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Buying advice for Mac Pro replica - gpu low profile mini displayport

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I am returning on my Hack Pro 2013 project, with update hardware. (I am starting from zero again).

The use of this build will be desktop publishing with Adobe CC suite, browsing,
coding and sometime after effects.
(no game, no 3D rendering)
So I think I need a good processor, a fast storage, enough ram, but I can go cheap with GPU - like Apple :lol:

The goals are:

  • Mobo thunderbolt capable
  • use with imac 27" or Cinema Display Led trough mini displayport (better without HDMI adapter Belkin, it trim resolution)
  • Flash memory m.2 @1.5GBS like the original Mac Pro
  • A silent build (The Silverstone make an electric sound, with little noisy fan)
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Buying advice list:
Processor: Intel Core I7-6700K
Ram: 16 GB - DDR4 ballistic sport
Mobo: Asrock z270 gaming "Fatality" - Thunderbolt feature will be unlocked with time
Storage bootable: KingDian 480GB SSD sata3
Storage m.2: Samsung sm951 128GB nvme (already owned)
Case: Pi case su ebay, now 90$
Fan: Noctua fan 12"
CPU fan: Stock intel temporally (I will decide measuring the space)

PSU: HDPLEX HiFi 300W (fanless, foun in a g4 Cube build) + external ac/dc DELL 330W.

The GPU: I know that the Msi 760 provide a native mini displayport, because I tested it,
but It's so thick, and I will chose the GPU after measuring the Pi Case.
This is a short list of GPU low profile I've found surfing the forum:

ZOTAC GeForce GT 640 2GB ddr3 110€
GeForce GT 730 GV-N730D5-2GI 67€
The highest-end GTX 740: ddr3 100€
Geforce 610's 2GB ddr3 no passiva 50€
Msi GT N610 Scheda Video, 2 GB DDR3 50€

and
Nvidia GeForce GT120 512MB - 110 €
It's costly because It's the baseline Mac Pro 2009-2012 GPU edition.
Very low profile and native MAC, with native mini displayport

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NOTE: The build target a Mac Pro 2013 custom configuration selected on apple.it!
for a total of 3809€ (you pay the Magic mouse!!!)
 
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Hi Pineapple68 any updates on your Asrock mb build? Is everything working? I'm looking to get one and would like to hackintosh just wanted to check and see how it's going for you. Thanks much
 
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just wanted to check and see how it's going for you.
Hi, the build is going ahead, theese are the thread:
I suggest to wait some time if it's possible.
There is a first guide for this mother board with some tricky procedure (the booting NVME ssd for example), sleep/wake and the USB-C thunderbolt that disappear...

At the moment I didn't bought a graphic card from the above list. This can solve the stop/wake issues.
There were not answers and I am focusing on the boot from nvme and thunderbolt.
Another difference than this advice is the Drevo 256GB SSD, economic with a 550/460 MB/S with blackmagic.
 
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Tested a nvidia gt 120 with no success. (Black screen, also with system def. imac 17,1).
The card what almost fitting the pi case.

I am looking for a compact and really low profile GPU with DP or mDP port.

This can solve the audio over hd530 and sleep/wake issues in y actual build.
 

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Tested a nvidia gt 120 with no success. (Black screen, also with system def. imac 17,1).
The card what almost fitting the pi case.

I am looking for a compact and really low profile GPU with DP or mDP port.

This can solve the audio over hd530 and sleep/wake issues in y actual build.
As Fl0r!an suggested, you can try iMac14,2 system definition or try one of the black screen fixes listed at:
Black Screen with MacPro 6,1 or iMac 15 or iMac 17 System Definition | tonymacx86.com
 
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aarg! I don't tried the good imac 14,2 system definition. :banghead::banghead::banghead:
Sorry but I've already forwarded back the card...

Now I am looking with patience for a Pcie x3 gpu, compact and really slim that fits the rear side of my pi case hack pro.
It's a 3,5" HD size. the nvidia gt 120 was only a little thick and large. There is space in vertical until 27-28cm.
View media item 188507I plan to try a good riser cable for reach that position.
 
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