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The only thing I'm really concerned about is the big holes I cut out for the standoffs I have currently. I'm hoping none of those are so big that I can't use some of the new standoffs. I also have a feeling the shelf thing is gonna get in the way now that the motherboard will be sitting lower. I guess I'll find out soon.
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I got my kit today! Can't wait to get it installed. It'll likely not be until next week because I've got a lot of school stuff to do this week. But I also don't have much self control so it could happen sooner.



Edit: Not sure why the photo uploaded sideways. Oh well.
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Like I said in the last post, I don't have very good self control and I got the kit installed the night I got it.

Drilled out the rivets


Taped down the standoff template


The standoffs that are included in the kit. I found out the hard way not to over tighten them. One of them snapped.


The standoffs are in place


Taking the condom off the trim piece


Kit installed!


Unfortunately the door doesn't close very well with that trim piece. I'll either try to modify the original or modify the piece on the PSU side


Evidently I'm not very good with a center punch because some of the standoffs weren't quite lined up with the motherboard but I made it work.

Next step: fill more holes and prep for paint. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow.
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Today I swapped in the stock Intel heat sink hoping the fan would be quieter than the one on the other heatsink, but it wasn't. I also figured out why the door wasn't closing all the way; the door seems to be bent. I tried to tweak it but that didn't go very well. I can get it to close all the way if I use the lock mechanism.

I took off the laser hive trim piece (which I also cracked when trying to open the door. It didn't take much pressure.) and put on the original trim piece. I like that better, but I don't know if I can make it match if I cut out the section that blocks the ports and patch the holes. What do you guys think?

Edit: I've added a poll. Also, I made a "banner" for this mod a while back but forgot to add it to the first post until now.


Edited by rgwoehr - 3/17/13 at 5:48pm
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Goodbye G4 Cube


Hello money/Corsair H60!

I also decided I'm going to get a bit more creative with the build but I'm going to keep those plans secret for now.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rgwoehr View Post

Goodbye G4 Cube


Hello money/Corsair H60!

I also decided I'm going to get a bit more creative with the build but I'm going to keep those plans secret for now.
I've always wanted to do a sleeper mini itx build with one of those biggrin.gif

No need to be secretive tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by KillThePancake View Post

I've always wanted to do a sleeper mini itx build with one of those biggrin.gif

No need to be secretive tongue.gif

Yeah that would be pretty cool. Probably pretty challenging too.

Haha the reason I want to be a little bit secretive is because I've pretty much said everything I was going to do to the case in advance. I figured there should be a few surprises. There is one thing I might mention a little early to get some opinions on the design.

Ron

Edit: Now if only the other two things I'm trying to sell would sell. I'd be able to get the rest of my parts.
Edited by rgwoehr - 3/20/13 at 9:18pm
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I'm working on it - cut out 2 pieces from the middle bar I removed. Then some plastic glue and filler.. Just waiting for it to dry to sand it completely.. So that would make it still look like stock - instead of the ****ty laserhive panel mad.gif


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Expect an update today or tomorrow. I'm going to work on it a little bit today. I've also added links to each update to the first post.

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Update:
I spent around 6 hours working on this thing today. I decided it was time to get comfortable using a dremel.


First, I decided to cut out the plastic covering the PSU. The jigsaw would have been better for this; the dremel spins too fast and melts the plastic.



I also decided to modify the original trim piece instead of using the Laser Hive one.


I drilled out the rivets for the shelf that supported the ZIP drive and the optical drive because that would have been in the way of the radiator


I didn't want to get rid of this completely because I'm going to need it for something later on so I had to make some modifications.




While the shelf is out, I figured it would be a good time to clean this up



I drilled new holes for the optical drive shelf so it would sit below the radiator (I hope my measurements were correct...)


It used to sit just below the bottom of the PSU opening


I decided I wanted to keep a 3.5" bay in there instead of making another 2.5" caddy



Cable management hole for the 3.5" hard drive



Unfortunately that bracket doesn't sit square. I messed up when drilling the hole for the screw.

I went back to the rear trim piece and cleaned that up a bit with a file and a sanding drum on the dremel


Almost forgot to cut this out


The reason I moved the 3.5" hard drive to the side panel is so I could add a fan at the bottom





I forgot to take a photo but I drilled holes to mount the fan to the side panel instead of the bracket it used to be on


Hard drive mounted


Hopefully this will look better when painted


You can see how far down I moved the shelf. It used to touch the bottom of the PSU


Reassembled


I cut out some pieces from the section I cut out and epoxied them to the IO trim piece. I'll fill it with bondo when I get around to filling all the new holes in the case.



That's it for this weekend.

I was hoping I would get better temps with that fan but evidently the air doesn't go through the gap between the door and the shelf like I had hoped. It could just be the fan though, it's the original fan that was in it when it was a G4. Also, as this mod goes on I'm getting closer to the real Mac experience. This thing is a real pain in the ass to work with now, but I guess that comes along with trying to make something aesthetically pleasing (even though this isn't yet).

By the way, the 3.5" hard drive and fan won't be visible within the next couple updates.
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Inverted Corsair 600T SE Insignia optical mouse 
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Sandy Bridge
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Quicksilver
(12 items)
 
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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