I've been lurking on the forums for a while and started slowly building my own g5 mod since the beginning of the year. I didn't want to spend a huge amount of time on it but still wanted it to be neat and functional and look good.
I've reached the point where the pc is completely operational, however there are some issues I would like to address, and I would like to still improve on it.
Just some back ground and thoughts. Here are some picks of the case once I got it:
I initially wanted to mount a mATX mobo inside the case not touching the sides so that I could keep the external ports, but soon realised it would be better to mount it right on the extension card slots, since the back ports wouldn't be functional anyway.
I did want to take out the internals of the PSU and replace it with my PSU internals, but I thought I would rather keep the PSU together for when I would ever need to replace or upgrade it in future. I play around a lot with hardware so I want everything to be replaceable.
For the life of me I couldn't figure out how to remove the drive bays at the top, or the mounting pins on the back of the case, so I've left them in there. I created my own mounting plate which then goes on the existing mounting pins and then lines up to the extension port openings.
I rewired the front panel and have everything working correctly except the firewire port.
I bought a 4-port usb extension which is enough for me, and I will be using a wireless ethernet card to connect to the network.
I broke my beloved ATI 4870 while moving hardware to and fro between my old case and the new one which was depressing, but it did give me incentive to upgrade. I got a budget 6850, which is suitable to my needs.
Here is the mod as it is at the moment:
The things I would like to improve upon are:
- Would like the back sound ports working (currently using the front panel), though not entirely sure how to go about it. It would be nice to match them to the existing ports, but it doesn't seem possible without rewiring stuff to the old mobo (which might need to be the way to go)
- The case gets very hot just below the cdrom, probably from the 3d card and lack of fans. I need fans at the front and the back of the case. Unfortunately due to the way the mobo is mounted I can't fit the existing back fans to the back of the case. I was thinking of using smaller fans? For the front fans I might just fit one of the old fans to a modified middle seperator.
- Neaten up the wiring by fitting a cover over the old PSU case, however cutting a hole so that the existing PSU pops out. Unfortunately the 6850's power port points towards the outside which is a bit silly and I can't place the plastic air cover over everything.
Otherwise the PC is completely functional at the moment. What do you guys think?
Extra info about me and my pc:
I'm from Cape Town, South Africa and I'm a software developer. My PC is a i5 2500, 8gb ram and 6850. It's not currently running OSX (My downstairs pc is running osx and I have a macbook air) but I plan to dual install OSX and windows 7 once I can afford a large SSD. (I play a lot of games, but do all my development on OSX, so I want to be able to switch between the two quickly, I may just leave it using only windows 7 and just do all my dev on my laptop, like I am currently)
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