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Hackintosh Pro - PowerMac G5 2004 model

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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
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Intel Core i5 3570K
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EVGA GTX670 4GB Watercooled
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iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
Android, iOS
About half a year ago I bought an old (but good looking and scratchless) second hand PowerMac G5 2004 model including all working components. A very good deal, but since the components were 8 years old I decided to strip down the whole case and make myself a Hackintosh with a triple boot OS X, windows 8, ubuntu 12.10. I have zero mod experience, but I feel sure enough to give it a try!

The case how I bought it and completely stripped:


My requirements for the build:
  • Cable management: not present in any Hackintosh case, I never red a log where someone was trying cable management. A nice challenge.
  • Watercooling: keep the case as clean as possible with a simple loop, there isn't too much space in the case for big air coolers.
  • I don't want to screw any plates at the rear of the case like many (all?) do with their Mac mods. The rear should look factory made.
  • Keep the "Apple look" intact.
  • Triple boot compatible (Mac OS X, Windows 8, Linux Ubuntu)... Why you say? ..... Just because. Therefor I have to carefully select hardware components. I don't care too much about getting Linux to work for a full 100%, but Mac OS should work flawless. Needs native Apple components (IR receiver, wireless, bluetooth).

Components used:
  • Corsair Professional Gold AX850
  • Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H (rev. 1.0)
  • Intel Core i5 3570K
  • Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
  • MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5/OC (videocard)
  • Plextor PX-891SA (dvd drive)
  • Samsung 830 series 128GB (OS X only)
  • Seagate Momentus XT XT ST95005620AS (Hybrid) (Windows 8)
  • Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT, 1TB (data only)
  • Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Intern 6-Bay (hdd bay - hot swap)
  • Zalman ZM-MFC1 Plus (fan controller)
  • Scythe S-Flex 1500rpm, 92mm (used in the rear part)
  • Scythe Gentle Typhoon D1225C12B5AP-15 (used in the bottom)
  • Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm High-RPM 3000RPM, 120mm (used for cpu cooling)
  • Corsair Hydro Series H100 (modded this for custom loop)
  • EK-Multioption RES X2 - 100 Basic (reservoir)
  • Tygon R3603 - 6.4MM ID - 9.6MM OD - Clear (tubing)
  • Feser One Cooling Fluid - UV BLUE
  • XSPC RS240 Black Dual Radiator
  • Apple bluetooth module (from my old macbook 2006 model)
  • Apple wifi module (bcm94322mc)
  • Apple IR receiver (part #922-7195)
  • Lian Li PW-IS22AV85AT0 / Lian Li PW-IS40AV85AI0 (front I/O)
  • Mountain Mods Modular Removable Motherboard Tray (backpanel)


The back of the case

The rear of the case needs most of the attention. Apple doesn't use standard hardware, so the whole rear had to be cut out to fit a standard ATX motherboard. Made the cut out, designed a custom made back plate from an aluminum plate, lots of trial and error and eventually glued the plate with small 20 mm aluminum strips to the back with aluminum epoxy. At last I drilled out all the holes again (2mm) in the right pattern (took me a long time! you have to be patient) and drilled a hole for the 92 mm fan (a 120mm doesn't fit in there).

At the last moment I wasn't happy with the hole for the PSU plug at the top. Thats why you see a minor difference on the last picture. The power supply moved from the bottom of the case to the top of the case (like the newer Mac Pro models). It fits on the millimeter!! For the PSU air intake I drilled a 120mm hole in the mid plate (I forgot to make a picture of that).




The front

I couldn't use the I/O ports on the front of the case, so I decided to make a custom made one. I still had a vandalism proof button with a white ring I could use. I searched a long time to find a good I/O port kit and finally I found the Lian Li Multi-Media I/O ports Kit with eSATA, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 and sound ports, greattt! After 4 hours of drilling, filing, polishing and what not I could glue the plate into the case like I did with the back plate earlier. And again... drilling lots of 2 mm holes....




The outside

For the outside I got the brilliant idea to cut out the apple logo and fill the hole with black glossy 3 mm thick plexiglass. The current iMacs nowadays have something similar and it looks great in contrast with the black inside of the case.

I had a problem with opening the dvd drive, so I drilled a small 16mm hole in the top of the case for another vandalism proof button with white ring. I also modded the dvd drive for this (no pics of that, but had to solder some wires between the button pins and the dvd drive).

At the bottom of the case I drilled 2x 120mm fan holes for air intake. The airflow goes out on the front of the case (warm cpu air) and the back of the case (92mm fan).

Because I like to keep the case quiet, I drilled 6 holes in the bottom front for the fan controller. The fan controller is pointed downside instead of to the front.

And last but not least... I took some time to draw the window in the side plate. I like to show off the hard work and beautiful coloring on the inside.




The inside

On photo 2 you can see a small "bridge" I made to the inner side of the case. This way I can put an aluminum plate on top of those bridges to create a small distance for cable management. I used some rivets to fasten the plate for cable management.

You can also see the idea behind the 120mm fans, right between the bottom of the case and the custom made bottom plate (I still had to spray paint the bottom again).

For watercooling I modded a corsair hydro H100... so goodbye warranty. This is a CPU block and pump in 1 and it saves a lot of space. I only had to add a reservoir and radiator into the little space left in the case. It worked! I removed the gross thick layer of cooling paste on the H100 cpu block and changed this for sweet Arctic Silver 5.

When everything was build into the case I took a shot from the inside. On the last pic you can see my mod for the Apple wifi card from a macbook which I put into a pci adapter. On top of that I placed a bluetooth module from a broken macbook I had lying around. I put the wifi on 2 antennas and used the 3rd antenna for bluetooth. I took an old usb cable to solder the bluetooth onto the usb wires, but had to bring the standard usb 5v down to 3.3v by doing some modding. Also the IR-receiver is an original mac component (I forgot to make pics of that). Just like the bluetooth, I soldered the IR-receiver to a usb cable and put it into a usb header on the motherboard (works fine on 5v).




Final result




Currently I got a triple boot working for 100% (Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.04).




I hope I can inspire other case modders by posting this, just like many other case modders who inspired me with their work logs. You have been a great source for inspiration, thanks for that!
 
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Nice! This is clean work! :thumbup:

But why this black color? :rolleyes:
 
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
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Intel Core i5 3570K
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EVGA GTX670 4GB Watercooled
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iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
Android, iOS
Nice! This is clean work! :thumbup:

But why this black color? :rolleyes:
1st I had to spray paint the case, because I had to glue the front and rear part of the case.
2nd I liked to use the aluminum / black theme from the Macbook & iMac series.
 
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Very nice. I like the black color. It does evoke the look and feel of the newer Macs.
 
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This build is definitely top notch quality, nice work with the alu.
I see you have utilised may existing mod designs and made it work very well in your G5, love you case :D
 
Joined
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Messages
16
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
CPU
Intel Core i5 3570K
Graphics
EVGA GTX670 4GB Watercooled
Mac
iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
Android, iOS
How did you attach the window? And how did you attach the custom front I/O?

Jeffinslaw
I used Scotch mounting tape heavy duty. Works great!


is it powder coat or spray paint?
Spray paint. I wish I powder coated it, but it's a lot more expensive. This works for me.
 
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