I built this PC because I came upon an old (and still functional) single-core PowerMac G5 at my university surplus store for $30, and saw how popular the G5 modding community was, and how solidly built these G5 cases are.
Anyways, the process for stripping out the inside was kind of a pain, because all the parts are so tightly integrated in the case. The airflow channeling was pretty amazing, and had separate isolated channels for the CPU/RAM, GPU, PSU and hard drives/optical drive. I would've loved to keep these channels intact, but with the conversion kit and ATX layout, it was not meant to be. Unfortunately, I was on a roll and forgot to take "before" pictures, so they start with the internals already stripped out.
For the conversion, I purchased all my parts from the Laser Hive. The instructions are slightly vague, but anybody with a little experience dremeling and building PCs should be able to figure things out without too much issue. Overall the dremeling and case conversion went pretty smoothly (with lots of help from a friend, which helped speed things up drastically). Just make sure to mark where you want to cut and triple check!
The conversion kit I bought is the ATX Low kit, because I wanted to keep the stock HDD bay in the top back of the case. This one comes with a power plug, but I had to cut one of my own power cables to solder the connections for the extension inside. Additionally, I purchased the front panel I/O kit with 4 USB 3 connections, the 140mm fan mounts for the front, and the fan grille for the rear 120mm fan.
Airflow is amazing in this case! I keep it on a desk so dust isn't really an issue, but definitely clean it often if you plan to leave it on the floor.
Total price for the case comes out to be almost $300 including shipping, case, etc, which is a lot. But it's definitely the easiest way to do the case conversion, so I didn't have any regrets. And I think it looks great!
This is not a completely brand new build. I got the WD Black from a previous build, and took the Fury Nitro out of my current main PC. Also, with RAM being so expensive right now, I took that from another build (my lan rig that I posted on here too), because I hadn't been using that too much lately. I'll maybe buy a single 8gig stick for that until prices start to drop again.
I chose the 1600 because it offered more cores than Intel with competitive (though not superior) single threaded performance, and since my previous 2 builds, along with most of my friends' builds were all Intel, it was time for something new. Also it's the best bang for the buck at this price range. It also gives me an upgrade path for later AM4 boards, unlike the competition.
The processor is running at 3.8ghz in ryzen master, but I haven't stress tested it yet.
I chose the Asus Prime Pro because it looked cool basically. I realize that it doesn't have a side window, but I'm petty like that. I updated the BIOS, and my ram is now running at 2933, which is close enough to the rated 3000mhz (AMD doesn't have a multiplier that does 3000 exactly). However, this motherboard doesn't allow speedfan to recognize the sensors or the fan speeds. I'm not sure if it's a software or hardware thing, but just keep in mind that speedfan does not yet work with it.
I don't really need an NVME drive, but I do notice noticeably quicker performance than my SATA drives in other builds, even the ones in my pretty recent Intel build.
I have an optical drive because the optical drive slot implementation is super cool in this case! I took off the cover for the slot, and it works perfectly. I'll probably never use it anyways though.
Anyways, thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions! Photos coming soon!