Great way to end 2018 with completing the Mac Classic (It’s a Mac Classic II case) build. Took some time to get all the parts due to the pricing for RAM & GPU’s this year. Plus with the i9-9900K coming out, it delayed the build a little bit.
The build started with purchasing a Mac Classic II. I removed all the hardware and begun the upgrade process. Cutting out holes for the motherboard IO Shield & GPU. And with that, cut out mounting holes for 2x USB 3.0 ports in the handle at the top. The PSU needed little modding to fit, almost as it was meant for this case. The motherboard was one of the first parts I received, as you can see the standoffs have already been installed. The GPU needed to be installed upsidedown due to airflow. Didn’t want to block the fan.
Once all the parts arrived, I was able to start putting everything together.
Kinda sucked that the PCI-E Riser I purchased was 1/2in to short to be fully inserted into the motherboard. Needed to use 2 PCI-E Risers for the time being. I do plan on upgrading to 10Gb. This motherboard supports 2×8 bifurcation, so I can run a 10Gb Nic & the GTX 1080 on the same PCI-E slot. Shouldn’t lose too much performance on the GPU running at 8x speed, instead of the full 16x. But that’s for a later date.
Installed a LED Power Button that’s tied to a Molex adapter to pull 12v of power. So it’ll only turn on when there is power to the motherboard.
Wanted to try to keep as much of the Apple’ness in this build. Think overall it’s not to bad. If I did this again, there would be different things I’d do. The Apple Mouse & Keyboard are setup and work great with this build.
This build does exactly what I wanted it to do. Wanted an All-In-One build that was fast and mobile. The i9 helps a lot with encoding video, a lot faster than the G4 Build (i7-7700K). It has WiFi/Bluetooth, a built-in 1080p LCD, so really only needs the power to get up and running.
Been testing out the GTX 1060, haven’t bought a graphics card in years. Last card I bought was an AMD HD7950 for my Mac Pro.
So far this graphics card has been amazing within this small case. Wanted to push it a little bit and hooked up 3 monitors, hitting 5760×1080 (16:3 aspect ratio). That’s 1080p per display.
2x 25″ Hannspree HF255
1x DELL U2711
Enable NVidia Surround to get all the displays to act as a single display.
While playing DOOM I was getting around 50-70FPS. Not to bad while playing on Ultra Settings with TAA.
The graphics card is set to 116% Power Target & Mem Clock Offset is +100 Mhz. No other overclocking is applied.
EVGA 1060 6G SC on Amazon:
Decided to take a quick break and print a Moon. Nothing super complicated, just a cool piece to have. I did manage to add in a Teensy 3.1 with a quick script that changes the moons color on startup. Chooses between different shades of white, yellow & blue. Running off a 3.7v 1000mAh battery. I am using a Single White LED to help give it an overall brightness and a RGB LED for the color.
As you see in the photos, the model is pretty detailed. That dark ring at the top is due to support material not fully removed, kinda hard to get at.
In this part of the G4 Mod, needed to remove the center area of the CPU Block to allow room for an internal PSU. I used a metal blade to cut it out, took about 30-45mins of cutting to remove both sides.
Here I start to remove all the old components in the Apple G4 Cube. You can see that there isn’t really much room for air flow, will be a tight fit for anything.
All the airflow will be coming from the bottom and coming out the top.
Will be pretty much 3 channels for airflow, CPU+Motherboard, PSU, & GPU channel. The CPU & GPU channels might need fans on the bottom of the case to help move the air since both of them will have side mounted fans. But time will tell, maybe the fans on the top for outtake will be enough to direct the airflow.
Starting a new project aka mod. Going to be gutting an Apple G4 Cube, which I bought for $80 on eBay almost 2yrs ago. Installing all new components. Intel i7-7700, EVGA GTX 1060 6GB, 32GB of Ram, etc. Below is the full list of components for this build, minus the tools used to complete this mod.
Will be working on this over the next couple of months. Slowing buying each component and modding the case to fit everything.