Description

UPDATE (2019_09_01): A few things have changed recently

Ryzen 5 1600 has been upgraded to a 3600
Gigabyte board has been replaced with an ASRock B450 board
1050Ti has been replaced with an RX480 4GB

This machine now also runs MacOS Mojave (10.14.5) The parts list & gallery will be updated once time permits. Temperatures will also be updated along with benchmarking results.

Replacement for my aging Early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" to be primarily used as a photo-editing workstation that will be housed in a 2004 Power Mac G5 case. Many thanks to David Chugg at The Laser Hive for excellent craftsmanship & exemplary customer service.

Part Reviews

CPU

able to successfully overclock to 3.77GHz on stock voltage.

CPU Cooler

very cool & quiet all-in-one cooler. delay in installation as i had to wait for AM4 bracket to become available from Cooler Master

Motherboard

very good B-class board that provides everything an enthusiast needs. no issues during installation or through usage. PCB is a bit of a sickly brown color.

Memory

very speedy RAM that was initially clocked at 2133 MHz but ran at correct speeds after XMP was enabled. RAM did not being overclocked at all under stock voltages & timings.

Storage

runs at SATA3 speeds, which is quick enough for my application

Video Card

extremely quiet card that exceeds my expectations

Power Supply

modular & small, gets the job done. have yet to see the fan spin down to 0 RPM, but could just be my application.

Case Fan

a bit noisy a regular speeds but much more tolerable when throttled down. still moves a large amount of air at low speeds.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

IMO its not a mac without an Intel CPU (and an AMD Gpu of course)

(This is a joke)

  • 29 months ago
  • 5 points

I guess I fell victim to Apple's philosophy: think different

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same case and i want to do the same thing. great job!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! i highly recommend browsing the items in the shop at the Laser Hive. David was a great help during my build. https://www.thelaserhive.com/product-category/g5conv/

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the PowerMac cases, especially when they're modified with beafy PC components. Awesome work.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks. i hope these components last me a while. maybe i'll go higher spec in the future when it's time to upgrade.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I have been thinking of buying one of these powermac g5's from ebay, just for this purpose. Sick! +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Browse your local electronics recycle. These aren't worth anything. Especially the non-functioning ones.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I can not find an electronics recycle near me, the one that there is, never has anything

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks. good luck finding a case for your build. I've had mine for almost 10 yrs now, bought second-hand from a friend.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, I looked on craigslist, and there are none near here, except one, which is $400

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I love that kind of mod with G5

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks! I visited a lot of forums & got a lot of ideas before beginning this build.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Great upgrade in an awesome case.

Thumbs up.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! it's such a great looking case, it was a shame to let it continue collecting dust. I'm glad so many others documented their builds elsewhere for me to get inspiration from.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude that's sick. Well done on the mods as well!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! It was so much fun doing it & I'm very pleased with the result.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I hate apple

but I have to admit, I do love that case.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not a fan of the current Apple, but you do have to give them credit for some of the designs they had in the past.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

preach it brother

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks. appreciate the support

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

But a hackintosh... that would be sick.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

i had considered it as i had a hackintosh before, but since i'll be keeping the MBP around, i wanted to reacquaint myself with Windows again

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Am I looking at it upside down or is that just how Mac cases are ??? Cool idea I like it

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, Mac Pros where inverted. Door was on the right side instead of the left.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I'm considering covering up some of the logos so it doesn't look confusing.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks like a great build @jon_peter . How about actual performance for the photo editing?? Love to hear that. Because I'm also planning to build a beast like this.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

coming from a 2011 MacBook Pro, it's night & day. much quicker imports into Lightroom & little to no delay when making edits. the few times i have stressed the CPU, the entire PC still remains very quiet despite the water pump working to keep everything cool.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks jon