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Power Mac G4 Cube Intel Reloaded Edition - my 2nd Hackintosh Case Mod

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Thanks for the mention! Great work so far! I especially like the way you mapped out the cutting of the bottom plate. You gave priority to the location for the I/O shield, rather than the mobo. I like it! Watching closely!
 
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Thank you all for the praise!

Today, I made some progress too:

The AC adapter arrived from California and the "ultra slim" 25cm long SATA cables from the UK
G4 Cube AC Adapter and SATA cables.jpg


Marking the drill position for the the M3 standoffs in the CPU area with a self made 4mm center tip
G4 Cube cdentering tip.jpg


Two of the M3 threads would have been too close to the edge of the heat sink. So I had to mount a strut. The problem was a potential collision with the locking flap and the top grid
G4 Cube Tapping Strut.jpg


Milling the copper blocks for an exactly planar surface - this will be important for a good heat transport!
G4 Cube milling copper block.jpg



The prefitted heat sink. The copper blocks are not yet finished...
G4 Cube CPU aera.jpg
 
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Thank you all for the praise!

Today, I made some progress too:

The AC adapter arrived from California and the "ultra slim" 25cm long SATA cables from the UK
G4%20Cube%20AC%20Adapter%20and%20SATA%20cables.jpg


Marking the drill position for the the M3 standoffs in the CPU area with a self made 4mm center tip
G4%20Cube%20cdentering%20tip.jpg


Two of the M3 threads would have been too close to the edge of the heat sink. So I had to mount a strut. The problem was a potential collision with the locking flap and the top grid
G4%20Cube%20Tapping%20Strut.jpg


Milling the copper blocks for an exactly planar surface - this will be important for a good heat transport!
G4%20Cube%20milling%20copper%20block.jpg



The prefitted heat sink. The copper blocks are not yet finished...
G4%20Cube%20CPU%20aera.jpg


It is hard to tell from the angle in that photo but how thick is the total copper heat block going to be? Looks like you have almost enough offset there to run a full Mini-ITX board if you wanted.
 
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Thank you all for the praise!
The AC adapter arrived from California and the "ultra slim" 25cm long SATA cables from the UK
G4%20Cube%20AC%20Adapter%20and%20SATA%20cables.jpg

I've had terrible luck with SATA cables that have the clip on the connector and SSDs, they seem to just fall out because there's nothing for the clip to hook on to while clipless designs seem to grip on their own much better. How do your new short cables fare with your SSD's SATA connection?
 
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nice nice nice!!
The milling and all that is looking good!

Thank you!

After a long day, the OS X Installation is running... More will follow!
G4 Cube OS X Installation.jpg
 
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Thank you!

After a long day, the OS X Installation is running... More will follow!
G4%20Cube%20OS%20X%20Installation.jpg

Good luck in your testing and I hope that your heatsink mods prove to be quite successful!
 
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Awesome! Please post some pictures of the heatsink-cpu installed....curiosity builds!

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WoW that's so awesome!! Are you going to use the plastic case the 3g cube came in? If not i would buy it from you. please let me know, thanks!
 
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WoW that's so awesome!! Are you going to use the plastic case the 3g cube came in? If not i would buy it from you. please let me know, thanks!

Yes, I will use it.

At this time, I'm a bit in trouble. Could please anyone, who has this MOBO already up and runnig post the following:
  • BIOS Settings (have 044)
  • System definition
  • Screenshot of Multibeast settings
Thank you!

Here are some more pics, more later.

The preassembled heat sink with copper block (thickness 14.4mm, according to the MOBO's position). The MOBO has to be bended about 0.3mm, if the nuts in the CPU zone are fastened.
G4 Cube presssembled heat sink.jpg


G4 Cube CPU cooling block.jpg


Temporary cooling solution. (The thin fan has not yet arrived)
G4 Cube temporary cooling.jpg
 
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