My Power Mac G5 ATX Mod

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by tevion5, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. tevion5 macrumors 68000

    tevion5

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    I am building myself a gaming rig and figured the best looking case out there is the power mac G5 tower. I bought an old broken G5 which unfortunately arrived with a little case damage just like my good G5 :mad:. DPD and UPS are useless cowboys. Anyway I got a full refund and was let keep the case so I think I'll rivet it back again or something as subtle as possible. I am willing to put in the extra effort as I know the amount of work that is involved. Wish me luck! :)

    Phase 1: Removal of internal parts and cleaning.

    I never thought stripping a machine could be so difficult! This was the single most tedious exercise I have ever performed. Especially removing the processors with those enormousness air cooling heatsinks in the way. No guides for the air cooled one by the way! I had to fashion myself a super long screw driver just to get at those awkward Phillips screws hidden deep down in a little abyss between the heatsinks. Motherboard wasnt too bad to remove after that. The top tray was very time consuming also. I am terrified I will lose the tiny tiny metal horseshoe for the latching mechanism. Have it stored in an old jewellery box! :p

    The back top handle is warped out of shape as seen. Hopefully I can deal with this later.

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    The first and hardest job was removing the big ass heatsinks and processors. (1-2 Hours between finding tools and figuring it out)

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    Then the infamous top shelf needed removing. (Almost another 2 hours before I could get the whole lot off!)

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    All the internal parts, taking up my entire middle shelf!

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    Finally got it totally emptied! :D I cleaned the case inside and out with wipes and polish. (I think it's former owners had kept it outdoors for some amount of time. There was weird dirt on it...)

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  2. bigeasy_uk macrumors 6502

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    Good luck Tevion!

    I've just finished mine, and after the blood and sweat, it's so worth it!

    What motherboard are you going with? I went with a full sized one, but If I had to do it again I'd opt for a smaller m-atx to keep the hard disk caddy in place.

    Unfortunately I had all the parts already so I wasn't going to buy a new board just for this project!

    If I can help in anyway let me know (As in advice, I'm not flying over just to hold stuff in place while you dremel! :D )
     
  3. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm sure it is. Will be very satisfied when I'm done :D

    I'm going to put in:

    i5 4670K (Haswell :) )
    Intel Z87 Motheboard (Full ATX)
    8GB Corsair Ram
    VTX Radeon HD 7870 2GB
    500GB HDD + 64GB SSD

    I havent ordered any parts yet, but I'd prefer to have full ATX for upgrade purposes anyway so I don't mind too much about the extra effort. :)

    I don't suppose you know any shortcut to requiring the power button and fans? :p
    Maybe some little converter you can buy or something? It's a lot of work!

    Thanks :D
     
  4. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    Get the Black edition. It's based on Tahiti LE instead of Pitcairn = more shader units and transistors. I have one and it's pretty close to 7950.
     
  5. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I just won a normal one for £120 including shipping on eBay. I think that's a pretty good deal so I might stick with it. :)
     
  6. bigeasy_uk macrumors 6502

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    I used BlackCH's cable, it was 28.5 euros delivered from spain, it came pretty quick too. I posted the link in my g5 mod thread but here is a derect link to his website: http://g5atxcables.weebly.com/g5-atx-adapter-cables.html

    Just send him an email, his communication is excellent. He makes quite a few a week and updates his website daily with tracking numbers and eta's.

    I replaced the fans with zalman ones, you can convert the originals, but it's a lot of work. To do it properly you have to open up the fans and replace the motor and control board with ones from inside a regular pc fan.

    I think if you plug the G5 ones directly onto a motherboard they go at full whack like the G5's 'panic mode'!
     
  7. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Might just stick in some old fans off some 90's Wintel machines I have lying about so :p

    Thanks for the link, that'll save a ton of time. I'm no expert at soldering so I think buying that cable is a smarter option...

    Sent him an email there, cheers :)
     
  8. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    It is also known as a 7930.
     
  9. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have concluded that the damage to the top rear case handle is beyond repair. Seeing as I am doing all this extra effort purely for aesthetic purposes, I think I am going to have to find another case...

    Perhaps a prebuilt ATX ready case? Does anybody know where I can get such a specialty item? A ready to go ATX power mac G5 case?
     
  10. bigeasy_uk macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure about pre-built atx G5 cases, but I agree with you about the damaged case, it's a fair bit of work to get one converted and I know the bent back handle would drive me nuts. I picked my G5 case up off gumtree, £50 working with a benq lcd and apple mouse and keyboard, which I thought was a pretty good deal.
     
  11. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I've bought and received an empty Power Mac G5 Case in mint condition! :D

    Now I need to order a motherboard tray and back panel from a guy in the UK and a front panel cable from a guy in spain. Then to assemble.

    I will post pictures when I have more to show :)
     

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