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I love Mac G5 case builds like these. I have always really really wanted to make one out of a G4...
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is there anywhere i can get the same case on its own or would i have to but a mac?

Ebay, ifixit.com, etc. Any Mac repair center will probably have a Mac Pro case for sale from various models: G4, G5, Xeon, etc.

Major kudo points if you're able to make the original drive sleds work (the hot-swap, plug 'n play sleds). I always loved that about the Mac Pro (and Xserve).

@ other readers: Honestly, though, if you haven't seen a Mac Pro in person, I do suggest braving an Apple store and taking a look (if you're in to that sort of thing -- industrial design and such). Truly is an amazingly assembled machine, especially if you ask a rep if you can turn off the computer and fiddle with the hard drives. I've yet to find a PC case company that makes a case even remotely matching the style and quality of the Mac Pro. In another note, if you have a chance to dissemble a MacBook Pro, that's another work of art. Apple's the only company I know of that puts as much thought into the design of the inside of the computer as to the outside. Amazing layout and accessibility on those laptops. (speaking as someone in IT, it's very much appreciated to have a laptop that's this easy to work with)
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Major kudo points if you're able to make the original drive sleds work (the hot-swap, plug 'n play sleds). I always loved that about the Mac Pro (and Xserve).

I've got my fingers crossed on that one, in the next couple of days I should be able to test my frankenstein cables, just hoping sata cables have an alright tolerance for the lengths of the wire biggrin.gif
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I've got my fingers crossed on that one, in the next couple of days I should be able to test my frankenstein cables, just hoping sata cables have an alright tolerance for the lengths of the wire biggrin.gif

Speaking of modding Mac cases, check out this 20th Anniversary Mac (TAM) mod from 2010. Crazy...

http://appletam.ning.com/video/tam-snow-leopardtouch-screen
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Ebay, ifixit.com, etc. Any Mac repair center will probably have a Mac Pro case for sale from various models: G4, G5, Xeon, etc.
Major kudo points if you're able to make the original drive sleds work (the hot-swap, plug 'n play sleds). I always loved that about the Mac Pro (and Xserve).
@ other readers: Honestly, though, if you haven't seen a Mac Pro in person, I do suggest braving an Apple store and taking a look (if you're in to that sort of thing -- industrial design and such). Truly is an amazingly assembled machine, especially if you ask a rep if you can turn off the computer and fiddle with the hard drives. I've yet to find a PC case company that makes a case even remotely matching the style and quality of the Mac Pro. In another note, if you have a chance to dissemble a MacBook Pro, that's another work of art. Apple's the only company I know of that puts as much thought into the design of the inside of the computer as to the outside. Amazing layout and accessibility on those laptops. (speaking as someone in IT, it's very much appreciated to have a laptop that's this easy to work with)

Wholeheartedly agree.

Though, their pricing scheme is intense, I LOVE the aesthetics Apple puts off.

I work in a small computer shop, and have the chance of working on a Mac Pro, MacBooks (Almost on a weekly basis), and the MacBook Pros once in awhile, and iMacs also, almost on a weekly basis.

I love the fact that they use Torx screws- almost NEVER strip, and are just so much more uniform.

In fact, we have an old xserver and dell server mounted on one of our shelves out in the front- they are fully functional, and are pretty neat things that start up conversations!

Subb'd, Mac's just have an appeal to me, though the price is a discourage.
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I love Mac G5 case builds like these. I have always really really wanted to make one out of a G4...

The G4's make great mods, the best one I've seen was here thumb.gif
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Speaking of modding Mac cases, check out this 20th Anniversary Mac (TAM) mod from 2010. Crazy...
http://appletam.ning.com/video/tam-snow-leopardtouch-screen

That is awesome, probably some of the best attention to detail I have seen in such a project

Another update at last biggrin.gif

I had to cut a small section out of the back plate to allow room for the stock apple fan grill to fit in place
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Mixing some JB weld
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The motherboard tray glued in place, please excuse the orange juice, needed something heavy to weigh it down biggrin.gif
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Nice and straight inside the case
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PCI bracket flush against the case
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All dry in place biggrin.gif I'm pretty impressed with how this turned out
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The cut out on the back place fits around the fan grill
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The backplate in place
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The backplate and the motherboard tray are completely removable in this so in the future it can be easily removed if I felt like making some changes. It also means I can route some cables behind the motherboard tray though I haven't cut the edges of the tray as I'm waiting till I get the board before making the cuts.

Still undecided on the hardware for this though hopefully a decent X79 chipset mATX board will be announced sometime soon biggrin.gif
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WOOOOT!!! UPDATES!
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You should install some sort of edging material around the I/O area of the mac itself. It would look a lot cleaner, not to mention you wouldn't cut your hand every time you want to plug in your keyboard! Looks excellent so far thumb.gif
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