I'm about to buy a Mac Pro case to use it as an ATX/mATX case. But, I'm also considering doing the PowerMac G5. Either way, how would I go about getting the front panel to work? I have very little wiring experience, so it would be greatly appreciated if you could make it as simple as possible. I'm also not a huge fan of cutting out the back I/O panel. Is there anyone who could help?
This is my build. Feel free to recommend different parts; I haven't bought the parts yet.
Intel DZ77GA-70K ATX Motherboard EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked GPU Intel Core i7-3770K Processor LG BH12LS35 Lightscribe Blu-Ray Writer Western Digital 2TB HDD SanDisk 120GB SSD OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W PSU Kingston HyperX 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
Well there are several different front IO designes depending on the year of the case you get.
If you have an idea on the year of it then pointing you in the right direction on how to obtain or make your own cable will be easier. Aslo making your own fron cable assembly is really easy if you have all the right parts and tools to do so. On this forum there are some really good wiring guides for the different front panel hook ups.
As for your hardware, what are you installing OS X wise? SL Lion ML? I know I haven't seen that mobo floating about in any hack builds and with Intel Audio that might be a pain (not sure as I use Asus and Gigabyte X58 boards with realtek audio) and that ethernet you might be able to snag on OSx86.net. Everything else should be ok you just might have to fight a bit with that mobo but all in all you'll get OS X On it. I'd do a tad more research though and make sure power management and all that is oks as well.
Well when you snag the case and then pop a pic of that front panel connector I know you'll be pointed in the right direction. The front panels are kinda easy to do and there are guides made for all of them, just have to have the correct front I/O.
As for motherboards, Gigabyte is the easiest ones to set up but there are several to choose from. Your best bet is to choose one with native ethernet, sound and working power management. With all of that it makes installing OS X a tad easier. You also need to make sure that you don't get one with a locked bios and that you can set what is needed to be set.
Those boards are a recommended build on another site. I personally have not worked with or tested them. I do know first hand that they work via the people I work with. I personally have 2 X58 builds, Asus Sabertooth X58 and Gigabyte X58A-UD3R. To me they were both easy to set up and install and I started out with Snow Leopard and went from there. Both of those boards have fully functioning options and sleep works well.
Take your parts list and google out each part with hackintosh added and see how much info pops up for each thing and how easy or hard it was for others to set it up for OS X. Like your motherboard when I ran it in google, did not find a lot of hack info on it but that doesn't mean it wont work, just depends on how hard you have to fight to get it to work.
Oh man that front panel set up should be easy for you as there is a guide here for you to check out. It is pretty straight forward and if your somewhat knowledgeable wiring you should be able to wire it all up with no issues.
Sweet you got a guide for the mobo. I'd look but I have site issues there and my browser doesn't seem to work there lol.