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Here is my build in its current form. You can go back and view my posts for previous iterations of this build but this is where it has gotten to over the last few months since I built it. I absolutely love this project as it has grown!

First thing to know is that two of these systems were built at the same time. One for my buddy to use for his YouTube channel (check out the build video of the twin to this system here https://youtu.be/rRW4c1FnRrE), and mine. He called me up with an idea, to build a water-cooled Ryzen hackintosh inside of an old PowerMac G5 case, and as soon as he said the idea I was hooked. I have always loved the PowerMac G5 because when it came out, I liked to edit photos and it was what I thought at the time was "The Ultimate Machine". So here are some pictures of how it came about. 

I picked up two PowerMac G5s (both working mind you) in case I messed anything up on the first one. I did not so now I still have a working PowerMac G5. Lol.

Starting off we have disassembly. Note that I don't have a lot of pictures of this progress as I have impulse control issues and wanted it apart ASAP. lol. This is a challenging computer to take apart but well worth doing as this case is amazing! The case I had was pretty beat up with scratches and stuff so I had to do a lot of sanding to get them out.

After disassembly, I took to a small test fit by placing an old mother board in the case to figure out where to cut out for IO in the rear of the case. A quick sharpie line and some dremel time were in order after that.

Following the IO I cut out the side panel for my piece of acrylic. Using the existing frame that holds on the door of the case, I marked 1/2" in from the inside edge of it and drilled holes in all the corners so they would be rounded. (remember that at this point you want to drill your holes with a 1/2" drill bit and make it so the outside of the bit matches up with your lines.) Then cut the acrylic sheet to fit the inside of the frame (not your cutout).

From there you need to use a jigsaw to cut along your lines and connect your 4 holes that you drilled.

Then on to paint. I sanded all the pieces with an orbital sander then used a can of primer and did 3 coats of primer on them all. Followed up with a few coats of black. I added a coat of clear to just try to keep it a little more durable but I should have just done more coats of black. To finish off the case, run some edge moulding around the side panel cut out and attach your acrylic sheet to the side panel with double sided tape. Re install your side panel frame and you are good to go!

To mount the motherboard, I used the existing standoffs from the PowerMac G5 case (be careful here as there are two different heights of standoffs). Add in some JB weld on the base of them and a small coat around the outside of them it was ready to go. I used a GPU to line up where it goes in the case.

Now for the final assembly. I test fit a bunch of different hardware placements but what I ended up settling on was the PSU at the bottom mounted with double sided foam tape. All of the cables were then run up the front side of the case along the motherboard mounting tray and grouped together using zip ties. It is also important to know at this point I bought a cable from Black CH mods to use the existing IO on the front of the case with an ATX motherboard. Radiator at the front with pump/res combo unit mounted to it using the EK uni bracket. I secured the radiator to the front with car grade double sided emblem tape. If you have ever used this stuff you know it is not going anywhere. I reused the existing hard drive cage from the case and secured it to the top also using emblem tape.

One of the most important steps in this process is the running of tubes (since it is watercooled and all). There are only 4 tubes in this build thanks to the plethora of fittings I have in the case. I don't know if I listed them all but any time you do a hardline watercooled build it is important to have a handful of rotary 90s and dual rotary 90s on hand. I tried to do it without them in my last version of this build using the NZXT H440 and couldn't get my tubing runs to look like I wanted.

Fill up the system, leak check, then hook up the power and you are good to go. I added in a RGB light strip and hooked it up to the ASUS aura sync header for a little bit more color. This process was a long time coming and took almost a month from idea phase to final assembly.

I spent a long time without a working home PC but man was it worth it! Thanks for reading.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 5 points

Before you posted this I had literally JUST watched the YouTube video of your build. Twice. This thing is the epitome of beautiful! Well done.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!! Yeah the video was of the twin build to this. But I did work on both of them.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice step by step photos. Great job

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing Build! 1+! loved the video :D! there is not much to say else than this looks amazing!!! i dont know if apples os supports 1080Tis and you can use them to the full potential. But you had the hardware! Maybe ill subscirbe to you if you continue to upload those Videos Dom!!! :DD

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The build you saw in the video is actually different. These are actually twin system. I appreciate your comment though! You should for sure subscribe to Dom! Not only is he an awesome youtuber he is a really nice guy!!!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

wooooowwww.... i really thought you where him.... that is.... akward now xD

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha it is an honest mistake. These are two amazing builds and they are almost twins. Lol. I was the "guy on the couch" in the video. Also known as Dom's buddy Jacob. Lol. But you should subscribe to him anyways! lol.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

:D okay ill look into it. Maybe you could even tell him that many people (not only me) want more watercooled awesomeness- builds. And yes those builds really are amazing! i love the case i even tought about buying an old mac for that case so i could mod it like oyu guys. but i decided on the s340 elite :D

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I let him know. I enjoy working on projects like this with Dom. He is an awesome guy and always makes stuff go above and beyond when it comes to the videos! S340 elite is an awesome case. I considered it when I built my last version of this system. Ended up going with the H440 instead, but now that case is just sitting in my closet.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

This is Dom's build right? Either way its beautiful!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

No this is a twin to that system. Dom and I built these together. He is a good friend of mine. Glad you recognize it though!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah ok cool! OH yeah the guy on the couch... Never mind me I'm just a noob!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep. I am that guy! Lol.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job with the case mods and overall build. +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I was looking at the price difference between your build and mine. I figured the custom water loop, but 2 1440P monitors? Cool. I plan to add another 4K monitor. The 1080TI is a beastly card. good build.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah they are the ultrawide 3440x1440 monitors but they aren't the 100Hz ones unfortunately. Thanks for the good words about the build.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Just an FYI for the future, the Rust-oleum industrial enamel is WAY better than that home depot universal stuff....also, if you ever want the BEST possible, longest last coating in a spray can, use Rust-oleum Appliance Epoxy, the white Appliance Epoxy finishes like a professional powder coating it's so flawless.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the insight. I will keep it in mind!

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love for that too! Lol.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I considered doing a Mac pro but from everything I read the power Mac G5 would be easier. Check around for conversion guides on forums. That's where we got a ton of our inspiration.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Look for them on craigslist or offerup or some other classifieds posting website. I got two fully functioning PowerMac G5s for $100.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to find anything?

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately it can not. It runs it at 480p though.XD

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

On a serious note, it's kinda unreal how modern that game still looks on maxed settings on a high res (>=1440p) monitor for being over a decade old. At the time CryEngine was so far ahead of the competition it was kinda freaking ridiculous.

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