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Tuf-est Love

 

 

 

 

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In this post I will be showing you the different stages of my G5 Mod. You will also be able to see how I have evolved as a modder. The reason It took me so long to come to my final result with my mod because I was never satisfied.

 

 

 

 

Final Components

 

 

 

Apple OS X Mountain Lion Version 10.8.3

http://www.apple.com

 

Apple G5 case

http://www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_nkw=g5

 

Mountain Mods Modular Removable Motherboard Tray

http://www.mountainm...-tray-p-56.html

 

Asus Sabertooth Z77 LGA 1155 Motherboard

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131821

 

Inter Core i5-3570k Ivy Bridge Processor

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116504

 

XFX HD6870 Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP

http://www.frys.com/...CH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

 

Kingston HyperX Blu 16GB (2 x 4GB) (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3

[newegg]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820104231[/newegg]

 

2 OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive SSD

[newegg]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820227725[/newegg]

 

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W

[newegg]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817171036[/newegg]

 

Samsung 22X DVD±RW Burner with Dual Layer Support

http://www.microcent...duct_id=0382892

 

TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 PCI Express Adapter

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16833704133

 

Antec Kuhler H20 620 Mainstream cpu liquid cooling

http://www.newegg.co...VirtualParent=1

 

Belking F8T016 Mini Bluetooth adapter (wakes from sleep :))

http://www.amazon.co...uetooth adapter

 

2 BYTECC Bracket-252K 2.5" Dual HDD/SSD Screwless Bracket For 3.5" Drive Bay - Black

[NEWEGG]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817994139[/NEWEGG]

 

 

 

Cables/Fans

 

 

 

2 SilenX IXP-34-08 60mm case fan

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835191003

 

Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition CO-9050008-WW 120mm Twin Pack Static Pressure

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835181027

 

Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition blah blah blah

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835181025

 

Fractal Design Silent Series R2 FD-FAN-SSR2-80 80mm Fan

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835352004

 

Fractal Design Silent Series R2 FD-FAN-SSR2-40 40mm 40mm Fan

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835352001

 

Silverstone CP06 Continuous SATA Power Connector Cable

http://www.frys.com/...CH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

 

2 BYTECC Bracket-252K 2.5" Dual HDD/SSD Screwless Bracket For 3.5" Drive Bay - Black

[NEWEGG]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817994139[/NEWEGG]

 

NZXT Premium Cables Starter Kit with Case Fan, VG

http://www.amazon.co...ywords=nzxt kit

 

 

Apple Accessories/Already Owned:

 

 

Apple LED Cinema Display 24-Inch MB382LL/A

http://www.craigslist.com

 

Apple Wireless Keyboard MC184LL/B

http://www.frys.com/product/6076908

 

Apple Magic Mouse MB829LL/A

http://www.frys.com/product/6076898

 

APPLE Keyboard MB110LL/B (Wired)

http://www.frys.com/...CH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

 

APPLE Magic Trackpad MC380LL/A

http://store.apple.c.../magic-trackpad

 

Western Digital Elements 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

http://www.frys.com/...CH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

 

Toshiba PH2050U-1I54 500g Hard Drive 2.5"

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822149395

 

SABRENT EC-25KU Aluminum 2.5" Black USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817366036

 

 

 

Hardware/Materials/Used G5 Parts

 

 

Kick Plates from home depot (the aluminum matched the G5 case very well)

http://www.homedepot...06#.UUbadL8TvcI

 

LEXAN 24 in. x 18 in. Polycarbonate Sheet (Plastic :))

http://www.homedepot...64#.UZ0s0Cv704w

 

The Hillman Group 4-Count #10-32 x 1/2-in Button-Head Stainless Steel (Allen Screws)

http://www.lowes.com/pd_213988-37672-883346_0__?productId=3024580&Ntt=stainless+stell+allen+socket&Ns=p_product_price|0

 

[b]Techflex 1/2 Clean Cut Sleeving 25 feet Black[/b]

[AMAZON]http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B0008JIQ18/[/AMAZON]

 

Square pieces of velcro

HWS

 

Gorilla Glue

HWS

 

J.B Weld

HWS

 

Black and White Spray Paint (Flat)

HWS

 

G5 Enclosure

Weird Stuff (PC salvage wharehouse)

 

G5 HD Caddy

Weird Stuff

 

G5 Gutted out Power Supply

Weird Stuff

 

G5 Front Panel

Weird Stuff

 

G5 Standoffs and Screws

Weird Stuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Time!!

