Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Apr 2017 20:41 UTC

Welcome to this massive PowerPC goodness crammed series. During these videos, we'll be packing the absolute best technology that this machine can support into this gorgeous Blue & White G3 minitower, creating what I believe will be the fastest B&W G3 on the planet. This is the most involved Power Mac upgrade series I've ever produced, changing every single major component in this box and adding as much as I can to make this machine fly. Sit back, relax and enjoy some mighty fine PowerPC geeky goodness.

This is a series of very long videos detailing the entire process. Not the flashiest production values - but honestly, that's a good thing. The creator's excitement is contagious, and it makes me want to undertake a similar project. Just tons of fun to watch, sit back, and relax.

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by uridium on Fri 14th Apr 2017 02:04 UTC
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Ha! I can completely understand this guy's enthusiasm. I've been there with the G3 Goassamer, B&W Smurf Tower and later a DA. Also fun with the oldies like my 7100AV with the 450mhz G3.

I still have them all. The Smurf Tower though will run at 1.2ghz with that powerlogix G3 accel. It does get pretty hot so some thermal epoxy will help. If you want to go beyond 1.2ghz (112mhz fsb) upto 1.4 you need to fiddle around with the VRU and some fun SMD soldering, so it's slightly over-voltage. Support chips *will* need heat sinks and I lost a PCI slot. Bye bye USB2/FW400 card.

I didn't use SSD's back then and instead used a 36gb WD Raptor (10krpm) drive. SSD's back then were not available yet. 1gb RAM, Radeon 9800Pro AGP on a krushin(? bit-rot memory.. it's been a while) AGP2PCI adapter flash hacked off a PC (much small-dogs forums and bootleg proms!), 64bit PCI-X SATA adapter from OWC. Lots of fun.

Eventually I fed the Smurf the 750mhz (@850)G4 so I could run PCI-Extreme to enable 10.4's quartz on a PCI socket (despite the agp card in the adapter). It's not been booted since about 2008 and stored.

That's when I got the DA with the dual 1.8ghz 7447b's to over clock and have yards of fun with.

Yeah, I completely understand this guy's enthusiasm and excitement. I also remember the days when myself and a few others (hi JB, Strawberry (Nizzle), Hippo and Mustang!) were pimp-tuning our Gossamers, Smurfs and DA's. Really was a lot of fun. ;) A great era.

Apple lost a lot of cred when they stopped making half-decent UNIX RISC workstations and started making media consumption devices.

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