcory

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Posted 07 June 2005 - 11:13 PM

dual 533mhz G4 powermac...some extra ram but everything is base...geforce 2 32 meg.  What i'm really wanting to know about it upgrading teh CPU, can you do this on a mac?

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 12:38 AM

You have a Digital Audio G4, same model as mine, although mine isn't a dual processor. To answer your question about upgrading the processor, yes, it can be done. Look at my sig.

OWC is a good place to look for processor upgrades.
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Posted 17 June 2005 - 10:12 PM

it can be done, but i really think it isnt worth it, you wont feel a real improvment, and the price there selling these cards at is ridiculous, i think yo should just get a iMac G5 or something ... much better

with the price of a processor upgrade you can buy a Mac mini with extras think about it!'
if you want a benificial upgrade , upgrade the graphics card a 9800 pro is nice :D

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Posted 18 June 2005 - 07:31 AM

thats not quite right. a mac mini is barely faster than a DA with dual 7457s running at 1ghz, let alone at 1.4Ghz. It doesnt have L3 cache, the RAM gets expensive for the 1Gb stick, your limited to 2.5" hard disks, and the graphics are pretty lame.
The small form factor and silence are the only discernable advantages it has. And your suggestion for getting a 9800 is silly without the processor upgrade, as 533mhz wouldnt be able to keep up. the only bottleneck would be the system bus, but thats a problem with all G4s. And yes, there will be huge improvement with the basic OS, and importing in itunes and stuff.
If this upgrade will tide him over until the intelimacs then I say go for it. If this is a computer for the next five years, then get a G5 imac or something.
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