View Full Version : G4 processor and graphics card upgrade?

04-22-2003, 09:19 AM
I have a 450 G4 and want to upgrade to 1Ghz. I also want to upgrade the graphics card. Any suggestion - problems to watch out for - or random comments to think about? Thanks for the help in advance.

04-22-2003, 09:33 AM
Hi. I have a Dual G4 500, one of the older ones. It comes with a 2x AGP port, thus when I went looking for a new video card the only one that would work with it is the ATI Radeon 8500 Mac Edition. All the other video cards I was looking at only supported a 4x AGP port.

The ATI Radeon supports both 2x and 4x AGP.

Hope this helps. :)

04-23-2003, 10:04 AM
Thanks for the speedy reply. I've seen stuff about the 9000 and the 9700 and couldn't figure out if they would be good for lightwave. I've read a lot here about the 8500 but didn't know that it was more of a computer compatibility issue. This really helps a lot. Again thanks.

04-23-2003, 10:35 AM
8500 is greater than 9000 in all aspects.
9700 would be better than all cause it has double vram.
Reports have shown a GF card is enough for a agp x2 mac.
A dual 800 upgrade is greater than a single 1ghz. (maybe same price?)
Sometimes its cheaper to sell the mac u have and buy a second hand DP 867.

Also there is a clone maker thats starting to ship cheaper clone macs.
maybe an alternative? (http://www.2khappyware.com/order/)

04-25-2003, 05:53 AM
I had a clone once. Power Computing 180. Upgraded it with a Maxpower G3-300. But that thing was so damned loud I started to hate it just from the sound. When I installed OS9 it killed the CD drive. I reinstalled OS8 and gave it away.

04-25-2003, 05:54 AM
These clones use Apple motherboards... Power computing used their own...

04-25-2003, 07:29 AM
I saw that. The also look like they hold many many drives. Are they as loud at the older clones? My apple G4 is loud but I had a cabinet built to put it in. Now I can't hear it at all unless I listen for it. And it's cool running too.

So tell me more about the 9700. What's the deal with the 2x and 4x AGP? I guess I work too much to keep up with all the changes.

04-26-2003, 06:55 AM
Well, how about you go to macresq.com and have them bid on your mac. take that amount, add the cost that it would be to update your CPU and GFX card and put that towards a new mac?

Wanna stretch your dollar even furhter?

get a refurbished mac. N reason to buy new, really.

A good place for refurbished macs are smalldog.com.

They have a dual 800 refurbished, with a Superdrive !!!!! for $1500. thats faster, in rendering at least, than the current bottom of the like 1ghz mac, and thats like $200 more.. the Dp800 boots up 9.0 as well....

Hurry, they only have one left!!!


04-26-2003, 06:49 PM
I have the same machine you have and after some research discovered that the best card to put in a G4 450 AGP is the Radeon 8500. At its price level it's better than the GeForce 2 and is the fastest radeon card that the G4 450s 2x AGP bus can take advantage of. You could buy a faster card, but the limits of the bus negate any advantage. It's also the only card with VGA out, so you don't need an adapter if, like me, you still use an older CRT.