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Wow that's a nice price. Cheapest I could find is $100 local.
I got mine with a fried logic board for $50 local. Replaced the board for $40, add a couple spare 1GB DDR sticks et voilà!
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I got mine with a fried logic board for $50 local. Replaced the board for $40, add a couple spare 1GB DDR sticks et voilà!

Nice! Good find!

Well I finally got my RAID Controller card. Finally got it installed and I'm currently building my RAID1 array with my two Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB. I hope it works!

No progress on the case though, the weather has been really crappy here. I should be able to do some work tomorrow morning and early afternoon though!

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Okay, sorry for the lack of posts lately guys, with the 4th being yesterday, my family and I were pretty busy setting up for our party. I have been doing some thinking about my computer as well, mainly about how I'm going to place the hard drives.

Most G5 mods you see put the hard drive caddy (the one that came with the G5 right underneath where the CD drive is located. Well unfortunately for me, mine won't fit because I'm going to be putting a 180MM fan and 180MM radiator at the front. Since I can't put the fan pushed all the way to the front because of the front I/O panel, it has to sit back about 75MM 3/4 of an inch (sorry for the constant changing in units). Then you have the the 67MM of radiator and fan, then there is only about 3 inches of space before you reach the motherboard panel, not enough to mount the hard drives normally.

This is where my planning has started. I'm thinking about making an acrylic hard drive holder that will hold 4 regular 3.5 inch HDDs sideways and up to 4 SSDs sideways or normally. They would be cooled by three 80MM x 10MM fans in the back and the SATA data cables and power would be hooked up in the front.

I currently have 2 fan controllers by Scythe (silver color) in 3.5in and 5.25in. The 3.5 has eight fan channels where as the 5.25in has 12. Depending on how I mount the 180MM radiator up front, I can mount the fan controller right under the CD drive.

If you guys are having some issues trying to picture it, I'll throw something up in Google SketchUp to show you what I mean. Hopefully it works! Your ideas/input is also greatly welcomed! thumb.gif

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Edited by Jeffinslaw - 7/5/12 at 3:34pm
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Hmm...HDD mounts? I'd suggest if you can fit an ICY DOCK system inside it'll work great as the company has several conversions or HDD cages for 5.25" bay drives. I for one am getting this: http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=222247105&vpn=MB455SPF-B&manufacture=Cremax%20%28ICY%20DOCK%29

 

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A bit on the pricey side but well worth it since I have 3 x 5.25" bays on my CM Elite 370 as my home server and don't need to mod anything much, just plug and play.

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Hmm...HDD mounts? I'd suggest if you can fit an ICY DOCK system inside it'll work great as the company has several conversions or HDD cages for 5.25" bay drives. I for one am getting this: http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=222247105&vpn=MB455SPF-B&manufacture=Cremax%20%28ICY%20DOCK%29
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A bit on the pricey side but well worth it since I have 3 x 5.25" bays on my CM Elite 370 as my home server and don't need to mod anything much, just plug and play.

Somehow I don't think that that is going to fit haha. thinking.gif

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll work on my HDD mount more tomorrow and post some renders tomorrow. Hopefully they'll come out decent.

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Okay guys, got some renders of my hard drive caddy idea done. Let me know what you think! It's a very rough model but it shows my ideas!

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So this was what I was talking about. The dimensions are 3in W x 5 3/4in L x 11in H. It can hold up to four 3.5in HDDs and up to four 2.5in drives. This will be made out of either clear or frosted acrylic. There will be three 80mm x 10mm fans attached to the back to cool the drives.

Let me know what you guys think!

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That looks very nice! I would obviously have preferred some metal, given the G5 case, but even so it looks great.

Edit: typographical error.
Edited by Chokladkakan - 7/6/12 at 3:09pm
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That looks very nice! I would obviously had preferred some metal, given the G5 case, but even so it looks great.

Hmmm... out of metal you say? thinking.gif I will think about this some more... I have actually come up with quite a few ideas while I was falling asleep last night. Hopefully they will work.

Thanks for the ideas!

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Making it out of aluminum would be sweet so that you could have more consistency. Good luck! thumb.gif
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Making it out of aluminum would be sweet so that you could have more consistency. Good luck! thumb.gif

This will be tough but I'll figure it out! I was going the acrylic route because I could use a router to make a 1/8in channel where the HDDs screws could slide in. That will be tough to figure out how to hold them with aluminum.

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