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    Mr.D. got a reaction from WarDoc in New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO   
    I remember checking out their site a few months back - I HATE IT (the site I mean). I think this motherboard is pretty cool, especially if its reasonably priced! But I cant see any updates on the site since 2009, other than the pre-built systems, and that horrid huge graphic that you have to click on the mini graphic just to see the rest of the page... ugh!! Please - THe KING - ask the developers to make the home page cleaner!
     
    I eagerly await updates on price and availability!
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    Mr.D. got a reaction from jgperson in Watercooled Ryzen Hackintosh in a modded G5 case   
    awesome build man! impressive work. did you get osx running on it? if so, what version? perhaps a write up in the software section would be good too! great job on the rig!
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    Mr.D. got a reaction from bald_and_angry in Hackintosh Builds for Every Budget!   
    Do you know exactly which parts to get for your machine? Working on a budget? How do you know if your parts will work with OS X with minimal fuss? This thread is dedicated to helping you with your purchasing requirements! Here's how it works. RampageDev has kindly put together a pricing guide from NewEgg for four rigs at four approximate price points: Baseline, Deluxe, Ultra, and Killer.
     
    Baseline gets you a powerful rig, suitable for nearly everything you'll ever need to do on your hackintosh for day-to-day useage. Deluxe gets you more performance, and Ultra gets you into the maxed out, the top-of-the-line, and nearly all the bells-and-whistles territory. And last, but certainly not least, Killer gets you an X79 rig!
     
    These rigs are nearly hassle free, or at least as close as you can get with OSX on PC components!
     
    This list is available HERE in the Buying Thoughts, Reviews and Recommendations Forum.
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    Mr.D. reacted to neoofoox in neoofoox's G5 Mod   
    Some Updates:
    Yesterday I found a place for the SD-Card Slot on the Case. Above the DVD Drive is little space. So I cut a slot in the center of the case above the DVD Slot. The result wasn't as good as I hoped.
    On the left side of the case there is the SD Reader board which I will use. It is a 5 in 1 Cardreader but I only need the SD slot.

    Today I enhanced the SD Slot. Filling up the slot with "UHU Repair all powerkit" and some holes around it and gutting the slot again. That ended up much better.

    I drilled out the rivets of the case, sanded some parts to prepair for painting. 
    Unfortunately the spray cap is clogged, so I have to order a new one. The order also contains a green spray for coloring some parts, and a matt clear varnish from montana can
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    Mr.D. reacted to neoofoox in neoofoox's G5 Mod   
    Hello,
    I want to show you my current process of my G5 Mod. I started in January by buying a used Mac G5 with defect hardware in it. My first attempt was trying to repair the Mac G5, but there was a problem with CPU/Cooling I couldn’t solve.
    My target for the Mod:
     
    ·         Keep it as stock looking as possible
    ·         Remove the back I/O panel, because I haven’t seen a nice looking solution for it. I dislike the method with putting the wires to the holes to the mainboard female connector. Adding wires from the mainboard to the case slots seems even worse for me. That is just my opinion on that.
    ·         I like the 2 fan grills on the back of the case, so I wanted to try to keep them, but the mainboard I/O panel and the “mATX”-Tray made it hard to keep it, but I figured a way out.
    ·         The Hardware in the Case should be easy to replace, so I can reuse that case in the future.
    For this reason disassembling the PSU is no solution. I have to think about a solution, maybe I have to plate with or acryl glass.
     
    ·         For the mATX-Tray I used a very old ugly case, removed all rivets and just used the back for holding the I/O panel of the Mainboard
    This mods inspired me the most:
     
    ·         Darkmac Pro (March 2013)
    ·         Rotten Apple G5 Case Mod
     
    The Hardware I will put into the case:
     
    ·         Intel Core i7 4790K 4x4GHz So. 1150
    ·         EKL Alpenföhn Brocken ECO
    ·         Kingston HyperX DDR3-1866 2x8GB
    ·         Gigabyte GA-Z97M-D3H
    ·         2x be quiet! Shadow Wings SW1 PWM 140x140x25mm (as fans for the front)
    ·         2x Arctic Cooling Arctic F9 PWM CO 92x92x25mm (as fans for the back)
    ·         Crucial MX100 SSD 256GB
    ·         TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter (with 2 antenna, so kext is needed – I ordered the wrong one)
    ·         GMYLE Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter
    ·         Be quiet! Pure Power L8 CM Modular 80+ Bronze
     
    For disassembling the case I used this guide: http://de.scribd.com/doc/21536787/Apple-Power-Mac-G5-Quad-2-5-Dual-2-0-2-3-Ghz-Service-Repair-Manual#scribd
     
    So there is my Work:


     
    That is the case I bought, next to it my old pc.


