Ask Max: Is it worth it to upgrade a G3 B&W to a G4?
Is it worth it to upgrade a G3 B&W 500Mhz with a G4 500Mhz zif for $149+? Is the speed increased even noticeable?
The question of worth is always difficult to answer. The truth is that a 500MHz G3 and 500MHz G4 are going to behave very similar with the majority of work you do on your B&W. Things that will be faster have to do more with complicated math. For instance ripping a song from a CD or decoding Internet video will be faster. Both activities implement complicated compression techniques. Basic web browsing and other system performances will be about the same. The B&W is still a useful computer for research and writing but if you plan on doing more with your computer then spend that money on a newer computer altogether and skip the upgrade.