An idea for hardware for this 3d printed hackintosh next cube?

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  1. Pineapple68

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    Jan 9, 2017 at 11:11 AM #1
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    Hi to everyone in the hackintosh forum,
    I am back to the hackintosh after some years... Now it seem to be easier to find compatible motherboard and devices!

    My baseline is my imac 27" Intel core duo 3,06ghz (geekbench multi: about 3300), and it's time for an upgrade.

    It's few days that I am reading the topics about mac pro and some custom build.
    I am interested in the design aspect of an hackintosh, so I made few sketches of an idea for a sort of "next cube":
    a case 3d printed in aluminum (or PVC? cheaper) with a front glass and sliding trays.
    Dimensions? 20x20x20cm?

    The difficult aspect for me is to choose the right processor, motherbase and parts, because I am not so expert
    to experiment with new hardware.
    So I am looking for a build with this purposes/features:
    • the purpose of this hackintosh is desktop publishing, or at max little AE editing animations
    • the GPU must have the compatibility with a 27" cinema display resolution
    • the machine is fast, agile but not a render machine: one processor, newer as possible
    • RAM DDr4 fast but not too much ram needed
    • support for 1 Pcie SSD + 1 boot SSD (I read that pcie ssd are difficult)
    • Wifi support, no DVD case needed
    Here other little detail to implement:
    • a LED On/off status (behind the dark glass)
    • a touch button "no-button" :)
    • the fans: I don't know well this aspect, some expert with little build?

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    Very nice case!
    The mine was a rough inspired by some particular build found in this forum, like the stunning Hack Cube...

    Now I am waiting components for Mac Pro replica. I called it my "Hack Pro mk 1"
    https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/my-first-hack-pro.212007/

    Let's me know if it's in the right section of the forum.
     
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    Jan 29, 2017 at 11:47 PM #4
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    I can see using some future version of this case - will vendors look to make more passively cooled gpus?
     
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    I rather doubt that your will see any new passively cooled GPUs as there is not enough demand (IMHO).

    However there are several very interesting cases that make use of unique cooling along with interesting passive CPU coolers. And it is possible to convert a GPU to passive cooling using parts available in the market. Do some searches on newegg.

    Good modding,
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    I have done exactly that. I have built passive cooling parts to connect the GPU to the case side panels.
    I had to build a copper shim and to bend four heatpipes. All parts came from two Streacoms LH6 kits.

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    Your work is very interesting. Please document your project with a project log posted here on the forum.

    Good modding,
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