Right! Now it is finally my turn to be active on this forum. I’ve been sneaking around for a while, trying to take in a bunch of ideas, and after 5 months abroad, I’ve finally come home to mod! While being abroad I ordered a buuunch of stuff online and had it all sent to my friend (and used his basement as a depot). ALL parts are used. No new parts are bought for this build.
And to the point. I wanted to build a Hackintosh computer, but so it was clear that it had nothing to do with Apple (well, except for the software)…. And I happened to stumble upon the Bitfenix Prodigy. It kinda looks like a small Powermac G4/5 with the handles in the top and bottom – so I found a used one of those. But just before coming home (to Denmark), a random dude had a bunch of old computers he wanted to get rid of – one of those was an original Powermac G4. So now the plan just got more awesome. I managed to get it for an amazing $15(ish).
So the new plan now is to do a dual build. Therefore the names “Big Brother” for the G4 build and “Little Brother” for the Prodigy. Since I had access to the G4 first, this is going to be the first build. Both build will be watercooled.
Hardware that will be used:
Asus Gene V
240gb OCZ Agility 3 (maybe also a 2 TB drive, but I just see it as unnecessary noise when I’ve got a NAS)
1 or 2 ATI 6970
16 gigs of ram (I have a bunch of 4gb sticks laying around)
Club 3D 1000W PSU
No optical drive as I am not a dinosaur -_-
XSPC Dual Bay Reservoir
Swiftech MCP350 (will be in the res)
EK Supreme LT UNI Plexi
EK CoolStream RAD XT 240 (and probably another 240 I’ve got somewhere – or a 120 if I can’t find room to fit)
EK Full Cover Block for 6970 (I have one acetal and one acetal + nickel)
EK Full Cover Backplate
And some push-on fittings.
In terms of design, I am going to use the regular pull out system from the G4 as I think it looks awesome! It will however be kinda tricky with the water cooling and cable management, but I’ll get it sorted.
When it comes to the color scheme, I want to give it a two toned feel. Since I am keeping the Apple logos on there, I might as well do a classic black’n’white theme. I considered also doing some red in there since I have a ROG motherboard, but I just don’t see how that would look nice. So maybe that motherboard wasn’t the best choice for this build in terms of color, but we’ll see.
For the black, I am thinking a flat black and the white – either an off white or more over to an ivory feel. So this is not going to be a shiny case. Inside, the case will be lighted with some white lights and acrylic sheets. Also, the front and side Apple logos of the case will be lighted. I guess, if I wanted to make an ROG themed case, I could exchange the white color for a red one. Will have to give that some thought – could look pretty cool with some red lighted Apple logos on the side.
As additional modding gear, I will get some type of front panel instead of the “Reset” and “Programming” buttons on the front. Also, the standard “Power” button is going to be replaced with a black vandal switch with white lighted cycle. Also, everything will be sleeved with MDPC-X and all rivets have been drilled and will be put together with MDPC-X rivets.
The back panel and Micro-ATX conversion will be order from The Laser Hive once their new laser arrives. This is the current bottleneck as I have all other components except lighting and paint.
Now.. Onto some pics of the progress.. I will already apologize for the poor quality - I have a ****ty digicam + my mobile phone..
Edited by muude - 2/10/13 at 9:23am