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[Build Log] Big Brother (Water Cooled Powermac G4) (update April 28th with watercooled PSU)

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WELCOME!

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
3770K
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 -_-

Watercooling:

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
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This was the G4 when I picked it up. Except for some minor (very minor) scratches and the red X on the front, it was perfect! Pretty good, considering it's oooold!



And yes, it did actually have all the parts - except the hard drive
But of course I just had to take it apart....



And I started getting it ready for pain by sanding it down with my sandy-mouse.... That was until I found out my brother in law had made a little booth for sand-blasting - happy day!







So right now that status is:

All plastic elements are sanded
Entire case has been de-riveted (there was a looooot of rivets)
Awaiting Micro-ATX and back panel mod from Laser Hive. Their laser cutter needed to be replaced after a fire.

As a bonus, my friend just told me that he now has access to a 3D printer (yay!) so I started playing around with some designs for a fan grill - let me know what you think:

Edited by muude - 2/24/13 at 8:37am
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Reserved for pics
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For the fan grills, I say go without the horizontal lines and just make them apple logos if possible. Seems like a cool build. Subbed!
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For the fan grills, I say go without the horizontal lines and just make them apple logos if possible. Seems like a cool build. Subbed!
Yeah, that would be nice - but the are pretty much in the middle, så the fans wouldn't really get to push any air. Of course I could have the Apple logos as the solid part and then just suspend them from the corners.. Hmm.. I'll be right back wink.gif

Thanks for the input!
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Since it's a hackintosh, I feel like you should alter the logo's somehow to reflect that fact... smile.gif

But I'm not an artist and hardly creative, so I'm not sure how you would go about that.
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Since it's a hackintosh, I feel like you should alter the logo's somehow to reflect that fact... smile.gif

But I'm not an artist and hardly creative, so I'm not sure how you would go about that.

Yeah, true.. But I think I want to keep it reasonably clean.. And I'm not really creative either rolleyes.gif If I wanted to go with the ROG theme, I could grab their logo to put on the side and then paint a mouth that was taking a bite out of the apple tongue.gif Buuut I don't think that's gonna happen
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For the fan grills, I say go without the horizontal lines and just make them apple logos if possible. Seems like a cool build. Subbed!

Since it is going to be printed on a 3D printer, I guess it could be done like the top part of this:


Think I'm still going for the other half though..
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Update time..

I found time to get some work done on the front while waiting for the Micro-ATX and back panel parts to arrive, so decided to get the reservoir in place. I could recycle the old bracket for the 5,25" drive with some modifications. It normally holds the 5,25" drive + a zip-drive. The bottom part needed to go. Also, to fit the reservoir, a bit of the plastic front panel had to go.










I wanted to check the clearance between the res, rad and fans and it turned out to be just fine. I didn't see the psu problem though. So if I want to have my rad in the top, then I need another place for my psu. That wasn't part of the plan, but I could tell from other G4 builds that it should be possible - so we will see once I get the parts from the laser hive.
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Yeah, true.. But I think I want to keep it reasonably clean.. And I'm not really creative either rolleyes.gif If I wanted to go with the ROG theme, I could grab their logo to put on the side and then paint a mouth that was taking a bite out of the apple tongue.gif Buuut I don't think that's gonna happen
Since it is going to be printed on a 3D printer, I guess it could be done like the top part of this:


Think I'm still going for the other half though..

I like the new design, but what if you made the Apple logo "hollow"? Instead of having the entire logo "solid". That res looks awesome in the drive bays. You're welcome for the input. thumb.gif
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It does look cool, so might as well build both and test them out once I get to that point smile.gif

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