     
    First of all I disassembled the case according to the Guide listed above, after that, the very hard part begins: Cutting the beauty. The first cut with a Dremel hurt me the most


     
    I wanted to use the PCI slots from the old case. Because I didn’t want to cut the case, I thought a lot about it, and hold the mainboard in the case and thought about a lot of solutions. So I decided to use the PCI slots of g5 case.


     
    The I/O panel fitted quite well. But I haven’t seen that in that picture it bends a little bit, that made some problems on a later time.



     
    Here you can see that the I/O panel collides with the Holding for the fans on the back side, and it would not be possible to attach the fans with the original holding to it.


     
    So I decided to cut out the 2 holes for the grill and move it to the left side, where the wifi antenna in the original g5 is, like you can see in this picture below. 


     
    Seeing this made me cry...


     
    The result should look like this, I cut it on the red lines and glued it with “UHU PLUS ENDFEST” (Epoxy)


     
    Testing with a Mainboard. You can see that I filled the gap with an aluminium bonded panel. 


     
    Here you can see it better:



     
    Here you can see, that it collides with the fan grill… so I had to shorten the I/O Holding (of cause not the fan grill)



     
    As you can see until this point I tried to use a ATX board, but after getting my mATX board, It fits so perfectly and I could use the complete top panel.



     
    Here you can see that the fan grill with the fans fit, and on the left you can see my plan on mounting two 140mm fans on the front with the top of the old and ugly case I disassembled 


     
    I told you before that I will get to the problem that the I/O Panel bent on a picture. I had to move the I/O panel about 2-3mm to the PCI slots… The result is in the picture below. I am not very happy about it, but It worked out… maybe I can make it look better.


     
    I had a lot of respect getting the mainboard in the right position and the right height. I cut of the big standoffs off the case. And the mainboard tray was about 2mm to height on the side. I put some wood under the tray, which had the perfect size (and laid around), and glued it with the epoxy.
    I cut out the panel so I can access the holes for the screws to mount the top panel of the case. Even disassembling the case to get the part with the holes out of the footstand part of the case for coloring and make the glue disappear on the back.


     
    For the PSU I glued a holding to the original PSU housing. 



     
    This was the state I made the first break, because I wanted to use my new hardware:



    Here are my thoughts on the upcoming process:


    In the left panel, I already cutted two 140mm holes in it. 

    What has to be done:
     
    ·         Find a solution to hide the PSU on the bottom.
    ·         Color the inner case (with the holes) in a dark gray using Montana Cans.
    ·         Buy a new front panel (I soldered wires to the USB port, it works, but that is only one out of 3 that works. No audio, no Firewire. And it isn’t soldered very well… But I will keep the original Power Button. I thought about this front panel:
    ·         Find a Position to put a card reader in the front of the case.
    My first thought was putting the card reader on the bottom of the front (disassemble a normal 5 in 1 card reader only cutting a hole for the SD slot (importing camera files)
    Second thought add the SD slot vertically below the front I/O panel…
    Do you have other ideas about that?
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    Mr.D. got a reaction from le0nardwashingt0n in My simple G5 Mod   
    nice clean mod. I like it! I especially like the small budget - just shows that with some time, talent and patience you can make it look professional and clean...
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    Mr.D. reacted to Fabius Bile in Project AnodizeD: G5 mod   
    Hi, i'm happy you're back
     
    This is my side pannel, made by Laser Hive:
     

     

     
    Unfortunately, it has yet to ship, and is still in England, i want it :Q______
     
    P.S.
    In Italy does not exist the thanksgiving day, but best wishes to all.
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    Mr.D. reacted to Razzle_Dazzle in Mac Pro 2,1 CPU upgrade.   
    It can be a somewhat difficult process but please read through the post. 
     
    They are helpful 
     
    http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/4525-discussion-fit-a-pc-in-a-g5-powermac-enclosure/
     
    http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/287191-the-laser-hive/
     
    Welcome to the hackintosh and mod community 
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    Mr.D. reacted to le0nardwashingt0n in My simple G5 Mod   
    Like many others who have undertaken this mod, I reviewed others’ work before me and was inspired by their designs. I want to acknowledge chaosdesigns and Porto412 in particular (from the site that shall not be mentioned).
     
    Overall I’m really happy with how the build came out and it looks so much better than the Corsair 200r case I had been using. My goal was to have a stock Apple G5 look from the outside and inside something that was clean looking, simple, inexpensive, and organized. I really wanted to utilize the meshed aluminum to maximize airflow. Also, I live in a small city apartment so I don’t have access to many tools or a dedicated workspace.

    Before I get started on the build I need to explain how I came to be in possession of this case. One day my girlfriend and I were driving down the street and saw a G5 tower sitting on the sidewalk! No joke. Before I claimed it I tried to find the owner but no one was home. Other than a cosmetic scratch on the door side it was in great shape.

