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  1. Hi! I'm planning on building a Hackintosh, and it is my first time building a computer from scratch. I have taken apart a computer and put it back together successfully quite a few times. Although I have no experience with Hackintoshes, I have been doing by reading. Anyways, I plan on building my Hackintosh into a PowerMac G5 chassis. I have little (very, very little) experience with rotaries and soldering, and no experience with hardware modding. These are the parts I plan on using: Intel DZ77GA-70K Motherboard EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC 3GB (Yes) Intel Core i7-3770K Processor (Yes) Intel 330 Series SSD - 240GB LG BH12LS35 Lightscribe Blu-Ray Writer Corsair 500W Modular PSU Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM (Yes) Aluminum Apple Cinema Display 20" (Yes) Apple Bluetooth Module Apple WiFi-N Module (Yes) Feel free to make any suggestions as to the parts I'm using. What I'm mainly concerned about is the front and back I/O panel. Can somebody write a step-by-step guide as to how to make the case fully ATX-ready? Is there someone who could also make a cover for the bottom where it has to be cut, and make the cover look Apple-like? Thank you very much.
  2. KEY FEATURES: - Modular PSU in G5 housing - Multi-bay 2.5" Drive Storage - Reusing Apple Case Fans - The Laser Hive Custom Motherboard Tray & Back Plate - Cable Sleeving & Wire Management PROLOGUE: This is my third Powermac G5 modification, and is the one that I have been most excited about! After my first G5 mod, I wrote the Ultimate G5 Resource Page (link) and was overwhelmed by the amount of views it has received. Many of the pageviews were returning visitors, which told me that people were coming back to it as a reference, and not just happening upon it via Google. After over a year of not touching a G5 (having sold both of my previous mods) I decided that it was about time that I got back in the game, hopefully to bring some fresh content and tutorials to those venturing into the G5 modding world! SPONSORED MOD? A sponsored mod is one where manufacturers or individuals contribute parts/components/supplies to a case mod project. It benefits them by bringing attention to their products in a (some might argue) saturated market, and obviously it helps take some of the financial burden off of me. I am still finalizing the list of sponsors for this project, and will update this section once that is done. I would like to thank all the people who believed enough in my modding abilities to help support me in this mod, without you, this literally wouldn't have happened! Icy Dock (www.icydock.com) Components Provided: ToughArmor MB996SP-6SB 2.5" Drive Bay (link) I think I am most excited about this part of my G5 case mod. Drive storage is always a bit of a tricky one, and I'm positive that this drive bay will be the perfect solution. It normally goes in a 5.25" slot, and can store up to 6 hot-swappable 2.5" drives! Now that 1TB 2.5" drives are only running at around $70, an all-2.5" solution was a no brainer! Vantec USA (www.vantecusa.com) Components Provided: 2 x 120mm Stealth Case Fans (link) When modding the G5, the loudness of your chosen fans is pretty darn important - you can almost consider the entire case to be open-air with that mesh! I chose the Stealth fans because they push a lot of air at a very unimposing 20dBa! Arctic Cooling (www.arctic.ac) Components Provided: Freezer i30 Enthusiast-grade CPU cooler (link) With four direct touch copper heat pipes and a monster heatsink, this is a beast of a CPU cooler that has been scoring high marks across the web in reviews. Did I mention it runs about 70% quieter than the stock Intel cooler? The Laser Hive (www.thelaserhive.com) Components Provided: mATX motherboard tray and back plate (link) If there's one thing I love about the hackintosh community, it's the general spirit of ingenuity! David from The Laser Hive is a perfect example of this, and has several very creative and professionally executed solutions for the G5, and his flexibility and willingness to work on an individual basis means that I can highly recommend his products! Alohacab (forum thread) Components Provided: G5 front panel ATX Cable (link) Very much along the same lines as The Laser Hive products, Alohacab is one of the few people in the hackintosh community selling quality accessories that make the lives of G5 modders that much easier! If you don't feel comfortable with a soldering iron and pinout diagram (or maybe you just want to save some time), Alohacab offers a professional-looking cable at an affordable price. COMPONENT LIST: To be decided. I do know that I will be including: - 2 x 240GB Chronos Deluxe Mushkin SSD (link) - 2 x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 2.5" HDD (link) - AlohaCab's Front Panel Cable (thread link) - The Laser Hive motherboard tray and back plate (link) - Apple Bluetooth Module (guide) - Apple Wi-Fi Card (guide) - Apple Chime on Startup (guide). TO DO LIST: - Tear down case (done!) - Clean case as best as possible (done) - Decide what original parts I want to keep - Decide what solution I want to use for the motherboard (done) - Decide what to use for HDD storage - Gut Powermac PSU, ready for modular ATX power supply - Wire Apple fans for 5V (quieter) - Cut back panel opening UPDATES AND FINAL PICS: Forthcoming.
