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This guy pulled the connector off his card: http://efeion.blogspot.com/2011/08/while-back-i-was-able-to-grab-17-inch.html


By the way, as far as the build goes, I'll likely start working on this again later this month or early next month.
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Minor update:

I got a Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 850W for my main rig because that was supposed to be one of the few PSUs that will wake from sleep with the Sabertooth P67 motherboard (and so far that seems to be working well) so the "G4" got the Corsair HX 850 that was in my main rig.


I was so pissed off by the time I was done installing it that I completely forgot to take a photo of it installed but let's just say it's a tight fit. The Corsair PSU is modular but I still ended up with just as many cables as I had with the Antec PSU.

Plans for my next update:

I want to cut out the whole left side panel to add more room for cables because it's really difficult to get the plastic side panel back on as it is. I'll cut out a piece of sheet metal that will be around an inch, maybe an inch and a half further in than the original side panel. It will be bent 90 degrees down where the stainless steel shelf thing I've got now is, and bent 90 degrees again and go down to the bottom of the case. I'll add a couple fans in there since there will be plenty of room, and probably relocate all the drives to behind the sheet metal. I'll have to think that one through though because I think that might make the case pretty weak.
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Good news

I'll have an update this weekend. I've got nothing to do at work right now so I'm making the new side panel thing I mentioned in the last update. Also, I've been inspired by Gardnerphotos and Jeffinslaw's builds to get a little more creative with this thing.
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Good news

I'll have an update this weekend. I've got nothing to do at work right now so I'm making the new side panel thing I mentioned in the last update. Also, I've been inspired by Gardnerphotos and Jeffinslaw's builds to get a little more creative with this thing.

haha thanks for the shout out biggrin.gif I have to say that you inspired me to buy the case in the first place, what goes around comes around. Can't do much on mine until next wednesday as the rest of the case is at home frown.gif Been looking at building a vari-height desk with computer built in though and it looks very tempting! but also expensive and it is distracting me from my current build frown.gif will have to wait I guess
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Thanks too! What are you going to do in terms of creativity?

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haha thanks for the shout out biggrin.gif I have to say that you inspired me to buy the case in the first place, what goes around comes around. Can't do much on mine until next wednesday as the rest of the case is at home frown.gif Been looking at building a vari-height desk with computer built in though and it looks very tempting! but also expensive and it is distracting me from my current build frown.gif will have to wait I guess
You're welcome. That would be cool, but yeah it does sound expensive haha
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Thanks too! What are you going to do in terms of creativity?

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You're welcome

I'm not entirely sure what I want to do yet, but I'm thinking I'll ditch my plan to keep the outside completely original and paint it. Right now I'm thinking of doing something like a metallic steel gray for the side panels and paint the middle and apple logos black. I might use my Apple logo shaped fan grill idea in the new side panel thing I'm making. I'll have to come up with something to make this mod interesting.

We should get a Mac cases club going here assuming there isn't one already. There seems to be a lot of us around here
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I like that last idea! I'll go ahead and take care of it when I get home because I'll make it sort of like a G5/G4 modders thread where people can get links to parts and guides and stuff.

Like the paint idea too!

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there is a mac group but it has been inactive for a while and is mainly just macbook and imac users, a Mac Mod group would be awesome thumb.gif would be good to share ideas biggrin.gif
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Yeah I'm a member of that group. The whole Mac section of OCN is pretty dead.

Update:

Started out with a 14.5" x 19.5" piece of sheet metal


My dad cut out this section using the band saw. This is so the PSU still fits. I wish I didn't have to have a PSU in there. It would make things much easier.


For some reason I never put a photo of the machine in here before that I can remember so here's the brake I'm using


I set a stop at 6.5 inches and bent it, then set the stop at 2 inches and bent it downward


I bent a tab at the top for screws


It was a major pain in the ass to get in the case the first time. I had to notch the bottom corners.


