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I built a cylindrical case with high grade aluminium that accommodates standard mini-ITX parts. We factored in thermals, cable management, and small form factor design. Please see my other forum on how I built it. http://www.osx86.net/forums/topic/23990-building-a-macpro-late-2013-case-cylinder/ Alex
I've built over a dozen OSx86 boxes; here's the latest completed one. I've had it sitting around unfinished for a looong time -- basically since the IvyBridge CPUs came out. Yeah, I know; I got way behind. Anyway, this is up & running 100% on Mavericks (10.9.3), including sleep, QE/CI, the whole ball of wax. No DSDT. The only thing I didn't fix is the stock Apple DVD Player, which crashes on launch. But I use VLC, Movist and BluRay Player anyway, so no big deal. The main stickler was boot-up stalls when loading graphics (the dreaded "Missing Bluetooth Controller Transport" message). I have a discrete gfx card; a Radeon HD 6850 that fits nicely in this case. After much trial and error, and removing all "AppleHD3000*, 4000* and 5000* kexts, it booted fine. "GraphicsEnabler"="Yes". Having that particular kernel flag is the only way to get the Graphics card to show up correctly in the "About This Mac" screen. Otherwise, it identifies it as "AMD Radeon HD 6xxx." I stripped all the prices from the spreadsheet below the product photos. But if you're wondering, the cost of the parts themselves was between $1100-$1200. Maybe a lot for a minihack rig? The IvyBridge i7-3770 core temps stay in the 30s and 40s. A bit higher than a similar build in the same model case but which uses a SandyBridge i7-2770k. The case has only two fans but adequate ventilation. The top fan is a slim-type; it's the only way to fit a radiator cooler and a full-size PSU (I never go cheap on PSUs in these builds). I subbed out the stock neon blue front fan with a colorless black one. Otherwise, a pretty straight-ahead build. I would call this a solid HTPC or even an everyday system. With no overclocking mods, everything running stock, it gets over 13000 in GeekBench. That's good enough for the vast majority of users. Any comments or questions welcomed. ? ? ?