The finish line... kind of

A project log for iMac G3 Casemod

Building a gaming pc in an old iMac G3 case

Cedric AnnéCedric Anné 09/13/2019 at 16:230 Comments

Since the last log, I finished this build. It took me 4 days total to get everything right and I didn't keep good documentation on anything, including the 3d files, so I'm not entirely sure they are the best versions... but I'll try and fix that later.

I'm just going to go through building this damned thing step by step, here it goes:

You did it! It's finally done! Now go enjoy your super customized pc :)

Here's the bad news... This thing gets hot, REALLY hot. Ventilation and airflow are definitely not its strong suit. With the parts I chose to put in there it was simply too hot and so... I had to take it all apart again. My harddrive was frying and the fans were whizzing full-speed non-stop. This wasn't a  ̶v̶a̶c̶u̶u̶m̶ ̶c̶l̶e̶a̶n̶e̶r̶ computer I would use every day.

There might have been a way to fix these issues, like adding extra holes and fans, another place to mount the harddrive, but to me that would defeat the purpose because the mod would really take away from the original design. I always wanted this to look just like the original (or as close to it as possible).

This is my sad computer right now. It is certainly sad, but I'm happy that it isn't loud. Let this be a warning for someone who wants to do this, choose your parts wisely, maybe something very low power or a raspberry pi is better suited for this than a high end gaming pc.

In the end I'm happy I did this build because it taught me a lot about 3d modeling. It's been in the back of my mind since I was 12 and it makes me really happy that I actually made it real. The problems that arose were things I had foreseen, but hoped wouldn't happen. That's just life I guess. 

This won't be the end for this mod however. I'm planning on putting something else in the case (like a raspberry pi) so my efforts won't have been for nothing after all. Expect another project log sometime in the future.