Help! Converting from PPC to Intel

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  1. ricke46 macrumors member

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    Hey There,

    I have an old PowerMac G5 (Thanks Abidubi for that correction!) that I would like to convert to the Intel chipset. Does anyone know what exactly I'll need? Is it a simple motherboard/cpu swap or will I have gut the whole thing out? Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!

    Thank you in advance :)
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    PowerMac G5
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    MacPro
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    As you can see, both machines are completely different.

    You simply can't upgrade to an Intel CPU from a PPC CPU, as the underlying technology (logic board, RAM, ...) is different.

    You could build yourself a Hackintosh with the current case, or you buy a new MacPro.
     
  3. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Well, I'm not a technical expert, but the Power processors and the Intel processors are two very different things - Different instruction set and different physical connectors. So it would be a gutting affair. BUT! If you planned on building your own MacPro, so to speak, you would have to use all EFI hardware to do it legally. I don't want to turn this into a Mac OSx86 thread, but using standard PC hardware (with BIOS) would be against OSX's EULA. People do it, and I have no problem with it; its just that I don't reccomend it. Its a headache.

    The only way I really know of to move from Power to Intel was to purchase a MacPro and move your HDD image over via firewire...

    EDIT-I bolded my $.02 Spinner beat me to the post.
     
  4. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

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  5. Abidubi macrumors 6502

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    uhhh, the MacPro IS intel. You have a powermac.

    And yes you can upgrade your PPC to an intel. All you have to do is:

    - Remove your CPUs, logic board, ram, video card, power-supply and fans.

    - Take a jigsaw and cut out space for PCI/graphics card connectors' new position.

    - Cut a hole for the new power supply location

    - Throw alway all the fans

    - Cut out the top platform for the HDs and the optical drive

    - Buy a new logic board, processors, ram, video card, fans, power-supply

    - Reinstall the above components and ducked-tape them into place.

    - Plug everything in and enjoy.

    Shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes.



    Changing processor architecture almost always means a new motherboard. New mother board often means new ram and new layout. New layout means new case.

    2004 PowerMac
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    2009 MacPro
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  6. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    I think so too! Who ever is doing the system design is guud! reeel guud! :)
     
  7. ricke46 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the quick reply spinnerlys. Will it cost as much to build a "Hackintosh" system, as it would if I just bought the system from Apple?
     
  8. ricke46 thread starter macrumors member

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    Gotchya.
     
  9. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Now that you are building it out of PC parts it really comes down to how much power you want and if you want to use EFI-X
     
  10. Pika macrumors 68000

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    Here's the 2009 Mac Pro Nehalem 8-core:

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  11. ricke46 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the replies and help everyone. It looks as it's a lot more involved than I originally thought it would be. I may just upgrade the CPU and RAM of my current setup and call it a day.
     
  12. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    Don't forget about the 2008 Mac Pro with the upside-down memory riser!
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