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

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How is the performance of this HP in comparison to the 2012 Mac Mini you sold ?
huge difference to me, my old mac mini was a core i5 and my HP i7
my old macmini i have installed ssd and upgraded my ram to 16gb and it was useless still slow in final cut especially when high sierra came it was even worse on Mojave i ran a dual os on it i had windows 8 installed weirdly it ran superb when in windows way better then its intended OS i believe it would have been different if it ware i7 however there is still the graphics it had hd4000 only so it was a best investment i ever did selling my mac mini and getting an hp8300 with it i can do almost anything change GPUs rams and so on plus in final cut no issues even 4k rendering works like it should not bad for a 3rd gen core i7 3770 stock only drawback is its low watt PSU but you can swap with with 500wat or higher with a special adapter converter or making your own adapter but you'll have to always press F1 when starting the pc every-time thats the only thing i know so far :)

but there is fairly cheep 8th gen HP desktop i found for used sale it is a ProDesk 600 G4 core i7-8700 with intel UHD 630 on it can it be hackintoshed its pretty tempting hehe :)
https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-prodesk-600-g4-microtower-pc-customizable-2ve73av-1
 
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only drawback is its low watt PSU but you can swap with with 500wat or higher with a special adapter converter or making your own adapter but youll have to always press F1 when starting the pc every-time
FWIW, I'm running Win10 on an i7 8300 with SSD, HDD, DVD, GTX1050Ti, and it runs perfectly fine with the stock PSU.
 
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but you'll have to always press F1 when starting the pc every-time thats the only thing i know so far :)
Read the Amazon reviews and you'll find a solution.
It is safer to actually install a fan, see below.

In any case, knowledge and experience of electrical work are required.
It's better to be patient and press F1 than to get experience with one motherboard and two adapters like me.

Append:
It was introduced in the following post, it might have been easy.

 
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HP Elite 8300
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i7 3770
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GT 1030
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MacBook Pro
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iOS
HP 6300 to 8300 mobo swap

A while back I bought an 8300 SFF mobo, and finally got around to swapping it yesterday.

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The 6300 in the foreground.
The HP 6300 / 8300 SFF is nicely configured for assembly / disassembly which made the swap simple and quick - many of the connectors are colour coded. The motherboard mounting screws and the cpu heatsink required a Torx 15 driver bit.

I took the mobo out, the i7 3770 cpu out, cleaned off the cpu and heatsink, reinstalled with fresh paste, mobo in and reconnected in about half an hour.

The bios required one tweak to set the boot drive, and it fired up without complaint.

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The 8300 gives me a pci-e x4 slot (for an nvme ssd on an adapter card) and another SATA 3 port (for a sata ssd).

next: figuring out how to upgrade the OS from Sierra to HS or Mojave.
 
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HP 8300 MT
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i3 3220
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GT 210
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hi,

Can i install Mac OS Catalina on my HP 8300? If yes, then what tutorial/steps should i follow?

Thanks
 

trs96

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hi,

Can i install Mac OS Catalina on my HP 8300? If yes, then what tutorial/steps should i follow?
The first thing you must do is upgrade your graphics card. The GT 210 is not supported in Catalina.
Even then I would advise waiting till Catalina has more bugs worked out, by the .3 update later this year.


If you want to keep your current GPU then upgrade to High Sierra and follow this video guide:

It is for a clean install which you don't have to do, an in place upgrade via Mac App Store works. If you install to a new SSD and keep your old one as a backup, then this is the way to go.
 
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