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[Guide] HP 6300 Pro / HP 8300 Elite - A 100 percent Working and Easily Affordable CustoMac

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Thanks for the quick answer. Seems as the RX 560 LP is the only viable choice for Mojave with a bit of power for games,, but it's really hard to find in France.
You can still install High Sierra on an 8300 and then use the 1050 Ti. Switch to Windows for gaming when you want to. A 1050 Ti can handle most games at 1080p res.
 

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8300 SFF is available as low as £60 and i7s is around £80. I guess it is much cheaper compared to more recent MB+CPU.
Remember that you can only use low profile cards in the SFF. The best you can do is an RX560 LP. The 570 or 580 versions don't come in LP variants. The i7-3770 is certainly fast enough it just doesn't have newer features like H265 encoding and decoding. The graphics card is the most important piece for working with 4K. A 6 core CPU helps but is not mandatory.
 

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There is a very good deal on Grade A (according to seller) HP 8300 SFFs with Core i5 on Ebay.com right now. The seller is ctc liquidations and they have well over 240 of these for sale. They are also taking offers. So if you really like the 8300 SFF this is worth looking at. As a disclaimer, I have no association with this seller. They ship only to the USA.

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This same PC (with 8GB of ram instead of 4) is the #1 selling desktop on Amazon.com week after week. It sells for over $170 there so this is a big discount of over $78 off. You may even get one with an offer of $85.

Description:
GRADE-A
condition. Fully functional and tested units. Please check conditions tab for more information.

SPECS:
CPU - 3.2GHZ Intel Core I5 3470
RAM - 4GB
HDD - 500GB
OS - Windows 7 pro
Includes - Power adapter, Mice, And Keyboard
 
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NVMe SSD with Mojave on a HP6300pro. Having made the decision to remove the NVMe drive from my BlueG5 build, I thought I would try and see if I could get it working in my HP6300pro. Using the same adapter and NVMe drive mentioned in this thread, by Petri Chron.

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I haven't been getting the read/write speeds that others are reporting, but read speeds are double a regular SSD.

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[Success]
NVMe SSD with Mojave on a HP6300pro. Having made the decision to remove the NVMe drive from my BlueG5 build, I thought I would try and see if I could get it working in my HP6300pro. Using the same adapter and NVMe drive mentioned in this thread, by Petri Chron.

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I haven't been getting the read/write speeds that others are reporting, but read speeds are double a regular SSD.

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You should blur out your serial number when posting photos.
 

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It would be interesting to see if one of these HP drives would do about 3GB/s reads in the PCIe 3.0 x16 slot.
These are selling for an amazingly low 50 USD right now at Newegg. 256 GB size too.


TRS, what NVMe PCIe card would use use for the SFF 8300? i didnt think those were supported (booting) yet.

oh and i guess I would lose graphics on that slot?
 

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what NVMe PCIe card would use use for the SFF 8300? i didnt think those were supported (booting) yet.
oh and i guess I would lose graphics on that slot?

You don't boot directly from the NVMe drive. Boot first from a Sata SSD with Clover installed. Then at the CBM you choose your NVMe drive. Requires install of the specific NVMe driver in drivers64UEFI folder on your EFI partition.

You don't have to use the x16 slot your 8300 has a x4 slot which works too with a PCIe adapter card installed to it.
 
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