- Jun 13, 2017
- GA H110MSTX HD3
- i3 7100
- RX 560
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
I was looking for a vintage Apple case for my next build and found this fine specimen, a late 2009 Mac mini empty case in perfect condition, there seems to be an IO board and a cable for the front switch. Very excited to see what I can do with this, especially after seeing some of the mods here. $25 including tax and postage!.
At the time of purchase I didn't really have a motherboard in mind but, it was the time of COVID, there would be plenty of time for research. Phunguss suggested the H110MSTX measuring, 147mm x 140mm, a perfectly small motherboard that fits inside the 2009 Mac mini case. The project quickly progressed to involving 3D printing for the rear IO and would later print part of the case mod to incorporate a graphics card which, at the time we didn't know was possible. So I purchased a second 2009 Mac mini case.
Processor: Intel i3-7100
CPU cooler: Thermaltake Engine 27 1U Low-Profile
Memory: Crucial 8GB DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) 260 pin SODIMM
Hard drive: Team Group MS30 M.2 2280 256GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Graphics Card: MSI AERO RX 560 4GB OC
Cable: R53SR M.2 WiFi A.E key converter to PCI-E 3.0 x16 to wifi akey Flexible Flat Cable.