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Non-Mac Mini - fully watercooled!

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Hi guys

Today, I would like to present you a Mod, which I've made about 10 years ago. Of course, it's not able to run OS X, but I think, it could give you some inspiration for your customac minis!

Specs:
-Shuttle Barebone SB61G2
-Pentium 4 3.0GHz
-2GB RAM
-Radeon 9600XT
-Hauppauge TV card
-300GB SATA HDD
-DVD-burner
-Card reader
-Vista Ultimate... :thumbdown:

Mods:
-Watercooling for CPU, GPU, Chipset. All coolers except of the CPU cooler are self made.
-Milled, blue illuminated expansion tank.
-CNC-milled side window.
-CNC-milled front plate with two blue illuminated fans
-New USB mount on the bottom
-Feets with blue LED's inside

Today, I took it out of the museum, cleaned the expansion tank and made a test-run. Everything works well. Even after 10 years, but of course it's no rocket anymore.
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Some old photos:
CAD.jpg Case 1.JPG Case 2.jpg Expansion tank 1.jpg Expansion tank 2.JPG Cooling circuit.JPG CNC mill.JPG Chipset cooler.jpg GPU Cooler 3.JPG GPU Cooler 1.JPG GPU Cooler 2.JPG USB mount.JPG Radiator.jpg Pump and GPU.jpg

Edit, some more pics:
DSCN0016.jpg AUT_0232.JPG DSCN0228.jpg DSCN0260.jpg DSCN0431.jpg DSCN0225.jpg Front 1.jpg Front 2.jpg Front 3.jpg

Edit, video:
 
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Nice nice nice!!
Great job there with the water cooling!

Did you mill out all the pieces yourself?

Thank you!

Yes, at my former workplace, I had access to an entire machine park, including a cnc milling machine.

I've designed the whole mods on CAD.
 

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Very nice. I really enjoy seeing work like this... re-engineering at its best. My work from ten years ago does not measure up to this.

Thank you for sharing.
neil
 
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Very nice. I really enjoy seeing work like this... re-engineering at its best. My work from ten years ago does not measure up to this.

Thank you for sharing.
neil

Neil,

Thank you for your kind words. :D

I had the luck, to have access to the right tools. So it's easy to make such a mod.

I've put some additional pics in my first post.
 
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Really like it. Very nice mod to the Shuttle case.

Minihack, thank you.

I think, it's more or less the only Shuttle mod, which has all water cooling components inside and is still not reduced with drive bays and connectors.
 
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wow, still looks great after all these years.
 
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I've added a new video to post #1

MacTester
 
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