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I built this PC because I came upon an old (and still functional) single-core PowerMac G5 at my university surplus store for $30, and saw how popular the G5 modding community was, and how solidly built these G5 cases are.

Anyways, the process for stripping out the inside was kind of a pain, because all the parts are so tightly integrated in the case. The airflow channeling was pretty amazing, and had separate isolated channels for the CPU/RAM, GPU, PSU and hard drives/optical drive. I would've loved to keep these channels intact, but with the conversion kit and ATX layout, it was not meant to be. Unfortunately, I was on a roll and forgot to take "before" pictures, so they start with the internals already stripped out.

For the conversion, I purchased all my parts from the Laser Hive. The instructions are slightly vague, but anybody with a little experience dremeling and building PCs should be able to figure things out without too much issue. Overall the dremeling and case conversion went pretty smoothly (with lots of help from a friend, which helped speed things up drastically). Just make sure to mark where you want to cut and triple check!

The conversion kit I bought is the ATX Low kit, because I wanted to keep the stock HDD bay in the top back of the case. This one comes with a power plug, but I had to cut one of my own power cables to solder the connections for the extension inside. Additionally, I purchased the front panel I/O kit with 4 USB 3 connections, the 140mm fan mounts for the front, and the fan grille for the rear 120mm fan.

Airflow is amazing in this case! I keep it on a desk so dust isn't really an issue, but definitely clean it often if you plan to leave it on the floor.

Total price for the case comes out to be almost $300 including shipping, case, etc, which is a lot. But it's definitely the easiest way to do the case conversion, so I didn't have any regrets. And I think it looks great!

This is not a completely brand new build. I got the WD Black from a previous build, and took the Fury Nitro out of my current main PC. Also, with RAM being so expensive right now, I took that from another build (my lan rig that I posted on here too), because I hadn't been using that too much lately. I'll maybe buy a single 8gig stick for that until prices start to drop again.

I chose the 1600 because it offered more cores than Intel with competitive (though not superior) single threaded performance, and since my previous 2 builds, along with most of my friends' builds were all Intel, it was time for something new. Also it's the best bang for the buck at this price range. It also gives me an upgrade path for later AM4 boards, unlike the competition.

The processor is running at 3.8ghz in ryzen master, but I haven't stress tested it yet.

I chose the Asus Prime Pro because it looked cool basically. I realize that it doesn't have a side window, but I'm petty like that. I updated the BIOS, and my ram is now running at 2933, which is close enough to the rated 3000mhz (AMD doesn't have a multiplier that does 3000 exactly). However, this motherboard doesn't allow speedfan to recognize the sensors or the fan speeds. I'm not sure if it's a software or hardware thing, but just keep in mind that speedfan does not yet work with it.

I don't really need an NVME drive, but I do notice noticeably quicker performance than my SATA drives in other builds, even the ones in my pretty recent Intel build.

I have an optical drive because the optical drive slot implementation is super cool in this case! I took off the cover for the slot, and it works perfectly. I'll probably never use it anyways though.

Anyways, thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions! Photos coming soon!

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 8 points

Wonderfully done!!!!!

  • 27 months ago
  • 10 points

Right? Macs should have Ryzen in them now, they are geared for content creators and designers.

  • 27 months ago
  • 10 points

Sadly, they can't because pretty much everyone who buys apple (that I know/have seen) doesn't look at spec sheets and so if it doesn't say i7, they pretty much always think it is horrible :(

  • 27 months ago
  • 7 points

Probably because (surprise surprise), most buyers of Macs don't know/care much about hardware. There is hardly any reason to buy a MacBook other than portability, and even less justification behind an iMac. Because Intel advertises so much, i5 and i7 automatically equal amazing performance to illiterates.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah my friend was asking for a sample markup for a desktop since I'm much more experienced in PC hardware than he is, and he refused anything that didn't have an i7 in it. Not even kidding, he was more inclined to a 3770k than a ryzen 7.

  • 27 months ago
  • 5 points

Also the last time apple made a mac with a non Intel CPU was PowerPC days. Not saying they couldn't do it if they wanted to, but they won't. AMD gets GPU's in the Mac market.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 27 months ago
  • 4 points

+1

Always loved the look and build of these cases, such a stunning design. Fantastic looking build!

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  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

This is crazy! i too have a powermac G5 case mod with almost identical specs! i have 3200mhz Corsair LPX and a 256Gb SSD, and the 1600x instead with a different motherboard. im not currently using my G5 but i plan to reuse it soon!