    First task was to gut the unit. I stupidly threw away a few parts that I later could have used. Looking back I would have kept everything, every screw, cable, electronic part, antenna, everything until I was finished with the build. I was surprised to learn how many different parts can be reused or converted. Since there are many other guides and pics of gutting on the internet, I'll just show what I did from that point on.
     
     
     

    I wanted to keep as much of the rear panel intact as possible, so I just cut out as much as I could towards the side of the stock rear fan assembly and to the other side's last row of holes. I wanted to keep the stock fan grills and attached 2 - 92mm fans to that mounting with screws attached from the inside of the grill mounts between the grill assembly and the grill. To do this I just got a mini hack saw, some 3:1 lubricant, and filed the edges. This wasn’t the prettiest process but it got the job done and the file smoothed and cleaned the edges nicely.
     
     
     

    I used JB Weld to attach the original short standoffs from the G5 case. It took some figuring out where to glue the standoffs and I couldn’t have done it without this old mATX mobo I got (free) from a local computer store. In retrospect I would have waited to use my mobo because this one didn’t have PCI-E and I couldn’t actually put in the graphics card. When I went to fit my graphics card it barely fit and that was only after I kept the mobo screws loose before putting the graphics card in then tightening them down afterwards.
     
     
     

    The standoffs without the mobo installed. In retrospect I would have put the JB Weld on the standoffs then put the mobo in place, then go back over the top with JB Weld to secure everything. I did end up going back and covering over the tops of the bottom feet of the standoffs. I hope it’s not going anywhere.
     
     
     

    For the fans in the front I first tried The Laser Hive’s 120mm acrylic mounting, but I didn’t like how it fit and it covered up the G5 mesh. I wanted to have good airflow and not cover the whole front with acrylic. I looked at a lot of other builds and I didn’t see anyone use do what I did. Basically I utilized the existing screws and nuts that attach the case together. I found that one brand of picture frame mounts fit perfectly over the standoffs on the far side of the door and another brand fits on the top row. These ones in the picture are not what I ended up going with but they demonstrate the concept. I ended up replacing these with silver ones with larger hinges to match the case. I then used the blue locktite to make sure any vibrations wouldn’t loosen them up. As the picture shows I used zipties to make a web to hold the fans in place. One the fans were in place I ziptied them tightly at the four corners. The fans don't vibrate at all and they can't be seen from the outside.
     
     
     

    Here’s a picture of the door side. Sorry the picture’s a little blurry but they’re there. The nuts are small but there was enough thread to get a good grip.
     
     
     

    One of the apple fans for a test. I ended up using 2 - 120mm fans in it’s place. Because the zipties are light in color they aren’t noticeable from the front of the case.
     
     
     

    I mounted my PSU on the bottom, set a little back from the rear so I can reach in and use the on/off switch. Right now I just have the cord running through the hole. I might make a PSU tail for a more finished at some point but I want to get the right gauge cable. The grey apple one that matched the case was much thinner than the one from my PSU and to be safe I didn’t want to use that.
     
    Again I cut this hole with a hand saw and filed it round(ish). Cutting a round how with straight tools is difficult but it’s good enough for the bottom.
     
     
     

    Another angle of the PSU intake and rear panel. To mount the PSU I used one of G5 PSU holes and drilled the other three holes that matched the bottom of my PSU. On the bottom of my PSU are 4 screws that hold the fan in place. I unscrewed three (four and the fan would have come undone) and used those to attach the PSU to the case. Worked better than expected and is very secure!
     
     
     

    Here’s a good view of the top shelf and the small zipties that hold the fan in place. I used the G5 hdd cage to hold my two SSDs (I dual boot off of separate SSDs). With the fan right there, they remain very chilly!
     
     
     

    I was test fitting the mobo and new HDD tray caddy rack. I got this one one eBay for $23. It’s very simple but does the job. I just took out the top shelf, drilled four holes and attached it with some nuts and bolts from a hardware store. In between I put a few rubber gaskets and weather stripping for vibration dampening. This cage might have worked too.
     
     
     

    Here’s the completed build, but obviously before managing the wires. I kept the top shelf basically the same as the G5 but put a new 80mm fan up there. I only needed to drill one additional hole to allow me to use zipties to fasten the fan down. I used some thin weather stripping I got at Home Depot for vibration dampening under the fan and around the PSU intake. Also, in this picture you can see where I had to attach the front panel from my old case. I have since installed the BlackCH Mods front panel cable. That works great, now I have a functioning power button, USB, and audio.
     
