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If you did, I have a few questions for you:

1: Is the inside long enough to fit an HD 6970?
2: Are you able to fit a normal Sata DVD drive in the DVD drive slot?
3: What would you say was the difficulty of putting an ATX mobo in the case?
4: Are there any problems that you ran into that you feel like giving a heads up on?
5: How is the cooling capabilities of the case?


Here's my case mod plan:
1. Clear out all of the inside of the case
2. Get either a removable motherboard tray from some computer modding supplies website or from a cheap case
3. Use a 28 ga steel plate and cut it to size so it covers most of the back of the case. I will then install the motherboard tray w/ backplate into the steel plate.
4. Mount the PSU where the mac originally had its harddrive (Above the motherboard) and mount the harddrive rack at the bottom front of the case
5. Mount 2 120mm case fans @ the front of the case.

I'm still having trouble thinking about how I will mount the H50 inside the case. Its an amazing cooler IMO and I'm getting awesome temps with it. I saw a guy mount an Eco Pro in his case but the radiator was just sitting inside the case and the rear case fans were pulling air through the radiator. I want to keep as much of the internal Power Mac aesthetics as possible as I love how it looks, but that's going to be a challenge.


I'll add more questions later, especially after I get my hands on the cases.
Thanks OCN!
Edited by CrazzyRussian - 10/11/11 at 6:30pm
post #2 of 9
There are several folks out there who have done this. Among the problems encountered:

-Front panel connectors are bizzarro, and need modded to work
-mainboard mounts are bizzarro and need modded one way or another
-mainboard I/O backpanel needs modded
-Your PSU needs some work to fit

Among the many hits on Google for doing this:
http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t91502.html
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1552968
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I did a while back....I actually just finished a btx to atx conversion of a dell xps 720 case which I like better and is a much better choice.....

The powermac g5 is hard to mod since:

1: It may be long enough for the 6970 but not enough room for cooling
2: You can fit a normal driving in there
3: 1 to 10 scale.....7 because:
4:dremeling leaves heat marks on the case which makes it look bad so you should take your time and use a slower speed to reduce how hot the metal gets..
5:Cooling honestly is horrible....Since the ATX power supply has to be mounted up at the top you dont have much room for at the top...

I hope this helps....Sounds kind harsh though so sorry if this ruins your project ideas..
    
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post #4 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cdXhizors;15241142 
I did a while back....I actually just finished a btx to atx conversion of a dell xps 720 case which I like better and is a much better choice.....

The powermac g5 is hard to mod since:

1: It may be long enough for the 6970 but not enough room for cooling
2: You can fit a normal driving in there
3: 1 to 10 scale.....7 because:
4:dremeling leaves heat marks on the case which makes it look bad so you should take your time and use a slower speed to reduce how hot the metal gets..
5:Cooling honestly is horrible....Since the ATX power supply has to be mounted up at the top you dont have much room for at the top...

I hope this helps....Sounds kind harsh though so sorry if this ruins your project ideas..


I've read up on these problems on the InsanelyMac forum. Hopefully using a set of air ducts (The flexible foil-like ones) and small but powerful fans, I will be able to separately supply my GFX card, PSU, and CPU with cool air while the case itself will be hot. I'll have a much better picture when I see what I'm up against when I get the G5's. Thanks for the Dremel tip.
post #5 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrazzyRussian;15240765 
If you did, I have a few questions for you:

1: Is the inside long enough to fit an HD 6970?
2: Are you able to fit a normal Sata DVD drive in the DVD drive slot?
3: What would you say was the difficulty of putting an ATX mobo in the case?
4: Are there any problems that you ran into that you feel like giving a heads up on?
5: How is the cooling capabilities of the case?


I'll add more questions later, especially after I get my hands on the cases.
Thanks OCN!
1: Easily long enough, you could fit a graphics card about 430mm long if you had to:p

2:Yup any normal sata drive as long as it has mounts on bottom

3.I did matx but i could have easily done full size atx.

4: Cutting the metal, some of the metal is pretty thick so make sure you use reinforced cutting blades for dremel. Hardrives the original HD cage only holds 2 hardrives but just buy or make a HD rack theirs plenty of space in the front of the case. You can buy nicely sleeved front panel cables from some people on a certain insane mac forum whistle.gif

5: The cooling can be really good depending how you set up fans. You could get 2 180mm air penetrators up front thats 200cfm , another one in the bottom and a 120mm at the back.

Here are some pics of mine
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This is probably best layout for ATX
2zr291t.jpg

BTW: Are you the same crazy Russian from linus tech tips. or are you a completely different guy
Edited by ruairi - 10/10/11 at 7:33pm
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post #6 of 9
nice job ruairi
post #7 of 9
there was a really cool case mod here with a C2Q system from...I forgot what's his name

it looked killer awesome

edit: my bad it was a PowerMac G4 not a G5
http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-work-logs/660371-macbane-apple-powermac-g4-modding-fun.html
Edited by Mr.Pie - 10/11/11 at 6:36am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lostcase;15259771 
nice job ruairi
redface.gif Thanks, not quite finished mine yet still need to do backpanel and JB Weld the standoffs
BTW:Thanks for my first rep
Edited by ruairi - 10/11/11 at 3:08pm
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post #9 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ruairi;15255021 
1: Easily long enough, you could fit a graphics card about 430mm long if you had to:p

2:Yup any normal sata drive as long as it has mounts on bottom

3.I did matx but i could have easily done full size atx.

4: Cutting the metal, some of the metal is pretty thick so make sure you use reinforced cutting blades for dremel. Hardrives the original HD cage only holds 2 hardrives but just buy or make a HD rack theirs plenty of space in the front of the case. You can buy nicely sleeved front panel cables from some people on a certain insane mac forum whistle.gif

5: The cooling can be really good depending how you set up fans. You could get 2 180mm air penetrators up front thats 200cfm , another one in the bottom and a 120mm at the back.

Here are some pics of mine
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This is probably best layout for ATX
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BTW: Are you the same crazy Russian from linus tech tips. or are you a completely different guy

Thanks a lot, especially for the layout, it looks exactly like what I had in mind. Oh and no, I' a different crazyrussian, but I never even knew about another one until people kept on PM'ing me and linking me this Linus Tech Tips video where he says that "CrazyRussian mentioned on the forum that......" Anyways thanks again for the pics.
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