View Full Version : iMac in a "Mini G5" case

15th May 2004, 09:42 AM
Check this fella's case that he built from scratch:


Very cool! I've been wanting to re-house my little iMac for some time (probably just in a small ATX case), although I don't think I could ever go as far as this bloke. :)

Anyone else managed done a case-swap on an iMac before?

15th May 2004, 12:03 PM
Looks like a hell of alot of effort went into making that box.

I would not even contemplate starting a project like that. Not with the large amounts of -time. Yes, that's Negative Time.


15th May 2004, 12:09 PM
> Moved to Apple Hardware

Fantastic job on that case mod - obviously lots of effort - and much better than most PC mods I've seen.

First generation iMac mobos are pretty small, not much bigger than a VIA EPIA mobo, but they're awkwardly sized and lining up the external ports is difficult, due to their angle. That said, a micro-ATX case would be ideal, but you'd likely have to hack up the backplane to make everything fit. Good soldering skills are also required to mod a standard ATX PSU to the iMac, due to their non-standard connector.


15th May 2004, 02:09 PM
Originally posted by bYrd@May 15 2004, 12:09 PM
lining up the external ports is difficult, due to their angle.

Yeah, that's pretty much the biggest thing deterring me from trying to migrate my iMac to something else.

For $20 you can get a mac to pc monitor converter (http://www1.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=PA0894&CATID=20&keywords=&SPECIAL=&form=CAT&ProdCodeOnly=&Keyword1=&Keyword2=&pageNumber=&priceMin=&priceMax=&SUBCATID=246) from Jaycar, which would mean being able to plug in any standard VGA monitor or flat panel. Beats the $100+ Apple charge for them, although the Jaycar ones are dip-switch driven, and not automagic. Still, at 1/5 the price I ain't bitching. :)

The drives are all IDE, so no problems there. And with all that extra space I'll definitely be tempting some more adventurous overclocking of that little fella. :)

15th May 2004, 02:46 PM
pretty cool :) i can't imagine myself doing anything close :P but the thing is you will still have a pretty slow comp :P

16th May 2004, 02:15 PM
If you can read Japanese, good for you. But the pics do most of the talking.

Now that is what I am talking about.

Its actually the same outside size as the Cube but has more internal space.

I would love that over a Cube itself. Even got the glowing power button.

Nice work.


16th May 2004, 07:29 PM
Originally posted by pipsqeek@May 16 2004, 02:15 PM

Very tasty!

Apple might do good to pinch/buy a few of these sorts of ideas.

It really makes me wonder what sort of team run the design for the Apple cases. I'd bet they'd have a tonne of extremely cool concept cases sitting in their little lab that we'll never get to see. :(

16th May 2004, 07:44 PM
All these Mac look-alike cases look crap to me :P
No-one pulls off a Jonathan Ive design like the man himself I guess..
Still, I can appreciate the effort gone into those projects.