    Also in this picture visible are the two 92mm fans I put in the rear. All I did was remove the original G5 fans and the clip in mounting system. Then I unscrewed the grill from the case. Those screws are tiny and strip easily so be careful!. Then I lined up the new fans and drilled holes to screw through the back inside. When the grill is reattached the screws are covered and the fans are securely mounted. With the fans at the front intaking air and the fans at the rear discharging, there’s a good cross wind over the HDDs, mobo, and GPU. I’m planning on upgrading the chip cooler. I had an H60 in my previous case but there was no way that was going to fit in this case without renovations I didn’t want to do. I’m thinking of getting this Cooler Master one. I figure it should do the job, I’m not planning on overclocking.
     
    I kept the DVD drive in it’s original position. It works from up there but it’s not strong enough to push the door open. I had to knock off two small plastic bumps on the drive so the tray would fit through. I rarely use the drive so until it becomes an issue I’m just going to use a piece of tape to hold it open when I’m using it.
     
     
     

    This picture shows how the 4 original G5 PCI ports line up perfectly with my mATX board. The hole I cut out is a just little smaller than the mobo’s back panel but all of the ports I need access are accessible. I think only a few of the 3.5mm audio ports are blocked and the digital audio out (which I don’t use anyways because I have an Arcam rPac DAC). I figure I can go back and enlarge this if I need to.
     
     
     
    One other thing I tried but didn’t end up working. I bought a 2xUSB 2.0 to 10 pin header cable to connect to the mobo and put it at the very top inside of the case, above the DVD drive, hoping that my Bluetooth and mouse dongle would work from there. It seems the case does a good job of blocking signals. It was only $3.71 so I thought it might be worth a shot. Right now it’s temporarily hanging out of the back and works a lot better until I come up with a better solution.
     
     

    This image shows the completed inside of the case. I've swapped out the stock cooler with the Zalman CNPS9500 AT. It fit perfectly in the space and has lowered my temps 15 - 20C. Well worth the $35. With the cables all bundled up there's great airflow across the motherboard and graphics card. I'm really happy with how it all came out. The only other thing to fix is the bluetooth/mouse usb dongles. I was thinking about trying this (add a bluetooth card to your hackintosh), but for the time being I'm fine with the cord just coming out of the back.
     
     
     

    So this is the last photo of the front of the chassis. Can't see the fans at all even though they are black. I was worried they might show through a little, but they're invisible.
     
     
    The items I had to purchase for this build:
    G5 Case – Free!
    USB 2.0 cable - $3.71
    HDD Cage - $23.98
    BlackCH Mods Cable - $30.41 (25 euros)
    Acrylic sheet - $4
    Oversize printing for Acrylic Sheet - $6
    PWM power cable – $6.32
    2 – 92mm fan – $14.90
    1 – 80mm fan – Free
    Drill Bit Set - $23.92
    Anti-Static Wrist Strap - $5.99
    Optical drive mounting screws – $7.93
    Replacement Rear Grill - $8
    Stanley Mini Hacksaw - $11.05
    3:1 Lubricant - $5
    Loctite - $4.05
    Nuts and bolts - $6
    Picture frame mounts - $3.05
    Weather Stripping - $ 4
    Zalman CNPS9500 AT - $35
     
    Total:  $203.31
     
    I'm hoping to recoup some of my costs by selling my old case and H60 cooler (the one I pulled out had cracking on the tubing so Corsair is replacing the unit).
     
    Here's a link to the Flickr Album with larger photos.

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    Mr.D. reacted to Billbert in McBeast G5 Mod   
    Hey everybody, I recently made a second G5 case mod, after my original one about 2 years ago (which wasn't worth posting).

    I hope you like what you see. It's still needing a bit of a tidy up inside the case, but it's been running stable as a HTPC for about 2 months now.

    Notable features.
    Original sliding BluRay drive (with working front shutter) Carbon fiber vinyl wrapped, both inside and out - This was PAINSTAKING! Had to completely dissassemble all the case in it's two main components. Laser Hive G5 to ATX conversion mod installed, with backplate. Laser Hive Front panel conversion, which is a very aesthetically pleasing finish! (Mad props to David at the Laser Hive. Easily the best customer experience I've had, and the packaging was so professionally packed, I could do an entire thread on that easily. http://www.thelaserhive.com/ 2x Blue Cathode Lights for a nice effect. Icy Dock 4 in 1 SATA HotSwap for 2.5inch drives. (Fitted with 2x Samsung SSDs for super fast boot - Ubuntu) Antec H20 cooler with pwm fan, RGB LED Thermaltake Smart SE 730W PSU. Gigabyte GAZ77-DS3H for when I used Mac OS on it (Old Hardware) 8gb Corsair Vengeance (One stick removed in image above) Intel 3570K (Older processor - does what I need it to do) 2x USB3 front Panel, eSATA, Headphones and Mic, with a sleek Power LED button. Sprayed Front and back in Black, and left with Aluminium bezel (trim?) intact for aesthetic look. Also sporting a 6TB WD Red drive to store more media in a Hot Swap frame.  

