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Just got the case today and let's just say it's a mess. I think I am going to have plenty of time just cleaning this thing up and making it usable frown.gif

Is yours empty already or is it full of components? Mine came with all the components in and it took years to get them all out frown.gif

It is mostly empty. I have a few fans and the hard drive cage but that is it. The biggest issue is there is a big chunk missing on the front of the case, the side panels do not fit flush, there are several scratches and most of the screws inside have rusted. frown.gif

I am going to take some pictures of it later tonight and probably start a build log but this one is going to take a long time to finish.
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It is mostly empty. I have a few fans and the hard drive cage but that is it. The biggest issue is there is a big chunk missing on the front of the case, the side panels do not fit flush, there are several scratches and most of the screws inside have rusted. frown.gif

I am going to take some pictures of it later tonight and probably start a build log but this one is going to take a long time to finish.

Ouch, I look forward to it
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It is mostly empty. I have a few fans and the hard drive cage but that is it. The biggest issue is there is a big chunk missing on the front of the case, the side panels do not fit flush, there are several scratches and most of the screws inside have rusted. frown.gif

I am going to take some pictures of it later tonight and probably start a build log but this one is going to take a long time to finish.

Did you buy it as advertised like that? If not, get a refund ASAP.

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It is mostly empty. I have a few fans and the hard drive cage but that is it. The biggest issue is there is a big chunk missing on the front of the case, the side panels do not fit flush, there are several scratches and most of the screws inside have rusted. frown.gif

I am going to take some pictures of it later tonight and probably start a build log but this one is going to take a long time to finish.

Did you buy it as advertised like that? If not, get a refund ASAP.

Jeffinslaw

I paid $25 including shipping for the case. I am not worried about returning it, just means it will be a lot of work.
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It is mostly empty. I have a few fans and the hard drive cage but that is it. The biggest issue is there is a big chunk missing on the front of the case, the side panels do not fit flush, there are several scratches and most of the screws inside have rusted. frown.gif

I am going to take some pictures of it later tonight and probably start a build log but this one is going to take a long time to finish.

worriedsmiley.gif That "big chunk missing on the front of the case" part is the most worrisome to me. I bought mine working which helps... if you decide to give up and want to pay the (relatively speaking) "big bucks" for one that is working and other than scratches, etc... is in relatively decent shape... head over to OutletPC (by the Automall) and they have about 10-12 left. They're not on their website - or at least they weren't when I got mine - and they've since dropped HDD's in them and adjusted the prices (stupidly I might add... $149/159/169 - for 80GB/120GB/200GB HDD). I think they're all dual G5 pros - but I was mainly searching for the case so I didn't really check what the 'innards' were. Otherwise, I'd probably try ebay for another sample... that one sounds like it might wind up costing more in labor than a brand new one is... although I guess that depends on what you value your time at (and how much you love a challenge)!

Worth checking if you simply can't get yours to come out decently with that much damage. smile.gif

Going to be doing some painting soon... just got my SM8 build done (well, I'm having problems with getting Win7 on the new SSD raid... but that's normal). I finally got fed up and threw my 'old' Samsung SSD from the Fractal Design build in so I could download RST Raid drivers and give that a try. tongue.gif

Good thing I did since I got a payout of FTC while I was doing all this... and I'm not positive the wallet transfer will go well. Now they're on paper so I'm pretty sure that's not gonna crash. biggrin.gif
Edited by DiGiCiDAL - 12/17/13 at 5:15pm
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I was just looking for an empty shell and for the price I couldn't beat it. The chunk isn't that "big" it's just in a spot that may be a little difficult to repair.
I haven't had a chance to take any decent pictures but here is a slightly out of focus one of the chunk. worriedsmiley.gif



Anyway I hope to get started on things as soon as the holidays are over. At that point I will have a lot better idea of just how much work this will be.
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Welcome aboard. There's going to be a lull for a little while while parts are gathered, but expect regular updates regardless.

Oh and as far as everyone is concerned either now or in the future - I don't mind this log going off track from time to time... especially if it continues the current off-topic (albeit only slightly) of industrial design. If anyone has any designers or products that they feel have contributed significantly to the 'look of the future' - regardless of whether that future is the present or 1950... feel free to post an example and a few reasons why you feel they were ahead of their time.

