I am wondering what opinions people might have about the following questions. I am reasonably skilled with dismantling and reassembling computers, but not without failures. I have never soldered a computer component, but know pretty much how to solder. I am also reasonably poor, by american standards. I am looking to build a custom computer in the mid to upper g4 range, maybe an intel or dual processor. I have priced used working g4 duals and they are about 300-500 on ebay right now. So I'm considering building my own. My plans are very formative still but I have some questions:
1) About case materials. Is sheet metal ok to use in such applications? seems to me that would be an easy approach to whatever shape piece you wanted and would make adding bezels and holes pretty easy. What about stone aggregrate or thin concrete? It could be molded into any shape and would probably stay pretty cool. I know I could just buy a cheap old 386 case and fill it full of small goodies or whatever, but I want to build my own. which leads me to my next question.
2) Can I use a power supply from a different computer to power on a custom machine, or does it have to come with the case like in those kits? Also do all g4 iMacs use same power supply?
3)Is it probable be able to scavenge all the cables connectors etc. I will need? I have a couple of dead soldiers.
4) As for a display I will probably go with an external monitor. Does this means i will need a motherboard with SVGA ports or can i add one via PCI slots?
Also for the sake of curiosity, is there a way to take an imac display out and adapt it to SVGA or otherwise attach it?
thanks in advance for your input.