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Hack Pro build using a new Mac Pro case

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Thanks Tony

I found a problem in my plan for using the KINGWIN 16" 90 Degree SATA Data & Power Combo the L is the wrong direction since the drives mount up side down in the carriages so I have stopped the newegg order. I spent about 3 hrs this morning looking for a solution and I think I have come up with one that I have not see anyone do yet.

If everyone could take a look at this solution and tell me if you see a problem with it before I place the orders I would appreciate it.

The end of the apple SATA cable is a (Internal Mini-SAS 8087) to SATA so my plan is to get this:
http://www.pc-pitstop.com/sas_cables_adapters/AD8788-1C.asp
An 8088 External Mini-SAS to 8087 Internal MiniSAS Adapter

So the apple 8087 cable plugs in to it and I plug this in to the other side:
http://www.amazon.com/External-Mini-Sas-4-Sata/dp/B000FGI92U
An 8088 External Mini-SAS to SATA cable in to the motherboard.

I found it for $26 on Ebay, Ebay links just dont last so I linked to Amazon

What do you guys think, It will cost about $56 but it will be no cutting of the SATA cables I will be able to use the apple plugs so I will be able to use the drive trays just like a real Mac Pro. I will still have to wire the power but I'm ok with a soldering iron on power cables I just dont want to try to solder SATA wires.
 
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I have done some more reading it looks like there are 2 types of cables host on the SATA side and Host on the Mini-SAS side, I think I need the one that is Host on SATA side and target on the Mini-SAS side, anyone have any clue is this is right? I would assume that the apple cable is Host on the Mini-SAS side and Target on the Sata side but I have now clue how to check. :problem:
 
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I did some more work on the case tonight, I am going to put the Mini-SAS idea on hold for now and focus on getting the case ready and with a little luck Core i7 950's or Core i5 760's will drop in price this month with Sandy Bridge coming out.

I ordered a power supply and the extension cable to hook it to the motherboard.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W, $69.99 less $10 instant savings less $20 Rebate so assuming they pay the rebate $39.99 for a 600w Modular PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812198005
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812198007

I also mounted my mach up PSU tonight


It will look better with the new one in there

And I put the mach up motherboard back in along with the apple fan housing, next I need to swap out those fans or find a wiring diagram for them and wire them to work with ATX
 
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I should have some parts today assuming the snow does not stop UPS, also I sold my Mac Pro power supply last night on ebay for $150 so at this point I only have $75 in the case so when you figure I would have paid well over $100 for a nice high end PC case, I'm feeling less crazy for taking on this project. I also sold my 2008 Mac Mini on Ebay this weekend so I have all the funds I need to buy Mobo and Processor I just have to decide what to order. After seeing the prices I want Sandy Bridge just not sure what Mobo to bet on since at this point it's a crapshoot.
 
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Cost so far.

Case after selling the PSU
$75

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W and cable extension
$82 before $20 rebate (I dont count rebates in my build totals unless I have already gotten them)

EVGA 512-P3-1240-LR GeForce GT 240 512MB
$50 ($84 less a $34 Rebate I have already gotten)

Scythe SY1225SL12SL 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan
$18

CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler
$60

So far I have spent
$285

The parts I am thinking about ordering next

GIGABYTE GA-H67MA-UD2H LGA 1155 Intel H67
$133

Or

ASUS P8P67-M PRO P67 (not out yet)
$130

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
$225

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (this is faster ram than I need but it gives me some head room for overclocking)
$60

Build total with this configuration, still less than a Mac Mini and about 1000x faster
$703
 
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I'm snowed in so I may make a lot of post today :p

BluRay and DVD-RW drives mounted and ready to go, lets hope the snow does not keep the UPS truck away with my new PowerSupply so I can get the system fully running today.
 
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I got my PSU today, and installed it. It looks like I need some longer SATA cables for the DVD and BluRay drives. I also ordered a Core i5-2400, Newegg has this processor for $195 - $20 off with coupon code Celebrate10 = $175 with free shipping, so I couldn't pass that deal up. Now I have to figure out what MOBO to order.



I still need to wire the fans and install the liquid cooling (once I have the new mobo) I will test boot the system this evening after work.
 
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OK so I did it (holy crap that was hard to figure out)

I wired up the front panel for my Mac Pro.

This power diagram does not work for the board marked 2007.


On the 2007 board it turns out that pin 7 is 5v

As for the Sata to USB header cable this diagram was helpful


But it left out one little thing, what side to start from so I traced the wires starting from the L side of the sate cable it goes
Ground
Green
White
Ground
Ground
Green
White
Ground

I hope that helps someone someday because it took me hours and lots of burns from a soldering iron to get this thing working but now my power button works and the USB, I have not tested the FireWire yet as I do not have a firewire card to test it with.
 

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Thanks Tony

I will post more pics later today, I am going to blow it all back apart and start hiding all the wires. I have decided to put of the sandy bridge build on hold for the time being until it is supported by apple and we know what motherboard works the best.

So I have ordered a GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L LGA 775 to go in it for the time being I will pull the C2D chip out of the test board since I have confirmed that it works and hook it up with the H50 water cooler and see what kind of overclock I can get on it.

My plan is to make this my home theater computer, I hope I can get the HDMI audio working on my EVGA 512-P3-1240-LR GeForce GT 240.

After Sandy Bridge is fully supported I will build a new system, If there is a good supported mAtx board I will put it in this case and move the G41M-ES2L to the G5 case if the ATX boards have better support I may rebuild the G5 into my Sandy Bridge machine and keep the Mac Pro as is for the living room.

More pictures later today when I button everything up in prep for the new board on Tuesday.
 
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