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    Mr.D. got a reaction from bald_and_angry in Hackintosh Builds for Every Budget!   
    Do you know exactly which parts to get for your machine? Working on a budget? How do you know if your parts will work with OS X with minimal fuss? This thread is dedicated to helping you with your purchasing requirements! Here's how it works. RampageDev has kindly put together a pricing guide from NewEgg for four rigs at four approximate price points: Baseline, Deluxe, Ultra, and Killer.
     
    Baseline gets you a powerful rig, suitable for nearly everything you'll ever need to do on your hackintosh for day-to-day useage. Deluxe gets you more performance, and Ultra gets you into the maxed out, the top-of-the-line, and nearly all the bells-and-whistles territory. And last, but certainly not least, Killer gets you an X79 rig!
     
    These rigs are nearly hassle free, or at least as close as you can get with OSX on PC components!
     
    This list is available HERE in the Buying Thoughts, Reviews and Recommendations Forum.
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    Mr.D. got a reaction from sean blake in USB Sound card   
    With USB audio cards, its a funky amalgamation of the CPU and the sound card doing the processing. The USB part of this is handled by the CPU, and since its just data at that point, its just put over the USB interface. Of course, the more 'full' the sound is, the more data is being processed by the CPU for transmission over that USB link. When it gets to the sound card at the end of that USB cable, then the chip there decodes (if any is needed) the data stream into either a linear PCM stream (Optical) or analogue outputs (2-5 or sometimes 7). If you were using HDMI for carrying your audio, then it would all be wrapped up into the HDCP HDMI signal, and that would be anywhere from 2 to 9 channels depending upon source material and your HDMI version. As always, moving the DAC outside of the case is the best bet for best sound as there are WAAAAYYYY to many things inside your case that can create interference. Plus, as the round one said, the DAC in a home theater receiver is gonna be better than anything you could put in your system (or connect externally) that is less than $100. Of course, if you must separate the sound from HDMI (as I do for studio audio editing), then a linear PCM stream is just fine running from your USB sound card to whatever amp you have.
     
    BTW, I used way too many acronyms up there...
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    Mr.D. reacted to Alessandro17 in Permanently Banned From Tonymacx86   
    Sorry to read that, which finally seems to prove my point.
    Do you remember this post?
    No measure whatsoever was taken against you for simply expressing an opinion. Nor against notshy.
    Unfortunately I had to take eelhead's posting rights away because he insisted on attacking InsanelyMac and on calling us "pirates", which is blatantly not true, as we do not condone piracy in any way.
    True, I have decided that distributions can be discussed (without links to torrents or to other pirated software), because doing otherwise would have meant denying our past, when distributions were the only available solution, and hindering our present users who still wish to use distributions.
    Needless to say, you are welcome to develop your full potential here, without any restriction other than the forum rules.
    And even so, we do not ban so easily, most of times a temporary measure is plenty.
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    Mr.D. reacted to Renard45 in g5 drive eject button   
    this is the beginning of my g5 case mod thank for my brother in law for cutting the case
     
     

     

     


    BlackCH thanks again for the cables for the front panel.
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    Mr.D. reacted to WhatTheTech in When your job hands you a G5...   
    ...and says "do whatever you want with it" - it's VERY hard to stay in retirement. Hi to everyone who remembers me! For those who don't, I ran the short-lived G5Modders.com website as well as the soon-to-be-relaunched MacModders.com site! I have backups of the Ultimate G5 Modding thread as well as various other tutorials, guides, builds and whatnot that will be put back online - it's awesome to see people still modding away!
     
    With a 24" iMac and a 15" Macbook Pro from work for home use, as well as a last-gen Mac Pro with a 30" ACD at my desk at work, it was easy to go into a retirement. I had two computers at home, one at work - what else could I want?
     
    Well all that changed when we were clearing out some old junk (I work at a printing company) and came across an old dusty G5 in perfect condition besides a few minor scratches and labels stuck to it. After replacing the hard-drive and RAM...BLAM - up and running, well currently installing OS X Panther. I was told to keep it, since I'm pretty sure it doesn't run the Adobe CC 2014 suite...
     

     
    As much as I love that this is a fully-functional G5, for it to be useful for me, it's going to have to be gutted and replaced with a hackintosh. Besides, what's the fun of having a G5 case without ripping it open??
     
    This will be a slow worklog - I have to pull all of my modding supplies out of storage, choose my parts, order one of TLH's fantastic trays...
     
