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I am looking to mod my existing tower to fit into one of Apples B-E-A-Utiful cases! Please help me find one for cheap. Any help would be appreciated. Oh, and I can't use eBay, so no links to there. Thanks!

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That's certainly going to result in one of us sending you a piece of hardware "Oh, eBay won't let me register for fraud related reasons, but it's a long story..."


Beyond that, the problem with the G5 case is it only takes a microATX board.


The Mac Pro case on the other hand is a lot more forgiving. I believe it can fit a full ATX as it has less going on inside. However Mac Pro cases are almost impossible to find, and run for about 400 bucks.


If you don't plan on overclocking, you can get a micro board and you'll probably be fine. One of the Gigabytes with 1333 FSB, but personally I overclock so micro boards are junk to me.

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You have that round the wrong way, G5 accepts a full size ATX and mac pro will only take a Micro ATX because having 2 DVD drives + hard drives above limits the space. Also if you go with a Gigabyte GA-G33M-DSR2 Micro ATX you get a full set of overclocking controls, identical to P35 DQ6. It has ICH9-R, and sound and lan can easily be got working in Leopard. A few of us have used these in Mac Pro cases successfully. Scrumpymacs sometimes get these cases in so you could try them.


Here are the specs.




Intel G33 + ICH9R Chipset



-Supports Intel Core 2 multi-core and upcoming 45nm processors

-Dual Channel DDR2 800 for outstanding system performance

-Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 (Intel GMA 3100)

-Integrated SATA 3Gb/s with RAID function

-Features high speed Gigabit Ethernet and IEEE1394

-Integrated ALC889A 8-Channel High Definition audio

-Ultra durable2 motherboard with top quality highly efficient components


Ultra Cooling - Low RDS(on) MOSFET Design

Low RDS(on) MOSFETs specially designed to produce lower switching resistance for faster electric current charging and discharging.


Low Power Loss - Ferrite Core Choke Design

Ferrite core chokes comprised of a compound of iron oxide and other metal elements whose properties hold energy much longer than common iron core at high frequency


Longer Life - All-Solid Capacitor Design

Solid capacitors contain a solid organic polymer, while electrolytic capacitors use a common liquid electrolyte, hence, the terms solid capacitor versus electrolytic capacitors.


Intel Core 2 multi-core and upcoming 45nm processors

GA-G33M-DS2R supports Intel latest high performance CPU delivers the most energy-efficient performance available today. Based on Intel's Micro Architecture, the Intel multi-core processors with 4 cores and two shared L2 caches provide the best capability-per-watt solutions and are an ideal choice for multi-media enthusiasts and intensive multi-tasking environments. This cutting-edge processor offers significant performance boosts and provides an overall more energy efficient platform


Intel G33 Chipset

The Intel G33 Express Chipset supports the latest multi-core processors up to FSB 1333MHz and the upcoming 45nm platform. Equipped with Intel Clear Video Technology, the G33 provides the latest high-definition video capabilities, as well as support for HD-DVD & Blu-ray. Featuring extended overall platform performance through greater energy efficiency, the Intel G33 Express Chipset delivers an enhanced multimedia experience with vibrant, richly detailed image quality, theatre-quality sound and intensive gaming performance.


Windows Vista Premium Logo Certified

Windows Vista Premium promises to deliver a streamlined computing experience designed to fundamentally change how users view, find and organize their digital information. With P35/G33/P965/G965/946/945 solutions all enabling support for Vista Premium, GIGABYTE offers a fresh and unique desktop experience that will be more informative, intuitive and completely new.


Intel Clear Video Technology

Intel Clear Video Technology delivers enhanced video playback, sharper images, and precise color control for a premium visual experience


Dual Channel DDR2 800

Get a jump in memory performance with the advanced technology of DDR2 800 memory architecture, which delivers superior performance for the most demanding applications


SATA 3Gb/s storage interface

The SATA specification doubles bus bandwidth from 1.5Gb/s to 3Gb/s. Native Command Queuing is a new specification that enables out-of-order execution of commands for efficient retrieval of data. Hot Plug support allows users to insert and remove hard disk drives without shutting off power to the system.


Intel Matrix Storage Technology

Intel Matrix Storage Technology, can deliver up to 80% faster storage performance with PCs equipped with two hard drives using RAID 0 data striping. Using RAID 1 data mirroring can protect against a hard drive failure by mirroring all data among two hard drives. In addition RAID 5 offers the fault-tolerant capability to automatically back up your most important files, while also providing faster disk access and adding storage capacity.


Here it is in a mac pro case.



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