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I was looking on ebay for a vintage Apple case for my next build and found this fine specimen. A late 2009 Mac mini empty case in perfect condition, there seems to be an IO board and a cable for the front switch. Very excited to see what I can do with this, especially after seeing some of the mods here. $25 including tax and postage!.
 
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YES! Mini-STX fits great, the only problem is the vertical SODIMMs make it difficult to include a slot load DVD. If you don't care about the media drive then not a problem. If you do, there are some low profile sodimms out there, but they are expensive.
 
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YES! Mini-STX fits great, the only problem is the vertical SODIMMs make it difficult to include a slot load DVD. If you don't care about the media drive then not a problem. If you do, there are some low profile sodimms out there, but they are expensive.
Thanks phunguss!. I’m not planning on using the media drive, I thought it would be better if the case had slightly more airflow. I saw a video where someone converted a Nintendo Game Cube into a gaming PC. A lot of cutting was involved. That’s where I got the idea from. This case looks perfect for a mini Hackintosh. I can’t tell if the white IO at the back is removable.
 
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The back is not removable on the 2005-2007 models, don't think it is on the 2009 either. You will just have to cut it off and 3D print a new one with white media (I used PLA and glued it on).

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The back is not removable on the 2005-2007 models, don't think it is on the 2009 either. You will just have to cut it off and 3D print a new one with white media (I used PLA and glued it on).
If I don't have access to a 3D printer, could I use ABS and cut a back IO from it?.
 
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Certainly, I don't see any reason why you couldn't. Just make sure you find a glue that sticks to both surfaces adequately. Since it is the back of the machine, hopefully not too many people will see it anyway.
 
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Since it is the back of the machine, hopefully not too many people will see it anyway.
that's true!. And what about power?. A quick search on ebay shows two flavors!. There are internal PSUs and external ones. would an external PSU be the answer to this build?.
 
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And what about power?. A quick search on ebay shows two flavors!. There are internal PSUs and external ones. would an external PSU be the answer to this build?.
That is going to depend on your motherboard. Most of the mini-STX that I have seen take a 12v or 19v external power brick. The amperage depends on the CPU Thermal draw. My i7-7700 uses the 6.3Amp and my i5-6500T use the 3.4A model. I don't recall seeing any power input on the internal side of the mini-STX motherboards, most of them are external.
 
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With the above information and the Mac mini case due tomorrow, I have been researching motherboards and specifically the H61 chipsets. It occurred to me that I already own a Dell Inspirion One 2020, Link to owners manual, which has the same chipset, H61. I could probably save myself some money and effort by using parts from the 2020. It also has a 20" flat panel display which might come in use in the future. The 2020 has an i3-3245, 4GB DDR3 SODIMM and a Dell 1703 mini wireless card. Haven't found a board thats the right size yet.

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I am pretty sure the only motherboard you can fit in there is Mini-STX, or a NUC. Right now, the only Mini-STX I see on eBay is this one which is ASUS. I see a couple of AsRock DeskMini on Amazon, but I bought two used and both motherboards were bad (I don't like their micro sata connectors either). I own four GigaByte Mini-STX boards and they have all been solid (Standard SATA ports as well as M.2).
 
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