    Nice to be back, looking forward to seeing some old faces!
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    Mr.D. got a reaction from bald_and_angry in Hackintosh Builds for Every Budget!   
    Do you know exactly which parts to get for your machine? Working on a budget? How do you know if your parts will work with OS X with minimal fuss? This thread is dedicated to helping you with your purchasing requirements! Here's how it works. RampageDev has kindly put together a pricing guide from NewEgg for four rigs at four approximate price points: Baseline, Deluxe, Ultra, and Killer.
     
    Baseline gets you a powerful rig, suitable for nearly everything you'll ever need to do on your hackintosh for day-to-day useage. Deluxe gets you more performance, and Ultra gets you into the maxed out, the top-of-the-line, and nearly all the bells-and-whistles territory. And last, but certainly not least, Killer gets you an X79 rig!
     
    These rigs are nearly hassle free, or at least as close as you can get with OSX on PC components!
     
    This list is available HERE in the Buying Thoughts, Reviews and Recommendations Forum.
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    Mr.D. got a reaction from ericthekraut in Hackintosh Builds for Every Budget!   
    Do you know exactly which parts to get for your machine? Working on a budget? How do you know if your parts will work with OS X with minimal fuss? This thread is dedicated to helping you with your purchasing requirements! Here's how it works. RampageDev has kindly put together a pricing guide from NewEgg for three rigs at three approximate price points: Baseline, Deluxe, Ultra, and Killer.
     
    Baseline gets you a powerful rig, suitable for nearly everything you'll ever need to do on your hackintosh for day-to-day useage. Deluxe gets you more performance, and Ultra gets you into the maxed out, the top-of-the-line, and nearly all the bells-and-whistles territory. And last, but certainly not least, Killer gets you everything you could want - minus the kitchen sink!
     
    These rigs are nearly hassle free, or at least as close as you can get with OSX on PC components. Feedback is, of course, always welcome!
     
     
    BASELINE:
     

    Baseline2.pdf
     
    DELUXE:
     

    Deluxe.pdf
     
    ULTRA:
     

    Ultra.pdf
     
    KILLER:
     
    Coming Soon!
     
     
     
    as one final note: pricing will vary by many factors, with the most volatile of those being storage devices and RAM. These are guides and not price quotes. You may find your prices to be slightly higher or slightly lower, but each price point will remain CLOSE to their targets.
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    Mr.D. got a reaction from ximekon in New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO   
    Some people are hardware guys, some people are software guys. I am way stronger n hardware than I am software, mostly because I have lagged so far behind in my programming skills. To have a motherboard that is as close to possible of working with whichever OS I want right outta the box means less time, for me, futzing with kext files, flashing Mac roms onto my PC GPU, etc., etc. I get far more enjoyment out of hardware hacking than software hacking. I know there are people like me, and there are people who are the opposite of me.
     
    I think that this is a great OPTION for those that want to go that route. If you want to do everything from scratch, then by all means - have at it! Nobody is saying that this is the only option... hell, I haven't even heard anyone say this is the best option. But I sure have heard a lot of people say how bad this is. I don't get it. How is another option bad?
     
    The point of this forum (or so I think) is to create an environment to be supportive of people who are making hackintoshes. Personally, even if I dont like or even agree with something or someone, if it benefits the community as a whole, then they will get my FULL support. I try to see past what I want and hopefully encourage others to do what they want with help, tips, advice, or the occasional "whaaaaaa???".
     
    I also like to take four wheel drive rigs and torture them on boulders, and read big long books by obscure foreign authors - all for fun. Fun is what you make it. I don't think anyone or anything can take fun away from you - that's what someone does to themselves.
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    Mr.D. reacted to bigeasy in Mac Classic case mod   
    Hi All,
     
    Thought I'd post my Mac Classic case mod here.
     
    It's almost complete, just got to put the headphone and hdmi ports in.
     
    Spec wise it's a little dated, it's specs are:
     
    Zotac 9300 wifi motherboard
    Core2Quad 6600
    Geforce 9300 (overclocked to 9400)
    6gb Ram
    64gb SSD
    320GB HDD
    Apple Airport Extreme via pcie adapter
    iMate ADB adapter
    1024x768 display behind original crt front
    Internal usb powered speaker
     
    I've managed thus far not to cut the case, but I probably will have to for hdmi out. It'll probably go in the lock port without too much effort.



