Hey guys. Im a really big fan of loads of mods on Bit-tech esp. classics like Orac 3 or more recent ones by Darkened, Modsquad, Franklin to name a few guys who have caught my eye. I regularly check the forums and eagerly anticipate updates to project logs by the many skilled modders who post here. A lot of mods here go for the bling factor using chrome, flourescent plexi etc. Although these look stunning - "it just aint my style". I am a simple man who likes simple things. A good looking, minimalist but functional (some of the mods on here must be a nightmare to keep clean! ) case is what i was after. Hence my project log on Apple Core Duo. Pic of the Day (28th October 2008): Complete at last Like Mr Bean in his Project Bad Apple i have always loved the look of the Apple G5 case. I used to keep my eye open on Ebay just in case one of them was going cheaply and about 3 months ago one caught my eye... About 1000 screws and bolts later i managed to get the outercage off. As anyone who has tried to mod a G5 can tell you, the guys who designed this case REALLY didnt want you to take it apart. My mind soon went to work on what i wanted this to look like. As the mod's title hints at its going to be a Core Duo system (any better play on words for Apple Core most welcome! ). Specs: Asus P5B Deluxe Intel Core2Duo E6400 2 x 1Gb Crucial DDR2 Tenth Anniversary PC5300 Thermochill PA120.2 Rad CPU block - Undecided (possibly the AquaXtreme MP-05 PRO Limited Edition) Rough layout plan: This would mean changing the back plate. I quickly got my hands on a Lian Li removeable motherboard tray but had to figure a way to mount it without messing with the fantastic aesthetics of the case. Pic of the mobo resting inside the case with the rad at the front - plenty of room for watercooling. Phase 1 - Case Rear In other G5 mods that i have seen most people choose to bolt/rivet a PC motherboard tray onto the rear of the case. I wanted a more seamless look so as not to ruin the case's great aesthetics. I finally settled on using a metallic epoxy putty to bind the motherboard tray to the case and then sand it down and respray the case. Some work was needed. Taped it out first: After doing a rough cutout, this is what i was hoping the rear to resemble: Took the mobo tray apart and trimmed the sides: Now what i thought would be the fun bit... how wrong i was. Initially i made the mistake of mixing the whole rod of putty in one go... the intense heat that was generated made it solidify within seconds. So armed with my second stick i made an effort to slowly attach the backplate to the case. I wasnt too fussy about how messy it looked as i will be sanding it down later... and re-drilling some of the holes. Final result: Thats all i managed to get done in one day in my living room (no great worksheds like some folk here ). Plans are to slowly work on this when i get the time - hopefully i will be able to update this log weekly. Any comments, suggestions, constructive criticism welcome. Cyp.