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G5 Case Mod Hackintosh/Gaming PC

by raygan



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This is my Hackintosh/gaming PC, built inside a PowerMac G5 case with an interesting history. It was originally purchased by Microsoft in December, 2003, and was used as an Alpha Xbox 360 development kit running a custom version of Windows NT. It was then sold (or possibly rented) to EA Chicago, developers of the Def Jam fighting game franchise.

EA Chicago closed in November 2007, and from there the machine somehow found its way to Saint Louis where it eventually ended up in my possession. By this point it was largely unusable, but the case was still in good shape, so I decided to modify it into a case for my Hackintosh!

It now contains a Gigabyte GA-z77x-UD5H motherboard and an Intel i5 3570K CPU, as well as a Gigabyte GeForce GTX670 GPU. It dual boots Mac OS X 10.8 and Windows 7 from dual SSDs, and also sports a pair of 1TB storage HDDs.

I recently added a second monitor to my setup and the 670 drives both screens beautifully.

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IamApropos 3 Builds 3 points 59 months ago

awesome build!! Love the look of that case. Though I'd keep my eye on that OCZ psu that brand is known to go out and take parts with them. Other known reliable brands are nearly the same prices.

DjArtifact 6 points 55 months ago

OCZ PSUs are fine. I remember Linus saying that OCZ PSUs were in the top 3 lowest return rates of PSUs sold at NCIX.

IamApropos 3 Builds -7 points 55 months ago

way to bring up a 3 month old post...

lol believe what you want, I've had a lot of personal experience with them. And of course Linus is going to promote them he's their product manager. Most people when buying a cheap product wont return it they just buy another because it costs nearly as much to pay for shipping and yes the customer is responsible to pay for the shipping cost when RMA'ing their PSU. After I watched linus live show where he promoted OCZ power supplies I actually asked him which ones specifically and he said ONLY the ZX series and said because they are OEMed by a company called "Great Wall", which on a lot of sites such as TomsHardare doesn't have a good reputation. This site I'll link bellow has 2 OCZ PSUs on the lemon list and I've seen quite a few melt down and take other components with them: http://www.johnnylucky.org/power-supplies/psu-lemon-list.html

My biggest thing about the OCZ products isn't totally that I've seen way to many of their products die its the fact that for nearly the same price you can get better quality products or maybe just slightly more expensive.

raygan submitter 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago

Thanks for the heads up. I had never heard that about OCZ PSUs. I think I'll risk it for now, but I've learned a lot about PSUs lately and if I ever decide to upgrade I'll go for a different brand.

TheCanadianGamer16 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

ive had my system using a OCZ ModXStream PRO 600W with a FX-6100 and HD7970 for over a year, and an APU system before that without a problem, i could use some more connectors but its 80+ Bronze and it works fine.

IamApropos 3 Builds -1 points 53 months ago

(Edited) I'm sure your system works fine. I've had a lot of experience, hands on real world experience dealing with a lot of their products and from my experience they aren't worth the risk. Just because your one or two build experiences are working great doesn't invalidate the many that I've personally seen turn out horribly when compared to the other many builds with quality products not have the same track record.

TheCanadianGamer16 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

dude, ive been building computers for years, i know what im doing, im just saying from all the OCZ PSU's ive used, ive never heard anything bad about them, this is the first time ive heard something bad

IamApropos 3 Builds -1 points 53 months ago

I apologize I really didn't intend for that reply to come off as condescending though re reading it, it certainly did. It is nearly impossible to know how much experience most people have and assuming their experienced based off their completed list here doesn't work. I was merely trying to indicate I have a lot of experience with that product and many, many other manufacturers as well. Being a computer consultant I deal with anywhere from 5-20+ computer builds a month give or take. Some of those builds I've displayed on my website. I'm use to dealing with builders who have a lot of forum based knowledge but very limited hands on knowledge so I apologize for responding in that manner.

