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meltman

meltman

Member Since 06 Feb 2008
Offline Last Active Nov 16 2013 07:36 PM
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WTB: G5 Hard drive cage

21 September 2011 - 04:33 PM

Looking to buy a powermac G5 hard drive cage. I'm wanting a second cage for my hack.

Thanks!

Melt's G5 mods - one complete, one in progress

12 September 2011 - 04:20 PM

Hello everyone!
Thought I'd post up a couple of G5 mods I've done to give inspiration to others. Awhile back I helped a friend of mine mod a G5 using a Lian Li tray. We finished the whole mod minus front panel cable in one night. I was so impressed with how it turned out I set off to find myself a G5.

Sadly, I didn't take many pics of the building of his. We used the PSU on top and HDD cage in front strategy.
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Here's my friends completed, sorry the pics aren't clearer:
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I found a G5 -complete with dead PSU on Craigslist for $40!
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For mine, I purchased a Mountain Mods motherboard tray with the dual 80's option. For those who dont know, they come in pieces and screw together which is actually pretty nice for G5 modding.
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Doing a little test fitting:
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And cranked out a front panel harness today. I need to get some sleeving for it.
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Here's the Mountain Mods rear panel trimmed for the latch how I want it. I opted to block as few holes as possible with my mod vs the one I did previous.
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Here's where I left off today. The short stock standoffs are perfect height to hold up the motherboard tray! I popped the long ones out with pliers.
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I'm planning on dremeling up the stock 92mm fan grills since I cant find anything that looks anywhere near the same to buy. I have not seen anyone do this before - not to say no one has. Should be cool and retain some stock look
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I wanted to mount the hard drive cage "right side up" unlike the previous mod I did. This required spacers to space it away from the DVD tray. I decided to recycle the standoffs I pulled from the motherboard by drilling them all the way through and tapping them. Here's one drilled through waiting for the tap.
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Here's the cage attached. I did it this way so that if I want to add a second (or third) cage in the future it will be as simple as trimming the metal part, drilling 3 holes, and bolting it to the cage above.
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The last major cutting item was the powersupply which went up top:
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Only thing left is to figure out how I want to secure the motherboard tray rear. I'm thinking some nice machine screws and nuts on the inside. It needs to remain removable so I can get the power supply out in the future.
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