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    Mr.D. reacted to airacutie in PowerMac G5 Mod DONE   
    Hello all, so as the title says, I just recently finished my first mod and its based on Apple PowerMac G5. As a past owner of various Alienware machines and current Apple fan, I wanted to build something quite powerful in Apple case, as none of currently available Apple products could achieve what I need. So I grabbed PowerMac G5 which was available and have started to think what with it. I found couple of really useful posts on the internet which gave me an idea how to proceed.
    I have used old ATX case as MB holder and back plate and overall it took me something around 40 hours to finish I think. Main usage is as gaming rig and home PC for everything.
    Current specs is as below:
     
    CPU: i5 4670k @4.2 + Cooler Master Hyper 212+ EVO‎ GPU: MSI R9 270X Hawk MB: MSI Z87 MPOWER SP RAM: 8GB Kingston 2400MHz SSD: 256GB + 128GB Crucial M4 PSU: 650W Cooler Master   Regarding some benchmarks: 3DMark 2006: 28157 3DMark 11: 8534 Windows 8 experience index: 8.1|8.1|8.4|8.4|8.2   Mavericks 10.9.0 installed on smaller SSD, but not usable as I am unable to boot without safe mode.   Some photos can be found here (I apologize for premod photos, they are mainly from internet, as I dont have any premod photos of the case ;-) Last image was a backup plan :-) http://imgur.com/a/1uyA0
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    Mr.D. reacted to nikkokick in [Project]: Big Bro' Prodigy (E-ATX Prodigy mod)   
    Thanks a lot! I'm sorry for my superlate reply
     
    Thanks a bunch! Next year it is and it's coming together
     
    Thanks! Appreciate it a lot!
     
    Sorry for my inactivity. My time is very limited and I barely have time to work with my project logs However, I'm happy that I'm at least able to finish it - better late then never!
    Here's an update for you all!
     

