Xbox 360... in an iMac G3?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Afflicted Max, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2008
    I have two indigo iMac G3s, and I have a broken Xbox 360... So I was thinking about fixing the 360 and selling it on craigslist. When I realized I could make a pretty epic LAN machine.

    My plan is to gut out the iMac, and put in a flat panel LCD and then piece together the Xbox (obviously fixed) inside the iMac's case. Leaving me with a (fairly) portable console/monitor combo.

    My question is, will the Xbox 360's motherboard fit into the body of the iMac?

    Thanks :D
  2. macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2010
    You're asking for advice on a modification that, to the best of my knowledge, has never been done?

    The obvious answer to your question would be; An iMac G3 is several times the volume of an Xbox 360, so I have no doubt that at one angle or another the 360 motherboard would fit.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2008
    Thanks guys.

    I think the hardest part, after removing the CRT :confused: will be finding a way to attach the 360's disk drive directly to the iMac's body. From there, it's just extending buttons and making sure it all fits...

    Oh, and hot damn (literally) I'm going to have to do a lot of work to make sure it's cool enough... :s
  5. TSE
    macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Be careful with the iMac G3 powersupply as even if they are unplugged for 5+ years can still hold a deadly charge.
  6. macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2008
    Any tips on taking out the PSU, without electrocuting myself?

    I plan on doing it very Ben Heck-esque. I'm going to string a surge protector cable, and just try and plug it all directly into that. Then just plug in the surge protector, and have two power buttons; one for the 360, and the other for the monitor. Then I get to mod the 360's drive to fit into the iMac's slot loader. It should be an interesting build.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2009
    North Carolina
    This sounds like a really cool idea. If you decide to give it a try be sure to post some pictures! The one thing I would try to do would be to somehow mount some large but quiet fans above the motherboard of the 360 to suck the hot air off of it and blow it out the top ventilation holes. Good luck.
  9. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2008
    Yeah, I took a trip to BestBuy to get some peripherals from some Christmas goodies, and noticed they sold some smaller fans in there for like 9$ each. I may buy a few.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2007
    Utica, NY
    Any updates on this? I'd love to see the progress! :)
  11. macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    ^^^^ agreed with previous post. i was thinking about turning a g4 tower into a portable ipod lol.

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