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Glad you like my work, here's how I made the front panel IO:

A used USB ports with motherboard headers and an eSATA PCI slot expansion minus the PCI plate and some angled aluminum:


Cut a few holes for the ports in the aluminum angle:



And then I riveted and Gorilla-Glued it in place before attaching the port headers.



Easy and way more useful than a Zip Drive biggrin.gif

Thanks. Did you get the USB cable from a PCI slot expansion? I was looking at some of those but the cables looked way too short in the photos.
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Thanks. Did you get the USB cable from a PCI slot expansion? I was looking at some of those but the cables looked way too short in the photos.

Sure did, I think it came from some Asus board back in the AGP days. The eSATA cord came with a Vantec enclosure and both were long enough without the need for extensions. Nice to see a QuickSilver being modded, I have a 733Mhz one out in my shop awaiting a mod biggrin.gif

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Sure did, I think it came from some Asus board back in the AGP days. The eSATA cord came with a Vantec enclosure and both were long enough without the need for extensions. Nice to see a QuickSilver being modded, I have a 733Mhz one out in my shop awaiting a mod biggrin.gif

Good work!

Thanks. Looking forward to your Quicksilver mod. I decided to use the 5.25" drive bay for front IO instead of the Zip drive (reason in the update below). I haven't decided yet if I'm gonna make something like you did or just buy something.

Here's an update:

More hardware! I picked up a 650 Ti and 16GB of RAM last Saturday.


The 650 Ti next to my 6870.


Moved some furniture around so the new computer has a separate setup from my main one.


Time to fill up some holes and dents. Mixed the bondo with the hardener




Do not be an idiot like me. Do this outside. That smell took forever to go away even with the windows open.

I mixed up more and put more on there, but I didn't get the mixture right and it never dried. I took it to work, scraped off the old stuff and tried again.



Failed again. Scraped it all off again and started over. I got the mixture right this time. The bondo should be pink like this:

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to put some over the whole surface and sand it down to get the whole thing perfectly flat. I guess I didn't think about the fact that I hate sanding and that this would take me hours to sand. I must have lost a few too many brain cells when I mixed this stuff up in the house. I brought the heat gun to work and scraped it all off this morning and called myself an idiot at least 20 times while doing that. I was able to keep some of it where I did need it and just did a light coat over the top of those areas.
Here it is all sanded:


I also fixed this:


More parts got here today. My AirPort card and a blank expansion bay bezel.

Old vs. new


I've always like that look much better. It looks much cleaner.

I was happy that I didn't need to bring it back to work again, but when I tried to take the handles off at home I rounded out the hex in the screw on both screws on one handle. I have to bring it back to work tomorrow and drill them out. More hardware should be coming tomorrow and Friday, so expect an update by the weekend at the latest.
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I got the motherboard today. I took off the CPU socket guard and found a whole bunch of bent pins. I straightened them out but it still won't boot. I've only seen it boot once. Good times...

Edit:
I had to pull the 2500k out of my main rig and put it in the new motherboard and update the BIOS. It's working now.
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I spent an hour or so last night and all afternoon today getting this thing up and running. Both OS X and Windows 8 run great on this thing. Also this is the only desktop I have where sleep mode works which is nice. I'll try and get some photos I took yesterday when I was putting it together posted by Sunday at the latest. For now I'll post this one:


I may have to change the MP3 player and find a way to use the BIOS beep to trigger it because the chime goes off when I wake from sleep. I never thought sleep work so I didn't even think about that before.
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Nice to see it put together, but what does it look like on the inside? smile.gif
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Update:

Got the motherboard and PCIE to miniPCIE adapter.


Motherboard, CPU, and GPU installed


Assembling the AirPort card

Remove the antenna cables

Insert AirPort card, reattach antenna cables, snap the connectors in, and screw it down (or in my case tie it down with a twist tie)


My RAM

RAM installed


Fully assembled


I swapped the fan that came with my low profile heatsink for the one that was originally on the Core 2 Duo board I was using before because the new fan was too loud. Temperatures aren't as bad as I thought they would be considering I didn't add any fans (~35˚C at an idle, ~60˚C under load).

I still have a few things left on my to do list:
-Get a rear IO panel from the laser hive
-Paint
-Get a new PSU
-Sleeve the PSU
-Get quieter fans
-Front panel IO (reaching around the back of the computer sucks)
-Polish the handles and sides
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Looking good! Makes me want to do a G4 build before going away to college this fall. Taking a modded G4 to college would be easier and lighter than taking my G5 lol

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Thanks. It's definitely lighter than a G5 and smaller too. It's gonna be nice to have a computer with handles that I can take to friends houses instead of hauling my Corsair 600T over there.
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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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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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