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"Mac in the Box" Hackintosh, for the budget minded.

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I think a little duct tape could go a long way with helping your structural integrity.
I agree!. originally I wanted to make this without any adhesive'

Btw, don't worry about fire too much. The system should shut itself down way before it ever gets near 451F.
I'm prepared!, I have a large bucket of cold water next to me on one side and the plug socket the other. Pull plug 1st obviously!. It reached 54 degrees, I was using Preview, spent a lot of time looking at spinning beach balls. Afterwards I quit all apps and it returned to high 30's, low 40's. I shut it down after that.

Just make sure you are using a power supply of decent quality.
Does the same PSU that powered my G5 count as "decent quality"?.

In my opinion, it looks fantastic. An absolute thing of beauty. :thumbup:
Your to kind. It's definitely unique!.

Excellent total cost. It would make no sense to me to spend a lot of money on a case for a system whose components total $87. Even $40 case would represent almost 50% of the total cost of the components.
Pretty sure I could get it lower, I have a 500GB WD Blue HDD I can install, just checked on eBay $14.
 
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The main problem with using cardboard is a lack of grounding for the motherboard and components. That's why you always mount the board on brass standoffs to ground it to the metal case.
Agreed. But @trs96 will I make it safer and useable if I mount the mobo onto brass standoffs and mount it to a plate that's part of the cardboard structure inside?.

I just want to point out this is not recommended, this is dangerous and stupid and will end up going wrong!.
 
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And the metal case in regular builds provides a Faraday cage.
Is tin foil conductive?.

I just want to point out this is not recommended, this is dangerous and stupid and will end up going wrong!.
 

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And the metal case in regular builds provides a Faraday cage.

I so like that Faraday Cage reference :thumbup:

My case gets struck by lightning it maybe blows the house fuses. This case get's struck, instant vapourisation!!!

:lol:
 
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This is probably the most useful site on the internet while were all on lock down right now!. Where else could you learn to build a "Mac in the Box", assuming you have Aluminum tape, 250W PSU, Dell 7010 Mobo, i3-3245, CPU fan, 500GB WD HDD, 4GB ram, (I forgot to include ram in my build, sorry!), just lying around. I'm getting a mug, I'm getting two mugs.
 

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Does the same PSU that powered my G5 count as "decent quality"?.
Apple power supplies are usually pretty good. I think they are made by Delta.
 
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I have now reflected the true cost in this thread by including the 4GB ram stick, I have one of these, $18 from Newegg. I saved $16 by using the 500GB WD Blue HDD instead of the 1TB FireCuda. So the true price is $89.
 
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The original Macintosh and a lot of later models featured plastic exteriors. Inside later models they were often metal cages that worked as RF shields or Faraday cages. Early models not so much. On a 1992 production of a Macintosh Classic II that I own, the interior is painted with a dark gray substance that is slightly magnetic. I assume it is a metallic type paint used to block RF to meet United Laboratories guidelines.
 
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