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Asus apple of my eye build

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  1. Fitseries3

    Fitseries3 Eleet Hardware Junkie

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    Im a huge asus fan. always have liked their ROG stuff and i have owned most of their ROG boards. I had this mac g5 case laying around and thought i'd make use of it instead of wasting money buying a case. thought it would give me something to do as well. i've seen alot of these mac mods but everyone always just cuts a hole in the back and slides in a mobo tray and calls it a day. not good enough for me. i want mine to look like it came that way...AND i dont want it to scream MAC when you look at it. how am i gonna do that you say?....

    the first challenge is the rear panel. like i said, i dont just want to cut a big ass hole in the back and slide in a mountainmods mobo tray and call it a day. i want it to look like it came from the factory to support the hardware im putting in it. luckily i have 2 g5 cases......... so i took them apart and used 2 front panels. the case is made of 2 L shaped pieces that make up 4 of the 6 sides. with little modification you can use 2 front/top L shaped pieces so thats what i did. after i got that together i lined up the back panel for the mobo and cards then cut it out of the case. problem... theres a slot where the dvd used to be. solution.... fill it in with scrap cut from the rear panel. crap... another problem, the side panel is held on by a locking mechanism in which the latch assembly is mounted in the rear of the case. solution... skin graft the mechanism into the new rear panel. i fabricated a motherboard tray from an old antec tower parts i had laying around. cut some sheet aluminum to use for the front panel to mount dual 140mm fans for airflow. case will be split into sections... 1 for drives and psu, one for cards, and one for cpu and ram. more on this later. psu will be mounted up top like usual. dvd drive will be mounted in factory apple style but im fabricating a bracket to mount the hard drives(2) right above the dvd drive.

    i bet at this point if you havent already skipped to the pictures your dying to see some pretty soon so here you go....


    this wont do....
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    notice the 2 fronts...
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    stock back VS Fits modified front...
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    hardware!
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    heres where im at as of now....
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  2. Fitseries3

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    Build specs....

    Asus Maximus III Formula
    Intel i5 655k
    Asus 6950 2gb DCuII
    OCZ ZT650 psu
    WD 640gb blue
    WD 1tb green


    im looking into airbrushing one side of the case to have the asus rog logo ripping through the side. of course.... the inner section of the case(top, bottom, front, back) will be black and the outter shell will be white. should look pretty sick.

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    Nice!

    But is the mac case strong? I have seen them handles destroyed in shops.
     
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    most get damaged by falling or being mistreated. the case itself is all aluminum but VERY thick compared to cases like silverstone and lian li.
     
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    Subbed!! always loved those G4 G5!! cases, shame about the innards most of the time.

    P.S what keyboard is that?
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    I've always liked the cases on the Mac Pros. Been thinking a lot about doing something like this too.

    Didn't you get that some years ago or was it someone else who thought about modding one on this forum??
     
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    Great card! I am running the same thing in crossfire for my build. Not a fan of Apple but you cannot go wrong with a full aluminium case.
     
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    I weigh near 300lbs, and can use my G5 case as a step stool.
     
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    Looks really really nice so far -anxious to see it once the project is completed.
     
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    That was don, he was making it red with watercooling I believe, the thread just died off :(I really wanted to see that happen
     
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    well my board doesnt work. gets stuck at VGA and no video is displayed. RMA time i guess.

    tried 3 different gpus which all work in my gigabyte board.

    working on the case still. more soon
     
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    I have the Lian Li and it has a very thick aluminium plates and the frame is very rigid. Compared to Thermaltake Matrix that i had before, it's like comparing M1A1 Abrams to the Renault 4.
     
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    got the mobo issue ironed out. working great now :D
     
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    logitech somthin or other. and g9x. both painted to match my theme
     
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    Dont let Apple see this or else they'll sue you!
     
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    Ah, I don't can't do painting, thought it might have been bought like that :mad:, nice colour combo :toast:
     
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    subd! always been fan of your builds :respect:
     
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    Any updates, fit?
     
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    Man thats a good looking case! I wouldn't mind one of those for my build!
     
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    Yeah they are nice looking and sturdy but sure don't seem easy to mod. Supporting mainly Macs as I do I've had access to these for years but not really the facilities (mental as well...lol) to do it right so I never grabbed one.
     
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    Love the irony, a MAC with an Intel/Windows heart.
    Kinda like a Ferrari with a Corvette block.
    Final pics!
     
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    psu is in...

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    kinda kills my hdd mounting idea but i'll get it figured out. perhaps i should ask yall for help
     
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    All Macs have Intel hardware (and can run Windows natively) going for more than 5 years now...
     
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    cool build, it actually looks good ^^
     

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