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Mac G5 case atx build

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Posted (edited) · Original PosterOP

Hey guys,

Im moving my pc into an old Mac G5 case and want tips on the front panel IO. Is there an easy way to convert the front to modern connectors or do I have to buy a expensive cable? I found some people who spliced the cables but either didn’t show how they did it or did a poor job. So far, I’ve gutted the Mac, cleaned the case, and added stand-offs with epoxy.

 

Edit: All fan and front io pin layouts: 

 https://m.mediafire.com/folder/08al926syn483/PowerMacG5-diagrams

 

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These guys:

     https://www.thelaserhive.com/product/front-panel-conversion/

Haven't used them personally, but the end result seems pretty good.


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-Topic Moved to Case Modding and Other Mods-


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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 hours ago, TVwazhere said:

-Topic Moved to Case Modding and Other Mods-

Thanks, I forgot that section existed. My bad

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16 minutes ago, Alistairoh01 said:

My bad

No worries! Just making sure it's in the best sub forum it can be for the best responses :) 


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Update 1: I got the power supply in, 2 of the fans mounted, tested rgb and if the pc still turns on, and prepped everything for the next steps. I also made a plan for the rest of the build. I’m going to keep the original top shelf that the Mac came with but dremel out a hole big enough for the motherboard to comfortably sit inside. Then I’m going to attach a 4 hard drive bay to the bottom the shelf that holds the Blu-ray drive. I also need to cut out the backside io and create a nook for the motherboard plate to sit in. Also, I’m going to wire in the front panel io to the motherboard cables.

 

 

P.S. I’m going to have more rgb once I finish, preferably one on each side of the fans. I just tested it today. Please excuse my terrible cable management. Like I said earlier, I simply tested it today and didn’t really worry about good cable management.

 

Edit: I forgot to talk about the power supply cable. I’m going to use the original power supply connector on the old Mac psu and make a mini extender into the case so it’ll look clean and original. I’m also eventually going to add a aluminum cover for excess cables and the right side of the psu.

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Update 2:

I rewired the original blower and back case fans to molex 5v (at 12v they were leaf blowers.) I elevated the 2 front fans (white led) from the case because of turbulence which was making it very loud. I also wired in the power button and power led. I wired front audio which did not work for some reason despite me wiring it correctly. Oh well, not going to use front audio anyways. 

 

Tomorrow heavier duty duty rotary tool disks should arrive so I’ll get the shelf, rear io, and miscellaneous things cut. After that I’ll deal with attaching the hard drive cage to the shelf and then do cable management. 

 

I also wired in tbe original Mac psu power cable connector to make an extender. That way I don’t need to cut out any more holes for the psu.

 

P.S. I haven’t saldered the fan wires yet but I just got them working.

 

Edit: All fans and front io pin layout:

https://m.mediafire.com/folder/08al926syn483/PowerMacG5-diagrams

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Mini update 3: I won’t be able to work on the pc for the next week as I’m still dealing with finding some parts and my schedule is busy.

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Posted (edited) · Original PosterOP

I’m back and worked for a large amount of time yesterday on the pc. I finally got the parts I’ve needed and time (holiday weekend). I still have to cable manage and finish the back section of the case, but for now, it’s finally usable. The double sided tape fan mounts that I used last time didn’t work very well so I made an aluminum mount for the fans. On the front of the mount, I’ve attached the led lights. I’ve cut the holes needed for the back io as well as some other things like trimming down the original hard drive bay (downsized from 5 hard drives to 1 ssd and 1 hdd). I repasted the gpu because I had a suspicion that the factory screwed up. The old paste flooded the die almost completely and took a long time to clean. I will still have to attach the original fans to the back of the case and create walls to the open gap between the mobo io and the case walls.

 

Also, does anyone know of some paint or touch up that I can do that would match the original color of the Mac case?

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Forgot to mention repasting gpu.
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