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Yet Another PC-Mac Case Mod

pudge posted more than 10 years ago | from the but-this-one-is-cool dept.

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JayPee writes "Fortunately, this mod doesn't involve destroying a brand new G5 for its shell. (And yes, I know the G5 was a "hoax"). Instead, the modder used an old Macintosh SE case for his gaming computer. While I'm sad that he wasn't able to use the old black and white display in conjunction with the LCD, I'm still amazed that he was able to deal with the heat issues that I'm assuming would pop up by stuffing a higher end PC and video card in a Mac SE case." This mod is technically impressive, and looks great.

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First Mod (5, Insightful)

X-wes (629917) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530570)

This article says that the designer of this case mod is actually doing his first ever mod. Considering how unique this idea is, it's amazing it went so well. It really looks quite amazing.

Re:First Mod (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530617)

I really like the retro look. Except the blue light, which is ugly retro. So two years ago.

SO VERY WRONG (0, Funny)

Alan Partridge (516639) | more than 10 years ago | (#8531988)

It never ceases to depress me...

If these guys have such low self-esteem that they have to PRETEND that their PCs are Macs then there's really very little hope left for them.

DON'T let it happen to you.

Buy a REAL Mac tomorrow.

Re:First Mod (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8536140)

OH FUCK DO MACS EVAR ROXXOR!!!!!!!!!2

I'm cumming I'm cumming I'm cumming

I'm cumming
I'm cumming
I'm cumming
I'm cumming

Re:First Mod (1)

SphericalCrusher (739397) | more than 10 years ago | (#8539081)

Yeah, I'm very impressed with it. That's one bad ass computing machine with a bad ass case! Hopefully we'll see more and more Mac mods.

Re:First Mod (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8545717)

MACs are more than perfect LIKE THEY ARE from the APPLE STORE !!!! And the GREATEST SYSTEM IS OS X! [apple.com]

Mods are for people who hate Macs and think they are smarter than Steve jobs... and you are NOT!!

So do not "mess with prefection!!!!!"

Re:First Mod (2, Insightful)

SphericalCrusher (739397) | more than 10 years ago | (#8549641)

There is nothing wrong with taking the system, making the performance specs better, and changing the way it looks. Maybe YOU don't like the idea, but that doesn't make it a STUPID idea.

Re:First Mod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8549758)

MACs are more than perfect LIKE THEY ARE from the APPLE STORE !!!!

No, they aren't.

And the GREATEST SYSTEM IS OS X!

No, it isn't

Mods are for people who hate Macs and think they are smarter than Steve jobs... and you are NOT!!

Yes, I am.

So do not "mess with prefection!!!!!"

I won't. I like myself just the way I am.

risky HD placement? (5, Informative)

inio (26835) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530586)

I would have second thoughts before strapping the HDD to the side of the PSU...

MACs susx!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530746)

The CrApple MACinTrash running MAC OS uX!!! by CrApple CEO Steven Polish BloJobs!!

Re:MACs susx!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8531408)

TEH CraPP WindBLOWS is TEH WarST OparATinG SysTEM EVAR! And you're obviously not too smart.

Re:risky HD placement? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530834)

Yup. Attaching magnetic field sensitive device to magnetic field generating gizmo is never good idea. He will figure it out the hard way.

Re:risky HD placement? (4, Insightful)

Greedo (304385) | more than 10 years ago | (#8532818)

I also got the shivers from this part:

I got a 400W power supply that I spray-painted black ...

That's just asking for trouble, I think. Unless he used some heat-resistant paint, this machine is going to make some nasty fumes.

Re:risky HD placement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548822)

Oh come on, it's easy enough to get some high-temp Charcoal Grill-style paint, most every hardware store stocks that stuff.

I'd shiver if he didn't completely disassemble the case before spraying it.

Anyone know the dialectric value for high-temp paint?

Re:risky HD placement? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8532768)

Why? Your psu isn't going to bother it, honestly nobody seems to know anything about magnetic fields OR their computer components anymore. Have you ever taken apart a hard drive? There are EXTREMELY powerful magnets in there. It's true that you can't leave a floppy next to a magnet, it's not true for hard drives.

