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Here's some G4 front grill replacements that I mocked up in Photoshop. They would work on a B&W G3 too obviously.

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3rd one definatly!

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Nice idea, the graphite g4 doesn't have the nicest front. Maybe perforations could be nice as well, like the back of the MDD or even the G5..

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Yeah, I did a mockup with perforations and I hated it. It might look better in person, but there's two reasons I like the slot style more. One, the original front on the graphite G4s has vertical grooves on the back that show through the front, and two, if you look at old beige Macs from the 80s and 90s, they almost all have slot style grills on them. Most of them are actually horizontal like in my 4th mockup. It sort of looks like a Quadra 700 a little bit, but I do agree the third one with the vertical grills looks the best. Everyone else I've shown them to thinks so too.

Nice idea, the graphite g4 doesn't have the nicest front. Maybe perforations could be nice as well, like the back of the MDD or even the G5..



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#3 all the way.

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I saw someone do a mirrored front panel out of what I assume was aluminum, and to be honest, it didn't fit too well with the rest of the case. I tend to like the powermac G4 case as it is, but it I had to choose one, number 4 is my favorite. Do you have access to a CNC mill? I'm sure you could make a few bucks making these.

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No CNC Mill. I need to get my hands on one. I was thinking of doing stainless steel and having it laser cut, but we'll see.

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Nice ! You give me some ideas for my new quicksilver full atx conversion… :P

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Here's another mockup I just made.

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I tried to get one plasma cut in steel, but I'm not sure how much I like it. It's pretty rough. I can probably get it decent if I file it a lot, and then either paint or chrome it.

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Yeah some small files should do the trick. Avoid using a dremel it will get away from you. Don't bother with chrome. Sand blast it for a dull finish.

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Metal files rock! I'm pretty happy with what I was able to do over the weekend. I'll work on it some more next weekend and hopefully finish it the one after that. I had some port trim from an iBook G4 sitting around so I cut it up and put it in my port openings. I also have some from a MDD G4 that are gray I think so I could use those instead. I think I'll use the power button from the MDD as well. I cut out the front of the G4 with a jeweler's saw.

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So I finally got to a point with filing it where I felt like if I did anymore I would just make it worse, and I took it to a chrome shop yesterday. They said lead time was 2-3 weeks, so when I get it back I'll post some pics. I think I'll paint all the graphite panels some sort of nice green color on the outside, and then strip the silver from the sides and paint them white on the inside. I'll leave the handles clear.

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Well, I got the front piece back from the chrome shop last week and it looks amazing. I haven't taken any new pics yet. I'm modding out the rest of the case first. I've drilled out the rivets for the PCI slot bracket and removed it, and then carefully sawed it off of the rear IO port shield. I also detached the entire mobo tray from the hinge, making it easier to work on. I'm going to move the motherboard forward about 3/4 of an inch so I can use a full ATX without having the trim the corner. The whole front area is cutout now so I'll have two 120 mm fans up there to get some good airflow. Then I'm going to take the whole door latch mechanism from a MDD G4 case and fit it into this digital audio one so I can get rid of the plastic thing and make even more room for the motherboard. I also thought about chroming the entire metal part of the case, but I think it's too much trouble.

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That's looking pretty darn good. I can't wait to see final photo's

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Here's some pics. The ones that look complete are just everything thrown together temporarily for a photo shoot. You can see the side panels after I stripped the silver off the inside, and redid them in white, and some of the work involved with installing the MDD latch. I ended up not being able to use the outer door sheet metal from the MDD, because it made the plastic stick out too much. That means I can't use the hooks for the latch that attach to the door sheet metal, so I fabricated some out of some really stiff wire, and I'll post pics of those next time. I really want to paint the graphite panels a color. I was thinking green, but now I'm thinking orange.

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Updates, Because this look incredible

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Here's an update for you. I hated the green I tried, and couldn't find one I liked, but I found this red that I loved, so I've got a few panels stripped and repainted. Here's a partial assembly:

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Here's an update for you. I hated the green I tried, and couldn't find one I liked, but I found this red that I loved, so I've got a few panels stripped and repainted. Here's a partial assembly:


that red is hot, nice mod

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Thanks. I may have the whole thing done in a week. I got some magma fans for it and you'll be able to see two of them through the grill. They don't match the red exactly, but when they're in the shade inside the case you can't tell. I'm kinda pissed because the red paint isn't that durable on it's own; if I set anything rubber on top of it, the rubber eats through it, so now I have some blemishes on the top of the case. I may repaint that part and have some sort of coating put on to protect it. We'll see. I'm gonna get the new EVGA SLI 3 board with an i7 950, thermaltake tr2 650w psu, whatever ram, prolly 6gigs, and then I kept my hard drives and my GTX 260 from my previous machine. Eventually I'll need a 2u sized heatsink that I can duct air to with maybe one more magma fan, but I'll hold off on all the ducting for now.





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