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Has anyone tried a Hackintosh INSIDE a 21.5" iMac before?

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I've been given a broken iMac 2011 21.5". Thinking of combining my habits of SFF and Hackintosh and trying to build a proper Hackintosh inside the iMac.

I've seen some do it with the 27" version, but that's easy!

Looking to re-use the screen (using this), get a thin mini-its board (link), an i5-8400 (cause it's only 65W, the max heat I can dissipate), a discrete Radeon GPU (doesn't have to be too powerful as screen is only 1080p), re-use the existing fans and possibly CPU and GPU heatsinks, and hopefully reuse the existing PSU if I can figure that out. Breadboards hopefully will not be required.

May be tight for space, discrete GPU may not work. Heat may be a factor, may be worth delidding.

Anyone heard of anyone trying this before?
 
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Hi, i'm begin to working on it at this time with an imac 21.5" mid 2009
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it is the only way to fix the motherboard for me because of the display to fit correctly now i need to buy some epoxy glue for fixing spacers screws and need others usb and ethernet extensions does not fit correctly
 
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i will keep all imac fans for better cooling
ps: my config is an old 1155 motherboard
 
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What components are you using? Have you got the screen working?
 

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Hi, i'm begin to working on it at this time with an imac 21.5" mid 2009
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it is the only way to fix the motherboard for me because of the display to fit correctly now i need to buy some epoxy glue for fixing spacers screws and need others usb and ethernet extensions does not fit correctly

Where did you find that heatsink?? TIA
 
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yes really want to get working this old imac mid 2009 with pc parts
 
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I’m hoping that the “thin” mini atx Mobo will allow me more freedom.

Please keep me up to date. I’m going to have to wait a month for the lcd controller to arrive I think.
 
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By the way, did you consider replacing the LCD panel with a similarly sized 4k version and re-using the mounts from the existing one?
 
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