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I got a little more work done than I thought I could:

I will start with something boring first:

The diffusion panel got put in next:

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Tadaaaa!

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And the IO shield is done, much better looking now:

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Next up....body panels start along with drives and exhaust fans, I will let the pictures do the talking for the rest of the post:

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:whistle: X 100!

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Looking very Nice!

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Taking shape, congratulations!
Looks nice.

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I've been following this for few day and I have to say, this is avery clean, very good looking use of this case. Makes me wish I had the time/resources/skills/tools to do this myself. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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Keep up the good work, Photograph. It's been quite an adventure watching this mod come to be! :)

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More work has been done ;)

Latch plate and u-channel for all holes completed:

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Bottom intake fan mounted:

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A 120x12mm Scythe fan that will be mounted between the metal and plastic parts of the case providing the 5770's some fresh air:

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And Mounted:

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Next the PSU Was mounted:

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And now it is the motherboards turn:

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Fiber and rubber washers cushion all motherboard mounts:

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When closed everything fits...just barely. I have less than a millimeter between the ram lever and the edge of the bottom SATA drive.

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And next... I turned it on :D

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And with the lights out:

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More to come tomorrow.

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Great concept and painting job. Congratz.

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beautiful mod! i think i'm getting a g4 case myself :)

but as far as i know ati 5xxx is still not supported in os x.

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Great concept and painting job. Congratz.


beautiful mod! i think i'm getting a g4 case myself :D


Thanks :)

but as far as i know ati 5xxx is still not supported in os x.


That's not an issue as this machine will be running Windows 7 64 bit, I am building it up to be my gaming computer. There will be two 5770's in a CrossFireX configuration, CrossFireX will likely never be supported under Mac OS X. I have a GeForce 9800GT in my other machine that acts as my Hackintosh. I would have loved to have used this case for my Hackintosh build but it uses a full ATX board with just one PCIEx16 slot.

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Congrats, your mod is awesome !
And inspiring me ^_^
I'm thinking seriously to give a new life for my QuickSilver case…

At last, I think flat colour paint, is the beter way to paint plastics…

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Congrats, your mod is awesome !
And inspiring me :)
I'm thinking seriously to give a new life for my QuickSilver case…

At last, I think flat colour paint, is the beter way to paint plastics…


Painting was one of the hardest parts of this project, just take your time when doing it and you will be rewarded. Glad i could inspire you, my next Mac Mod will be a Quicksilver too. Mine is still in near mint condition so I will leave it looking stock for the most part.

As for my project:

The 5770's have finally arrived so I can get back to work on this, all I am missing now are two 24" SATA cables to reach the RAID array up in the top of the case. And yes, the cooler on these cards looks a lot like the 1989 Batmobile.

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And they actually fit!
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And with enough parts to keep moving ahead I have started wiring the case:

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Had to cut the top LED strip down by a centimeter to fit properly:

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And Back panel wiring has started too:

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Excellent work so far. You should consider a side job building custom cases / systems. I've been wanting to do a Mac Pro case mod but looking at the quality of work you do I would strongly consider buying a modded case from you if the price was right.

Keep the pics coming, I want to see the system fully assembled and buttoned up.

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First off, congratulations on a very impressive project. I'm stunned by your skills!!! Learning a lot, thank you!

One request: could you measure the space available to fit the motherboard. I'm thinking of getting a G4 case, but am hesitant, since I would be using a motherboard that measure 30.5x21cm (full ATX)

I've read other posts where people claim to have gotten a full ATX board to fit, but haven't seen any pics so far.

I would think the motherboard would have to be recessed further inside to fit, am I correct?

Any thoughts/comments would be greatly appreciated.

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Congratulations, it's very neat!
I can't wait to see the final stage of this mod

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Thanks everyone, I have some good news...





It's done!!!!

And here is the final result of my first case mod and three months worth of hard work:

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I will take some real photos sometime by the weekend and post them, thanks for looking :)

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I'm liking that a lot... very nice!

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Just the best G4 Mac case conversion I ever seen…

Congrats !

I like the white parts !

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oh my god.
im never big on g4 conversions. but yours is TOP NOTCH. super props man.
that pc sounds like a powerhouse too !

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Just say only one word Wow!

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Man I have no words for that. i happen to have two case sitting in my garage... only now do i think i know what i need to do :( A+





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