Contribute
Register

Mac Pro replica (late 2013) - low power design

Status
Not open for further replies.
Joined
Jul 29, 2012
Messages
40
Motherboard
Gigabyte Z370M D3H
CPU
i7-8700
Graphics
MSI Aero GTX 1060 6GB ITX
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook
  3. Mac mini
Mobile Phone
  1. Android
Over the last days i worked on my Mac Pro Mod and i went the same way like Mr.Target and sascha288 to build the base section.

I couldn't get balsa wood so i stick with normal 3mm wood and used a hand saw to cut out the pieces. It was lots a work to saw so much pieces but now the base is finally finished, very stable and cheap (2.50€ for the wood :thumbup:). Next step is to make a round base plate out of wood to make the wood pieces even more stable and after that i will paint the wood in a matching color to the bin white.

For the pc parts i will go for
  • Zotac h87itx-a-e, because i need a display port for my Cinema Display
  • Intel i7-4770t (fast and low 45W TDP)
  • 16 GB RAM
  • msata SSD on the mainboard
  • 2,5" SSD
  • working wlan/bt mpcie modul
  • picopsu, thinking about the pico-psu-120WI-25V and a matching 19V laptop power brick

macmod_small_02.jpgmacmod_small_03.jpgmacmod_small_04.jpgmacmod_small_05.jpgmacmod_small_01.jpgmacmod_small_06.jpgmacmod_small_07.jpgmacmod_small_08.jpgmacmod_small_09.jpgmacmod_small_10.jpgmacmod_small_11.jpgmacmod_small_12.jpgmacmod_small_13.jpgmacmod_small_15.jpgmacmod_small_14.jpg
 
Joined
Jul 29, 2012
Messages
40
Motherboard
Gigabyte Z370M D3H
CPU
i7-8700
Graphics
MSI Aero GTX 1060 6GB ITX
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook
  3. Mac mini
Mobile Phone
  1. Android
Nice job man!

What a job filing all those little pieces of wood:O

Rick,

Around 5-6 hours to saw and filing the pieces ;)
 
Joined
Jul 29, 2012
Messages
40
Motherboard
Gigabyte Z370M D3H
CPU
i7-8700
Graphics
MSI Aero GTX 1060 6GB ITX
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook
  3. Mac mini
Mobile Phone
  1. Android
@Mr.Target

I have one question about the PicoPSU you've ordered. Most mainboards have a 24-pin ATX connector and an extra 4-pin connector for the psu, but the PicoPSU has only a 20-pin ATX connector and no 4-pin connector.

As far what i read it should be enough to simply use a Molex to P4 adapter and only use 20-pins of the ATX connector to power up the system, right ?
 
Joined
Jan 22, 2014
Messages
373
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI
CPU
i7-4770
Graphics
MSI GTX 760 ITX
Mac
  1. MacBook Air
  2. MacBook Pro
  3. Mac mini
  4. Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Keep going Klausi! I want to see how other people jam everything into the bin!
 
Joined
Feb 6, 2014
Messages
18
Mac
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
Hi guys!

I´ve added some new pics and info to the very first post of this thread, I want to keep it together.
Hope you like it!

Mr. Target to be honest, after seeing those first pictures i was like " OMG you are ruining the bin, no, don't do that !" but i must admit the final result is awesome especially the bottom intake, great job!

Regarding your concern with passive cooling, i think you shouldn't be worried. I am currently waiting for my bin, extenders and some other parts from ebay, but i have build the main chassis and i am cooling my cpu passively ( i3-2120 - 65W), i use a copper sk 771 server heatsink adapted for sk 1155 ( you have a drilling machine and good drilling skills, i think you could do it) and whilst light playing i get around 44-45C without Arctic Silver grease, in fact without much thermal grease at all because i kept adjusting the heatsink so i lost most of it. I will send you a pic when i get home, maybe it will give you a better idea. Cheers!

Thanks for being honest, I´ve had kind of same feelings about it :D I am glad to hear that this passive cooling is working for you, this might be the way I will choose.

@Mr.Target

I have one question about the PicoPSU you've ordered. Most mainboards have a 24-pin ATX connector and an extra 4-pin connector for the psu, but the PicoPSU has only a 20-pin ATX connector and no 4-pin connector.

As far what i read it should be enough to simply use a Molex to P4 adapter and only use 20-pins of the ATX connector to power up the system, right ?

Well, it is different in my case, I was lucky I´ve bought this one: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Z2-A...ni-ITX-DC-ATX-PICO-BOX-DC-ATX/1227798339.html
Note this is 12V version.
And as you can see, 4-pin connector is one of the power cables. Maybe you can even get just this exact cable for your PicoPSU, the cable is detachable from the PSU (or maybe it is different on the 25v version?) But I am pretty sure that Molex to P4 adapter will do the same job.
And of course, connecting a 20 pin to 24 pin motherboard is not problem at all, you will just leave 4 pins empty...
GL!
 
Joined
Jan 22, 2014
Messages
373
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI
CPU
i7-4770
Graphics
MSI GTX 760 ITX
Mac
  1. MacBook Air
  2. MacBook Pro
  3. Mac mini
  4. Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Mr. Target, Just saw the updated photos of your build. Nice! With the fan at the bottom, there really are no worries about airflow getting around the panel at the top.
 
Joined
May 21, 2012
Messages
73
Motherboard
Gigabyte Z77-DS3H Rev 1.0
CPU
i5-3570K
Graphics
MSI AMD Radeon RX 580 Armor 8GB
What process did you follow for painting you build Mr. Target? What kind of paint did you use, and how many coats? Did you sand/prime it? I really like the top part you have made, looks very similar to the real Mac Pro. Does it not cause the case to heat up? What sort of temperatures does it run at?
Congratulations on a nice build, I hope mine turns out as good!
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top