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neilhart's Scratch Build # 3 - Mini-ITX Tower

neilhart

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ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming - ITX/ac
CPU
i7-7700T
Graphics
GTX960
Mac
MacBook, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
Okay here I sit at 2 a.m. with my newly modded mini-tower running Catalina 10.15.1 (yea !).

Modding this old project system was entertaining as the GA Z97N WiFi motherboard with the i7-4770K CPU is a macOS compatible pair. The mod was to take AIO cpu cooler off, slice away that upper portion of my custom case, install a low profile air cpu cooler, and tie up the loose ends.

I was so pleased with this system that I purchased an AMD Radeon RX 580 4G gpu (this is ITX sized) which replaced the ITX sized GF 650TI which was still running but was dated.

I am in the middle of packing up my work area as we are moving from our small condo in South San Jose, California to a much larger home is Gilroy which is about 30 miles south. With this move I will have much more space for the office, lab and work shop.

My issue with the mini-tower that I am attempting to resolve is going from Mojave to Catalina I have lost sound. I do not understand the "why" yet.

I will follow up with photos fairly soon but i need to get the sound back on before calling this project done.

Edit today 11/4/19: I went back and reread Stork's install notes for Catalina and picked up on installing AppleALC.kext from Downloads>kexts. Installed that kext to L>E and after a reboot my sound returned. Thank you for the detail Stork.

Good modding,
neil
 
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neilhart

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Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming - ITX/ac
CPU
i7-7700T
Graphics
GTX960
Mac
MacBook, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
Okay here I sit at 2 a.m. with my newly modded mini-tower running Catalina 10.15.1 (yea !).

...

I will follow up with photos fairly soon but i need to get the sound back on before calling this project done.

...

Good modding,
neil
Humm... no photos.

So I got very busy as we sold our condo and purchased another house. We moved at the end of November and I have been about 125% busy with the details of the move and getting the new house into a home. This also means I had to start over on my office/lab/shop in the new garage.

Anyway the mini-tower mod project was completed and I gave the system to my 12 year old grandson as a Christmas present. He has it in his bedroom and it runs 24/7. I will try for a few photos soon.

Good modding,
neil
 

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