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New Build: Budget Hacintosh. G5 case with NVMe and RX580.

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Dell 7010
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i7-3770/Q77
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RX 580
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Hi tonymacx86 Community. This is my first Hackintosh build!, as a opposed to buying a fully working machine and installing macOS. Which I did with my first hackintosh, a HP6300proMT. I Followed trs96 excellent guide I put together a great machine for under $400. The only thing I broke was the motherboard, and that cost $15. My budget for this build originally, was $300. Using parts with deals, bought from the web. The RAM and Hard Dives I already had, but the bonus is the 2004 Apple PowerMac G5 case. I had the budget for $500, So I added aRX580 and PSU for an extra $289.

I have listed the following resources found here on tonymacx86, which I used as guides and inspiration for my build. My only rule, Don't cut the case!.


Resources
Super-cheap NVMe fusion drive using Dell 7010 Q77 motherboard Thread by Petri Chron

[Guide] Install High Sierra or Mojave on the Dell Optiplex 7010 / 9010 Desktop PC - Revision II Thread by trs96

[Guide] HackrNVMeFamily co-existence with IONVMeFamily using class-code spoof thread by RehabMan

[Guide] G5 Front Panel Thread by eelhead

[Guide] BoomR's twist on the G5 Front Panel Thread by BoomR


[Guide] How to install High Sierra on a Fusion Drive Thread by Crazor


PowerMac G5 Case Modding Project - mATX & ATX Conversion - Barebones - Mac Pro Alternative Thread by wise-rice

I was recently given 2 Apple Power Mac G5's, sadly years of storage in a cold damp basement had not been kind to these two. After purchasing the two grey Power Mac G5 install disks, Mac OS version 10.3.5. I tested the machines and got screenshots of what ever was working before the capacitors gave up the ghost. I salvaged an ATI Radeon 9800 XT graphics card, a bunch of working fans and two good cases made in the USA. One ended up selling on eBay recently, and the other case from 2004 will be the base for my new build.

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I bought a Dell Q77 7010 MB, an M.2 128GB NVMe card and adapter after reading this post by Petri Krohn. Super-cheap NVMe fusion drive using Dell 7010 Q77 motherboard.

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I have a Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050Ti installed on my first build, A dual boot HP 6300 pro which I built after reading trs96 excellent guide. [Guide] HP 6300 Pro / HP 8300 Elite - A 100 percent Working and Easily Affordable CustoMac.
But I've had enough of waiting for NVIDIA drivers. I wanted a card that would be good for years and work with Mojave out of the box.
Best value Hackintosh and Gaming Card $199.99 ~ Gigabyte RX 580. Seems like a good deal to me, and a free $100 gift card to go with it. Thanks again trs96.

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How does this all sit together on the MB?, well it was close. The NVMe card sits toward the edge of the motherboard and doesn't interfere with anything. The graphics card however is, how shall we put this... Snug is the word I'd use!. Look where the SATA ports are, but it would seem the connector was made to fit. Both the graphics card and the SATA connection fit their slots perfectly with millimeters between them.

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It’s also close on the other side. The clips that hold in the ram sticks are very close, but they're not touching!.

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And the LED cpu cooling fan, though it's three pin, oops!. Will a 3 to 4 pin connect to 4 to 5 pin and into the board?. If not I have an OEM 7010 cpu fan just in case!.

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And 8GB Ram (4X2GB).

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I ordered a Core i7-3770 from eBay for a $100. And now all I need is a good PSU, Im tempted with this one. CORSAIR RMx White Series RM750x White (CP-9020187-NA) 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified, Fully Modular Power Supply from Newegg. I'm guessing thats going to be enough oomph to keep that graphics card going. Now it's next steps and how to mount this into a G5 case.
What do you think?. I would take advice and listen to comments regarding this build.
 
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iOS
[UPDATE]

So I came across a problem, which didn't surprise me!. After removing the standoffs from the G5 case, really easy to do with a pair of pliers. I gripped them from above and slowly tilted to the side one way, then back the other. I didn't need a hammer after all!. I used the original fixings from the salvaged G5 to attach the standoffs to the spare Dell 7010 mobo. I slotted the RX580 into position and put it in the case so that the graphics card ports were all accessible and in the right place.

