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Tuf-est Love G5 Mod

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Tuf-est Love










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



Apple G5 case



Mountain Mods Modular Removable Motherboard Tray



Asus Sabertooth Z77 LGA 1155 Motherboard



Inter Core i5-3570k Ivy Bridge Processor



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



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



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



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



Samsung 22X DVD±RW Burner with Dual Layer Support



TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 PCI Express Adapter



Antec Kuhler H20 620 Mainstream cpu liquid cooling



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



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









2 SilenX IXP-34-08 60mm case fan



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



Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition blah blah blah



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



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



Silverstone CP06 Continuous SATA Power Connector Cable



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



NZXT Premium Cables Starter Kit with Case Fan, VG




Apple Accessories/Already Owned:



Apple LED Cinema Display 24-Inch MB382LL/A



Apple Wireless Keyboard MC184LL/B



Apple Magic Mouse MB829LL/A



APPLE Keyboard MB110LL/B (Wired)



APPLE Magic Trackpad MC380LL/A



Western Digital Elements 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive



Toshiba PH2050U-1I54 500g Hard Drive 2.5"



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





Hardware/Materials/Used G5 Parts



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



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



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



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



Square pieces of velcro



Gorilla Glue



J.B Weld



Black and White Spray Paint (Flat)



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









Tuf Love Mod Still Ugly









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









Now Tuf-est Love





Tuf-est Love Now thats better!!









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.









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.









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)










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.









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.









Front :)








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.









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.









Final Picture No Comments



































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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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




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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