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For example the aforementioned Eames-designed lounge chair (which I have yet to acquire but I will own someday soon):


I do find it horribly ironic that the Eames design ethic centered around 'affordable design for ordinary people' - which has posthumously turned into paying over $6K for a chair... ah the joys of capitalism. rolleyes.gif

 

Don't hate me, but I have that sitting up here in my lounge (and its actually one of the original ones made, not a recent one) :P. Actually inherited it, and unfortunately it has a severe case of needing re-upholstery (which is going to be expensive as heck). But goodness gracious it is comfortable. If you get a chance to get one, do. You won't regret it.

 

 

Also SUBBED! Always love a G5 build. Been trying to convince a family friend to give me his old G5 tower.

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I was just looking for an empty shell and for the price I couldn't beat it. The chunk isn't that "big" it's just in a spot that may be a little difficult to repair.
I haven't had a chance to take any decent pictures but here is a slightly out of focus one of the chunk. worriedsmiley.gif



Anyway I hope to get started on things as soon as the holidays are over. At that point I will have a lot better idea of just how much work this will be.

Ah... that's nothing to worry about at all... it's just in the clamshell part. If nothing else you could just grind it into a smooth & slight curve... then do the same thing to the door at the same place on the opposite side... and call it "a design choice". I thought you mean there was a chunk out of the BODY of the case (the part with the ventilation holes in it)... that would have been really hard to deal with. I think you might be able to just build up some filler/epoxy in that gap - and then carefully sand it down flush with the sides... should be nearly invisible if you take your time and layer it up over time.

You made it sound like a write-off... that's just some 'character' - it will look fine! Plus if you paint it black or a similarly dark color... you probably couldn't see it even if you tried - at least not unless you knew where to look for it. wink.gif
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Don't hate me, but I have that sitting up here in my lounge (and its actually one of the original ones made, not a recent one) tongue.gif. Actually inherited it, and unfortunately it has a severe case of needing re-upholstery (which is going to be expensive as heck). But goodness gracious it is comfortable. If you get a chance to get one, do. You won't regret it.

Also SUBBED! Always love a G5 build. Been trying to convince a family friend to give me his old G5 tower.

That would be great! I wish I had inherited one - but my family's sense of design is well... classic Victorian funeral home... so I've never wanted any of the furniture! OK - maybe it's not quite that bad... but I don't see it appealing until I've been on Medicare for at least 15 years. biggrin.gif

Yeah that's going to be a pricey re-upholstery job - but I guarantee it will be way cheaper than getting a new one! thumb.gif And welcome aboard - I promise there will be progress soon - been trying to get my other builds dealt with, as well as getting caught up at work and finishing off my home theater. So things aren't moving as fast on this build as I would like unfortunately.
Edited by DiGiCiDAL - 12/26/13 at 5:20am
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OK just a tiny little update... there will be much more progress on this build now that my other projects are pretty well finished for the moment.

Getting ready to solder the power patch cable for the new PSU to hide inside the case of the old one:


Yep... one should not solder anything after a long day of eating and drinking - yuck those are ugly... but they will do as they will get covered with electrical tape first, heatshrink second, and sleeving third...


Good thing this isn't getting seen by anyone once the build is assembled... it's definitely not my finest work - and my finest work isn't anything special actually. redface.gif Once again however... it will do.


And everything works! Testing it out with a PSU I couldn't care less if it fried... but thankfully, such fireworks did not occur and the cable is cool and stable - I added some load on a test bench rig I had laying around and then hooked up the fans I'll be running instead of those loud monsters that came with the Apple unit. These are still a little louder than I would like, but I'm either going to use step-down resistor blocks (non-optimal solution) or a thermisitor controller (optimal solution) with the probe fed through to the main heatsink inside the actual PSU... only issues is finding a solution because my soldering skills need much practice before I try prototyping my own unit!

Here's a shot with the new fans (Fractal Design Silent Series R2 60mm):



Warm winter is here in the west... so I'll be painting (another first so hopefully that doesn't suck). rolleyes.gif
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Subbed smile.gif I just got one in from eBay for $40 a few days ago. It's a really nice case, looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
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