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About otisg

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  1. Mac Mini Pro?

    So, based on a cursory reading, it looks as though Mini-ITX is still too big (the Amazon measurements probably included the handles...). Seems as though I need to find an LGA 1155 board that can fit in this... © wolphcry This may be a lost cause unless someone knows of a suitable board. In the meantime, I'll keep looking around.
  2. Mac Mini Pro?

    Thanks for the link - looks like a lot of good info (positive or negative) and I'm eager to read it.
  3. Mac Mini Pro?

    Okay, So I've been reading these forums for a while now and I've undertaken one project so far - a G5 Hackintosh. I have neglected to post updates or details of that project because there seem to be so many already and I felt I had nothing new to contribute. However, I recently got an idea that I think is worth pursuing (whenever I have the requisite cash..). I stumbled upon this Macally Hard Drive Enclosure (styled after the mac pro) and wondered whether or not it could be modded with a Mini-ITX board into a bad-ass HTPC. The dimensions (11.5 x 9 x 2.8 inches, from Amazon) make it seem possible to me given the Mini-ITX form factor (6.7 x 6.7 in). Does anyone have any thoughts about what components might make sense (i.e. I will likely need a tiny or external psu and a small flash chip or hdd). I wonder if maybe some boards have a psu and storage onboard? The only question then would be, "Can I put OS X Lion on it?" I would probably be looking at close to the following specs: Macally G-S350SU (modded into an HTPC case) [$30, Amazon] Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-B3 (or better-suited board) [$110, Amazon] 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM [$30, Amazon] Intel Core i3-2125 3.30 GHz (using HD3000 graphics) [$160, Amazon] Tiny PSU (probably <150 W) [$ ?, ?] <- UPDATE: Maybe this PSU??? (picoPSU-150-XT) Tiny Storage (maybe SSD? ~64 GB) [$ ?, ?] Oh, and Mac OS X Lion, of course [$29, Apple] Total cost: $359 (Case/MB/RAM/CPU/OS) + ? (PSU/Storage) So, in summary, if this is possible it would be a cheap route to a great looking and capable HTPC or, as I would call it, the Mac Mini Pro. Otisg