Hi, I have a lot of spare PC parts so I thought of building a budget PC in a Mac case just like what aquamac and other modders here did. The only brand new part here is the motherboard. This project is not yet finished. I still have a lot to add and modify. I took photos of every step and I'll show it in my website once the project is done. The metal frame is from B&W G3 while the outer plastic shells and power board are from Gigabit Ethernet G4. The fan of the P4 heatsink is big and bulky so I replaced it with a thin Panaflo so I can close the door. As you can see, the CD drive is not present in the drive bay. I have to bend the drive cage support to give clearance to the RAM modules. Anyway, I won't be using the CD drive often so it's ok if its not there. I can always use an external one if I have to. I also routed the IDE cable under the logicboard. Although this board has SATA interface, I decided to use my spare ATA drives since this is a budget PC right? The exhaust fan on top was done using the aquamac method. I also used the Mac power board for power-on/off, reset and power on/off LED based on aquamac's Winmac. . I hope you like it. ;D The photos were during initial testing.
BTW, the Quicksilver in the photo is not a real QS. It's a Digital Audio in QS case. That "Digital Silver" will also undergo surgery once I'm done with this P4 project.
Looks to be coming along very nicely! This is a similar layout to Ritalins Hackintosh, where he used a laptop CD drive to avoid the ram modules, just in case you did want to incorporate a CD drive still.
What type is the motherboard? Will be interested to see this when it is complete, but it looks like you are making a real nice job of it!
Thanks aquamac. Ritalin's laptop CD drive is a nice one. I may consider that but really, I prefer not to put a CD since I will only use this PC for chatting with my PC using friends, and besides, there will be better air flow I guess. All my works are done in my Macs ;D.
here is the board I used. This was the cheapest Micro ATX for P4 I found.
One thing I like with this board is the mounting of audio ports. It is mounted vertically so it fits exactly the I/O panel of the Mac. If this is placed horizontally, I have to cut a portion of metal I/O panel.