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for The Laser Hive, they're awesome. Is she Hac'd?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't had time to figure out how to make Ryzen work with Hackintosh. A future project, definitely!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

So.... beautiful... What tools did you need for the cut outs?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I used a dremel and some cutting wheels

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! 10/10! How long did it take you to mod/build the case and PC?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It took like 6 hours to plan/dremel the case, and about 3 to build the PC for cables etc.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

SO cool. Well done!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Blyat, it's beautiful! Now I want one too...

I hope it serves you well. :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I have to admit, this is pretty sweet! It's just a shame the case has no glass panels to see your work! :(

+1 !! I am quite impressed :)

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  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta love that inverted MoBo!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I guess you're using Windows as the Operating System? Shame really, such a cool Apple designed case which took you a lot of effort to end up with the typical OS ;) Really good job dude, if only I could have a PC like yours...

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

If it were me, I'd want it to be running on Windows 10. I don't like OSX.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely a personal preference thing! I prefer mac OS's better touchpad implementation, while windows' ability to turn off acceleration works better for gaming. And that's just for the mouse! There're lots of things like this for other, more major features as well

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

OS X dual boot coming soon! I play video games so it's definitely easier to run Windows for a majority of tasks. When an occasional final cut edit comes around, I cry because my mac laptop is a dual core Ivy bridge i7 :'(

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ouch that macbook situation hurts :( I completely agree that Windows is better for most gaming-related tasks, but you can't leave MacOS productivity and compatibility behind ;)

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

You should paint it black

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

This is super cool and also rad and also pretty awesome

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! No rads in here unfortunately :( Maybe a future upgrade! :D

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking Apple modification and congrats on the featured spot.

Thumbs up.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't realize I got featured! I feel honored

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic! Thanks for mentioning where to buy the conversion kits for Power Mac G5!

Fantastic build! Oh, and how is the PSU mounted in the bottom? Does the kit come with a bracket to mount the PSU down there? Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU is stuck on using Gorilla brand silicone double sided tape. It's supposed to hold "15lbs of force" whatever that means, but it's definitely strong and won't fall off. I'd refer to ground it to the case, but the motherboard mounts aren't grounded either, so I don't think it matters too much here

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

so cool i like the that wish i had the skill to make that apple case work for ryzen pc

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It just takes a bit of planning and a careful and steady hand! My friend helped me out a lot with the case which made things easier. And G5 cases are like $30 so if you mess up it's not the end of the world! You'll hate stripping another G5 though, because it takes forever.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I've got a stripped G5 case in my closet waiting to be built in. Well done.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Mine was like that for about 2 years before I finally had the funds to build! It'll feel great when yours is done too!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Apple's generally pretty good at designing a chassis. I had an old Power Mac tower that was a pain to get apart if you didn't know what you were doing, but was slick as hell once you did.

P.S. Curse you, now I want to do this; have my +1.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Do it! There are some youtube videos and articles on how to strip it down.

There's something great about having an understated case in a time with only tempered glass and RGB everywhere. It feels like a tank, and I can see myself building a lot more in this case.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

This. Is. Beautiful.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

+1

'nuff said.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Next step: get another one and put a board across both

instant desk lol

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

this is a beautiful pc good work

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty nice built mate! Where do i get these metal pieces for the slots?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I got them from the Laser Hive. It's a guy based in England and a quick google should take you to his shop!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Man this is dope! Love to see builds like this!

Question - where did you get your donor backplate? I'm planning a custom case for consolidating two Mini-ITX servers into a single mATX and I'm not finding a lot of info on the backplate short of making my own.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

That's pretty snazzy!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Try to install osx

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Oddly, I still like those cases.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Very awesome, my friend!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah! That's amazing! +100000000

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

This was pretty cool. My job recycles these units all the time. Glad to see peeps like yourself keeping them alive.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that second pcie card you have installed?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a Creative Titanium HD sound card. I had it lying around so I put it in, but it's not really doing anything because I use a desktop DAC/Amp

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It's running on Windows though. Right? It looks good. The coloring on the case is pretty cool looking.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup! Running Windows currently. Maybe hackintosh in the future, but there are definitely a few more hoops to get through to get it working than on an equivalent Intel system

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you listening to "I'm Too Sexy"? Nice build BTW.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

...maybe...

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build!

What voltage do you use to reach 3.8GHz? That 60°C on the stock Wraith Spire cooler is pretty great, considering the CPU is clocked.

Cheers.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Scale of one to ten, how hard is the dremel job?

I want to attempt this but I've never touched a dremel before.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Dremel job is mostly just straight lines. Make sure to do it in a ventilated space and wear eye protection! I'd say it's like a 3-4/10