How to Use the G5 Case to Build a Computer

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How to Use the G5 Case to Build a Computer
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Mac lovers may cry foul, but installing a custom PC into a hacked Power Mac G5 case creates a stunning new machine. This project is recommended for those who have prior experience in assembling custom PCs and creating case mods. The choice of the hardware you want to install is entirely up to you. As the components you remove from the G5 will likely be in good condition, consider whether or not you want to save them for a future project.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver set
  • Hole saw
  • PC components (motherboard, cooling fan, video card, sound card, etc.)

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  1. 1

    Use the screwdriver to remove the screws holding the case together. Place the screws in a small cup or dish to save them for later. Once all the case screws have been removed, open up the case.

  2. 2

    Remove all of the internal components. Start by disconnecting the wires leading to the fans and the motherboard. Remove the fans and the motherboard from the case once all wires have been disconnected. If you plan on reusing these components for another custom computer project, be very careful when removing them and store them in a clean, cool place.

  3. 3

    Use a hole saw to make room in the back of the case for the motherboard's ATX panel (the multicoloured panel containing all the ports for your monitor, keyboard, USB drives, etc.). Depending on the motherboard you are using, this may not be necessary. Measure and mark guidelines on your case before you begin cutting. The section that is cut out can be discarded.

  4. 4

    Mount your new components inside the case. As the G5 case was not designed for your custom hardware, you may need to get creative in making it all fit. Before you start installing hardware, you may want to measure the dimensions of each component and draw corresponding guidelines inside the case. This will help you to avoid running out of space.

  5. 5

    Reassemble the case. Your newly hacked G5 case mod is now ready to be hooked up to a monitor and

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