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Powerhack i7 EATX (Powermac G4 Sawtooth)

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Hello my name is David.

My first computer ever was a Yosemite Powermac G3. It had a whopping 350MHz G3 processor, 1/2 gig of RAM, a Rage 128 GL and 40 GB hard drive. I got this upgraded computer in 2003 for christmas and was absolutely fascinated by it and its OS X 10.3 operating system. That computer is long gone. After that computer I was on the Windows platform with DELL, eMachined, HP and currently a custom built PC that I built just over a year ago. That PC is called DARKBLOOD and can build log for that system can be found here. I came across a Sawtooth Powermac G4 at my college and was intrigued by it. I googled the Powermac and came across Macbane and I instantly knew what I wanted to do. So I aquired the G4 from the school and I am starting my journey. I am going to put my PC into that case. My PC's motherboard is a Maximus V Formula which is E-ATX. As I'm not in a position that I could buy new parts for this build I'm going to have to work with what I have.

This is the current state of my PC.
i7 3770K 32GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 @ 4.6 GHz and 1866 MHz
GTX 780 3GB Reference
XFX 1050W PSU
120GB Samsung 840 SSD with Windows 8.1
3TB Seagate for Storage
250 GB Seagate with OS X 10.10.0 Yosemite (2TB Seagate Hybrid on the way, will clone it)
Cooler Master Storm Trooper with window.
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This is the G4 that will be converted.
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Time to do a test fit! Now that I have an idea of how it's going to sit in the case, I can plan how I'm going to approach this. I know that I want to get an AIO for the cpu, probably just a corsair H80i. I also think that I might want to try a flexible PCI-e riser so that I have more flexibility in my GPU mounting. I got that idea from the Sour Apple build on overlock.net. Obviously like I stated before, the I/O is going to be recessed, which leaves me with a couple of options. I could make an extension for the I/O (i.e. 2" extension cables with a shroud) or just deal with the recessed port as they are and maybe make them more accessible by severely modding the back. I do want to maintain the opening side panel though.

Give me your thoughts and suggestions!

It's crazy just how much smaller the G4 case is compared to my current tower.

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It fits! And so it will sits!

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Went to work on the case for a bit tonight and with a little but of cutting, It fits!! Not only that, but I don't have to sacrifice any ports or the look of the outside of the case!

So, first I drilled the rivets that were holding the shelf and backplate in, Then I used tin snips to cut the backplate. I used the board as a guide. And finally, I cut a bit of material out of the bottom corner so that the board would clear the case.




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Hi,
Sorry for reviving an old thread, but I was wondering do you have other photos of the build, or some pics of the final result?
I am about to do a similar build and was wondering how you had decided to orgainze the pieces inside, in particular where you had put the PSU.
Thank you
caster89
 
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