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Official CustoMac Mini 2011 Guide and Notes (in progress)

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NICE, thanks so much for this. I'll give this a shot sometime, Sierra is working perfectly for me, so I don't want to mess it up right now.

As a sidenote, I just moved this build out of the Apex MI-008 into a Cooler Master Elite 130. I was having too many heat issues lately. Mainly my fault though, as I refuse to have a noisy build, so I run my fans at very low speeds. I'm sure letting them go full speed would be fine, but I like a silent build.

I also installed a liquid cooler, Corsair H55. MUCH MUCH better and no reboots. My CPU idles at 26-27C, peaks under 100% load at 40C. I'm not really sure why they still recommend the Apex on new builds, this case is much better in almost every way. Higher quality, thought out well, allows for liquid cooling, etc. Maybe its a size thing, cause it is a bit bigger. I have it running with a silent fan on resistors on the radiator, and nothing else, seems good. Might add a fan on resistors just to move air on the motherboard.

If you are looking to do the same, just note that the PSU from the Apex build is too small for the case, it still works fine but some kind of cover has to go over the space in the back (if you care). Also, the USB 3.0 ports on the front have a 19 pin plug, just need an adapter to plug them into the motherboard.

Otherwise, it's much much better. Love the liquid cooler, build is totally silent almost. I just was so frustrated with the heat and space issues all the time. Seemed to get worse over time, assuming it's because the OS and applications have gotten more intensive.

I will probably slowly upgrade it over time, but for now, it still seems to work great for me as is.

Update time!

My daughter managed to break her 1TB Western Digital drive by dropping something heavy on the computer case, sending the read/write head into the disk at very high speed.

So, I headed down to Best Buy and managed to pick up an EVO Pro 250 GB SSD Drive and a GT 710 graphics card for $120. Opened up the beast, and gave it some open heart surgery, and now have High Sierra 10.13.1 running happily!


Nikki.
 
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Motherboard
Gigabyte Z490M Gaming X / GA-H67N-USB3-B3
CPU
intel i7-10700 / intel i3-2105
Graphics
built in
Posting here for others - recently upgraded this build to 16gb of ram as well. I have an i7 chip on the way. Thanks to scrumpdaddy in the link below, and after much frustration, I found his post about putting "maxmem=15585" as a bootflag for clover. Otherwise the system ran like molasses with 16gb. All is great now with that flag. Makes a marked difference with 16gb ram. Also, here is my thread asking how to max this out. I think with the newer bios versions, 16gb was unlocked with the H67 motherboard.

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...ini-with-ga-h67n-usb3-b3.246768/#post-1700733


https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/golden-build-ga-h67n-usb3-b3-yosemite-success.150885/
 
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