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An assortment of standoffs and screws from the original G5 case.

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I didn't notice at first, some standoffs are slightly taller than others. there are six at 20mm and eight at 18mm.

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I'm no electrician or a master of the fine arts of building a hackintosh. But this to me didn't seem right, having the motherboard sitting against the top shelf, I'm not sure if thats a good idea to be honest. And it meant there would no access to the IO ports at the back unless I cut the back IO on the back of the G5 case. And I decided long ago after seeing other G5 Hackintosh builds across the web, that I'm not cutting this case.

Fortunately I already purchased a x16 riser card in case of such developments. I would lose the PCIe x1 slot and gain PCIe x16 slot. The riser card connects via USB 3 to PCIe x1 slot, it also has a six pin 12v power adapter for my Corsair CX750M fully modular power supply. This will give me a lot more freedom on deciding how to mount the Dell 7010 mobo, so that I have access to all the IO ports.

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[UPDATE]

We're almost there!. Thought I'd share what stage I'm at with BlueG5.








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[Update]

I'm procrastinating a little but now I'm ready for mounting. I have steel reinforced epoxy resin mixed and ready to apply. Using my spare Dell 7010 motherboard I attached the 8 x 18 mm standoffs which I pulled from this case. and bolted them to the board using the G5 Long bolts, not tight though!, I didn't want to remove the bolts and find the standoffs are also falling off. I also added the PCI Ethernet card for easy alignment with the PCI slots.

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Here's what it looks like from the back. I had enough standoffs for all the motherboard mounting points.

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I then applied Epoxy Resin to the bottom of the standoffs and placed the board inside the case and left it for 10 minutes to let the Epoxy Resin go hard.

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After 10 minutes I unscrewed the bolts attached to the motherboard and removed it. And here are the 8x18mm standoffs all in the right position. now I just have to wait for the curing process to complete. It will be ready for mounting this afternoon.
 
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[Success]
Dell 7010 motherboard mounted to G5 case. That was painless!. I waited four hours for the curing to happen, then started assembling the hardware. Graphics card and Ethernet card slotted in perfectly. There’s enough of a gap up top and about 3/4 inch from the back of the case to the board. I’m able to plug in Ethernet easily, but until I receive the right angled USB cable I have to plug the 4 port USB hub into the rear IO through the case. Better than before but still not perfect.
I’m sure I can somehow fabricate the four port hub and a pci slot cover to fit in that top PCI slot. I lost the Blue LED that sat on the fan but I can replace that later. Right now I can put back the rear fan guard cover and the original rear fan mount. Which I can attach another fan to.

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RX 580
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Mac mini
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Dell 7010
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RX 580
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Mac mini
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[Update]
Installed the two right angled USB 3 extension cables into the ports. One cable will go up to the USB 3 Hub which will sit inside the top PCI slot. The other cable goes down and comes out the power slot.

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The fan guard slots into place over the connections so you only see the cables coming out and not what there connected too.

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From the rear you can barely see the blue USB 3 connectors. All done with no cutting.

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[Update]

So I made a decision to remove the 128 GB NVMe drive from the build, and I replaced it with the Fenvi FV-T919 card in the PCIe X4 slot on the motherboard. All works great so far, just plug it in and connect to network. Simple. I also made this change after receiving some advice about keeping it simple. I can use the NVMe drive in the PCIe x16 slot in my other build, HP6300proMT. I will continue with the fusion drive project on that.
I also managed to push the USB3 cable through the Ethernet slot on the back. Less cables and still no cutting.



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Inside, I tidied up the cables and fitted the rear fan guard in place, I'll purchase one 92x92x25 fan to fit in the top slot in the rear guard. Two SSD, both Samsung 250 GB. Top has Mojave and bottom Windows10pro. I also fitted 16 GB (2x8) G Skill Ram, which I borrowed from my other build. I'm still thinking about a cable for the front IO, I know they can be custom made. But it's a project I want to do myself and maybe learn something.

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