I started with an all-stock original Power Mac G4 Gigabit Ethernet.
I broke it down to it's bare components
I then took the removed panels and started with the blue plastic - lightly sanding/scuffing the surface before priming it black.
At first I tried bordering the Apple logos
This didn't work, so I had to pop out the logos. A small Philip's Screwdriver did the trick.
Then I added some gloss.
All done with the paint.
But in preparation for replacing the motherboard I'd need to modify the PCB that connects the power, reset, and Power Indicator LED.
As you can probably tell, I have cut the circuit paths and jumped wires directly to the contacts - which I sealed in place with RTVR
The next several steps involved painting the interior. Sadly I have no pictures, but I will do my best to describe the process.
I painted the interior black with a nice primer that I had available. All of the modules were painted with a white primer to separate them. Using an old mother board I stenciled the location for putting stand-offs in places for mounting the motherboard. I used the original SCSI PCI board to ensure that the PCI slots lined up.
Then I placed the new motherboard in place!
The motherboard fits like a glove, and you can also see in this picture that I have a jumper in the USB port that controls Bluetooth and a secondary audio controller that works via USB (featured in the left hand side of the image) and connects to the front panel module I've constructed.
Time to put it all together!
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H
CPU: Intel Core i7 870 2.93 GHz
RAM: G.Skill 4GB 1600 MHz DDR3 *(2 sticks)
GPU: EVGA nVidia GeForce GT 240 *(I'm not a gamer)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 5400rpm 2TB (2 drives)
SSD: G.Skill 120GB SSD
ROM: LG DVD+/-RW with Lightscribe
Add-ons: Firewire Card, Drive Bay Module with Audio, E-SATA, FireWire, USB, and Card Reader.
PSU: 650 Watt
Beautiful build so far, but CPU runs very hot! I got up to 91º C Just running Prime95 without an overclock! Time to improve cooling? Yes.
Scythe Big Shuriken features a slim 120mm fan, perfect for a low-profile with high airflow needs. http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/048/scbsk1000_detail.html
But there was a problem. As you can see in the picture it overlaps one of the RAM modules.
But this does not stop me!
So I had to cut away a little bit of the corner. This is not a problem. The added benefit is that now the RAM is cooled by the added airflow!
I decided on a few more cosmetics and finished assembly
As you can see I very closely matched the current style of apple products:
I even recreated the anodized aluminum look:
I wired an LED to the Apple Logo on the front Bezel to act as the HDD LED:
And I made sure the DVD+/-RW works fine!
So yes it is a Mac. And a very good one in fact. But there is no reason to post to overclock.net unless you have an overclock! Thanks to the Scythe cooler I had room for a modest overclock. I increased the BCLK from 133 to 140 and had very good results:
It will compress an full-length DVD Movie in under 10 minutes, and has benchmarks similar to the 8-Core Mac Pro from mid-2010. Overall a great success.Edited by idioma - 1/4/11 at 1:05pm