  3. That's right, it's yet another mod noob (me) trying his hand at turning the beautifully crafted G5 case into a mATX Frankenstein/Gaming machine. The awesome projects that I have seen here (and at G5 Modders) have made me think that I actually have a shot at making this mod come out not-to-horribly. The Plan: 1) Install Laserhive rear I/O plate 2) Add Laserhive motherboard tray. 3) Build fan brackets for the front of the case. Bought Laserhive front fan bracket. 4) Install 92mm fans on Laserhive rear I/O plate. 5) Install front panel board 6) Install wiring adapter made by BlackCH 7) Install modular PSU 8) Fabricate female to male extension cable from PSU to existing rear port on case. 9) Install hdd tray behind fabricated fan bracket (Might reinstall HDD bay in stock location). New solution needed. 10) Run power cables from PSU to required areas Parts to buy: Intel i5 3750k (Thanks, Mr. D.!) CPU Fan/cooler Radeon HD 7870 (Original plan was for GTX 560 TI) Corsair CX600M PSU (would a 550watt be sufficient?) ASRock Z77M Motherboard Crucial Ballistix Sport 8gig (2 x 4gig) ram 2 x 92mm Arctic F9 Case Fans 2 x 120mm Arctic F12 Case Fan I already own quite a few WD Black 1TB SATA HDDs, so I am not going to purchase new ones. If you have suggestions for parts, then by all means make them. I am really close to my budget for parts ($800USD), but if you see something better at around the same price, please share. Here's my case, it's got a few minor scratches, but it's a beauty from 2ft away. Also, here's some pictures of the disassembly process. One other thing, I haven't seen this slot (the one under the lock lever) on any of the other cases. I think the I/O Backplate will cover it, but I may have to do some metal massaging. Anyhow, I am now waiting for parts, but I want to thank all of the people who have done this before for so generously documenting the steps that they took and how to avoid some issues as well. Hopefully I'll have some updates soon!
  4. Hi, folks! The title is quite self-explanatory: currently i have a G210 running. It works pretty OOB, even with the HDMI out. Audio is provided by the use of the latest VoodooHDA. This card, though, seems to be ending its lifetime, experiencing random crashes, specially with graphic-intensive games, but since some time ago, even with full screen movies and flash videos. I need a replacement for it, and i thought about the Zotac GT640, since it's newer, more powerful and fits in my board (since it's mATX, the PCI slot i use for ethernet is quite close to the one i use to my graphics, so any replacement has to take that in mind) and doesn't need that 4-or-six pin to work, drawing power from the PCI-e slot only. Unfortunately, i also use an AMD CPU with this HTPC, meaning that i cannot update to Mountain Lion without losing QE/CI because of a bug in the kernel (unless with some ATI cards, but its hit-or-miss and, given the use for this machine, this kind of uncertainty puts Mountain Lion out of question for now). Therefore, i'm in Lion, running in 32-bit kernel mode (because of the same QE/CI bug that affects Mountain Lion kernels for AMD), and i read somewhere that the drivers for Kepler are 64-bit only, so i'm out of luck. So, i need a graphics card that works OOB with 10.7.5 in 32-bit kernel mode, has a working HDMI out under OSX, and that fits in my motherboard, regarding the limits described above. I though about a GT240, which i also read elsewhere it's recommended for HTPC setups, but any alternative suggestion will be highly appreciated. Best regards!
