Pi case based Mac Pro 2013 replica mod

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  1. Pineapple68

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    Feb 25, 2017 at 10:50 AM #1
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    Why Pi case
    I wanted to do a Mac Pro 2013 mod, but because I am not an expert modder, and considering the price of 3D printing, I decided to start from this Pi Case, seen on other related thread in this forum, and review it.

    The case
    The Pi case comes from (South)Korea, in a somewhat familiar packaging:)
    The item was shipped "naked" without extra wrapping, but everything it's ok and the shipping was also so fast.

    The body is made by 2 semicircular metal sheet - they say aluminium, but I think it's normal metal, so thin; but once the case is closed, the build is solid. The color is a glossy black, a little different from a opaque black seen before.

    This is the back side. If You don't place a 3,5" HDD as suggested, there is room for a low profile GPU.

    The inside it's black painted, and not too cheap. The structures are made by metal and not so different from some Mac Pro custom builds. There is also a good cable management, with all cables in the pillars...

    There are 2 x 120mm x 25mm fan, the top one with a LED

    The issues
    If using the case "as is", with components in the suggested position, you get a case too full, with psu front of the processor fan. In addition, the fine metal grid, along with the hexagonal grid (part of the case), seem block the air.
    The bottom part of the case doesn't have does not have many vertical fissures like mac pro, but takes air from below in a space of 2mm.

    The customisation

    In order to obtain a case with more room, and really silent, I decided to use a small fanless PSU, the HDPLEX HiFi 300W.
    The rest of AC/DC conversion will be done with a DELL 19V 330W converter (external).

    I will replace the 2 fans with one Noctua Industrial 120 x 25mm, I dont' know if on the top or on the bottom.

    Another edit was removing the fine grid, both in top and bottom.
    A last ambitious idea was cutting the exagonal grid on the top, and placing a flat disc emulating the top of the mac pro.
    This change is a bit more advanced and would force me to use only the lower fan. In any case it will be made after the first test.

    Stay tuned
     
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    Mar 4, 2017 at 5:18 PM #2
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    A first mounting test, with the only bottom fan, a Noctua Industrial 120mm. No power for today, the PSU is arriving...
     
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    Mar 6, 2017 at 11:16 AM #3
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    That's what i trying to found. Man, i just try to make a build same parts with yours. Same case, same mobo, same cpu(actually without K). Waiting for new updates, i hope you'll do it. Right after i'll try it! Good work, keep it on!
     
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    Thanks kahyalar.
    Please follow also this topic, its more about compatibility/thunderbolt but (thanks to the apports of other members) it's becaming also an installation guide: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/asrock-z270-gaming-itx-ac-is-compatible-working.214133/

    The today's update is the arrival of HDPLEX HiFi 300W (a fanless psu).
    I will post photos after positioning it in the case!

    PS Installation info will be posted in a dedicate build link ONCE I will success!
     
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    Mar 6, 2017 at 1:18 PM #5
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    Thanks for the link. Also i will use hdplex 300. Waiting for your update :))
     
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    Still waiting for the Dell Ac/DC adapter, some test fitting and photos...
    Opening the wifi chassis, it's know that the built in wifi will not work...

    Please note that m.2 connector do not fit the sm951 m.2 connector. I was thinking to an easy dual sm951, but nope.

    Here is the HDplex 300w. A nice object. I plan to place it on the back side of Pi case (instead of HDD), in order to separate it from fans and cpu...
     
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    Hi again, Pineapple. I just wondered, what you will do about wi-fi card. Did you try 2xnvme ssd's in one wifi slot - one backside of mobo ? I'm not expertise on that stuff, just trying to learn about it.

    Thanks
     
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    It's a type of m.2 for wifi I suppose. A way to have a second sm951 it's the pcie x16 slot, if everything will works without a graphic card.

    Some progress:
    A first connection test with a temporary cable management).

    Side view: the HDplex is at 2mm to the fan. But it's not covering the airflow.
    With the included 24 pin ATX cable I can't reach the back area, and because I leave the Noctua fan at the bottom, it's the only position.
    (It's also the suggested position from Pi case Korean guide, they said to place an internal PSU in front of processor! :oops:)

    The back area. I place the temporary Drevo ssd.

    The front panel is painted with a gloss black spray. It's a somewhat deeper and metallic black, I may decide to paint the outside case.
     
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    It's arrived finally the Dell oem ac/dc adapter! It's ugly and big, will not be visible.

    But not yet power because the DC cable was not included in package.
     
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    The next important step toward the emulation of a Mac Pro 6,1 is the internal speaker.
    I plan to reuse the internal speaker from Powermac G5
    and connect to the front panel audio header, or the other 4 pin connector for chassis audio that the z270 gaming provide...

    I need more search and prudence, because it seem that this speaker, with only 2pin, has an higher amperage (or wattage?) than a standard Mother board...
    It's a little speaker that can find place easly in the Pi Case.
     
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