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INTRODUCTION:

Welcome to this Case Mod, in which I will be taking a Power Mac G4 and converting it to fit mATX and to accommodate 3x240mm radiators. Both exterior and interior will be painted in matt black and matt white. This will take place over the course of the next year or so (I hope it doesn't take any longer!) As I am a student and money is rare! Hopefully I will have finished the case completely by the time I can afford the Hardware itself which will most likely be around Christmas time. This build has evolved from initially being in a Bitfenix Prodigy then a Bitfenix Survivor then a Power Mac G5 and now finally the G4! This will also be a dual boot system wink.gif

As it stands the hardware will be as follows

(got) Asrock Z87M OC Formula
(got) Intel Core i7 4770k
(got) OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
(got) Samsung Evo 250GB SSD
(got) AMD 7990
(got) 16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
(got) Case: Power Mac G4
(got) Silverstone strider 850w (short edition)

Cooling:
(got) Swiftech MCP35x
(got) 2x Alphacool ST30 240mm radiators
(got) 1x Swiftech MCR220QP 240mm radiator
(got) EK CSQ clear blocks (CPU, GPU, DDC pump top and RAM block)
(got) EK 250mm reservoir
(got) Mayhems Sunset Yellow Pastel Coolant
(got) 6x Corsair SP120 quiet editions
(got) E22 Hard acrylic tube
(got) Bitspower C47 fittings
(got) EK ZMT Tubing

I have lots of ideas of little bits and pieces that will be implemented in the build which I must say are fairly unique as far as I know but they are a surprise for now... Current Build Status: (Click to show)
How the Mac looked when I first got it (Click to show)
Current Status (Click to show)

Edited by Gardnerphotos - 9/5/14 at 12:31pm
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reserved for final pics and other stuff

01. (04/27/13) Original radiator mounting 1(scrapped)
02. (04/27/13) Initial designs
03. (04/28/13) Original radiator mounting 2
04. (04/29/13) Original radiator mounting 3
05. (04/30/13) Bitfenix Recon mounting solution (scrapped)
06. (05/04/13) Laser cut front panels
07. (05/05/13) Original radiator mounting 4
08. (05/08/13) Photos of work so far
09. (05/11/13) Photos and disassembly of original Mac
10. (05/14/13) Modding rear panel
11. (05/15/13) Modding front panel
12. (05/16/13) Modding rear panel 2
13. (05/18/13) Painting
14. (05/18/13) Photos of painted parts
15. (05/21/13) More laser cutting
16. (05/21/13) Photos of laser cut parts
17. (05/22/13) Painting
18. (05/22/13) Photos of painted parts
19. (05/30/13) More disassembly
20. (06/03/13) Angle grinding case
21. (06/04/13) Front panel mounted
22. (06/04/13) Front radiator mounting
23. (06/05/13) Cutting radiator mounts
24. (06/06/13) Bottom radiator mount
25. (06/06/13) Radiator photos
26. (06/07/13) Cable management holes
27. (06/07/13) Angle grinding
28. (06/08/13) Cable management and painting
29. (06/08/13) Removing the Apple logo
30. (06/10/13) Rear IO and painting side panels
31. (06/11/13) Painting side panels and handles
32. (06/12/13) Painting main body of the case
33. (06/13/13) Completed painting and first assembly
Edited by Gardnerphotos - 10/29/13 at 2:19pm
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So here is the case as it stands, the Mac itself is still working perfectly but it is really slow and noisy!:











Sorry iPhone pics for now, SLR pics to come when proper modding starts, for now though work is in school workshops so I will be have to use my phone frown.gif

First job is to make some brackets for 240mm radiator, first up we use the guillotine to cut the 1mm thick aluminium to size then we drill holes in the corner and use a jigsaw to cut out the majority of the waste, then I tidied up the edges with a file. More to follow over the next week!









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Here are some mock ups from SketchUp just to demonstrate what I have in mind, these were done fairly early on in the process and a few things have changed since then but you should be able to get a good idea of what it might look like. The Red and Black colour scheme also is not permanent...







