ASUS P8P67 Pro (Rev 3.1) Based, Mac Pro Workstation.
Modding the Powermac G5 case for standard ATX Mobo's
Edit 3-8-12: Ok, I am COMPLETELY updating this thread to be more useful and more updated for all of you guys! (I will be unable to produce Kits, but I will be as in detail as I can)
I am still very much motivated to put this system into a Powermac G5 case, but before we can mod a case, we need a system to put it in!
So lets talk hardware:
Just Yesterday (3-7-12) I placed an order from newegg that set me back $650 with tax. Here is what the order includes:
- ASUS P8P67 Pro Logic Board
- Intel Core i5-2300 (To be upgraded to i7 Ivy Bridge when available)
- ASUS ATi Radeon HD 5450 1 GB (To be upgrade to GTX 560 Ti)
- 8GB (2x 4GB) of Kingston DDR3 1333 MHz Random Access Memory
- Seagate Barracuda 2TB 5900RPM SATA 6GB/s HDD
- Diablotek 550W Power Supply
- Other Things for install (Fans for an old case, Thermal Greece, etc)
Powermac G5 Case Modification:
So you know that feeling that you get when I opened up that Tonka Truck you always wanted when you where a kid on Christmas Day? We that is kinda like me with my G5 case! lol
And As cheap as I got mine, it was just like a gift from Santa!
The way that I am going about the modification is going to be a minimalism as possible because I really love the look of the G5 and really don't want to take away from that!
I am planning on mounting the Logic Board up with the PCI slots on the rear of the G5 and Making my own extentions for the Rear I/O. I really like what Gouedi did over on ###### it is very sharp looking and not like those others that make you cringe at the sight of how ugly the case looks afterward, let face it, when I am done I want people to not be able to tell this isn't a real mac! XDs
Here are some pictures of what I have in mind:
Eventually I would like the inside to look as close to this as possable:
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When I Plan on starting this build:
I have already started this build! Jump to the Updates Section of this topic to see my progress!
What you can do to help:
So I am not one of those guys who thinks he knows everything when he really knows nothing. With that being said, I have built a few computers and got OSX installed on a few as-well, I work as a privet contractor to a multitude of companies and install networks and computers all over, I will however say that i'm no expert when it comes to OS X and the OSx86 project, so if you guys have any suggestions on either OS X installation or the Hardware I have chosen, please let me know!
Total Project Cost:
So with all the parts you need plus some extra cash for miscellaneous things like cables, glue, mobo stands, etc it should be in the $799.99 Range, if you want to substitute the i5 for an i7 more like $899.99 Range.
So in review the project is:
i5 - $799.99 (Compared to Entry Level Mac Pro, $2,500,00)
i7 - $899.99 (Compared to Mid Level Mac Pro, $3,100.00)
Building an awesome Hackintosh - Priceless
3-11-12: So I drove to Long Beach, CA today and Picked up two G5 Cases for this project! I paid $20 for each case (Plus the $20 Gas to get there) with all the goodies execpt for the Motherboard... Will post picture later.
3-30-12: Ok, So here is what is going on... I got the case striped down and the Mobo Test mounted. I also received 3 Early 2005 Front Panels to make it easier to mod. The only left to buy to complete this build is a late 2005 Motherboard. I am planning on just buying an entire computer for $100 that includes apples thin keyboard. I figure it is better to get the entire thing for $100 than $50 for the mobo and $50 for the keyboard and then I will part out the rest of the parts for some extra cash. Now time for some pictures!!!! I also ran into an issue with the rear CPU fans and clearence for the motherboard. I came to the conclusion that i will be simply cutting the bottom of the fan holder to allow room for the headers like the picture below, please note that the picture of the fans is not mine and is curticy of gouedi.
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