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Case Mod - In Progress (¯`._MyMacCube_.´¯) That left

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Bouly, 23 Oct 2008.

  1. Bouly

    Bouly New Member

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    Hello all,,

    I present my new project: _MyMacCube_.

    The aim is to install a PC motherboard (mini ITX) in a box Mac G4 Cube, all in fanless.

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    This small config serve as internet and reading for my MP3.



    The box:
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    • Parts of origin MAC
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    Hardware:
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    • VIA EPIA SP 8000 Motherboard Mini ITX
    • 512MB Kingston DDR400 RAM
    • 60GB SATA 2.5DD
    • Slim burner DVD 8x
    • 120W DC Converter 120W




    (¯`·._¸,.»¬=椺²°Part. 1 _MyMacCube°²º¤æ=¬«.,¸_.·´¯)

    Before everything and start of the project, unpacking and testing the hardware:
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    First start:
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    Successful installation of Windows XP Pro
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    (¯`·._¸,.»¬=椺²°Part. 2 _MyMacCube°²º¤æ=¬«.,¸_.·´¯)

    The case 174mmx174mmx179mm internal measure, I should store all my gear. So I decided to all 3D modeling to verify:
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    The PC motherboard:
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    The cage with the hardware:
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    The project finished:
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    (¯`·._¸,.»¬=椺²°Part. 3 _MyMacCube°²º¤æ=¬«.,¸_.·´¯)

    Realization of the cage hardware 173mmx173mmx178mm:
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    Realization of motherboard cache:
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    Dismantling of the grid and support Cover:
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    New 3D modeling:

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    (¯`·._¸,.»¬=椺²°Part. 4 _MyMacCube°²º¤æ=¬«.,¸_.·´¯)

    Collage of angles for fixing the basket on the box inside, not to mention the cutting of the plate higher:
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    (¯`·._¸,.»¬=椺²°Part. 5 _MyMacCube_°²º¤æ=¬«.,¸_.·´¯)


    I started to support my motherboard (plexi white 3mm).

    Cutting elements:
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    Trimming logo:
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    Test in the basket hardware:
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    - 3D rendering and workpiece -
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    (¯`·._¸,.»¬=椺²°Part. 6 _MyMacCube_°²º¤æ=¬«.,¸_.·´¯)

    I finished my motherboard support:
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    I also finished cutting logos and all my parts:
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    (¯`·._¸,.»¬=椺²°Part. 7 _MyMacCube_°²º¤æ=¬«.,¸_.·´¯)

    My PSU support, my support hard drive and support DVD Slim almost done:
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    (¯`·._¸,.»¬=椺²°Part. 8 _MyMacCube_°²º¤æ=¬«.,¸_.·´¯)

    The basket hardware is almost finished.

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    Following the next issue soon and sorry for my English approximate.....
     
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  2. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    awesome, i had the very same idea just the other week!
     
  3. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Awesome. If you are keeping the metal skin layer, you MUST sand and polish it.:D

    -And I could stare at that tablecloth all day. It's trippy.
     
  4. Nolimited

    Nolimited New Member

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    really nice work and clean :thumb:
     
  5. jegerjon

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    Seems like a pretty nice start! Keep it up, by the way your 3D work is awesome.
     
  6. Bouly

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    Thank you all for your nice messages. :blah: :lol:
     
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  7. renba

    renba hooch is crazy

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    Very nice project
     
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    cyberspyder Canuck

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  9. Bouly

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  10. crazybob

    crazybob Voice of Reason

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    The idea is excellent and the craftsmanship is beautiful. Unfortunately, I see two problems with it. The first is that passive cooling is very difficult, even of such low-power components; this is actually one of the reasons the Cube was originally discontinued. Your board may have worked just fine sitting out on the table, but the airflow is a bit more restricted inside the case. If there's a decent ventilation space at the bottom to match up with the nice grills you have cut into the top, you might be OK if you can keep a clean airflow path. This brings me neatly only my next problem, which is that it's more likely to work if the fins on the heatsink run vertically, rather than horizontally as you have them drawn. The horizontal fins will tend to trap warm air, whereas vertical fins will keep a small amount of gentle airflow going.

    If you end up having thermal issues, you could place a single Nexus 80mm or 92mm fan somewhere running at very low voltage to help keep the vertical airflow going. A Nexus running at 5-7 volts is so quiet that the noise of your hard drive would completely drown it out.

    Sorry if I sound like I'm trying to discourage you from your original plan. I love the idea, and as I said, your work is excellent. Keep it up, because I look forward to seeing the result!
     
  11. Bouly

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    I planned to install a fan to remove hot air, just for safety.:thumb:
     
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  12. Bouly

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    My latest creation: "Cosmos Ohm"

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    Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 + 2 x Noctua NF-S12 + 1 X Noctua NF-R8 + 1 X Thermaltake TT-1225
    Corsair CMPSU-620HX
    ASUSTeK Striker Extreme 680iSLI + Asus Supreme FX 7.1
    Core 2 Quad Q6600
    Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Edition + Noctua NF-S12
    Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4 Go (2 Kits 2x 1 Go) DDR2-SDRAM PC6400
    SLI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC MSI
    Barracuda 7200.10, 320 G, buffer 16mo (x2)
    DVD Samsung SH-S203B/BEBN
     
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  13. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Never seen a MACCube modded before, looking great so far.

    I love yous Cosmos, very clean and original. Fantastic work.
     
  14. Bouly

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    Thank you very much for your remarks:naughty:
     
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  15. don_Martin

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    This project reminded me of this guy who managed to fit a mac mini into the cube. :)
    http://www.123macmini.com/macminicube/

    Should provide you with some inspiration.
     
  16. Bouly

    Bouly New Member

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    I know the project, great job of integration, painstaking work.
    Without bragging, I think I saw almost all workblog on Mac G4 Cube.

    To keep the spirit Mac G4 Cube, tomorrow I'll try to do my touch-Sensitive Button.
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    1 x QT110 de Quantum
    1 x 4N25 optocoupler
    1 x 470 ohm resistor
    1 x 10nF capacitor
     
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  17. Bouly

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    (¯`·._¸,.»¬=椺²°Part. 9 _MyMacCube_°²º¤æ=¬«.,¸_.·´¯)

    Hello,

    I finished the structure of mod ,tomorrow preparation and painting. :D
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  18. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Awesome, what colour will it be painted? White, black, silver?
     
  19. Bouly

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    I'll paint everything white. The columns will be chrome. Then I'll make a carbon effect on the bottom.
     
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  20. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Sounds fantastic.
     
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