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Power Mac G4 Upgrade

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Hello all, i'm looking to perform an upgrade on my PowerMacG4. I want to replace the 'logic board' with a motherboard so that it can run an intel processor. What is the best way to approach this?

Do i need to get:
a: new cpu and install on current motherboard
b: new motherboard with cpu installed
c: new motherboard and a new cpu?

questions i have:
How do i know what to buy that will be compatible my powermacg4?

So basically i just want to run an intel i5 or i7 processor with firewire/usb and to be able to use the original superdrive where i can install at least 8gb of ram

I'm almost sure this is my model (i'd have to double check)

Can someone shed some light for me?
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Can't be done. I've struggled with this for months. The PowerMac G4's can be modified to fit an mATX board with lots of sawing and grinding. Here's a neat work log here on OCN:
http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-work-logs/660371-macbane-apple-powermac-g4-modding-fun.html

Skip to the last page for completed pics.
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Leviathan
(13 items)
 
Workstation
(10 items)
 
Alexandria
(11 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 980X @ 4.3 HT on Asus P6T Deluxe V2 Radeon 5970 + GT 240 PHYSX Corsair 12gb (horrible) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
64GB SSD boot + Raid 10 WDC Blues Pirated Win 7 (duh) Alienware AW2310 Corsair AX1200 
Case
Antec 902 Modded 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Xeon E3-1265L V2 Asus P8C WS Kingston 32GB 1600MHz ECC Crucial M4 256GB 
CoolingOSPowerAudio
Corsair H50 ESXi 6.0RC Corsair HX1000 Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 
Other
Mellanox MNPA19-XTR 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Dual Intel Xeon L5630 Supermicro X8DTH-6F Radeon 7750 64GB 1066MHz Registered DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
4 x 4TB Hitachi SAS Ultrastar Crucial M4 256GB Dual NH-U9DX i4 vSphere 6.0RC 
PowerCaseOther
Corsair AX1200 Norco RPC-4220 Mellanox MNPA19-XTR 
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