I got really lazy posting the progress of this project as a normal day to day thing. Long story short, things got really hectic and I honestly didn’t have time to make normal posts. For those who are interested in seeing the photos from start to finish, here they are.
Please forgive any misspellings or grammar issues, I threw this together to show off my work quickly.
Here is the starting point. A Mac G5 case, unmodified.
The idea in the below picture is to cut out two 120mm fan holes using a dremel.
I used the motherboard tray and back plate on the left. Way sturdier than the sheet aluminum on the right.
Before anything can be mounted the rear has to be cut out.
In order to mount the rear bracket for the motherboard, I will need some form of mounting plate to cover the hole. I used a piece of sheet metal and fabricated a nice plate using my dremel.
Holes on the top of case cut out only using a dremel. This step in particular took forever.
I cut octagons out of the rear mounting plate for the rear 80mm fans.
I used the original posts from the mac to put in two mounts near the front of the case, I used JB weld to hold them into place.
Now the entire case has been taken apart and is ready for painting.
Holy ton of screws….
Just showing how ridiculous apple is… All those screws and they still riveted in the some sections.
Primed the inside for a gloss black finish. The exterior of the case was plasti-dip sprayed.
This was unnecessary…. plasti-dip and tape do not mix… if you use masking tape make sure to pull it off after the last coat and before it drys…. nuff said.
I cut out a section of plexiglass so two 1200mm fans could be mounted in the front.
The motherboard tray and rear mounting bracket riveted in flawlessly. I mounted the frount plexiglass fan plate using bolts and the original holes left behind for the old G5 PSU, then i drilled a hole in the CD drive tray on the top and used L brackets to hold the plexiglas in place.
I had problems with out the HDD’s. I chopped off one part of this mounting bracket, and used 10 pound velcro and stuck it to the empty space on the motherboard tray, right behind the front 120mm fans.
solid state on top, same deal, velcro and a mounting bracket.
Inside of the finished product.
Cable mess…. that PSU is a tentacle monster, in the future I plan on buying a modular PSU.Pretty sweet right?