Part of our basement is a technology graveyard. It’s where old computers and the like go to collect dust until a new fate is assigned. Last week I was restless and decided that I would never use my retired Apple Power Mac G5 Tower…at least not as a computer. My inspiration started out simple…”I’m gonna gut this thing.”
What happened in the next few days I documented with my trusty non-Apple, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android.
My DYI Power Mac G5 Hack
Hello Motherboard! So during the teardown we talked about ideas of what this old tech could become. Isak suggested it could be a mobile device charging station. Another idea was to mount a flat panel inside the case. Or maybe build a new Windows PC out of it.
Now that it was torn down, it’s a blank canvas and time to rebuild. I’ve decided to make a multi-purpose open display cabinet with lighting and AC/USB power ports for that device charging capability Isak suggested.
I foraged around our place for some scrap wood. This will make a good staging platform inside. I like the idea of putting a wood surface inside a computer to warm it up a bit and give a hint of furniture-ness.
I took the female portion of the plug that was in the original power supply unit and did some non UL approved DIY wiring. This will let me feed power to the lighting and chargers by plugging in the factory power cable to the back of the computer.
I decided that I wanted on/off switches for the LED lighting. Accessible from the outside cabinet somewhere. This picture shows my new Dremel tool skills. Keep scrolling it’ll make more sense in a minute.
And there you have it. A $2,500 shelf.
Actually, the price for a used Apple Powermac G5 averages from about $40 to $100 on Craigslist and eBay. The electrical parts, spraypaint and LED’s set me back about $60.