Description

First PC build

Custom modded an old PowerMac G4 (sawtooth) case to take a mATX motherboard. Many mods later I have an awesome looking build that runs a bit hotter than it should.

Modding beganwith removing all of the plastic panels on the outside of the case. Next, the old proprietary mac standoffs were drilled out. Then, an old dead mATX board was used with an old ati card to determine placement of the motherboard such that the PCIe slots would be in the correct places. Holes were drilled and new standoffs were added. A hole was drilled in the bottom of the case for the 240 rad of the AIO. A hole was also added to give the power supply some extra air intake (not visible under the plastic panel on the back side). The old front panel buttons from the Mac had to be rewired to work with the new motherboard. Finally, the new hardware was put in and as much cable management was done as could be with the very limiting case and cable lengths.

Overall good gaming machine and love the excess of cores from the 1600. Probably should have gotten a modular PSU and better ram but the ram runs well at 2933 mHz and the PSU was cheap so no real complaints. Would I do it again? Absolutely not that case mod was a pain in the ***, but I love the case and love how it turned out.

*P.S. Please excuse the cable management. This is a very limiting case and I did not have a modular power supply to get custom cables for.

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome CPU very powerful, more than what I need for a good price

CPU Cooler

Nice cooler, expensive, but works well and easy to install.

Motherboard

Solid cheap Motherboard

Memory

Works exactly as you'd expect

Video Card

Super fast card, I don't love the look, a little too open, but goes well with the rest of my build.

Case Fan

It's a fan it blows. I wish it had no LEDs though

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build and mod, dude! One suggestion: move one of the ram sticks so there is a slot between them. Allows for more bandwidth

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually realized that while I was making this and have already corrected it but thank you!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Have Made that mistake many times, only to find out i did it when cleaning out my rig. Welcome

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this is great. I’m looking for a pc under $1500aud and this surpasses my expectations. Wow great work.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, this is amazing! Was it difficult to mount to motherboard?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Not exactly difficult, more that it was stressful trying to make sure that I was drilling in the correct places for the stand offs. Once the stand offs were in it was just as easy as any other case.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been a while since I've seen G4 mod, I like it!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I love old case mods! +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you do anything else besides enabling xmp to run rated speeds? I'm planning on ordering this kit as we speak. It's in my NewEgg cart.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I just went into the bios/efi and loaded the profile. To make sure it was stable I used the prime95 stress test (the one which it says is ram intensive) and have had no problems.

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