Re:risky HD placement? (2, Informative)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#8536944)

Back in 1997 Hewlett Packard actually sold units where the hard drive was nested right on top of the PSU. I'm still having nightmares involving hard drives on their death throes.

Akihabara (5, Interesting)

jetfuel (755102) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530593)

I came across something similar in Akihabara a couple of years ago: http://context.metalbat.com/index.pl?671 The i/30 is an SE/30 fitted with a G3 mobo and with the B&W CRT replaced by a TFT. Excellent.

Re:Akihabara (4, Insightful)

Mad_Fred (530564) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530666)

That's the real deal! I don't get all that impressed when people don't integrate the screen into a machine like this. Sure, it's good work getting everything into an enclosure of specific dimensions, but if you don't get a screen in it's still just that: an odd box.

Re:Akihabara (2, Interesting)

Golias (176380) | more than 10 years ago | (#8575974)

I could not agree more.

Whether you are talking about an old Macintosh, a jewelry box, a tool case, whatever... If you are just going to use it as the plastic walls around your garden-variety PC, your project is slightly less interesting than making a bong out of it.

Re:Akihabara (1)

kimagine (691321) | more than 10 years ago | (#8606971)

What are you considering a garden variety PC? What do you consider a tool case? Please enlighten me. Brandyn, If this is you, please enlighten me more. I am your voicemail. MAG

Re:Akihabara (2, Informative)

colinleroy (592025) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530697)

The screen looks photoshopped in the upper edges, and just putting some USB keyboard in front of it isn't enough. I'd had been impressed if the mod was detailed, but I, too, can claim to put a bi-g5 in my powerbook 100, with just a photo starring said powerbook powered off...

Re:Akihabara (2, Interesting)

jetfuel (755102) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530765)

The screen looks photoshopped in the upper edges, and just putting some USB keyboard in front of it isn't enough. I'd had been impressed if the mod was detailed, but I, too, can claim to put a bi-g5 in my powerbook 100, with just a photo starring said powerbook powered off...
Why would I fake this? 1. Photochop a G3 + SE/30 mod and post on my photoblog claiming that some random store made it. 2. Wait 2 years, then link to it on Slashdot. 3. ???

Re:Akihabara (2, Informative)

owlicks58 (560207) | more than 10 years ago | (#8537524)

I'm not saying you faked this, but as someone who uses photoshop every single day and my job is retouching pictures I can tell you that screen is fake. It's a bad fake at that. The color is far too uniform, a real screen would have much more light reflected. Not to mention it's wider at the top than it is at the bottom, look at the width of the monitor compared to the side of the case. And yes, the most obvious is the top corners from the old monitor showing through, even the bottom corners had a poor job done on them. I'm sure it was faked by someone else.

Re:Akihabara (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538539)

The screen is a TFT (like a Powerbook). They don't reflect much light. Also, it looks like they had to dremel the egdes of the screen in order to make it fit (the original screen was much more recessed). No surprise it's not even.

You're wrong.

Re:Akihabara (1)

jetfuel (755102) | more than 10 years ago | (#8539483)

I took this picture with my own camera. That means I saw this Mac with my own eyes. If you are suggesting that someone used Photoshop to fake a physical object sitting on a table in a store, we might be in more trouble than I'd originally thought.

Re:Akihabara (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8546149)

Here's the store.
http://www.nextro.com/nextro/english/i30.h tml
It was featured in Wired Magazine a while back too.

Re:Akihabara (2, Interesting)

Rand Race (110288) | more than 10 years ago | (#8531879)

Any idea what screen it is using? I've been looking for a LCD or even a color CRT that would fit the SE/30's opening without major modification to the case or fitting a smaller LCD (like this [mini-itx.com] ) for a while now.

hmmm (2, Funny)

Apreche (239272) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530599)

I just brought me home my apple //gs and my mac plus. I'm a gettin' some unhealthy ideas maybe...

