thinking about chipping my sawtooth G4 450 mhz

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  1. jackjohnson

    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    ok so this thing is slow but it's not too bad at all. I mainly run heavy illustrator, some photoshop, etc. Its actually bearable with these programs. When I use dreamweaver it beach balls for about 3-4 seconds every time I switch back into dreamweaver. this is a major bitch because thats all you do in dreamweaver (switch back and forth between a browser/dreamweaver).

    I pretty much need to do something right now. I have 2 different options:

    1. mac mini, would be great down the road because of the intel chip and I know it'll be faster. biggest con: can't use two monitors. I need dual monitors

    2. processor upgrade anywhere from- 1.0 ghz ($179) to 1.6 ($240). pros: will have money left over for a dell 20.1, can run dual monitor, could probably sell the processor for a decent amount later on. cons: still somewhat slow, not future proof

    I would save for a used/refurb G5 but I would rather wait till the intel boxes comeout but that is a long wait, and it would take some more time to get the money...
     
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    How much ram do you have? Im sure a 1.6ghz processor with atleast 2 gigs of ram would be pretty nice.
     
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    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    I have a gig (256 x 4). I think getting rid of two sticks and buying two 512's would be good enough (1.5). :dunno:
     
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    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    oh and what would be better for me?

    1.4 ghz L3 cache

    or

    1.6 ghz L2 cache
     
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    I don't really have a solution for you, I just want to say that my sawtooth G4 500 is still working great for me.

    When Adobe comes out with the Creative Suite for the Intel, that's when I'll upgrade. But that's next year.
     
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    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    yeah I love mine to death. you are right when cs comes out on intel that's when I'll upgrade because: 1. thats when It'll really haul ass 2. apple will have worked all the kinks out of the new intel mac pros
     
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    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    argh right now im completely lost. this is what I need for the G4:

    - airport card $100 (802 B only as well)
    - processor $250-300
    - ram $150

    ive been looking at craigslist and people are letting dual 1.8-2's go for 1050-1500 fully loaded :eek3:
     
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    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    i just placed an order at OWC:

    OWC Mercury Extreme [email protected] 2MB L3 Cache for PowerMac G4 AGP Graphics/Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, & Quicksilver Models. 3yr OWC Warranty, 30 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee

    $259 :eek4:

    better kick ass
     

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