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Also seen here on my personal website: http://www.design4paragon.com/power-mac-reloaded.html First glance of Apple computer was around 1999 when i was still in high school, and it was the iMac G3 with color transparent shell. It just looks amazing, still does today, but I never got a chance to touch or use it. Then I went to college to study industrial design, and one of our professors like Apple's design a lot, and talked about Apple highly all the time. He had a Powerbook G4 Titanium. In my junior year, our new campus was established, and we were given a digital media design lab with all Apple desktops. I was the monitor of my class, and I bargained with my professor to have class on digital media design in the new lab; he agreed. For a whole semester and summer, we were using Powermac G4 Quicksilver models. Back then, we also had all Cinema Display with Powermac G4. For use who all used CRT monitors, this is light, thin, vivid. Yes it cannot adjust angle and stuff as today's standards, but CRT users don't adjust angles much, period. We also received a Sony DV Cam to shoot. It was not the one-hand-operating one; it is the ones media used 11 years ago on people's shoulders. I believe people still put them on shoulders. TA told me it cost the same as a VW Polo. I like to take things apart, but not that DV Cam. Powermac G4 on the other hand, did not escape. In 2000 to 2004, computer case design was a lot different from today's criteria. There was no cable management grommets, routing behind motherboard tray, not even motherboard try. Most PSU still run with 80mm fan on the back as exhaust, and rarely some models use 120mm bottom mounted fan as intake. You don't see thumb screws on side panel often either. I had a magnetic screw driver on my table all the time in college. This Powermac G4 is different, just pull the handle and everything is right in front of you. IDE cable can be used like ribbon, folded 90 degree turns everywhere. Simplicity itself is not simple. It is still very hard to see any case design has better style and more detailed touches, even in today's market. look at that IDE cable on the right hand side. Yes thick bezels. Would you use this for 3 screen surround? Power and digital signal run in the same cable, as we all know here. That is why I didn't buy this monitor for this Hackintosh build.
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