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Case Mod - In Progress Project [Power Mac G5]: Noir G5 - 2 June 2012 - Project completed

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Normano64, 28 Nov 2011.

  1. Normano64

    Normano64 New Member

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    Hi everyone!

    Let me to introduce my project Noir G5 which is a case mod project of a Powermac G5. ;)
    The goal of this project is to make a neat case in black, the color schema for now is black and red which is a common color schema but it choose it because of available of products. :rolleyes:

    Todo list:
    [x] Take apart case
    [x] Cut hole for new backside
    [x] Make new backside
    [x] Attach new backside
    [x] Attach new motherboard tray
    [x] Buy water cooling parts and hardware
    [x] Make radiator stand/holder
    [x] Putty the edges of the new backside
    [x] Putty the holes on the case side left after removing screw spacers
    [x] Sleeve PSU in red and black sleeve
    [x] LCD in the front
    [x] Cut hole for the PSU in the shelf
    [x] Clean case for painting
    [x] Paint case in black when everything else is finished
    [ ] Install water cooling parts and hardware
    [-] Make HDD cage - Will use original from the case.
    x = Done
    s = Started


    Hardware for now:
    CPU: Intel i7 2600k
    MB: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4x4GB
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon 7970
    SSD: Samsung 830 128GB
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB
    PSU: Silverstone Strider Gold 750W


    This will be my first water cooled computer, any input would be very helpful. :)
    I will use a 240 slim radiator to cool the CPU because space isn't something I've got a lot of.

    Water cooling parts:
    Radiator: EK 240 Radiator
    Pump: Laing D5 with EK top
    CPU block: EK Waterblocks Supreme HF Acetal
    Reservoir: EK Waterblocks Multioption RES X2 150 Basic
    Fittings: Bitspower compression fittings 10/13mm
    Tubing: Tygon R3603
    Fan: Enermax Magma 120

    Let's start off with a couple of pictures, I hope you will like this project and I would be happy if you comment with your thoughts about it. :lol:

    The case in original.
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    Started with taking apart the case, it is two assembled parts and with a bit of bending they split up. I marked the back where I was going to cut out the hole for the new motherboard tray I/O which is a Lian-Li one.
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    The new backside is made in aluminum and have a patterns which will make it a bit different from other PowerMac G5 case mods and it will likely look neat in black.
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    Because of the space limit in the case I will skip the ODD and have two HDD there instead. I cut out parts for the HDD cage which will be made in acrylic.

    Drawn where I was going to be cutting.
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    Cut-out with a band saw and tested how the parts fit together.
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    Next update will probably come in a week. I will work on the project when I have time and tools. :cooldude:
     
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  2. RedManc

    RedManc New Member

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    Ill keep an eye on this build as I have a empty G5 under my bed now and I guess something must be done there :D
     
  3. Normano64

    Normano64 New Member

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    Thanks man, you should mod yours! :hehe:
    But it seems you already have an neat project going on. :eek:
     
  4. Normano64

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    Yesterday I worked on the case and the pass-through cable for the power. :lol:

    The pass-through cable is for the PSU which will be inside the case, I cut a power cable off and took the end part and stripped until I got enough with cable for soldering them to the connectors backside. I used heat shrink on the soldering so it will be harder to accidentally touch the dangerous parts.
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    On the case I drilled holes for rivets and riveted the new back and motherboard tray on to the case.
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    Next thing to do will be to putty all the edges on the back so it will look like one piece after I've painted the case. ;)
     
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  5. Normano64

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    I've been working with the backside and the cuts there, I've done 5 layer of filler now and sanded it down between every new layer.
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    I'm not done with it yet because I want it to be so thin you wont even notice that it is a splice there.
     
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  6. Ruairi

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    Looking good, i really should make a worklog for my G5 mod:duh:
     
  7. Normano64

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    Thanks :)
    We should start a G5 club, seems like a lot of people have it laying around :p
     
  8. Normano64

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    Today I ordered water cooling parts from Aquatuning.se

    Bought these parts:
    Bitspower 13/10mm compression fittings
    EK Waterblocks EK-Supreme HF Acetal
    Tubing Tygon R3603 12,7/9,5mm
    Alphacool VPP655
    EK EK Waterblocks EK-D5 Acetal
    EK EK Waterblocks EK-Multioption X2 150 Basic

    It will probably take a week or two until I get it for everything wasn't in stock. Got a 15% off because I found the voucher when I got on to the site, always fun to get discounts. :)
     
  9. Normano64

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    I haven't done that much on the project the last couple of weeks because of Christmas. I'm finished with the filler on the backside of the case but I still have to do the front for the USB ports and audio out/in.
    Got the water cooling parts but the radiator.
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    I've also got the motherboard and CPU I've will be using. i7 2600k and ASUS Maximus IV Extreme. :)
     
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    I was in the garage yesterday and made holes and a holder for the front I/O. I have a bit sanding left to make it smooth. I used 2 component epoxy for the holder and and they feel secure. The I/O adapter is from a Antec 300.
    Hope you like the update. :)

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  11. Pranja

    Pranja Blackwolf

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    My type of Mac. :D
     
  12. Normano64

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    One that is modded or one that won't run OSX? :3
     
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    One that won't run MacOs. ;)
     
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    Any updates on this? I want to see what you have planned for the power switch.
     
  15. Normano64

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    Haven't been much work on the project lately, been waiting for stuff and been thinking about how I should do things. My idea right now is to hang the PSU in the top of the case with paracrod. About the hard drive holder I don't know if I should go with the acrylic which I sawed out or if I should use paracord for that too to inhibit vibration but then I need to make a way to easily remove the hard drives.
    If anyone have any ideas that about these two problems I would be grateful. :)

    A couple of pictures on the radiator and the radiator stand I bought on Chilledpc.co.uk
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    I will use the power switch from the original case, I don't know about the LED, if it can handle 3,3v which is the standard now (I believe).
     
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  16. Angel OD

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    I hope you can figure it out!

    I use the original power switch, but I had a problem with the light. I can't exactly remember what it was, but either the light was on 24/7 even when the pc was turned off, or I couldn't get the switch to work when the light was on...

    So for me the switch works, but no light in it! :)
     
  17. Normano64

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    Oh! I totally forgot about that, thought about earlier but forgot it. :p
    I'm gonna work on it next week and try it out to see if it works.
    Thanks for reminding me :)
     
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    Today I've been working on the power button + LED. However I wasn't able to make the LED light when the computer was on but I never use it so I suppose I can skip it. :p
    If anyone knows a way to do this, I would appreciate it if you told me.

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  19. Normano64

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    I've been working a bit on the project this weekend. Mostly trying out the best way to paint but also drilled the holes on the dust filters I will use to prevent dust to get into the computer. I use Silverstone SST-FF122 which is dust filters with magnets, I made the holes on them bigger so I can use the screws which holds the radiator to fix the filters to a position without screwing them to the holder.

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    The parts I've painted as yet.
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    A sample of the molten edges Paracord technique I will use in this project. Still waiting for all the connectors for the PSU to come.
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    Self-made PSU cables. Sleeved with Paracord.
    24 pin, 4+4 pin and 6+2 pin.
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    I still have to make one more 6+2 pin and one cable for SATA and one for 4 pin MOLEX. Still waiting for an answer from Aquatuning because they sent me wrong connectors twice and haven't given me an answer why.

    I have all the hardware now for the project, got the Samsung 830 128gb SSD I ordered and the Sapphire HD7970 will probably arrive on Monday.
     

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