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Alright, i have already gotten my hands onto a Power Mac G5 tower. I was curious if anyone has experience with modding a pc into it.

So far i have a motherboard tray (lian li replacement tray), case, the guts of my i7, and my watercool parts. and not to forget, my dremel!

Personally this will be the first Mac g5 pc rig ive ever seen. I have seen a G4 with an aircooled pc, but like i impled, im water cooling mine. Has any one had any experiences with this kind of mod?

Ill post photos as i go.

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Alright, i have already gotten my hands onto a Power Mac G5 tower. I was curious if anyone has experience with modding a pc into it.

So far i have a motherboard tray (lian li replacement tray), case, the guts of my i7, and my watercool parts. and not to forget, my dremel!

Personally this will be the first Mac g5 pc rig ive ever seen. I have seen a G4 with an aircooled pc, but like i impled, im water cooling mine. Has any one had any experiences with this kind of mod?

Ill post photos as i go.

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You are a brave soul... but no guts no glory!

It'll be on par with trying to upgrade a Dell :laugh:
 
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You are a brave soul... but no guts no glory!

It'll be on par with trying to upgrade a Dell :laugh:
Thanks :p i have a bad feeling it wont go as well once the water cooling goes in. Too much to do right now and all i can do is stare at the case until an idea comes.

 

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Figured you could at least filter through the links and images to see if your ideas have been done, or where they went wrong, so you don't have to make the same mistakes;)
I will. thanks for the tip. I feel i will be spending a lot of time on this case to make it perfect, which will be a first since i have a tendency to rush threw my projects. :)
 

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I've been tempted to get a used Mac just for that case, it's sweet as pie. Looking forward to the project. :)
 
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here is the perfect mod tool for mac's
/hands over shotgun
 
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I know its been a while since i first posted this thread, but i though an update was due. Tomorrow ill be putting the dremel to the case. :O After 2 weeks of research, and waiting to move, all is set in motion for tomorrow. Cant wait to get cracking. So i thought i would post some photos of what i have so far.

Even during research, i never found how to mod the 3 pin button on the front for atx use. it will be interesting to see what i think of later, but for now ill use a standard button. i plan to design, build, tear down, paint, and finalize.









My poor pc... It needs a home.

 
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Photos of me cutting into the case yesterday. I got quite far, but ran out of time. All thats left is to get liquid metal and mount the motherboard tray, and get a dry running pc into it. After all runs well, my water cooler will go in. The cuts are still rough until i get the liquid metal but everythings fitting into place just right.









The last thing i wanted to mention, is that i dont believe i will be able to cut into the side with the smaller dremel i have currently. It looks like its going to take a bigger tool, so until i can find something that can make it threw that, i wont be touching it.
 

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I wish I would have kept my powermac for the chassis. They are really pretty. I absolutely HATED the g4 and g5 though. At the time I just wanted to get rid of it. I literally smashed a $3300 powerbook g4 17" out of pure rage back in 2004-2005ish. It was pretty, but it ran like a retarded sloth.

This is what I had: http://reviews.cnet.com/Apple_PowerBook_G4_17_inch/4505-3121_7-31278847.html
 
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Just a little update. I'm sorry ahead of time, I don't have any photos today. But last night i was working with a few different types of bonding solution, one being j-b weld, and it was miserable to say the least. I've done metal work before, but never on a case. I took the liberty of attempting fills on an older case, and it caused the resin to weaken and eventually fall out when i was cleaning it up with a sanding block, as i normally would.

If anything, this is more like a cry for help. Has any one worked with anything like j-b weld that has some strength behind it, and any tips you may have?
 

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I wish I would have kept my powermac for the chassis. They are really pretty. I absolutely HATED the g4 and g5 though. At the time I just wanted to get rid of it. I literally smashed a $3300 powerbook g4 17" out of pure rage back in 2004-2005ish. It was pretty, but it ran like a retarded sloth.