 

 

 

 

My first mod Rickyreall84 Uglllllyyyyy

 

 

 

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Tuf Love Mod Still Ugly

 

 

 

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Tuffer Love Mod Better….but bulky and full of metal

 

 

 

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Now Tuf-est Love

 

 

 

 

Tuf-est Love Now thats better!!

 

 

 

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I switched to the Antec Kuhler h20 620 because the pump on the h60 corsair was to loud and I didn't like the hoses. I also added a 40mm Fractal fan silent addition because the sabertooth fan that came with the board was whinny and loud. I added 2 120mm corsair vaccum fans for push pull. My average temps are 28c-30c over clocked to 4.22. I am also working on painting my kingston memory heat sinks white to go along with my theme.

 

 

 

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I used black velcro cut into triangles to mount the fans on the front if you look close you can see them (I used gorilla glue for better stickyness). I used the original black screws and standoffs to mount the plastic which fit perfectly behind the front panel. If you look on the bottom of the fans you will see a switch which controls my front panel audio on/off. If you want more info on that check out my tuf love mod it will go into it in detail.

 

 

 

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The original G5 HD caddy painted black. I had to cut the front of the caddy and remount the bracket on the top back more to push the caddy forward to place the motherboard behind it. The caddy is mounted with the original screws. The fractal 80mm fan was mounted using cut strips of black velcro (Gorilla Glue!!). I like the overall look of the fan and I basically bout it because it looked cool cause my ssds do not get hot, but if I plan on switching them out it might come in handy. The XFX Radeon 6870 has a new fan that I mounted on the heatsink with (gorilla Glue). The fan is from a PCI slot fan that i took apart. The sata cables fit nicely behind the caddy and the Silvertone data power stripe is mounted on the top of the case to hide it (Velcro, Gorilla Glue)

 

 

 

 

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All the wires and nzxt extensions are hiding behind the black plastic. I used ersterhernd mod for the reference. I wire tied the 6pin extensions to the video card.

 

 

 

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I made a custom back panel for my Tuffer Love mod so i kept it. It was hard to fit the 120mm fan between the motherboard and case :(. I drilled out all of the original holes and put in the allen hex screws.

 

 

 

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Front :)

 

 

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I used the original plastic dust thingy and modified it to fit my video card. I also used clear plastic to make the top panel to match. The bottom of the plastic is lined with black sprinkler hose cut with a razor to make it flush.

 

 

 

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I took apart the dvd drive and painted the shell black to match my color theme. I also painted the bottom plate black to match which you can't see in this picture.

 

 

 

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Final Picture No Comments

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for looking!!! Comments would be awesome and I will update with my heatsink project when it is finished

Updated Photos: Painted Memory

 
 
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I'm really liking that black and white color scheme a lot. How are those fans? I almost bought them, but at the last minute, I changed my mind to NoiseBlocker ELoop fans.

 

Very clean...makes me want to dust off my G5 and finish it...maybe this winter.



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I agree - the back and white look is great. As I was scrolling down, I got more and more impressed. I really like the final look and it looks perfectly at home with your MacBook and your CinemaDisplay.



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Yes indeed, the black&white contrast gives a great look to your mod. Congratz.



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I'm really liking that black and white color scheme a lot. How are those fans? I almost bought them, but at the last minute, I changed my mind to NoiseBlocker ELoop fans.
 
Very clean...makes me want to dust off my G5 and finish it...maybe this winter.


The fans are good. The ones on the front are silence edition and are very quiet. The ones attached to my radiator are performance edition but are pretty quiet with my fan controllers. I mostly got them for the color first performance second to be honest and they were not cheap 30 dollars for a 2 pack. Takes a lot of time and effort to finish a g5 mod to make it look good inside. I have seen a lot of poorly done g5 mods in my time because people go cheap or rush. I have hundreds of hours invested in the modding and installation of this computer. It is ok to step away and go back

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I agree - the back and white look is great. As I was scrolling down, I got more and more impressed. I really like the final look and it looks perfectly at home with your MacBook and your CinemaDisplay.


Thank you for your comments. I bout the Cinema Display off craigslist for 400 a year ago and I love love love it. Works perfect with my 6870 mini display port or 4000hd via DisplayPort adapter thingy. I do prefer streaming my blu Ray material to my 1080p tv tho sorry for rambling

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Ricky

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Wow, love the final look. Great mod. Well done!







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