Put the PSU in and screwed the metal to the top of the case. As usual, my holes are off so I have some adjusting to do. It's hard to tell in the photo but the new piece sits 1.5" away from the original side panel.


I've got a three day weekend so I should have plenty of time to work on both my projects. I'm looking forward to being able to work inside this thing again. I think this will make it much easier to work on once I get it set up right. It was very difficult to plug the drives in as it was.

I want to include something like this into the build somehow:


My original plan was to put a brushed stainless cover on top of the radiator and fan with "Apple Computer" cut out of it but now I'm thinking of cutting out an apple shaped hole for air flow into my new side panel, paint it, make a stencil of the letters and sand blast the letters into the panel. I don't know if that would look good with the galvanized steel though.

This is the color I'm thinking of using.

I'd do the silver part of the plastic side panels in that color, do the middle in flat or semi-flat black, and do the apple logos in gloss black. Not sure if I want to paint the handles. I was thinking of doing the paint on the inside to keep it somewhat original looking but maybe it would look better if I did paint the handles.

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Happy geek pride day! I had a pretty productive morning.

Cut out the side panel


Test fitting the new "wall"


What it looks like behind the wall


Cut out holes for cable management


PSU mounted. It's a really tight fit especially with the optical drive door installed. I had to beat on it a little to get it in there. Not looking forward to taking that apart.


The speaker didn't fit anymore with the wall in there so instead of hacking up the wall more I cut the speaker housing down



There was just enough room for me to mount my front panel IO if I trimmed the casing down to ~2"


One benefit of that wall that I never thought of was that I don't need to make a bracket to attach the front IO to anymore. I put the casing in place, marked where the hole was, and drilled a hole. The front IO is held in using a thumb screw.



Reassembled. That took a long time.


It looks a little ghetto but it works. I might make a bracket for it anyway but it's good enough for now. It's difficult to get something small like my Logitech keyboard/mouse receiver in there but a flash drive should be easy.


One of those front USB ports doesn't work because when I was plugging it into the extension cable I bent the pins and when I tried to bend them back they snapped. Oh well, I'm not going to order a new one right now. I don't see myself using those very often anyway. I might swap the 3.5" 320GB drive for my spare 2.5" 500GB drive later. I don't have a place to mount the 3.5" drive anymore and I don't want to put any holes in the wall. I suppose it would be OK if I did it at the top but I'd rather switch drives and use the space for something else. Next up: finish that rear IO trim piece.

Edit: I forgot to mention, I wasn't sure how I would be able to paint the power button without losing the light but I looked at it earlier and it looks like the gray part is just glued onto the rest of it with a hole that the power symbol goes through so I should be able to paint it without losing the light or the power symbol. I might play around with that later today if I feel like taking the computer apart again.

Edit 2:
I've updated the official banner of this mod to reflect the changes I've made to my plans
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Inverted Corsair 600T SE Insignia optical mouse 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3470 ASUS P8P67-M Pro Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Mac OS X 10.9 Windows 8 Achieva Shimian QH270-Lite Apple Wireless Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair HX850 Modded Apple PowerMac G4 Quicksilver Apple Magic Trackpad Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 
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Quicksilver
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 4690 MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ASUS GTX 660 ASUS GTX 660 
RAMRAMOSOS
Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10R Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R  OS X Yosemite Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Achieva Shimian QH270 IPSB Achieva Shimian QH270 IPSB Achieva Shimian QH270 Lite Apple Aluminum wired keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair HX850W Corsair 600T SE Microsoft Wired optical mouse Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K @ 4.0GHz Asus P67 Sabertooth Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 16GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB Hitachi 640GB HDD Corsair H70 Mac OS X Yosemite 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Vizio E371VL Saitek Eclipse II Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W 
CaseMouse
Inverted Corsair 600T SE Insignia optical mouse 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3470 ASUS P8P67-M Pro Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Mac OS X 10.9 Windows 8 Achieva Shimian QH270-Lite Apple Wireless Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair HX850 Modded Apple PowerMac G4 Quicksilver Apple Magic Trackpad Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 
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