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PowerMac G5 Case Modding Project - mATX & ATX Conversion - Barebones - Mac Pro Alternative

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I am looking to mod a mac pro case as well for a hackintosh. I'm concerned about the standoff positions and sizes. Did you reuse the standoffs it came with or got new ones? If you resued do they come off easily or did you have to grind them off?
I reused them. They come off easily with a hammer.
Glued them back in with epoxy.
Try positioning them by screwing them to a motherboard. Or make a mask out of hard plastic.
 
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@wise-rice I just bought an A1177 G5 case yesterday, I am stuck on a few things. My board is a mATX board but I don't want to butcher the case and I want to keep the same style of the case. I also cant use the stock power supply. I used another guide of yours HERE for the power supply but I need to put an atx power supply in to connect to the cable. I do not want to buy a server PSU. I mainly need help with the motherboard mount, i/o shield, and the front Power/usb. The front power and usb is an issue because it connects to the board not with wires but with contact pins on the board itself. (Picture attached below) It is tricky because I can't use the cables you used in this guide for that, unless there is another cable that I can't find online.

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I was going to buy a kit for the rear i/o and motherboard tray but they are expensive. Any advice or resources you can share or point me in a good direction? Please help.

Sincerely,

Devin
You can leave the cover of the G5 PSU housing off and put an ATX PSU in the case. But it will be a bit too high. So i recommend to first install your motherboard and then place the (ideally modular) PSU in. I would attach it using velcro Tape. There is industrial velcro that is activated by soaking it in Aceton for a couple of minutes. That stuff sticks to metal. Put it on the PSU and the bottom of the Case and you can securely place your PSU and also remove it if you need to change your MoBo

The front panel you have can not be used. But you can try to find one with a connector plug on ebay and then buy a cable from blackchmods.

Or instead (cheaper): buy a complete front panel assy from The Laser Hive. But this means you need to butcher the case a bit more. Also more risk of damaging something with the dremel. But in return you get USB3

Where are you from?
 
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You can leave the cover of the G5 PSU housing off and put an ATX PSU in the case. But it will be a bit too high. So i recommend to first install your motherboard and then place the (ideally modular) PSU in. I would attach it using velcro Tape. There is industrial velcro that is activated by soaking it in Aceton for a couple of minutes. That stuff sticks to metal. Put it on the PSU and the bottom of the Case and you can securely place your PSU and also remove it if you need to change your MoBo

The front panel you have can not be used. But you can try to find one with a connector plug on ebay and then buy a cable from blackchmods.

Or instead (cheaper): buy a complete front panel assy from The Laser Hive. But this means you need to butcher the case a bit more. Also more risk of damaging something with the dremel. But in return you get USB3

Where are you from?
I am from Alabama. How about you?

Oh, I did go look at the front panel assy from the Laser Hive but they are out of stock. :/ Hopefully that comes back in stock soon because I am on a budget. If they however do not come back in stock I will go the other route. How should I proceed on the motherboard tray and rear i/o? I have a rear i/o and motherboard tray I dremel out of an old case but I am skeptical on fitting it.
 
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I am from Alabama. How about you?

Oh, I did go look at the front panel assy from the Laser Hive but they are out of stock. :/ Hopefully that comes back in stock soon because I am on a budget. If they however do not come back in stock I will go the other route. How should I proceed on the motherboard tray and rear i/o? I have a rear i/o and motherboard tray I dremel out of an old case but I am skeptical on fitting it.
Up to you.
There are plenty of threads for both variants. Inserting a shield from another case or not using one at all (like me, see log)

The front panel alone will probably cost you more than you paid for the case itself, though. Either way. These Adaptor cables are expensive, as are the compatible boards.
Laser Hive is a bit cheeper, but still... overall the best solution. Send them an email. The boss always helps and knows when things will be back in stock (he makes them)
 
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