      UPDATE 10/02 2014 - Installation of the Water cooling from AquaTuning.  
      Hiya all!   Finally I've had time to make another update! I'm sorry for the time taken since last time. I've had the toughest time in my studies so far so my spare time do work on this project has been minimal, if not non-existing. Anyways, I'm now back on track and I will finish this project log before January 31st!   Let's get down to business!   Below will be a update containing pictures of the products I'm being supplied with by AquaTuning and how I then install them all. There's however one thing with the pictures. Since I was super stressed before the exhibition I attended to I didn't have time to take any photos back then. That said, I had to take all these pictures in reverse, when I was taking the parts off. Therefore it might look a little weird out of a chronological order but I guess you understand   The first part will be about which water cooling components I will use and the second part how I install them all   I want to thank AquaTuning a lot once again for the products provided. Without you this project and the outcome wouldn't be possible.   ____________________________________________________________   The second package I receive from AquaTuning with a lot of good stuff!   Clear/transparent tubing from Masterkleer with a diameter of 16/10! Nice, thick edges that will look amazing with the coolant. Masterkleer Slang PVC 16/10mm (3/8"ID) Klar 3,3m (10ft) "Retail Package"   Fittings, to attach the tubing to the different parts, with the diameter of 16/10 in different shapes.   8x 16/10mm compression fitting 90° revolvable G1/4 - knurled - matte black   3x 16/10mm compression fitting 45° revolvable G1/4 - knurled - matte black   2x 16/10mm compression fitting G1/4 - knurled - matte black   To be able to connect some things I had to get my hands on a pair of special fittings, with the same connector in both ends. 2x Alphacool HF L-connector 90° - G1/4 revolvable - 2x outer threads - Deep Black   This on as well to be able to connect to different parts. Alphacool double nipple G1/4 outer thread to G1/4'' outer thread with O-ring - deep black   Fillports that's going to be used for something very special. Interesting! 6x Fillport black nickel - knurled - Universal ______________________________________________________________   Enough about fittings! Here's some more fun stuff.   High-performance CPU-block to cool the CPU. Package with the block, installation parts, thermal paste and instructions/manual. Alphacool NexXxoS XP³ Light - Black Chrome - Edition   Reservoir/tank for the loop. I ordered a extra tube since of 15cm the one of 25cm was a little too long I realised.  Alphacool HF 38 Cape Cyclen 250 + Alphacool Plexi Tube 60x150mm   Thin and great performing radiators. Only 30mm thick which will be perfect for this compact build. 2x Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm   Powerful and surprisingly quiet pump.. The size and orientation will be perfect for this build. Laing DDC-pump 12V DDC-1T   "Top" for the pump that enables installation of fittings. It also improves the flow and sound-level, a nice extra thing Alphacool Laing DDC Acetal top   Coolant of high quality. Looks like milk and I love it! Mayhems Pastel - Ice White 1000ml   Mounting for a 240 radiator. I'll need it for one of the radiators and it will fit perfectly. Phobya radiatorstöd - svart - Dual - 2x120mm ___________________________________________   Those were the products that I will use, supplied by AquaTuning.   Shall we take a look of how I installed it all?   The cPU-block in place.  Very clean and stylish and it fits great with the looks since the copper-sticker blends well with the orange color of the motherboard Alphacool NexXxoS XP³ Light - Black Chrome   The pump, Laing DDC with Alphacool's top installted with fittings, a double-sided G1/4 in the top and a 90c fitting as output.  Also attached on a self-adhesive vibration-absorbing mat. Laing DDC-pump 12V DDC-1T   This is the reason I needed that special fitting in the top of the pump! I built a pump/res-combo myself where the pump will suck water from the reservoir.  I think it looks great and is practical at the same time since it takes up less space than if installed separately and I can fit a big reservoir. http://www.aquatuning.se/product_info.php/info/p6155_Alphacool-HF-38-Cape-Cyclen-150.html   I install the pump with some mounting I made myself, consisting of skrews, nuts and bricks that goes thru the case. A little hard to get on picture but I guess you understand.   The radiators, 2x 240mm which I know is overkill for a CPU but I mostly do it as a challenge to fit them both Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm   Radiator #1 will be put in the front next to the motherboard. It may look like the radiator is blocking all the ports of the motherboard but it isn't. With a little modification of a few contacts from fans the connectors fit without problems. One of the PCI-E ports is unreachable, however since I only use 1x GPU and no other expansion cards it won't be a problem at all   Radiator #2 is attached to the radiator-mount and it's the one to be placed behind the motherboard tray. The radiator.mount is needed so I can attach it in the front from the inside with help of rivets. It was pretty hard to get it inside but I finally managed.   Picture of the radiators, pump + res and fittings plus all fillports in the case are attached! As you can see there's a couple of fittings in the top of the case. Have you started to understand what the holes in the mesh and the fillports are used for?   The fillports are used to attach the fittings to the mesh in the top. But why? Let's find out! ]http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag128/nikkoprojects/21_zps35196da5.jpg[/img]   On the top of the mesh there's now 6x 90c fittings!   And here you can see it with tubing. Yes, I've chosen to have tubing on the top of the case that will go thru all components! The reason is first of all because I think it looks great, it suits the industrial feeling that I've given this mod. Second, it's actually practical as the tubes doesn't need to be inside of the case which would have been very narrow. I'm very satisfied with the outcome.   I won't reveal more than this about the water cooling yet! In the next update, which will be the very last where I show the final pictures, is where you will see it all togheter Below are a few other installations that are essential, of course ___________________________________________________   Installing the enormous GPU - GIGABYTE GTX 780 OC Windforce 3x 450W. It wasn't an easy task to be honest, haha. Took 10 minutes and a lot of brain- and muscle-power. It felt like I was playing Tetris with circles - impossible. However I managed to get it in, but damn it's tight!   The back of the motherboard tray with the radiator, SSD and power supply. A little messy with the cables since I didn't have the time to fix it perfectly before the exhibition, but as it's not seen with the side-panel on I didn't feel it was critical.   Since I've cut a hole for the grill where the original power-/reset buttons were I was in need to get a new button, of course. I did it with the help of this nice looking switch that I made a hole for in the mesh.   White 120mm Spectre Pro PWM-fans from BitFenix that was to be used for the exhibition. Unfortunately I didn't manage to get them in time, but here they are!   Sleeved extenders in different shapes and sizes from BitFenix. http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/premium-modding/alchemy-cables/ ___________________________________________________   At last:   Once again it feels nice to have posted this update! The water cooling from AquaTuning was indeed very fun to install as it was an extreme task to accomplish. The hardest part was to find out how I was going to make it all work and in which order to install it - I didn't have too much spare place to use, haha. As I've said this project has been at least 80% planning and figuring stuff out while the rest has been the modification itself. A lot to think about before making that final cut!   The next update that will be released will be the last one of this project log, containing the final photos of the finished mod/product! That's why I don't want to reveal it all in this update, I want the last one to be a little special!   Thanks for following and supporting my project log. It's you, my readers, that makes me want to continue and finish this even tho there have been some tough times   Thanks for reading and supporting me. Best regards Nikkop
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    Mr.D. reacted to toos in [Project] Toos his first G5 mod.   
    Another small update. Made a cover for the top and made fanholders.
     



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    Mr.D. got a reaction from 3.14r2 in In your opinion, what are the people that leads the world on?   
    Didn't Al Gore invent the internet??
     
    How contemporary do you want to go? In the last 100 years, I'd say we have Einstein, Hawking, MLK, Mandela, Thatcher, Regan, Gorbechev, Gates, Jobs...
     
    In the limelight now? Dear god help us all: Beiber, Oprah, Assange, Zuckerberg,... MAKE THE BAD MAN STOP!!
     
    man... that contemporary list is quite depressing
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    Mr.D. got a reaction from tragediana150 in Brand-new 2013 Mac Pro 6,1!   
    I know know the biggest issue that I have had with this machine - its powering the original DeathStar's tractor beam!!
     

     
     
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    Mr.D. got a reaction from tragediana150 in Brand-new 2013 Mac Pro 6,1!   
    I know know the biggest issue that I have had with this machine - its powering the original DeathStar's tractor beam!!
     

     
     
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