  5. So I got a hold on a pretty complete and OK state PowerMac G5 case, without the logic board and no PSU, although the PSU casing is present. I actually didn't know what to do with it when I bought it, all I knew is wanted to do a project with a Mac Pro or PowerMac G5 for a very long time. Here are some photos: In the foto's above I removed the optical drive since I'll probably not use it or replace it with a SATA one, it's just not a priority at all. It also has no physical damage except some scratches. I don't know if I'll leave it like that or I'll treat it with a new coat of anodising, it's also one of the last things on my mind. The plan now is to make it into a NAS, since I need lots of room for disks and this case can supply me with that space. I want to get about 8 hard drives in there as a starting point in the same way as another modder did. But I'm contemplating on using the Mac Pro hard drive brackets with a custom-built system to hang them all horizontally, in a vertical arrangement. If anyone has the exact measurements of those Mac Pro HDD trays, I owe you one. I'm also planning of putting the entire motherboard inside, using a seperate custom board for the connections on the back. I saw that someone was making them as a project, but it didn't include the FireWire or optical ports, which I intend to do include. I'm still not sure if this is doable but this project doesn't need to be finished any time soon, so I'll probably get this done later anyway. As the PC hardware goes, nothing is set in stone. It depends when most of the work is complete and how much disposable income I have at that time I guess. At the moment I'm thinking it will be my retiring current system, which is the following: - micro-ATX Asus P5E-VM HDMI (onboard video) - Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 - 8GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 PC2-8500 - bunch of 3,5" hard drives I also have a Scythe Mugen II CPU-cooler somewhere that I never got to install due to my current case not having enough room. As the power supply I'm not sure what I will do, except that I will use the hidden compartment and the case of the original PSU to get one in there. I have an Antec NeoPower Blue 650W PSU and a Shuttle PC50 250W PSU (very compact), not sure which one to use yet but I have options. Also something worth mentioning: the standard 120mm fan is specced at 12V and 0.37A, while the two 60mm fans in the Apple PSU case are specced at 12V and 0.17A each. This results in a nice 0.34A when both are connected, so the PSU can use them without a problem. This is what I'm planning for the PSU: The original PSU: Placement: What I'm going for: The plan is to have the modular ports exposed so I can easily add cables. Not certain about this though, but it's an option. Since I'll only need two SATA powercables for the Corsair SATA backplane kits, I decided it was easier to just solder the cables to the PSU PCB: I also connected the fans which just work because they have a comparable power draw (12V 0.17A x2 vs 12V 0.37A) as the Antec's original fan. You can also see I provisioned a connector for the PSU, should I ever decide to change it, it will be easier. And this is how it looks with the shelf on the PSU: I also put the rear fan frame in for reference. Fans: 2x Noctua NF-B9 fans and 1x Noctua NF-R8 fan to replace the original fans. I needed the included rubber mounts for the 80mm fan as I managed to break off two of the 10-year old original ones. Luckily they won't be in the direct line of sight when you open the case. The ones on the 92mm fan bracket I managed to preserve. 2x Corsair SATA 6Gbps Upgrade kit for 800D. This is basically a very cheap and elegant solution to add multiple SATA ports, only uses one port for power and comes included with a nice male-female cable. I plan on using these in the front of the case. On the overall look, I want to keep it as clean as possible and as original as possible. When all the preparations are complete, I'll likely include the G5 shield to cover the motherboard. I've already ordered replacement fans (from Noctua) and two 4-port SATA backplane kits from Corsair, along with the front-panel I/O cable from BlackCH. Any thoughts and suggestions are welcome !