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Untouched outside look Mac Pro

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Motherboard
Gigabyte H270N-WIFI
CPU
i5-7600
Mac
MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
iOS
this is sick! nice build
 
Joined
Mar 28, 2017
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28
Motherboard
Asus X99-A II
CPU
Intel Core i7-6800K Broadwell-E 6-Core 3.4 GHz
Graphics
Asus Strix 970 GTX Overclocked
Mac
MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
iBook
Mobile Phone
iOS
Hi gents,

I've been reading on these forums for years and also had already build two Mac Pros with the help of articles posted here. My latest project was fitting my main workstation into a Mac Pro Case with the front and back completely untouched from the outside while the insides are cleaned up and functional. Here it is:

View attachment 242681

I used custom lasercut aluminium plates I designed in 3D for exactly these components. The backplate is mounted to the original motherboard pins and the new MB is mounted in the center. This is so I could use the gap between backplate and case as well as the gab between rear I/O ports and MB to hide a ton of adapter cables.

View attachment 242682

The backplate also bends forward as a new mount for the SATA Drawers, which each also have a laser-cut adapter plate. I re-soldered the front button and LED without the use of the original front assembly. The most difficult part was the custom graphics card mount, which I hope I never have to touch again. Since I don't have sheet metal folding machine, I designed all plates so I could fold them by hand. They never lined up perfectly and the actual build is quite a bit crooked and scratched.


View attachment 242683

The original donor was a fully functional first gen Intel MP from ebay. I used a lot of paper prototypes for different designs, ultimately the planing and re-fitting was the most amount of work.

View attachment 242684

I wanted to have the original port at the rear, so I used a SFX PSU inside the original PSU Case which is connected to the original power plug. The PSU is upside down and his little space for air, so I used some of the old passive coolers as spacers.

Most importantly the build runs cool and stable thanks to the giant BeQuiet cooler. No other fans were requiered.

Anyway I just wanted to thank you guys for your great forum, I could not have done it without you!

Cheers
Pascal
Awesome build! Looks great!
Hi gents,

I've been reading on these forums for years and also had already build two Mac Pros with the help of articles posted here. My latest project was fitting my main workstation into a Mac Pro Case with the front and back completely untouched from the outside while the insides are cleaned up and functional. Here it is:

View attachment 242681

I used custom lasercut aluminium plates I designed in 3D for exactly these components. The backplate is mounted to the original motherboard pins and the new MB is mounted in the center. This is so I could use the gap between backplate and case as well as the gab between rear I/O ports and MB to hide a ton of adapter cables.

View attachment 242682

The backplate also bends forward as a new mount for the SATA Drawers, which each also have a laser-cut adapter plate. I re-soldered the front button and LED without the use of the original front assembly. The most difficult part was the custom graphics card mount, which I hope I never have to touch again. Since I don't have sheet metal folding machine, I designed all plates so I could fold them by hand. They never lined up perfectly and the actual build is quite a bit crooked and scratched.


View attachment 242683

The original donor was a fully functional first gen Intel MP from ebay. I used a lot of paper prototypes for different designs, ultimately the planing and re-fitting was the most amount of work.

View attachment 242684

I wanted to have the original port at the rear, so I used a SFX PSU inside the original PSU Case which is connected to the original power plug. The PSU is upside down and his little space for air, so I used some of the old passive coolers as spacers.

Most importantly the build runs cool and stable thanks to the giant BeQuiet cooler. No other fans were requiered.

Anyway I just wanted to thank you guys for your great forum, I could not have done it without you!

Cheers
Pascal
 
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Hi gents,

I've been reading on these forums for years and also had already build two Mac Pros with the help of articles posted here. My latest project was fitting my main workstation into a Mac Pro Case with the front and back completely untouched from the outside while the insides are cleaned up and functional. Here it is:

View attachment 242681

I used custom lasercut aluminium plates I designed in 3D for exactly these components. The backplate is mounted to the original motherboard pins and the new MB is mounted in the center. This is so I could use the gap between backplate and case as well as the gab between rear I/O ports and MB to hide a ton of adapter cables.

View attachment 242682

The backplate also bends forward as a new mount for the SATA Drawers, which each also have a laser-cut adapter plate. I re-soldered the front button and LED without the use of the original front assembly. The most difficult part was the custom graphics card mount, which I hope I never have to touch again. Since I don't have sheet metal folding machine, I designed all plates so I could fold them by hand. They never lined up perfectly and the actual build is quite a bit crooked and scratched.


View attachment 242683

The original donor was a fully functional first gen Intel MP from ebay. I used a lot of paper prototypes for different designs, ultimately the planing and re-fitting was the most amount of work.

View attachment 242684

I wanted to have the original port at the rear, so I used a SFX PSU inside the original PSU Case which is connected to the original power plug. The PSU is upside down and his little space for air, so I used some of the old passive coolers as spacers.

Most importantly the build runs cool and stable thanks to the giant BeQuiet cooler. No other fans were requiered.

Anyway I just wanted to thank you guys for your great forum, I could not have done it without you!

Cheers
Pascal
Could we see a more detailed building process with pictures?
 
Joined
May 16, 2017
Messages
25
I am about to embark on building my first hackintosh and came across your post. I must say this is EXACTLY how I want mine to look when I am done. Nice to know that it is possible, just with a little forethought and planning. Once again nice work.
 
Joined
Jun 10, 2016
Messages
296
Motherboard
Gigabyte H170N
CPU
6700K
Graphics
Visiontek R9 280X
Mac
MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
iMac
Mobile Phone
iOS
This is a fantastic build/mod. Well done, and thanks for posting.
 
Joined
Sep 28, 2011
Messages
242
Motherboard
GA-Z68XP-UD3
CPU
i7
Graphics
GTX 560
Classic Mac
LC, Power Mac
Mobile Phone
iOS
Gorgeous build! Congrats!
 
Joined
Aug 6, 2011
Messages
2
Motherboard
ep45ds3l
CPU
e2600
Graphics
nvidia 8800
Mac
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
A great build any chance to get copies of the 3D plans I like the way you have mounted the hard drives really clean
 
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