3247 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 20, 2008 2:49 AM by japamac
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Sounds like you have set the machine up nicely.
Maxing the RAM is always good in a G4, and the graphics card is beneficial.
The processors are plenty for most common tasks, and even if you wanted too, there really aren't any super powerful upgrade options for the MDD. A dual 7447A 1.8ghz is available, but for the money, not that much performance gain.
Replacing the internal hard drive would probably be about all that is left to do.
The current western Digital drives are very good, with the WD Caviar Blue offering very good performance for ATA drives.
As for the Leopard question, it really is a matter of software compatibility. The hardware is fine for Leopard. If the software that you wish to use has good compatibility in Leopard, then Leopard is a nice upgrade.
Leopard is a very nice OS.
also may look video cards?
With the 9600, then you at least have Core Image support for Tiger, Leopard, and app's that need it.
It isn't a powerful card, so there is room for improvement.
Cards that will boost graphics processing ability are the Radeon 9800 Pro or XT, Radeon X800, Geforce 6800 GT or Ultra, and the Geforce 7800GS.
Only the 9800 Pro is available in a ready made 4x AGP capable Mac edition.
All others are PC cards that need to be flashed to Mac ROM, and have pins #3 and #11 taped (or otherwise disabled) to use in a 4x AGP system.
The PC cards can be flashed (if you are willing and able) or, purchased ready made from sellers on eBay.
Flashed PC cards are a very good option in the desert of Mac AGP graphics cards.
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GeForce 7800 GS for G4 Power Macs (AGP)
the machine is pretty much maxed out, the only increased you could possibly see are from a processor, but the cost of it and your increase in performance wouldn't be worthwhile.
if you're not happy with the machine how it is id' recommend selling it and getting an old g5, which will be snappier in every regard.
updating the processor on the MDD's just arent worth it due to the low cost of some of the older g5 towers.
Hi i`am also new in this forum
I have very similar machine than yours --> it has Dual 1ghz processor, 2gb ram, external 500gb sata HDD with sata-pci card, Radeon 9800 Pro 256mb and Benq wide LCD 22". I also have usb2-card, wlan-card, bluetooth and other "accessories".
I use it as my main machine and running currently leopard 10.5.5 with it. I`am very pleased with its performance, leopard runs like champ and i do picture editing, imovie and even world of warcraft runs great. With this machine i go an year or more, before i change to mac pro or something like that