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Turning the motherboard isn't a bad idea, but like you I'm partial to how solid the stock PCI brackets are, so with the USB 3.0 cables I will attach them to the back, and then curl the excess under the tray (for which, thankfully, I have room).

I know JB Weld is my friend, but bolts are even more my friend!

We got another 4" this afternoon - i feel your pain!

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That's what my dog looks like after I let her out to pee...lol

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Well, just a mini order update:

I picked up two of the HDD solutions I'm going to use:

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With the dark gray anodization (Monday, most likely) I think they'll look pretty nice without modification - I can always paint them if they look out of place. As far as placement goes, I'm trying to decide between directly under the DVD drive (nice for cable management) or attached to the underside of the shelf. I really don't see any real advantage of one over the other, but I think under the DVD drive will be easier to mount - it really comes down to whether the lip on top of the shelf will block the hot-swap mechanism.

I'm also starting to look at what sort of water cooling I want (with the help of SirKeldon and his article)...updates on their way!

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Any update on the Anodized cases? Have been eagerly waiting to see how they look... :)

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Any update on the Anodized cases? Have been eagerly waiting to see how they look... :)


I have an appointment in three hours! He said it would only take an hour or two, and I have been allowed to take pictures of the process. I also got in my Corsair H60 and HDD cages, so there will be an update this evening! I'm so excited to see the result too!!

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Darkmac pro is getting her color!! This place is awesome...

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I have a new appreciation for aluminum. My field trip is a nice little change from my computer desk, and I'm getting a full explanation of the whole process :D

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A quick plug for the company that is doing the work, I'll have more information soon!

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Ok sorry for the short posts before, I was actually at the anodizing place! The outer shell is done, and sitting here in my office looking AWESOME. They are doing the inner shell (mesh) later this afternoon, and I will pick it up tomorrow. This thing looks AMAZING - simply beautiful! I can't wait to get it all reassembled so I can share with you guys.

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Tom took excellent care of everything, and explained each part of the process in excellent detail:

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I also saw the other work that they do, and I'm thinking I'll be back to them very soon (anyone want a black G5??)

A full article on anodizing with about a dozen pictures will be up on G5Modders.com later this week, I'll leave a note here when it's posted!

Once I pick up the inner shell, it's time to reassemble. This is both very exciting and very depressing. :D

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This is really a beauty. Can't wait for more details and prices. :thumbsup_anim:

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Here's a good comparison of before and after:

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This is really a beauty. Can't wait for more details and prices. :thumbsup_anim:


Thanks so much!!! I'm very pleased with the work - you should see some of the other things they anodize in there. For such a grungy, dark place, they sure do ship out some beautiful items!

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And finally the other side:

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You can't see it well in this photo, but there was some bleeding from the logo (see the mild halo on the left side?). Apparently Apple has some sort of film over the logo which is invisible to the naked eye, but if you run your fingers over the logo you can just feel a raised edge. Well, I had no idea about this (I have never seen it mentioned and like I said, it's invisible) so didn't take it off. The problem is that it made the dye streak a little when they took it out of the dye bath.

I'm not too bothered by it - it's on the side that will be against my desk, but I'll do some research and elaborate in my article.

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That looks brilliant ...

Need to find an anodizer willing to do this in the UK!


Might see if the Lazer Hive can make me a matching backplate to the one I have now out of aluminium and then I could have the whole thing anodized in the same colour ... :thumbsup_anim:


EDIT: Maybe you could offer to update their (2001!) website in exchange for some anodizing for your next case ;)

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very sexy, I like the darker color, and a black G5 would be awesome.

I believe the apple logo is screen printed on?

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I believe the apple logo is screen printed on?


That's what the anodizing guy thought at first, but he said it's not any screen-printing he has seen before as it didn't come off in the treatments. I thought I heard minihack say something about it being lasered on a while back - honestly I can't find any definitive word on the internet, and have half a mind to find Jonny Ive's number :D (besides it being a dream of mine to meet him...lol)

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I'd hazard a guess that if you emailed him and linked your website/build log he might actually reply :P

If Steve Jobs could reply, then surely Sir. Johnny can

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Thanks for the comparison photo - I have a dark workspace so I didn't really notice much of a change until you had them side by side... WOW... every nice and very clean looking.

be careful with that new finish!

"It could get wrecked, stolen, scratched, breathed on wrong... a pigeon could shit on it! Who knows?"

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I'd hazard a guess that if you emailed him and linked your website/build log he might actually reply :P

If Steve Jobs could reply, then surely Sir. Johnny can


Already done a while back...no response yet, but also no canned "thanks for your interest in contacting Apple" either...


Thanks for the comparison photo - I have a dark workspace so I didn't really notice much of a change until you had them side by side... WOW... every nice and very clean looking.

be careful with that new finish!

"It could get wrecked, stolen, scratched, breathed on wrong... a pigeon could {censored} on it! Who knows?"


I'm treating it like a live missile right now....very carefully moving it from one bubble-wrapped area to another!


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I got the second batch back from the anodizer which means the mammoth task of reassembling has begun! Everything looks fantastic, although I can't say perfect. There are a few "hotspots" here and there, and they are not by any means the fault of Anodizing Specialists. I have learnt a lot through this process, namely that Apple uses some crazy alloys, and that those aluminum alloys don't always take the anodizing very well. Take a close look at the power button and you will notice some flaring like with the logo - just another example of Apple making things difficult for us modders. Still, these are very minor details that can easily be passed along, which I will be doing in my article. You have to be hyper-critical (like me) to really care about such things, and when it comes down to it, the guys at A.S. did a fantastic job with everything - really very splendid.

Now I'm waiting for my Montana Anthracite Gray spray paint to get here (tomorrow) so that I can spray the steel frame that couldn't go through the anodizing process. I considered leaving it silver (like with the door fixtures and lock handle) but it's a pretty big piece of metal, and I want the overall aesthetic to flow, only broken by small silver highlights here and there.

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Thanks for watching - more updates soon!

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*Edit* - please excuse the mildly purple tone of these pictures - they were edited on an older monitor so getting color balance was a little difficult.

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Following SirKeldon's Watercooling article, I decided to go with a 120mm AIO kit - the Corsair H60. Despite having some poor reviews on Amazon, I realized that the majority of these were related to the 80/100's iLink software, and that most people were pretty pleased with the performance. A friend of mine gave me a spare (brand new I might add), so for the $25 I gave him I figure "why not?" I'm not an overclocker, and right now I'm only running a 1155 celeron - hardly a heat-machine.

When I got it, I realized that it wasn't going to clear the PCI bracket, so off I went to Lowe's to pick up some bolts (M3.5 - 6/32" if anyone is looking for them) to give it some distance to clear the bracket. They didn't have any cheap rubber washers, so I picked up some metal ones with one rubber washer at each end. This is the result:

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Overall, I'm quite pleased, especially at how that gray fan tones in! I'm even MORE pleased that I get to use the stock 120mm grill!





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