Re:hmmm (1)

Foo2rama (755806) | more than 10 years ago | (#8537500)

hmmm Things to do with the old apple II clone and IIgs in my garage. Although a part of me wants to hold onto the IIGS as a potential collectors item. But that old commie 64 case might have enough room... I wonder how the keyboard was wired in that.

From the looks of it (4, Informative)

freaksta (524994) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530631)

It would appear he is running WindowsXP.

Should use Objectdock (1)

HoneyBunchesOfGoats (619017) | more than 10 years ago | (#8534766)

He should junk the Windows XP shell and add ObjectDock [stardock.com] , which does a pretty fair job of emulating the feel of the OS X dock. That'd really throw people for a a loop when they saw it...

Re:Should use Objectdock (2, Interesting)

Brandybuck (704397) | more than 10 years ago | (#8535446)

Or KDE with Baghira and KSmoothdock...

Re:Should use Objectdock (2, Informative)

System.out.println() (755533) | more than 10 years ago | (#8544293)

Objectdock = Windows XP
Baghira = I don't have a fucking clue
KSmoothDock = Linux

As one of the other posters noted, it appears he would like to play some games on it.

Nice job, except for ESD controls (3, Funny)

Halvard (102061) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530788)

Appearance: wow, great job! But it looks like you want a static display piece! Nice job laying out all your hard work on the carpet. Next time, uh, lay it out on a work bench, ESD matt, etc. It'll last longer, you'll hopefully have fewer problems, etc.

What is this, (5, Funny)

Stigmata669 (517894) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530823)

a reverse rice rocket?

I guess the owner wants to shock you with his very slow looking Yugo that can do a 10 second quarter mile.

369 fps on Quake3 may not be enough to brag to your buddies, but maybe it just looks that much better when it comes from a case that held a 30mhz mac.

Re:What is this, (4, Informative)

tiktokfx (699424) | more than 10 years ago | (#8531835)

Actually, the SE was only 8 MHz.

Re:What is this, (2, Informative)

CuriHP (741480) | more than 10 years ago | (#8535929)

This is an SE/30, the successor to the original SE. It had completely different innards.

Re:What is this, (5, Informative)

tiktokfx (699424) | more than 10 years ago | (#8536120)

No, it isn't. The mod is clearly of an SE. There are two floppy slots. The SE/3000 refers to the fact that it has a 3GHz processor in it. Also, even if it were an SE/30, it's still not an original 30MHz computer. SE/30's were 16 MHz 680THIRTIES.

Stealth is the way to go. (1)

dbirchall (191839) | more than 10 years ago | (#8534753)

Reverse rice rockets are the best... that's what made the Dodge Omni GLH-S so cool. A clunky-looking little econobox that ran in the low teens at the drag strip [dragtimes.com] .

Here in Hawaii, there are tons of "riced" Hondas and other imports (and "dumbestics" too, I've seen some truly horrible things done to a Dodge Stratus sedan). I've got a bog-standard totally-stock Accord, but maybe someday I'll get one of those gizmos that makes fusion from tiny bubbles (hey, wasn't that a Don Ho song??) and a flux capacitor, and...

Well, I can dream, can't I?

Re:What is this, (3, Informative)

redJag (662818) | more than 10 years ago | (#8534817)

by the way, the term for "reverse rice rocket" is sleeper. Lot's of people do it (cars that are wicked fast but don't look it).

Interesting (2, Interesting)

Cthefuture (665326) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530842)

A pretty nicely done mod. Of course no matter how good it is there will be something to criticize.

My problem is with the CDROM. Ugh, it looks horrible in there. He should've either decased the CDROM (so all you see is the door), used a laptop style thin drive, or best would have been to use an old iMac drive.

Right now it looks out of place on an otherwise decent design. I've never seen an Apple with a big 'ol dorky CDROM drive shoved in like that.

