Thanks for taking the time to read this.
About a month or two ago i purchased a G3 AIO from a thrift store for a savvy price of $25. Not bad. Now I've done some research and it's to my knowledge I can make certain upgrades. Please correct me if I am wrong
Processor: according to xlr8.com I can upgrade my 233mhz G3 to a G4 600 mhz for roughly $200. http://4daystar.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2 Which installation option do I choose?
Is it better to get the G3 500 mhz (is there a big difference between the G4 600 mhz and the G3 500 mhz?)
memory: according to Mac’s site I can upgrade to only 386, but I have heard as much as 768. Is this possible? I am trying to turn this into a low end editing system, so the more the ram, the better. As for ram type, it's 168 pin, can it support pc133, or does the system only support pc100 and pc66? Is there a certain brand that needs to be used or is it like PCs, just get some good ram with good cas latency?
Video ram: Does that need to be upgraded if I want to do editing?
Video card: I heard with Macs you need an AGP graphics card to do any sort of video editing. Is this true? If it is, can I get a lower-end rage card and install into my AIO? if so what do you recommend? If I get another video card can I hook-up another monitor to the AIO?
Hard drive: if i wanted to use something faster than what is installed (which is a 66-ata or whatever). Are there IDE or ATA cards that people recommend that will work with the G3 AIO (so I may use a faster speed drive). I know there are some made by sonnet and other made by unknown companies. Has anyone tried the sonnet/unknown and had luck?
If i made all these upgrades (video card, ram, hard drive, video ram, processor) and then got a firewire/usb card, can I edit video (minidv)on this system? (lower version of final cut pro) I just want a lower end editing system, nothing fancy, but something that runs well if i choose to edit on this system. I have a machine I built myself inwhich I edit on some great programs, but if I am going to invest some cash into this Mac, it'd be a plus if I could edit video.
I apologize for all the questions, I've tried many message boards and many people we not helpful. I read this post http://www.applefritter.com/node/view/2453 and it gave me hope in upgrading my great find.