another G4 Stormtrooper Haswell

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  1. antonvodenitcharov

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    Mar 31, 2014 at 12:50 AM #1
    antonvodenitcharov

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    another PowerMac G4 Stormtrooper Haswell

    Hi everyone,

    (First of all, sorry for my poor english, and greetings from Belgium :headbang:)
    A few months ago, I felt in love with this G4 case mod :

    http://clustr.com/images/news/1366/macbane_02.jpg

    And one or two months ago, the GPU from my macbook pro decided to die...(for the second time) as I hadn't enough money to buy a new macbook, I decided to built my dream Hackintosh. :cool:
    My goal was a computer built for sound recording, so it had to :
    -Run Mac OsX 10.9 and 10.6
    -Look like a mac (and not a saaaaad PC case)
    -Be as quiet as possible
    -Have a powerful CPU
    -Be affordable
    -Have Firewire, PCIE and USB3

    So I read a lot through the tonymacx86 forum, wiki page and buyer's guide and choosed my configuration :

    Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H
    Intel i7 4770k
    Noctua NH-L12
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB
    Samsung 840 SSD 120GB
    Zotac GT 640 (passive)
    BeQuiet L8 350W
    Samsung SN-506BB slim Bluray
    Startech PEX1394B3 Firewire card
    TP-LINK WDN4800 Wifi card



    Actually this project has nothing really original...but I took a lot of pictures so I decided to share this build with you!




    First, I bought an old G4 case from ebay, disassembled it, took a few measures and ordered my parts from amazon.
    [​IMG]

    The real challenge came from the small size of this case. The motherboard has to be mATX (it's possible with a full ATX but you have only 4 PCI slots at the bottom of this case). The heatsink has to be maximum 70mm high, otherwise the case won't close because of the PSU position.
    The optical drive lenght has to be less than 170mm otherwise it won't fit with the RAM, and approximately 120mm if you want to be confortable with the ATX powercable.

    It is well known but here is the naked case:

    [​IMG]



    If you need help for disassembly, just follow this guide:
    http://tim.id.au/laptops/apple/powermac/powermac_g4.pdf

    I removed the security bar, because it annoyed me while changing the PSU:

    [​IMG]

    I removed the Wifi/Bluetooth holder (I used a Dremel tool and a Drill)

    [​IMG]

    To remove the old MOBO standoffs, the easiest way is to drill through them.

    [​IMG]


    Once it's cleaned, you can trace and cut the rear case for the panel cover, and check if it fits.
    The panel was glued with "metal" epoxy.

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    Then you have to place and screw your new MOBO risers on the panel.
    And of course, adapt the latch panel. You also have to cut a lot of metal pieces in the corner, so it won't block the new MOBO.

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    SPOILING : Here is the final version (with some painting) with the two holes for the CPU atx cable, and the platic cutted at the new heatsink size.
    [​IMG]



    As the new power supply fan was facing the wrong side, I decided to cut a hole in the side panel so it could take fresh air from the outside of the case.
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    First problem, I had to remove to Fan Bracket because my GPU was too fat and prevented my case from closing.

    IMG_1913.jpg IMG_1916.jpg
    IMG_0095.jpg

    Second problem, the heatsink was really close to the PSU when the case was closed, so I decided to place the new PSU really against the edge, increasing the room between the cpu and psu.

    IMG_0078.jpg

    As the computer was reaaaaaally quiet (the single Harddrive was making more noise than the fans) so I decided to increase the airflow (for prospective OC) adding an extraction fan at the top, juste above the CPU and GPU. (Of course, you have to cut the top plastic too)
    IMG_0015.jpg IMG_0088.jpg IMG_0022.jpg
    Also added a 40mm blowing fan at the bottom of the case. (so cute)
    IMG_0090.jpg



    For the optical drive, I decided to use a "Slim drive to 5.25' bay adapter" that holds my slim bluray burner, a 1To HDD and my samsung SSD. I also added a USB 3 front hub with audio output.

    IMG_0068.jpg IMG_0070.jpg
    (I also drilled a hole, and placed a LED that lights the Apple logo)

    The problem is that if you want to close your case easily, you have to cut the optical drive holder again and again...and again :banghead: (I had exactly 120mm before hitting my atx cable)

    IMG_1899.jpg IMG_1904.jpg IMG_0077.jpg


    I cut the front platic panel for the USB3, adapted the CD tray opening system..., and modified the third button as a HDD LED.
    IMG_0065.jpg
    The power switch board:
    IMG_0063.jpg



    Then came the painting!
    I first tried to remove the old grey painting (I spent an entire day, sanding down and polishing the plastic) and paint it in white from the inside of the plastic plate.
    IMG_0025.jpg

    Even if it worked fine for the handles, it was a really bad idea for the sides. It gave me a beautiful white in the inside and an ugly greyish white color from the outside:banghead:
    IMG_0056.jpg IMG_0057.jpg

    Anyway...
    I sanded all the parts, applied a coat of primer, sanded down, applied a second coat, painted it in black and white (two layers), sanded with steel wool, and finally applied three layers of varnish.
    IMG_0058.jpg IMG_0060.jpg (and I am happy with this result :headbang:)


    The inside received some paintings too (camo green and black) to give it an old tank look (yes it's really a trooper!)
    IMG_0059.jpg


    Once it's dry, you can put everything back together.
    IMG_0085.jpg IMG_0091.jpg IMG_0092.jpg


    And here is the final result...






    ....










    wut?
















    Oh! You want a picture, right?
    :angel:












    Tadaaam

    [​IMG]



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  2. thin_soldier

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    Mar 31, 2014 at 10:39 AM #2
    thin_soldier

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    Great work there! Thumbs up! :)
     
  3. makrja

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    Apr 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM #3
    makrja

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    Beautiful mod! Looks a bit like mine ;)

    Great work.

    - Mathias.
     
  4. Maroder

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    Apr 2, 2014 at 8:48 AM #4
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    WOW this is beautifull. How is the airflow in the case? Any specific reason you are using 40mm fans instead of larger ones?
     
  5. georgeba

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    Apr 2, 2014 at 10:40 AM #5
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    Just because you're from Belgium there is no need to apologize for your English :thumbup:
     
  6. jlow12

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    Apr 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM #6
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    Great build paint job looks awesome
     
  7. antonvodenitcharov

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    Apr 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM #7
    antonvodenitcharov

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    Thanks :)

    Mmmmh I think for a basic system (without OC) the 120mm fan was enough.
    (For example, as I'm talking to you I've just noticed that I forgot a plastic bag at the top of the case, blocking the extraction fan :mrgreen: and the CPU is at 32°C. (Normally it is between 28 and 30°)
    The top fan is a 60mm, it was originally planned for the rear of the case...just above the I/O panel.
    Capture d’écran 2014-04-02 à 23.08.25.png I don't know if I was drunk or just stupid when I got this idea...but the fact is that the MOBO fills the entire area. So Yes...I would have chosen a larger one but I wanted to use my (expensive) Noctua. It's a small one but very quiet and well placed (juste above the CPU and GPU)
    The small 40mm is at the bottom of the case, blowing fresh air directly from the outside of the case to the GPU, as the 120mm is actually facing the plastic side panel and thereby taking air indirectly.
     
  8. Barenhvrd

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    Apr 3, 2014 at 1:55 PM #8
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    [SUB]Inspiring [/SUB]
     
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    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:22 AM #9
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    So jealous... :clap:
    Beautiful work indeed. Go Belgium, go!:p
     
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    Apr 6, 2014 at 9:19 PM #10
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