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  1. Hello everyone! I suppose it is about time that I unvieled the project that I have been working on for about 3 weeks now. I present to you the victim... This particular powermac G4 was on the way to the scrap heap when I rescued him. I have never really liked macs, and so I am going to enjoy tearing this one apart and building it into a usable windows machine. I originally planned to strip paint off of the inside of the case, but as you will see, it isn't fun and doesn't look all that great. So anyways, let's clean her up... I don't think you need any of that... Important! I need to save a few crucial parts from my tear-down. First will be the front panel connectors. My friend Design for Paragon helped me immensely with his guide on how to properly re-wire this connection so it will work on a standard motherboard. He also helped me by sending me some motherboard standoffs that he used in his build here. In addition, the power supply is an important piece to save. Depending on my configuration, I may choose to buy a small form factor power supply that actually can fit within the original housing, therefore eliminating some problems. (need to check if feasible though). So onward! This time, I get to have fun trying to get this daayumn paint off. Well, this looks fun... Super clean! might actually work if you don't dilute it like I did... So... long ...really... long story short, this is a pain in the butt. I tried sandpaper, steel wool, acetone and a steel wire attachment for a drill (that was fun lol), but they all seemed to have their own problems. Sandpaper and the steel wire scratched the plastic to hell, and acetone took forever and left the paint in sort of a grey residue. I did the front and top panel and painted them after a combo of these methods got them almost black. However, once the paint dried, I knew it simply wasn't worth it. There were blemishes and scratch marks from prior abuse (lived in a school for crying out loud). So I decided (at the time of posting this actually) to forego my idea and simply coat the outer shell in whatever colors I decide. This has another benifit. The apple logo on the side of the case can not be removed, and this allows me to paint over it or cover it in another way. For your viewing displeasure... AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW? All that paint scrubbing took up like the past two weeks of my life and I just decided to undo all that work. Oh well, live and learn. So a few things... 1. Do you think I should go for a matte finish to contrast with that sexy mirror dual 5.25" door?2. I just realized I haven't talked about why this thing is going to be star wars themed?!?!?!3. Recommendations for hardware? (no I don't think water cooling) SO WHY STAR WARS?Well for one, It's awesome. And more informatively, it is one of my favorite movie series. Ever. I grew up watching these movies and I love sci-fi in general. One problem you may have noticed is the lack of windows in this design. The side panel can't be used due to the motherboard being mounted on in and the other side panel houses the power supply! How could you possibly remedy this situation?! In my sleep-deprived mind at about 12pm a few nights ago, I finally figured it out. Basically, the top of the case is relatively debris free.As you can see, there is a nice open area, good for airflow. That bottom cage had a fan mounted in it, but it can be removed if necessary. Still not catching on? I plan to cut a rectangle (with rounded edges) through the top of the case (plastic and metal) and cover the opening with some sort of clear acrylic. After that, I plan to angle a mirror located along the bottom of the case that reflects the image of the motherboard and GPU back up at you. Ironically, in physics class the next day we started our unit on mirrors and lenses. Tell me what you guys think! :) P.S. I kinda am crazy/creative
  2. I used to be working on a CM Storm Stryker project - I'll post the link here so that someone could just shut the thread down, delete if you guys feel like it. This is the ongoing project! It's still Star Wars themed, just instead of the "newer" Galactic Empire, I'm going for the older Sith Empire theme. >>>>>>Please delete/close this thread since it's no longer active!<<<<< I ordered a Bitfenix Prodigy, color is "Passion Red". It was the first case I saw that just ....spoke to me! I saw it for the first time in Click here for gallery My theme is "Sith Empire" - hence the Red case. I'll be adding a new custom front panel, which gives better ventilation and has the Sith Empire symbol airbrushed on it. Let's talk components, shall we? As I've already said, I'm planning on getting a good enough motherboard, so I could upgrade my components freely for the next couple of years (hopefully). I am going to, however, get the best out of my water cooling loop. Motherboard: EVGA Z77 Stinger, mITX CPU: Inter i5-3570k, 3.4GHz, Socket 1155 Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 7970 GHz Edition, 2GB GDDR5 Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB, Dual channel DDR3 Power Supply: Corsair HX Series HX750 Power Supply I will NOT be using a dvd, blu-ray or whatever 5.25'' drive. I've moved on to strictly USB and it's worked out for me so far. Here are the water cooling components I'll be using, feel free to correct me on some of them if you find something better. I have no experience in liquid cooling, but I am eager to learn! CPU Block: EK Supremacy GPU Block: EK-FC7870 - Nickel Radiators: 1x HL Black Ice GTS240 and 1x Phobya 200 Xtreme (or a double GT240 Stealth < current plan, depends on how much space I have when I get the case) Pump: Laing D5 (probably with a Bitspower Modkit) Reservoir: Bitspower Multi-Option Z-Multi 250mm Fittings: I don't want to rush this, as I think it's one of the most important things. I will be going with Bitspower for sure. Tubing: Bitspower Crystal Link for the entire loop. Coolant: Mayhems Pastel Red with Clear/UV Red dye. (Mayhems Aurora Tharsis Red, will get samples of both and decide on the go) As far as case lighting goes, I'll be using UV Cold Cathode lights (White cathodes/LEDS if I go with the Aurora coolant) to light everything up. Fans: Now as case cooling comes, I'll use the two supplied fans with the case to move air inside the case, but what I'll be using for the radiators is this: Corsair AF120, Quiet Edition, Red color. These will match my color scheme perfectly. As far as fan grill go, I'll have my own laser cut (still not decided on material, maybe a suggestion?). Front Panel has been designed. I'll be using a custom panel bought from Overclockers, then sent over to Dave from Rigmods Hardware to have the design done. As far as cable sleeving goes, it's going to be red and black, still not decided on a patter so I'll work it on the go ^^ I think that pretty much wraps it up. I hope I can get my case within the next two weeks! In the mean time, if you guys have any idea, suggestions, critiques (I encourage those!) PLEASE feel free to share them. I'll keep you guys updated as soon as I have new information, components updates and what not. Cheers guys!
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