Samstag, 23. November 2013

Power mHack G5

Somewhen 2008 I've bought a cleaned out Power Mac G5 case from a nice austrian guy. I had vague plans to make it into a PC case but hadn't really looked for info how other people did that. Turned out that it wasn't really easy to turn such a case into a normal PC case, at least if you still want to use the normal ports on the mainboard or want your front panel to work. So I neglected the to project and the case turned into a small table beside the couch.

5 years later, I stumbled upon the site of Laser Hive from the UK and found their amazing collection of modding kits. I sensed the possibility to get more out of the case then a table and ordered a 'G5 full ATX kit with 120 fan, lower PCI-e slots and power connector hole (b)' and some parts for a bit over 100€.

Yes, that is a serial port. =)
After the kit arrived I managed to get everything up and running in less then 24h. Most work was done on one Saturday.  Sorry, no pics from the work, I always forget to take some. But it wasn't difficult anyway, planning the cuts on the back and cutting them with a cheap Dremel clone was the longest part.

Some specialities I want to mention:

I used the HDD trays as is, with all cables as stock. The power lines I've soldered together and connected to the PSU as one, for the SATA cables I've bought two 30cm extension cables for 2€ each.

I felt I need a reset switch and glued on in at the bottom of the case. All but invisible, but easy to reach.

The PSU rests on a thick slab of soft rubber and blows out of the front. It's fixed on the sides by cork. Not perfect but really quiet. Just never forget not to turn the thing upside down.
Um, yeah, I'm looking for a better solution.

I soldered the front panel connector myself. Easy job with all this help. I skipped Firewire. The cables (which are a bit short) are fixed by bended metal stripes which are screwed on some original system board mounts. And I mounted the speaker with some double sided tape.

The case still got all the original G5 fans, but the are really loud, even with a temp control circuit. The 12cm back fan is a Noctura NF-S12A and is really silent. I've installed a new HDD fan in place of the original one (Some Arctic cooling fan I had lying around).

And the DVD burner tray needed it's front removed to fit through the gap.

Looks great under the desk and performs well as a Hackintosh (well, it did that already...)

For completeness, the hardware:

  • Intel i5-2600
  • Gigabyte z68x-ud3h-b3
  • Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660
  • 8GB Ram
  • 128GB SSD, 2x 500GB HDD (Mirror)
  • Optiarc DVD AD-7260S
  • 660W Chieftec PSU

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