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PowerMac G5 modding casemodding PowerMac G5 mATX microATX NAS

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The album is "Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night"

 

 

 


Soooo......you want to move the tray how far to the left?  :)

Almost all the way, about 4cm and there is a 4,4cm space in between. Why, is there a problem you have encountered already ?



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The album is "Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night"

 

 

 

Almost all the way, about 4cm and there is a 4,4cm space in between. Why, is there a problem you have encountered already ?

No, just wondering if you might need a custom tray with the ATX standoff positions moved 4cm left so you can stick in a custom PCB. Obviously then the PCI cards will not line up (as they'll then be 4cm off!). Anyway, email me if you want to play with this and I'll see what I can do on a no profit (for fun) basis.



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I'm actually not going to use the PCI and PCI-e slots, as this will be a NAS build with onboard GPU. If anything, I'll get an IBM M1015 controller and just remove the bracket, since it's not needed anyway.

 

I'll email you about this :)



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Today the custom tray Minihack did for me arrived, thank you so many times for it, you are the best !
 
And I immediately installed it and the new placement was like expected without any nasty suprises:
 
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Original tray
 
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New awesome customised tray

This allowed me to install the rear 92mm fans and leaves room for a connector PCB I'll be trying to make.
But I'm also going to need to make a shroud for the bottom fan to guide the air through the heatsink, as it is probably not being forced enough right now.

At the moment I'm trying to underclock my Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 as far as I can. By default it runs at the following:
3.0GHz = 333FSB * 9x multiplier @ 1.5v (I believe)

Now it's running at the following:
1.6GHz = 266FSB * 6x multiplier @ 1.2v

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Really pleased I could help......

 

Looking good!



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Thanks ! I haven't done anything in the mean time, it's been very hot here in Belgium, or atleast for Belgian standards. All I know is that underclocking my CPU is not going to happen probably, so this isn't going to run 24/7 just yet :)

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Done !

Or atleast the storage system is:

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Damn I'm so proud of myself I finished this as close to my wishes as possible. I didn't expect this to come out this good but I'm effing happy.

 

Now I'll need to buy hard drives I guess... And maybe a low power motherboard and CPU while I'm throwing cash at it.



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Good job! The space between the slides will give you an excellent airflow! Are you installing fans?



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Just the two Noctua 92mm's in the back in the original shroud. I'm hoping it will be enough and normally it should be. With the G2020 I should be safe as I've seen people run that chip without a heatsink (really).
 
I'm just about done configuring/planning the NAS hardware:
- Intel Pentium G2020
- ASRock B75 Pro3-M (8 SATA ports and all-black)
- Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP 2x 4GB DDR3 RAM

I've sent a support request to Scythe for a socket 1155-1156 conversion bracket so I might be able to still use the heatsink.


Now comes the more difficult part: the PCB for the rear panel ports.

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Well done on the hot swap implementation - came out really well!



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Today, on a Saturday, I received a package with two of the six 2TB disks that will go into the NAS, along with 9 SATA cables (some spares).

After some twiddling with a few shims, it looks like this:

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The problem I have now is I'll need about 20 screws and and 24 nuts for it to fit, because I only found 8 that will work.

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Hi Phunczz, I really like your approach. :thumbsup_anim:  Keeping the case as original as possible is also my goal for my Hackintosh.

 

I'm interested to see how your gonna make your PCB with the original connector locations. Can't wait to see your next posts.



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Thank you ! I'll be getting a clipped PCB from a PowerMac logic board soon thanks to MiniHack from The Laser Hive, then I'll decide what I'll do. Depending on how clean I can make it, I'm going to keep the clipped PCB or make a PCB from scratch altough for me that's new territory. The problem isn't the PCB but the ports: they need to be the exact right size, orientation (FireWire) and mount height.

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MiniHack is probably Santa Claus, he got me this:

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The clipped PCB, held with the original motherboard standoffs. I plan to use them to shroud that part of the case.

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Oh yeah ! I didn't know Apple designed a G5 without a modem port but it doesn't matter as it wouldn't be used anyway. I'm going to think about what I'm going to do with that port, maybe try a second RJ-45 if it would fit.

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So you're soldering directly and can live with 2 USB2 ports?



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I'm going to solder cables or possibly ports to the clipped PCB. This is going to be a NAS, it doesn't require much USB devices. I also want to keep the external looks as original as possible and I can always mount a few extra USB ports in one of the four expansion slots.

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I totally agree with you.



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My new NAS hardware has arrived !

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  • Asrock B75 Pro3-M
  • 4x Western Digital WD20EZRX (2TB each)
  • Intel Pentium G2020
  • 2x 4GB DDR3 VLP memory
  • Arctic MX-4
  • Scythe kit to mount the Mugen 2 Rev. A on Socket 115x
  • Startech USB header to 2x USB
This is for the ZFS-based NAS I'm going to run, which is memory-intense and uses very little CPU. I'm currently copying my media to different drives so I can use the two WD20EARS (also 2TB each) I have in my computer, to put them into a RAID-Z2 volume, which is the equivalent of RAID-6.

And this is how it currently looks:

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The two WD20EARS will be installed on the bottom. The top slide is free for an SSD, the top connector is also connected to the only native SATA-600 port on the motherboard.

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Worked from the first start ! Wasn't sure about the CPU mount, felt a lot more fragile then the Socket 775 and 1150 I have experience with.
All four new hard drives are working (not stress-tested) and optimized the UEFI to leave more resources and RAM for important stuff (32MB for GPU is enough).

I'll be focussing on the ZFS-software I'll be using, I'm still dounting between FreeNAS and NAS4Free, I have experience with the former so it's probably going to be that one. That is where the "USB header to USB port" thingie is for: both those OS'es can install on a USB stick since the OS is loaded into RAM when booted.


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This makes another milestone for my build as it is now going be used for something. The only two things I have left to do is to make the rear connectors into something "real" and then the mod will be finished. But I'm already contemplating the next project which will be a lot more hand-work and built-from-scratch, although I'll be needing some professional help on that one.

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The two drives added:

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And all is working as expected:

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All I need to do is find a suitable NAS OS. FreeNAS isn't a candidate as it doesn't support 4K drives, although it says it does, it is probably going to be NAS4Free or ZFSguru.





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