This is what I had: http://reviews.cnet.com/Apple_PowerBook_G4_17_inch/4505-3121_7-31278847.html
You should have sold it (grammar????). Everything Apple is expensive even when it's broken and second hand.
 
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I wish I would have kept my powermac for the chassis. They are really pretty. I absolutely HATED the g4 and g5 though. At the time I just wanted to get rid of it. I literally smashed a $3300 powerbook g4 17" out of pure rage back in 2004-2005ish. It was pretty, but it ran like a retarded sloth.
Mailman?

Yeah i have tons of these at work and have had since they came out (though more recently of course many were available...donated like 70).

However, laziness and a lack of real modding tools and skills has kept me from taking one home for something like this. :D

Keep the pics coming!
 

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Mailman?

Yeah i have tons of these at work and have had since they came out (though more recently of course many were available...donated like 70).

However, laziness and a lack of real modding tools and skills has kept me from taking one home for something like this. :D

Keep the pics coming!
Send one to me then. I'll even pay some of the postage!
 
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Mailman?

Yeah i have tons of these at work and have had since they came out (though more recently of course many were available...donated like 70).

However, laziness and a lack of real modding tools and skills has kept me from taking one home for something like this. :D

Keep the pics coming!
Haha, it would be nice to get another case to reference cuts or use as a "backup".

I really hate to say it, but the case will have to wait until the end of this month. A lot has come up and i had to put it back into the corner for now. Sketching some ideas when im not busy, and if they aren't too terrible, ill post them. :D
 
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Send one to me then. I'll even pay some of the postage!
Some? Gee thanks lol

(and as if it wasn't generally a hassle anyway...starting with the fact that there's still a computer in there!)
 
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Some? Gee thanks lol

(and as if it wasn't generally a hassle anyway...starting with the fact that there's still a computer in there!)
I would pay full :laugh:. If you ever do decide to, I know how to take it apart, without bleeding. saying that, i learned by mistakes.

\/ This is my finger right before it started bleeding. The large red spot is missing skin. All i can say is be careful

** the following link is not for the weak stomach[?] (its not bad but its still a wound, so view at your own risk)
http://img.techpowerup.org/110613/IMG00041-20110513-0946.jpg
 

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Mailman?

Yeah i have tons of these at work and have had since they came out (though more recently of course many were available...donated like 70).

However, laziness and a lack of real modding tools and skills has kept me from taking one home for something like this. :D

Keep the pics coming!
If you want to send me one I'll provide postage and everything from UPS. All you have to do is go in and give them my account #. I'll even cover your gas money.
 
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Well tbh many have been donated to Chicago Public Schools, some went to an elementary school that was literally still using Mac Plus's from 1989. :eek:

I still have a couple lying around tho heh heh
 

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Welp let me know. I'd be willing to pay a reasonable amount for one. My wife might like for me to put her AMD build in it. I'm using a damn antec 1200 for her computer right now. I was thinking about moving her to a lian li mid tower, but she might really like having a mac case. Either that or this pink Hello Kitty case I saw at Fry's...
 
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Ok, it has been a while since i last updated this. I have been really busy with summer classes this past month, so no progress was made. but as a teaser, i should be posting photos some time next week. stay tuned! :)
 
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Finally got some time. heres some pics. Only thing i forgot to do was get a spot open for a hard drive bay. the side needs a window, but i cant do that myself. the material is really thick..
anywho here it is so far.

holes cut for the tray and psu.


Rad, needs a home


mock-up!


Black satin exterior. A surprise on the inside!! ill reveal on the next update.


Rear.
 

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Just wondering where do you get your hands on a case like this??

iwe been itching to get one!
 
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Just wondering where do you get your hands on a case like this??

iwe been itching to get one!
The company i work for was throwing it out. so i bugged my boss to let me have the case.

BTW the pc is up and running, im on it now. later tonight ill post photos of it.