Re:Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8550172)

Yeah -- clean lines, accurate cuts, well thought design. Hmmmph! He should have put some real effort into it like this:

http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/wraithse/images /w raithse0001L.jpg

Sacrilage!!! (-1, Redundant)

theloki42 (601913) | more than 10 years ago | (#8531468)

Windoze in a Mac?! That's blasphemy!

Re:Sacrilage!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8533912)

Your anus isn't stretched out enough to fit a mayonnaise jar in it yet?! That's blasphemy!

Interesting, but... (3, Funny)

quecojones (108609) | more than 10 years ago | (#8531812)

I would've been more impressed if he'd managed to put a dual G5 in there (to keep the whole Mac thing going). :)

G5 was a "hoax"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8532333)

I think I missed this one.

How was it hoax?

Re:G5 was a "hoax"? (4, Informative)

Nick of NSTime (597712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8532430)

The G5 wasn't a hoax. The submitter was referring to the recent brouhaha about a guy who stripped the internals out of his G5 and replaced them with not-so-great PC components. It turned out to be a hoax.

Re:G5 was a "hoax"? (3, Funny)

b-baggins (610215) | more than 10 years ago | (#8533027)

Yeah, right. Snotty kid brags about turning a G5 into a PC, gets about 30,000 emails, many of them variations on the theme of: You are a total idiot, and a few days later, said kid comes out and says: Uh, it was just a hoax, guys, I didn't really do it.

Uh-huh. Sure.

Re:G5 was a "hoax"? (1)

goon america (536413) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538306)

guy who stripped the internals out of his G5

No, the whole point was that he really didn't strip anything out of it; he got a hold of an empty G5 case display and used that.

Re:G5 was a "hoax"? (0)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 10 years ago | (#8539076)

I wonder how he got a hold of a G5 case when apple keeps such strict and tight hold of spare parts like that.

Re:G5 was a "hoax"? (1)

Nick of NSTime (597712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8543332)

You're wrong. He said his parents bought him the G5 and he didn't want a Mac, so he pulled out all of its guts and "gave" them to a friend. He liked the G5 case so he turned it into a PC.

That was his story, anyway.

Re:G5 was a "hoax"? (1)

GizmoToy (450886) | more than 10 years ago | (#8589599)

Yea, except you're wrong. Go back to the overclocker's site where it was posted. You'll see his admission of the ruse - he obtained an empty G5 case and used that. There were no guts to pull out.

Nice peripherals, sort of (3, Informative)

Stargoose (556593) | more than 10 years ago | (#8532377)

The Apple monitor and keyboard sort of make sense, if you reason that he wants to make a Windows box look like a Mac, but I kind of think the theme gets muddled: PC in old Mac case, with new Apple monitor and two-year-old Apple keyboard.

On the other hand, using a PC monitor and keyboard probably wouldn't have looked any nicer. Anyone know how PC hardware handles the special keys (command, option) on Apple keyboards?

Re:Nice peripherals, sort of (5, Informative)

prockcore (543967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8532608)

Anyone know how PC hardware handles the special keys (command, option) on Apple keyboards?

I have an Apple Pro Keyboard hooked up to my PC. Option is Alt, Command is the Windows Key.

Re:Nice peripherals, sort of (3, Informative)

dbirchall (191839) | more than 10 years ago | (#8534514)

My wife took her Pro Keyboard to work, since she couldn't stand the craptastic one on the PC there. Works fine. I suspect the volume up, down, and off keys, eject key and F13-F16 on my G5's keyboard would be confusing to a PC, though.

Oh, and since prockcore didn't spell it out, the "Command" key is the one with the apple and the cloverleaf on it, if anyone's confused.

Re:Nice peripherals, sort of (4, Informative)

prockcore (543967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8534874)

I suspect the volume up, down, and off keys, eject key and F13-F16 on my G5's keyboard would be confusing to a PC, though.

Actually, volume up,down,off and eject all work under Linux. I think volume up and down work in Windows, but eject doesn't.

And F13-F15 map directly to Print Screen, Scroll Lock, and Pause.

It does take some getting used to though, because the "windows" key and alt are swapped.

