Inspired by a few beautiful G5 mods I decided to use this case and to keep it as original as possible with one (almost) invisible exception. Planning a few hours I have found my very own way to manage that.
A must was that the disks are hot swapable - and I need five of them!
still looks like the original
also the back
and the backpanel
leo running flawless
So let´see what happened
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1. The empty case
2. Marking the wholes for the new hot swap cages at the bottom where usually the power supply is located 3. The wholes in the apple case - please don´t damn me for that sin - you will like the result!
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1. My construction for the hotswapable disks using a 35mm aluminium U
2. Cutted also wholes into the apple power supply cage to use the fans
3. Here you can see the finished cage from outside - let´s proceed to the inside
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1. The Silverstone SST-CP05 Hot-Swap SATA II Modul that I used for it
2. Inside the cage isolation for the disks
3. This is how it should work - don´t worry - won´t use the adhesive tape for it
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1. Close up of the hot swap preparing to fix the new low noise 40mm fans
2. The whole construction inside
3. My new be quiet power supply fits in perfectly where it should be in an atx case. It has unfortunately no cable-managment, but was unbelievable cheap.
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1. Closing the new hd cage
2. Testing the new aluminium cover of the cage
3. Fixing the new standoffs with JB Weld. Fortunately it´s available now in Europe
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1. First test with my old amd board
2. Wiring/soldering of the original back panel, which I did cut off the old logic board. I decided not to connect the optical connections because I will use later on an usb sound stick and a firewire interface. The biggest succes was soldering the firewire 800 pins with a lot of patience and a magnifying glass. Looking for the right wire, the solution was straight ahead, using the old ide cable of the dvd drive.
3. Making it possible to remove everything was very tricky(to have the option to remove the hd cage easy in case I have to replace the fans). Therefore I made the lowest standoffs in two parts and made this part to close the end of the bottom and to protect the power cable in the corner.
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1. The cover and the standoffs
2. The standoffs without the extensions
3. As you can see you it´s possible to cut the frame that you can see in the first pic inside the apple case and use it for a standoff construction. An advantage is the bigger surface to glue them and to use regular atx standoffs as extensions.
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1. Marking the whole for the dvi plugs - because I will rotate the mainboard 90 degrees to the left and fit it in like a regular server board I need more space for the plugs
2. An other trick to clamp the rad later at the bottom. on top there will be an angle that holds it.
3. Because i will use an other two hd´s inside the case I decided to make an other hot swap cage construction. Primarily I wanted to use the apple hd cage - but I noticed that it will take too much place in that build.
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1. Glueing the holder for the tank with jb weld.
2. Be careful wit the frontpanel hd/led connector. as you can see here it was damaged and torn off. later I soldered it again.
3. This will be the holder for the pci cards in upright position.
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1. Because for some reason the backpanel rj-45 network connectors didn´t work, I bought this very sipmle connector (ususally to connect two network cables). if you twist it in the middle it seperates in two parts.
2. I made the connections a little bit longer to have enough tolerance to plug them into the mainboard.
3. The finished top cover
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1. The wiring behind the board
2. The dvi connectors for the back
3. Later I had to change the wiring like this
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1. The connected manboard in the case - below the watercool heatkiller.
2. To install the heatkiller I had to reduce the screw threads from m4 to m3. the 1366 serverboards have a backplate that has only m3 wholes instead of standard m4 as other 1366 boards - for no reason......ooohh...excuse me - makin more money with the intel xeon coolers
3.Fixed the two rear silenX 92mm fans - amazing quiet!
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The baby in action with two Heatkillers, a Danger Den CX pro, MagiCool slim dual rad and two Scythes. Because it is pretty sure that the chipsets will get some heat problems in this config, I´m working now on a watercooling solution.
looks like one manufacturer is willing to make a prototype for the Asus Z8NA.
My shoemaker nextdoor is making the straps for the hotswaps
The next days I will add how to install snow leo on this board. First of all - it was the easiest install I did ever. if you consider to buy this board - do it! it works flawless