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Yesterday. Yesterday was magic. I had lots of cool stuff come in the mail. I giggled while opening everything.

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Here is my swiftech CPU waterblock, resovoir, pump, and radiator, my second Radeon 5870, 2x EK FC5870 GPU blocks, an EK bridge for the graphics cards, tubing, and other miscellaneous hardware that came today!

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And so I got to work, taking apart my graphics cards, and assembling my waterblocks. They were quite a pain...

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And done.

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and with the power of Internet magic, 3 lines later and the second one is done too!

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Next up was mounting the radiator. I wanted to make this look pretty stock from the outside. So to fit my 2x120mm radiator, I decided to mount it on the bottom of the mac. That way it would draw air up through the bottom of the computer, and a casefan bolted to the front of the case will send a cross breeze to move the hot air out the back of the case. Here I have the fans bolted down with the radiator on the other side of the case, so I can draw everything up.

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And then I started cutting/drillling. I don't think my mac ever had this in mind when I bought it.

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But eventually I was able to cut everything out.

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Mounting everything together, and I now have this:

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Here shows the bottom half of the case, with pump, radiator, and cpu block

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A closeup of the CPU block

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and the GPU blocks

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And I also started my painting spree. Here's the door so far

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and this shows the difference between the paint and stock finish.

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It's getting there! very soon she will be done! Stay tuned, I came up with a really neat idea for the tubing for my water cooling. It'll be worth the wait!
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Originally Posted by trueg50;14378645 
Looks good.

I modded a G5 a while back, and it was a ton of fun.

I was amazed how strong the aluminum was in the back, I burned through a ton of Dremel wheels cutting it up.

How will you mount the tray to the case?

Yeah, that aluminum is a pain... I'm just glad I'll never have to cut the 1/8" thick parts! Although I did find that, while it shook everything apart, a jigsaw with a really fine tooth metal blade cuts through it like butter. The real pain was cutting the plate the dvd drive is mounted on. Word to the wise, never ever try doing anything to that piece unless you're using a table saw, or don't mind losing limbs.

The mobo tray is already mounted! there are 6 standoffs on the bottom side of the motherboard that hold the tray to the big C shaped piece. Then there are another 8 screws that hold the I/O portion to the back of the case. Once that tray is bolted in, the case becomes really solid. I couldn't flex it of I wanted to.
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I have a G5 case sitting in my garage.. I was going to do the same exact mod as you but never got around to doing it tongue.gif

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no news on this? smile.gif
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Oh there's lots of news. I have just been really busy. It's my freshman year at college and I just moved in 2 weeks ago. Still adjusting, etc. not to mention I had to migrate my entire project and tools to the dorm as well... When I get the chance to take some pictures I will put them up!
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You my good sir, need to get back to work NOW!
 
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In your pics with the pump you realize thats not gonna work right? The pump, pushes out of the upward facing spout. You have to have gravity feed the pump water...i.e. directly out of a higher mounted res....Or is the case just upside down?
post #18 of 23
I just bought two G5's and I'm hoping on starting to transform one of those G5's into a case for my sig rig next week. Just letting some of you guys a heads up that there will be a build log similar to this one soon tongue.gif
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Hello everybody! I'm back from the dead!(Note: I wasn't actually dead... College started up, and kept me busy for quite a while.) I have a special surprise for everybody! I have the finished product! (or at least close enough to finished for a while until I have the time and energy to tear it all back apart again)

The original paint I was using was not coming out good, so I decided to go with a black/blue theme instead. I didn't have a whole time for this either, so the paint was hastily thrown on... In my opinion, it could've looked better... But anyways, here it is! Before I continue, I do have to say that I did build everything, just to realize that my original motherboard no longer worked, so I ordered a new one, and now it has an Asus Republic of Gamers Maximus Gene III motherboard. It's pretty cool. It lets me overclock it remotely from a second PC running tuning software. Anyways, since I doubt anybody is reading this, on to the pictures!

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I used a CNC vinyl cutter to cut adhesive vinyl sticker stencils of the apple logo that I could place on my mac to create the logo.

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And here they are with paint


And now everything got shoved inside(except for some tubing and the reservoir)

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Overview

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Non-Door View

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The Back

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Door View

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Here you can see my 1000w Power Supply just behind the mesh, as well as toe stock front I/O

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And a close-up of the rear I/O

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And here you can see my reservoir and latch.

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Just a flip of the latch and she's naked!

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Here is the radiator, tucked away where the original PSU was.

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Here is the motherboard, where you can see the shiny CPU waterblock from Swiftech.

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My two Radeon HD 5870s

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Here is my bluray burner,

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And if you look closely, you can see my 4 hard drives above the bluray drive.

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And I almost forgot, here is the bottom of the tower, where the air intake is for the radiator. And even with all that stuff crammed in there, the weight comes out to 39 pounds! That's 5.5 pounds lighter than the lightest stock Powermac G5!


Now that I have gotten this far, I think I am done for a while, but I am not 100% done.

TO DO:

1. Fix that hole in the back of the tower
2. Get the Front I/O ports working. mine isn't, and I haven't had the time to check(that cable is buried beneath everything, even the motherboard)
3. Re-paint and make it look better. Hopefully I can get access to a paint gun instead of rattle-canning it.
4. Mount some UV LEDs or cathodes. The coolant is UV reactant and it is rather bland-looking right now.
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