Not quite... (1)

Trillan (597339) | more than 10 years ago | (#8555188)

F13-F15 do not map very reliably. I don't know why they shouldn't, but F13=PrintScreen in particular was highly problematic on my Apple keyboard. I had to plug the PS2-type keyboard back in or install software to get screenshots for documentation.

Speaking of mods (4, Interesting)

Pope (17780) | more than 10 years ago | (#8536242)

Not so much a casemod, but a guy over on MacNN put a neon kit in his G5 and runs with the panel off. Linky [macnn.com]

Can't say I'm a fan of people who make their cases light up ( I think it's a waste of time and money, frankly), but why not try something no one else has?

nice rendering (4, Interesting)

tholomyes (610627) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538574)

either they took a lot of time and care with the photos, or they're very nice renderings. either way, it looks nifty. but, somehow, unreal.

it'd be nice if it didn't light up, too, and you could just tuck its nice small case away to do be a file/print server. good size for that sort of thing.

How sad... (1, Interesting)

oldosadmin (759103) | more than 10 years ago | (#8539467)

Killing a piece of computer history is horrible... Instead of killing the machine, donate it to science or something. Just DON'T TRASH HISTORY. Please.

I am proud owner of a Mac Classic, which will -not- be destroyed.

Re:How sad... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8540165)

If a mac SE is a piece of history, I got a museum in my basement.

Re:How sad... (1)

Chris_Jefferson (581445) | more than 10 years ago | (#8542107)

Seriously.. who would want a mac classic? I have 6 lying in a cupboard somewhere, and one day I'll get around to throwing all but one of them away because no-one wants them. Just because something is old doesn't automatically make it worth keeping around you know

Re:How sad... (2, Funny)

TheDredd (529506) | more than 10 years ago | (#8542325)

quite right.

The Mac Plus is however a different story, and I have my Mac Plus (fully functional, and still capable of playing Dark Castle), stashed somewhere safe! Those babies are going to be worth something someday, and if I'm lucky it's going to be worth the same amount of $$ I payed for the bastard

Re:How sad... (3, Informative)

capmilk (604826) | more than 10 years ago | (#8544130)

Remember "Back to the Future" part 2? There was a Mac Plus in the antiques shop, right next to Gray's Sports Almanac. I can't remember the price tag, but it did not seem to be awfully valuable. But hey, that was only 2015. :)

Re:How sad... (4, Funny)

oldosadmin (759103) | more than 10 years ago | (#8542183)

I know at least three people who would kill to have a Mac Classic...

Now just give me your name and address, and I'll send them after you with axes!

Revival (2, Interesting)

phorm (591458) | more than 10 years ago | (#8544650)

You're not killing it, you're reviving it in a new form. Now, instead of sitting in a closet picking up dust, the user has a Mac case which, while looking much like the original, is a bit fancy and a whole lot more functional.

Re:How sad... (2, Interesting)

crackshoe (751995) | more than 10 years ago | (#8549080)

My home school district has been thowing out classics and SE's for a few years now. I take em home (from our dump), figure out which ones work, and which ones don't. the good ones find homes or sit around looking pretty, and the busted ones get modified. howver, there reaches a point where you have a bit too much nostalgia (this comes when you can't lie down on your bed becuase you didn't have anywhere else to cram that 6500)

Re:How sad... (3, Insightful)

Myopic (18616) | more than 10 years ago | (#8554895)

lighten up, man. one fewer SE in the world is not trashing history. there are millions of computers in dumps around the world. you may be a proud owner of a Classic which will not be destroyed, but instead it'll die a lonely death in the corner of a closet.

Puts my computers to shame! (5, Funny)

kingLatency (624983) | more than 10 years ago | (#8539732)

Not only was this a very impressive casemod (and not super-tacky like many are), the computer inside puts all of mine to shame, especially my still-functioning Macintosh SE. ;)

Thats just wrong man (1)

Cow007 (735705) | more than 10 years ago | (#8619439)

Putting a pentium in an apple case is just wrong, wrong man i was really floored when i saw that.
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