Not ever Mac is kept in operation by it’s original owner of course; a lot of you trade in or sell your Mac as soon as a newer faster one is released by Apple. Shame on you, you’ve bought into the Intel Syndrome – “Keeping up with Jones’ newer and faster one”. Doesn’t matter, used Mac are scooped up faster than burgers at a picnic, and for pretty respectable prices too!
For those of you that keep yours for three, five or even ten years as a useful tool, you don’t have to live with its original state of configuration from Apple. Sure, if your Mac is the only one you ever use to do you work and projects, you probably have no concept of it being slower than a new one you used somewhere else, perhaps just a friends recent 1GHz G4 or an outrageously priced Dual 1.42GHz “Mirror Door” G4.
So what are we talking
about? Upgrading your desktop Mac “mini tower” computer
is in most cases easy, satisfying and in many conditions cost effective
too (depending on what your target is and the state of the accessory
market). If you wait for bargains to upgrade, it may be better for you
to upgrade instead of running out and buying a new one when all considerations
“Considerations” you say? What considerations are there? Well, lets just assume that you are you are a “power user”, a term frequently applied video, audio or graphics “media” producers. You have undoubtedly spent a fair amount of time and money on the necessary hardware and software installed on your highly customized Mac. Some of that hardware may not work on the new Mac G4’s. There is also the nuisance factor of tearing down a perfectly functioning system to move hardware that may have problem, it works at all, and reinstalling all that software.
There is a third
reason for upgrading; a lot of us love our Mac family member, especially
if that baby has been your reliable mainstay. There is also the satisfaction
of breathing a fresh breath of newer and younger life into your “love”.
This is something that Wintel clone box owners will never understand,
as they pitch their obsolete
We wish that we could
cover all the possible Macs you can upgrade, but we just don’t have
the time or budget, so we have to focus on a good representative Mac.
We decided on and oldie but a goodie that were made and purchased in volumes
by home, corporate and power professionals.
We located two identical G4 400MHz “Sawtooth” mini towers; one belongs to a local school district and the other we bought from a Apple dealer for US$600., we’ll donate that one when we’re done too. And so as we said in our very popular Upgrade your G3 PowerBook series, “buckle up your seat belt” we’re off to the races in How-to Upgrade your early Mac G4 PowerPC.
Stay tuned for this series on upgrading these two identical G4 400 Sawtooth Macs, which starts on April 30th.