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Hackintosh Mini Pro - A Silver Bitfenix Prodigy Build

Hi OCN, I originally joined to be part of the Bitfenix Prodigy club but now I'm going to work on updating my current build. I have recently bought the Bitfenix Prodigy just over a month ago, and before that the last case I bought (Chieftec Dragon Blue) was way back in 2003, when I built my first computer.

So long story short, I've built custom PCs for almost 10 years but this would be my first foray into water cooling. I've already had this Prodigy build up and running, but this log would be to rebuild it into a water cooling PC with a different theme.

The theme is to look more like one may expect a Hackintosh to be. I own a Macbook since 2009 and have messed around with Mac on my PC before, so now I hope to get into it again. I have Snow Leopard on my MacBook but afraid it may not be enough to run Mountain Lion. It should be no sweat for my new computer, though. In addition to painting the case silver, I will be taking bits and bobs of actual Apple parts and integrating them in, along with some personal touches. The colors I'll use are silver, white and gray. And black PCB parts exposed in a typical Mac fashion.

Keep in mind I will be buying parts in dribs and drabs. Expect some experimentation, and trial and error to take place. This is a build that will be worked on in small steps, and with the custom mods, will be partly winging it along the way.

Original Setup







Current Status





Current parts
  • Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570k
  • Memory: 4GB Kingston HyperX Blu Samsung Green 8GB 1600 Mhz
  • Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600 watts
  • Graphics: XFX 7950 3GB MSI HD 7950 OC
  • Storage: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD
  • More storage: Toshiba 2TB 7200 RPM hard drive
  • Optical Drive: Panasonic UJ-265 6x Blu-Ray burner
  • Case: Bitfenix Prodigy White
  • Sound: Asus Xonar U3
  • Network: TP-Link 150Mbps Wireless N adapter

Cooling!?
  • Motherboard block: Bitspower AIZ77ITXD block - nickel/silver finish
  • GPU block: EK-FC7950 - nickel
  • Radiators: XSPC AX 240 and AX 120 in silver
  • Fans: (3x) 120mm Gentle Typhoon AP-14, Scythe Slipstream 1600 RPM, white 120mm Bitfenix Spectre
  • Pump: Swiftech MCP35X in white
  • Reservoir: Bitspower Z-multi 150 clear
  • Fittings: XSPC chrome fittings
  • Tubing: Watts 1/2" ID 3/4" OD clear tubing (may replace with PrimoFlex LRT)

Other additional components (the mod stuff!)
  • Two sheets of glass 1/8" thick with reflective tint
  • Mac Pro 4x SATA power and data connectors
  • A couple of Bitfenix Alchemy white sleeved cables gonna custom sleeve it all
  • Couple of white PSU connectors
  • 2x Logisys 8" corner white LED bar
  • Mac Pro hard drive sleds
  • Aluminum sheets
  • Pack of 10 silver thumb screws
  • Roll of 1/2" sticky magnetic tape

Index:

This log has had a very slow start, mostly with the slow buying of new parts. Those of you who want to get into the actual start of the new build might want to jump ahead to the post called "240mm rad, tube res and extra fan".

To be bought
  • Xeon E3 1230V2 to replace the i5
  • Glass side windows

Mods be completed:
  • Hard drive load-in system similar to Mac Pro
  • PSU cable re-sleeving for shorter cables
  • Replacing a few switches, like the power button
  • Acrylic mirror left side panel
  • Custom front panel
  • Move power and inputs from right side to front panel

I plan to add more pictures and go in detail with the parts to illustrate my progress.
Edited by ccRicers - 2/2/14 at 7:47pm
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Love that window you got there biggrin.gif

edit: I'm about to buy that same xeon there, $200 at microcenter
Edited by LordOfTots - 10/16/13 at 2:21pm
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Love that window you got there biggrin.gif

edit: I'm about to buy that same xeon there, $200 at microcenter

Thanks, and I'll probably be going to Microcenter for that as well.

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A few small problems came along as I was customizing the look of the case. I bought a pack of 10 silver thumbscrews as part of adding more silver parts to complement the white. I used them everywhere except for the expansion slots. The fit was too tight.





In fact, in a lot of these screws the threads felt way too tight and they wouldn't fully screw in. The lower one in the left side panel got stuck and when I attempted to loosen it with some pliers, the head snapped off. The thread stub stayed inside the hole, which can still manage to hold the bottom of the panel.



