I had a good look around for a case prior to starting my project. I knew what a Power PC case felt like and that it was sturdy and made of aluminium which is a noble metal after all. I was after aesthetics too so looked for something that was at least as good as Apple’s.
I’m not a modder, never really put a single computer together before in my life so found it a bit disappointing that there are hardly any aesthetically interesting cases available on the market today. I mean, if you know of any do let me know ‘coz I may be putting another hackintosh together in the future.
Some of the ones I found were either plain and square, others looked like they came straight from Star Trek (which I’m not a big fan of by the way), some others were plain ugly and/or over the tome. Take a look at these ones for example:
On the other hand, I found a handful of cool custom made cases that I was intrigued with. Check these out for example:
I particularly fancy the kick drum one but only found it after I acquired my G5 case. Next time maybe.
So here’s what I did with this case of mine to make it compatible with my standard PC parts.
First of all, I stripped the whole thing down to the bare minimum. That was easy most of the time, although you need the appropriate screwdrivers to dismantle some of the parts. Still, it took me about a couple of hours.
Another fairly easy bit was attaching the PSU. Again, we took a metal part that came with the Mac and using an angle grinder cut out a big whole in it to accommodate the fan. Here the fan is blocked with a sheet of paper to prevent dust from getting inside. I’m not very proud of my job but it was the first time I ever used an angle grinder. You kind of get distracted by the red hot bits of metal flying around. Anyway, I got much better towards the end of the project.
Then, I tried to come up with a good way of attaching the motherboard to the case. This turned out to be the trickiest bit. Half way through I realised I could have used one of these trays to make my life easier without really increasing the cost.
Lian Li PC60 ATX Motherboard Tray
It took us at least a couple of futile attempts until we decided to reuse a part of metal sheet that came with the case. Also, my cousin kindly provided an old ATX case and we ripped out the motherboard mount. We also bought an aluminium angle profile to join the two parts together. Basically, we made a replica of Lian Li tray from leftover parts.
This is currently still work in progress so I’ll keep you posted on the final outcome.