TheCanadianGamer16 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

not a problem, i understand, i just built a 3770K 680 build with a fractal integra R2 PSU 750W, i actually had to buy a molex to sata adapter cause it didn't come with enough on the psu, only had 3 HDD's 1 SSD, and two Blu-ray's, kinda stupid for being 750W, i guess il stick with corsair, silverstone or seasonic from now on

jonjonjon 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

how smoothly did the mac os install go? any problems with hardware/driver compatibility?

raygan submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

All the parts I used were recommended on tonymacx86.com, and I used their Unibeast/Multibeast method for the OSX install. It was nearly as easy as installing OSX on an Apple Mac.

Xareh 4 Builds 1 point 59 months ago


Spirafall 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

This is my first time seeing a Hackintosh. v_v It's so pretty.

raygan submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Check out tonymacx86.com for more info about building Hackintoshes and running OSX on off the shelf PC hardware.

mousseng 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

That is just obscenely pretty - even the interior. It doesn't look like there's any room for cable management, which is a shame - but still, that's awesome. I think it's curious they rotated the motherboard tray like that.

raygan submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

I've re-cabled since these pics were taken, which helped a lot. I was able to run most of the cable mess up behind the HDD caddy. Unfortunately there's not really any room behind the motherboard tray, but it's still looking pretty good inside and out. Lots of twist-ties were employed. :-)

Invictus350 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Sweet case. Love the history on it too.

rhandyrhoads 5 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Amazing build. Love the way Macs look so combining a hackintosh and a pc and still getting the looks of a Mac is amazing.

raygan submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Building a machine like this was a dream of mine for several years, but I never thought I would be able to do it. I had seen Mac case mods online for years, but always thought it would be too difficult for me to pull off. I had never done a hardware mod of any kind. This year, though, few happy accidents brought things together for me.

The G5 came to me as a swap with a friend (gave him my beautiful old G4 tower), I started getting into PC gaming and wanted to build a better rig, and I discovered Hackintoshing from tonymacx86.com. I also stumbled across this page which was a great resource, and linked to a very easy to follow guide by tonymacx86 user eelhead, which showed how to use a pre-made motherboard tray in a G5 case, making the process much easier. A friendly guy at a flea market sold me an old jigsaw and gave me tips about cutting through aluminum, and I bought a refurbished electric drill online, which makes me feel like somebodys Dad every time I pick it up.

It all just sort of started coming together over the course of the year, and before I knew it I had it built. I still grin every time I look at it, and I love to take the side panel off and show it off. (The latched side panel is the thing that made me fall in love with the G5 cases in the first place.)

TestBuilds 1 point 59 months ago

Not gonna lie, although I'd never pay for a mac, that's a nice case. Show that to your Apple friends, and they'll be jealous, especially with that GTX 670.

raygan submitter 1 Build 4 points 58 months ago

I love Macs, and frankly if Apple made a Mac Pro that was anywhere near my pricerange and would work as a gaming PC, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. This was a close second in my book.

That said, my Apple love revolves around two things: their hardware design and Mac OS X. This machine (sort of) has both, plus I get the satisfaction of a self-build and the customization of a proper gaming PC build. I'm extremely pleased with it.

sethi 1 point 54 months ago

where on earth did you find that case?

ItsJxzza 1 point 51 months ago

I would pay so much for this...

lt-smith 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

mac, monster version

raygan submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

It is indeed a monster. It slays graphics benchmarks and games.

lt-smith 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

amen, this is an amazing machine but i don't think the case is worthy of holding it. XD the ghost of the mac hardware may haunt the circuits of your gpu.

raygan submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

On the contrary. The PowerMac G5 holds a special place in my heart. If its ghost is haunting my machine it can only make it more awesome. Like a ghost pirate haunting an aircraft carrier.

KingOFCRuel_ 1 point 50 months ago

How's the SSD? looking into buying it

raygan submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I've had no issues with it.

SirCoolo 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Great use for the case. I actually have a dead G5 at my feet right now!

VXAce 1 point 48 months ago

Nice! It's a case with a story behind it, I have a G3 case that I want to do the same with.

sujupwns 1 point 47 months ago

what case is that <333

PigeonLord3639 1 point 33 months ago

Bruh its a Mac G5 case

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Just came across this.nicely done.