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Powermac G5 Project - A new take on a classic

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Time for a new project :)

I've allways loved the style of the PowerMac G5 enclosure, and with much inspiration from other people's builds I've decided to do my own.

This will not be like the other G5 ATX convertions with Lian-Li motherboard tray ;) (sorry guys, I think those builds look cool but it's not my style) :P

I've sourced a PowerMac G5 from a local MAC shop in my city. It was dirt cheap, cause one of the handles on the to was bend out of shape.

Watercooling: I will be using some of my old parts as I love my Eheim 1048 pump, just can't beat it at those noise levels.

SPONSORS - None as of now

List of parts:

Will be updated as the build comes along.

System

PowerMac G5 enclosure

PSU - CHILL INNOVATION CP-1000M 1000W Modular PSU

MB - ASUS MAXIMUS V FORMULA

CPU - Intel Core i7-3770K

RAM - Kingston HyperX Predator 2400MHz 4x4GB - Ugly blue color, but this will be solved once I know the RAM is 100% ok ;)

SSD - OCZ VERTEX 3 120GB

HDD - 1.5TB SATA-II HDD 3.5"

HP SAS/SATA 2.5" 8 Bay Enclosure

Cooling

CPU - EK Supremacy Acetal

GPU - EK GTX580 Acetal

RAD - EK XT 360

RES - EK - Multioption RES X2 Advanced

PUMP - EHEIM 1048

FAN - ARCTIC F12 x 3

FITTINGS - Mixed bunch

TIM - Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra

Hope you enjoy reading / watching the progress

All comments are wellcome !

Edited by MrAhlefeld

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Pictures !

The PowerMac G5

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Back

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Damage to back handle - Bump on top and squished out of shape

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Ouch

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More damage showing

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Inside shots before stripping

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Inside shots before stripping

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Inside shots before stripping

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Backside

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An old HP server donated it's backplate to be modded (how nice of it) :lol:

"this will be mounted on the inside"

Front

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Back

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Random shots

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Random shots

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Backplate mounted with magnets from old 3.5" HDD's. (will be glued once the final MB is mounted and everything is fitted / sanded / painted) :thumbup:

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Original MB standoffs mounted to defective MB (allmost donated by local HW supplyer) was 7AUD approx.

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The MB curves slightly and a few of the standoffs lift off the surface :mad:

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MB standoffs cleaned off, ready for epoxy :encouragement:

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Epoxy Steel from hobbyking.com with 4 min. setting time (must work fast) :P

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MB placement making sure PCI-E cards fit. The big iron blocks hold down the MB so it dosen't curve.

The Alu pipe is venting the epoxy fumes out of the room.

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Random shot

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4 Minutes later

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More Epoxy added on top for safety (not really needed but hey) ;)

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That's it for now I think, more to come :cool:

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Time for a small update... :)

HP SAS / SATA Drive Cage (Can't take credit for this idea, original by MrBeanPhillip) But mine will be mounted differently :D

No SAS drives will be used - they get too damn hot, are noisy and hell an SSD is faster :D

Front

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Back

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Defective MB and PCI-E boards mounted

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Showing ATX backplate held in place by old 3.5" HDD magnets

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Alot of alu needs to be cut away to make a nice clean look.

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Picked up the ASUS MAXIMUS V FORMULA today :thumbup: :leet:

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Itzi bitzy water channel size for that VRM cooler, will have to make a parallel loop for that :tongue:

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The beast is in its place now :D suits it well I think

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ATX backplate now in place as well, will epoxy it after I finish cutting out the back, and offcourse finish sanding grinding & painting it :lol:

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Final pic of the day.. Lovin' the ROG theme :thumbup:

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As allways hope you enjoyed it

Cheers

/MrAhlefeld

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I have been wanted to do that for a Long time to. How did you pull it off? What motherboard did you use? what site did you use to find this PowerMac G5. I am in the USA. how much time did it take to get everything working?

Ryan Ruppel

OSX86.net

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Hi Ryan

Everything will be revealed, but the build is still in progress.

Parts list is in the first post :D

Small update

RAD Planning

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RAD Planning

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RAD Planning

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/MrAhlefeld

Even more updates !

Back end cut out and fitted.

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Atx backplate got a little love with the angle grinder and a good old file.

Need to sand and prep it for paint as well.

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Original vent cover met my trusty hand saw and other hand tools.

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Add it all up and you get this.

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Random shot.

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Inside.

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Inside closeup of atx backplate and vent cover

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As allways.... hope you enjoyed it :)

/MrAhlefeld

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