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[Mod Log - Basic] Power Mac G5 Conversion

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Hey all, figured it was about time I did some sort of work log. Been lurking for the most part for several years with a few posts here and there. This log is more to document my work, and for others trying to do the same thing to use as a guide. So to get down to it.

I'm doing a Power Mac G5 conversion to a HTPC/File server build. Because of this I don't have anything real flashy or super interesting planned. Wanting to keep it very simple and minimalistic as it will most likely be in my living room. If you guys have any suggestions feel free and if possible I may implement them.

Mods planned
- Install Mountain Mods EATX tray and I/O plate
- Custom fit PSU into stock enclosure
- Custom HDD enclosure able to fit at least 6 HDD's
- Potential custom brackets to mount CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drive.

Items for build

Need;
- Motherboard
- CPU
- Ram
- PSU
- Stock G5 PSU enclosure
Have;
- 3x WD Reds
- 1 extra HDD for OS
Considering;
- Possible simple water loop (imagine this wouldn't be possible without custom block if i went Xeon route)
- Fan controller if I don't do a water loop.

The main reason I haven't picked up the core components for the build yet is I'm not sure what I want to go with. Whether it be an older Xeon build or some more modern desktop build. I have posted to the "Server" section asking for suggestions but nothing yet.

Ok time things rolling Sorry I forgot to take pictures prior to the fun. tongue.gif

Back Panel with everything removed. There are 9 small screws holding in the fan grill which I've already removed.


Shows the PCI slot area with the plastic trim piece removed. After removing this reveals two rivets holding part of it on. To get to these I must completely disassemble the case and being the perfectionist I am I couldn't live with myself if I cut any corners.


Removing the CD/HDD tray. Held in by screws on the underside. 11 screws in total.



CD/DVD drive bay cover removed. Two tabs on the top that you push down and it pops right out.


Front Panel I/O PCB. Middle insert is simply removed using a small flat head and popping it out.


These two screws hold the PCB in and then it pulls out pretty easily.



This cover is simply attached via an adhesive simply pull it off.


These are the two main pieces of the case taken apart. To accomplish this, remove the screws that are around the edges of the case. There are also some on the side that the removable side panel is on. Once all these are removed you simply pull (may take quite a bit of force) on one of the legs to release it from the inner portion.


These are the two rivets I mentioned earlier already drilled out.


Now that there are no longer any rivets holding this piece in, you can simply grab a pair of pliers and bend it until it breaks the small spot welds. I would suggest doing the top and bottom sides first, then just pulling the whole thing till the other side comes loose.


Now the back panel can be properly fitted for the replacement.


This was the initial taping of the area I want to cut out. I am leaving as much metal as possible right now to account for any error in measuring, as well as leaving enough for the replacement panels to grab onto.


What's in sharpie is approximately where the two 80mm fans will be as well as the I/O and PCI ports should be.

Well I hope this isn't to photo heavy but I'm trying to make things as clear ass possible. If you have any suggestions to improve on this log or things I should do differently please feel free to let me know. This is a first time thing for me so I'm doing the best I can. tongue.gif

Cheers, Terry!
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Been tossing around a couple ideas about how to deal with cable management and the power supply enclosure. May try my hand at fabricating something myself. Will have updates when something is decided.
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Got your first sub!

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Cus of u I joined after lurking for 3 years.. subbed smile.gif
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Question to OP : What are your plants with the front io? I'm currently using a button from Mountain Mods but with my next build i'm thinking about trying to use the stock button? (It's so beautiful and such a smooth operation)

I currently have a g5 Hack as well.

4770k @ 4.5ghz w/XSPC block
Gigabyte g87x-oc
16gb 1800mhz Corsair Ven
Hx750
3tb WD RE4
1TB WD Green
256 Samsung Pro SSD
250 Samsung SSD
GTX 770 w EK block
Custom 240mm res/loop.
Crossover Q27 & Samsung B245bw High res monitors.

I have the mountain mods backplate, io. I currenly have a bunch of stuff coming from the Laser hive tho, i found a Mint (even working) g5 off CL that i purchased for $30 that's in the trunk of my car getting ready for a new build biggrin.gif Subbed, OP. I love G5s!!

My first (sloppier) build, can't wait to clean this mess up!
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Edited by Irritation - 3/20/14 at 8:30pm
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Love this........ how big is that hose? And also.. would u sell that g5 cus I cant find any g5 anywhere
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Originally Posted by reapersakiller View Post

Love this........ how big is that hose? And also.. would u sell that g5 cus I cant find any g5 anywhere

I've already hijacked OP's thread too much lol, if you're talking to me,PM me and ill be happy to work something out with you. My Case will either go on ebay or in my closet (modded ready to build)

I used 3/8" ID and 5/8 OD hose. I used 1/2x3/4" on my first build a couple years ago and just thought it was a tad too big, i like the smaller hoses, a lot easier to bend imo, much tighter bends too.
Edited by Irritation - 3/20/14 at 8:24pm
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Sorry op.. not try to jack ur thread
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It's all good lol I'm just glad some people have taken some interest in all honesty. Just goes to show how awesome this community is!!! Currently getting ready to type up the next update. Will probably post another tomorrow night then the updates will slow down due to me having to travel back to Kansas and school starting back up.

@reapersakiller - That's awesome! I'm glad to know something came of this thread other than showcasing my (hopefully decent) G5 hack.

@Irritation - In regards to the button, I plan to just order some wire, crimps, and connectors from Lutr0 Customs (does some absolutely gorgeous sleeving and the like) and make my own connectors. It will probably end up with me cutting the previous connector off, soldering on the new wires/connectors, and then potentially sleeving it to hide the solder joints and give it a more professional look. As per the back plate from Mountain Mods, It's very well made and makes it easy for someone to do one of these hacks. If i could find another G5 case (particularly for $15 or less considering I picked up this one and another for a friend for $30 biggrin.gif) I had come up with a way to do a mounting system without doing ANY cutting. It was to late for me to attempt it on this one.
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