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Ask Max: eMac Upgrade Options

Asked on 05/26/2006:

Hi, I bought my eMac 800mhz w/Superdrive from PowerMax a few years ago and am needing to upgrade something so I can do some video editing (not professional, just for web).

I currently have one 256mb and one 512mb memory chips and I know I can only use up to max 1gig, so my first question is:
1. Can I buy a 512mb chip and send you the 256 one for any further discount?

My second question is:
2. Can I do anything else to increase performace? Upgrade anything? I currently have 32mb video ram on nVIDIA GeForce2 MX card.

My third question is:
3. Instead of trying to upgrade my eMac, can I buy a Mac mini and run it off my eMac as a monitor?


You are right, your eMac is going to max out at 1 GB of memory, and I'm not sure you're going to see an improvement in performance upgrading from 768 MB to 1 GB. Upgrading the RAM in an eMac is really the only internal upgrade you can do. The video chip is part of the logic board and can't be changed. The hard drive and Superdrive can be upgraded but it will require skilled hands to take apart your eMac. The eMac you have right now is close to the best it will ever be. The Mac Mini is a decent computer if you already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. But it's not going to help you, because you can't separate the eMac display from the eMac to use with another computer. For what you are trying to do, I would recommend that you trade in your eMac and look at an iMac G5. The additional money you spend will get you a much better computer and help you greatly when it comes time to work with video.

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