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[Project] Native - Mac Pro "Original" Build - EXTERNAL RAD BOX

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--[Introduction]--

Hi, I've been around on the forum for a while however I have been pretty quiet for the last few years, since I signed up I've wanted to do a case mod of some sort. Originally this was going to be with my old Thermaltake Shark case however things have moved on hardware wise and I felt a complete new build was needed.

--[The Project]--

The case I decided to start with is a mac pro 2008 case, I know Apple isn't the most popular company around here but I have always loved the style of their products and especially their cases which are simple, understated and elegant

I bought a Early 2008 Mac Pro case from eBay, It's in nearly perfect condition apart from a slight scratch on the access panel. I bought an empty case so I could start from scratch with only the necessary apple internal components, as I plan on maintaining as much of the original functionality as possible.

Separately I have purchased:
Lian Li V351 MicroATX Motherboard Tray
Apple optical drive carrier
Mac Pro Hard Drive Power + Data Cable Harness (This will need cutting and modifying to allow me to use a standard motherboard)

--[The Case]--
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Edited by Jamster325 - 1/2/12 at 3:47pm
The Shark!!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
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Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
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Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
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Macbook Pro
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 3210m Apple Logic Board Intel HD 4000 8gb G. Skill 1600mhz 
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256gb Samsung 840 Pro OSX 10.9 Mavericks 13.3" 1280x800  
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Links all sorted biggrin.gif no idea what happened there lol
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
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Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
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The Shark!!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
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The Shark!!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
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The Shark!!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
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Love these sort of mods.
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automatic.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k Gryphon Z97 Asus GTX760 OC 16GB Crucial Ballistix 
Hard DriveCoolingOSOS
2x 256GB Crucial MX100 H60 Windows 8.1 Pro OS X Yosemite 
MonitorPowerCase
2x Dell U2414H Seasonic X650 Legacy U3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 760 | 4GHz | 1.275v Gigabyte P55A-UD3 MSI NX7600GT  8GB G.Skill ECO 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 LG 22X DVD±R Corsair H50 OSX 10.7.3 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
LG 23" Corsair HX620 Antec Nine-Hundred MX 518 
Mouse Pad
Thermaltake 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X3 710 CACZC | 3.7GHz DFI LP DK 790GX-M2RS ATI Radeon HD 3300 4GB OCZ XTC @ 800MHz 2.08v 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 6400AAKS LG 22X DVD±R Xigmatek S1283 7 Professional 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
20" Acer AL2017 Logitech Media Corsair CX430 Thermaltake Soprano 
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Logitech G5 
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six|speed
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five|speed
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automatic.
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k Gryphon Z97 Asus GTX760 OC 16GB Crucial Ballistix 
Hard DriveCoolingOSOS
2x 256GB Crucial MX100 H60 Windows 8.1 Pro OS X Yosemite 
MonitorPowerCase
2x Dell U2414H Seasonic X650 Legacy U3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 760 | 4GHz | 1.275v Gigabyte P55A-UD3 MSI NX7600GT  8GB G.Skill ECO 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 LG 22X DVD±R Corsair H50 OSX 10.7.3 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
LG 23" Corsair HX620 Antec Nine-Hundred MX 518 
Mouse Pad
Thermaltake 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X3 710 CACZC | 3.7GHz DFI LP DK 790GX-M2RS ATI Radeon HD 3300 4GB OCZ XTC @ 800MHz 2.08v 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 6400AAKS LG 22X DVD±R Xigmatek S1283 7 Professional 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
20" Acer AL2017 Logitech Media Corsair CX430 Thermaltake Soprano 
Mouse
Logitech G5 
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post #6 of 129
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>.< Thanks!
I'll try not to disappoint! biggrin.gif
The Shark!!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
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The Shark!!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
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post #7 of 129
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Just a small update

I have ordered the following from MDPC

I would like to thank Lutro0 for this from his post on sleeving Here

3mm White Sleeving
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Sata White Sleeving
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Pre-Cut Heatshrink
Heatshrink_SATA__4a550da404dca.jpg
The Shark!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
  hide details  
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The Shark!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
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post #8 of 129
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First update of the night smile.gif

A couple of days ago I got the hard drive harness cable through in the post, this is going to be a bit of a challenge as I will need to splice together two sata cables frown.gif then repeat this four times for each connector. I have found a site that sells a mini sas barrel link however this is $59 excluding postage to the uk, which is money that could be better spent else where rolleyes.gif

The sata power connector also needed modifying, being the easier job this came first

This is the entire harness as it arrived
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The power and the data parts separated
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The ends cut off
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All the ends neatly twisted together
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The Molex connectors crimped on
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The final cable
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Pretty straight forward conversion there, next update will be the sata cable
The Shark!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
  hide details  
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The Shark!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
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post #9 of 129
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Here's last nights second update biggrin.gif the cables took a little longer than I anticipated as I had to redo two of them frown.gif

The original mini sas connector
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The connector cut off
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The stripped down cables
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One wire down
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One cable finished, this first one took me about 1 hour gunner.gif
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Three cables done, I need to buy another sata cable to do the final connector
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All I need to do to these cables now is heat shrink over the entire section and then sleeve them one it arrives
The Shark!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
  hide details  
Reply
The Shark!!
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 | 3.6 24/7 | Prime Stable Evga 780i FTW Evga 8800 Ultra 700/1655/2320 2GB Crucial Ballistix 1066mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x 500GB | Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Samsung SM-2493HM 24" OCZ 600w 
Case
Thermaltake Shark *Case mods starting soon* 
  hide details  
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post #10 of 129
that gonna look so awesome!
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