G4 Powermac Hackintosh

Today’s post is especially for blog follower Jim Miller. Sorry I didn’t wait until 11:00 PM, Jim so your email notification would get you up. This is my newest Hackintosh. I actually built this machine last summer and it has been running fast, efficiently, and without a single problem so far. I built it primarily for HD video and photo editing. For those of you who may not know, a Hackintosh is essentially a home built computer made with PC hardware but with software and firmware “hacks” that allow Apple’s Mac operating system, OSX to run on it. Ordinarily a PC would not be able to run OSX, but by selectively choosing various combinations of parts and using hacks found on tonymacx86.com you can build a Hackintosh. Why would you want to do that? The primary reason for me was to save money. It is definitely possible to build a better computer than you could buy for much less money. If Apple even made a computer with these specs, it would carry  a retail pricetag of around $4,000, and that would not include the sound system, monitor, keyboard, or mouse. This computer cost me around $800 including the sound system and peripherals. The second motivator is simply for the fun and challenge. It is not for the faint of heart or for anyone who simply expects to plug in a computer and have it work. Finally, with a little creativity and imagination you can build a unique computer to your own specs that is unlike anyone else’s.

My first Hackintosh was a mini built in a Commodore 64 case and Commodore 1541 floppy case. You can see that one here if you’d like.

Anyway, this one is built in a seriously modified old retro Apple Quicksilver G4 Powermac case. I decided to capitalize on the clear acrylic look of the handles by making the side panel clear, adding a clear pro keyboard and mouse, and a set of acrylic Harmon Kardon soundsticks and subwoofer. A pair of modded-to-function pro speakers will follow at some point too.

Once I saw that the pro mouse had a red LED in it, I also knew I had to make the whole thing have a translucent red “Candy Apple” look.

I did not document the build because there are already a lot of documented G4 mods on the web and I was anxious to get on with it. If anyone has any questions though, I’ll be happy to answer the best I can.

Here is a link to a video of it running…(the first part of the video is very dark because I wanted to demonstrate the red LED lights in the case. It gets lighter part way through. )

Here is the build…
Gigabyte GA-Z68M-D2H motherboard
OCZ 600 Watt PSU
3.4 GHZ Intel i5 quad core processor
OCZ 120 GB solid state drive
3 TB hard drive storage
16 GB RAM
Sony Optiarc slot load CD DVD drive
Dynex Firewire card
EVGA nvidia GeForce 1024 MB video card (1GB)
Apple Pro Mouse and Pro Keyboard
Asus 23″ LCD
Harmon Kardon soundsticks and sub woofer (sound and look awesome – video does not do them justice)
Silenx 120 mm fan with red LEDs
Red LED light strip
Side of chassis cut away and paint removed from acrylic side panel.
The apples on the side of the case are translucent red (candy apple) with a green leaf.
Running OSX Lion via Unibeast and Multibeast … THANKS TONYMAC!

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Posted on February 12, 2013, in Hackintosh Project Blog Entries and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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