For the side window, I was inspired by the Prodigy Mirror mod in making this part, and following his video. It is actually not as complicated as it looks, and achieves great looking results for little investment. All that's needed is a pane of 1/8" thick glass cut to size (or acrylic because it's easier to work with) and some magnetic sticky tape. Bought both parts at Home Depot for 8 bucks, along with a cutting tool.

I encountered some problems here too, admittedly because I did a rush job with it. I never cut acrylic before so with my first time I messed up along the long edge and got a bit of a curve along the top edge. When I applied the magnet tape, I misaligned one of them and re-applied it. It left some visible residue and that side didn't hold as well.



A few days later, the back part slid off from the magnet. I was able to stick it back on, but this is not a good finished panel. I'll write it off as a "practice" cut.

Other than that, there's the problem with its lack of ventilation. With the video card too close to the window, it's not a very good idea to do even moderate gaming with it, so it's just using the stock panel from now. I imagine that the windowed panel Bitfenix sells would also face this problem.

Additionally, I'll apply a reflective window tint to get the mirror look. Since I'm just having the system air cooled, I will drill some holes in the same pattern as the stock panel.

But for now, I am waiting on some cable accessories to clean up the mess around the power supply, along with some other things.
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More parts arrived, including the Mac Pro hard drive caddies.






Cabling stuff didn't go as planned. I received the wrong 6-pin connector (3 round pins instead of 4) for the video card. Contacted them about an RMA. I can still work on re-fitting some PSU cables but not all of them.

Fitting one with an old hard drive to see how much it will stick out.



About an inch.. which I'd expect since these are made with easy insertion and replacement in mind. Even though it's not much, I think it's cool to have some Mac Pro parts on hand. These parts alone say a lot about the build quality of their cases.

I will place these in the bottom hard drive cage of the Prodigy. The idea is remove the plastic trays and add a rear wall with two SATA connectors so you just slide in the hard drives to plug them in. Aside from not having to deal with cables, it will also look a lot nicer.
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Can't wait to see it come together! And nice idea for the harddrives tongue.gif
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Now that I have the hard drive sleds for myself, I have a much better idea about the sliding mechanism in the Mac Pro. Here's a picture that shows it looking from below.



The camera is out of focus, but the circled area shows pretty much one of the two overhang ledges that slide together with the inner rails of the sled. Also, I need to get those same kind of SATA connectors if possible, as separate pieces.

The mounting holes are oriented in same direction as the pins and they are just what I need for a clean installation. But I can only find 22-pin connectors with holes set at right angles, usually as parts to attach to laptop boards.

Found this handy back view of the cable for reference (courtesy of the TonyMac x86 forums)


A fellow Hackintosher took them apart, says the connectors are Molex part CD011170A . If possible I'd like to get the connectors without having to get the 4-headed serpent comes with it, but if not I'll bite the bullet and disassemble it myself.
Edited by ccRicers - 10/18/13 at 10:27pm
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Not much to talk about the last few days. I just re-wired the LED light bar because I didn't realize that it came with a standard 12v DC connector, and that FrozenCPU sold these with the Molex connector already applied. So I did the work myself after not using my soldering tools for over a year. All that's left is the sleeving.

The Bitspower sleeve didn't match the material and texture of the Alchemy cables I already use. Those cables were my first individually sleeved cables I own and looks like I'm gonna prefer the paracord over the plastic feel.
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Made a bunch of small purchases Sunday through today.



25 ft. of white coreless paracord from Lutro0 Customs



Mac Pro power button from GainSaver



16 female ATX connector pins



10 white rectangular LEDs from eBay

Don't need all 10, but it's the cheapest I can get this kind of LEDs with shipping.
I should be able to finish up the sleeving very soon. Then, I'll be moving on to making the custom case add-ons.
Edited by ccRicers - 10/24/13 at 3:30pm
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Be careful on the subject of a Hackintosh around these parts. Do not divulge information pertaining to how to get OSX to work on your machine.
 
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Be careful on the subject of a Hackintosh around these parts. Do not divulge information pertaining to how to get OSX to work on your machine.

No problem, I read the sticky on the Apple forum before. I've seen other build logs that mention Hackintosh, and like those, I won't be going into details on installing the OS either.
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