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New Main Gaming
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250 Delta
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6850k MSI X99A Tomahawk NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti G Skill Ripjaws V 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Intel 530 SSD Samsung 850 Pro Samsung 850 Pro Crucial  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
WD Blue WD Blue EK Supremacy EVO X99 Nickel 480 Rad 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
480 Rad EK GTX Titan XP Nickel Plexi Win 10 Pro LG 29UM58-P 
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LG 29UM58-P LG 29UM58-P HTC VIVE Corsair K70 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 850 BQ Corsair 900D Logitech G700s 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k MSI Z170 Tomahawk AC GTX 980 G. SKill Ripjaws Series 4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Intel 320 120Gb SSD WD Green 750Gb WD Green 1Tb Samsung SSD 850 Evo 500GB SSD (Steam) 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Custom Loop Windows 10 Vizio E24i-B1 Vizio E24i-B1 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II XFX 650 Black Edition Corsair 900D Logitech G700s 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4690k Asus Z97i-Plus Onboard HyperX Fury Black 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Transcend m.2 Western Digital Blue 320Gb Western Digital Blue 500Gb Seagate 500gb 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC CPU Waterblock Swiftech MCR220 AlphaCool DC-LT AlphaCool DC-LT Top 
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AlphaCool DC-LT Res Windows 10 Pro x64 Corsair CX600M Corsair 250D 
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New Main Gaming
(16 items)
 
250 Delta
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6850k MSI X99A Tomahawk NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti G Skill Ripjaws V 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Intel 530 SSD Samsung 850 Pro Samsung 850 Pro Crucial  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
WD Blue WD Blue EK Supremacy EVO X99 Nickel 480 Rad 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
480 Rad EK GTX Titan XP Nickel Plexi Win 10 Pro LG 29UM58-P 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
LG 29UM58-P LG 29UM58-P HTC VIVE Corsair K70 
PowerCaseMouse
EVGA 850 BQ Corsair 900D Logitech G700s 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k MSI Z170 Tomahawk AC GTX 980 G. SKill Ripjaws Series 4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Intel 320 120Gb SSD WD Green 750Gb WD Green 1Tb Samsung SSD 850 Evo 500GB SSD (Steam) 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Custom Loop Windows 10 Vizio E24i-B1 Vizio E24i-B1 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II XFX 650 Black Edition Corsair 900D Logitech G700s 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4690k Asus Z97i-Plus Onboard HyperX Fury Black 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Transcend m.2 Western Digital Blue 320Gb Western Digital Blue 500Gb Seagate 500gb 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC CPU Waterblock Swiftech MCR220 AlphaCool DC-LT AlphaCool DC-LT Top 
CoolingOSPowerCase
AlphaCool DC-LT Res Windows 10 Pro x64 Corsair CX600M Corsair 250D 
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Thanks Muude, your build has inspired a lot of the parts of this build wink.gif
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Just got back from the school workshop, so time for another update, I have nearly finished making the radiator brackets, I made another 2 240mm brackets today as I wasn't happy with the quality of the first one.

At this point I have filed down one bracket so that all the cuts are flat and I have sanded it down using wet and dry, starting at 600 grit and moving up to 1200 grit. I used a 6 inch flat file for all of the filing which worked quite well. We had this clamp thing hanging around that no one was quite sure of the use it was intended for, but it worked pretty well as a guide for filing, you just slot your piece into it and adjust it so that the amount that you want to file away is above the "hinge" and then just file it down.

Still to do is order some hinges and sand down the other side of that bracket and file and sand the other one. It is unlikely that there will be another significant update before next weekend as I am in the middle of my GCSEs (important exams) so I only really have time at the weekends, but from time to time I may be able to do a bit of work during the week.

I also need to mark out and drill the holes for mounting the brackets to the radiator and once the hinges arrive I will be able to mark out the holes for those too.

Without further ado here are some photos:

The first attempt on the radiator itself, I won't be using this bracket in the final design as I wasn't happy with the quality


Using a pillar drill with a 3.5mm drill bit to mark each corner, this will make cutting between corners much easier.


The metal cutting blade for the scroll saw has been fitted through one of the corner holes, so now I can cut all of the straight edges. I like to use the scroll saw as the level of precision is much higher that using a jigsaw or dremel, it may not cut as straight a line as a jigsaw but that can always be fixed with a file and some guides.


First one of the day cut out, the original on the right and the new one on the left, you can see that I have made the tabs for the middle set of screws much bigger as previously the screw holes would only just have fitted without breaking through the edge, it also exposed the bracket on the radiator itself, which I didn't like.


The hinge thing I was talking about, once clamped in the vice it doesn't let the bracket budge allowing you to file a nice straight edge, I then started to clean up with wet and dry while it was still clamped just to remove the marks made with the file.


All sanding completed, I have never felt metal this smooth, as I said earlier this is using 1200 grit wet and dry which makes for a really nice finish, I may need to rough it up a little further down the line when it comes to painting but for now I just want to remove any scratches etc. Any one know what sort of grit I should use for preparation for painting?



The color of the paper towel after a quick wipe down to remove all of the fine metal dust created by the sanding mellowsmiley.gif


Some masking tape to protect the surface until it is needed again.


BTW the wooden block you see in the background was clean before I started cleaning up the surface :/

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