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Mac mini Pro - Z370 Fatal1ty ITX

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Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming ITX/AC

CPU: i7-8700

Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i Black

Ram: 2 x 16GB Crucial 2666

PSU: Pico PSU 250W with Dell 12v 18A Brick

HDD: 1TB Intel 660p Nvme SSD

WIFI/BT: BCM943224PCIEBT2 on M.2 NGFF adapter

Case: Chinese "Aluminium" ITX


Cost is about 1/3 of similar spec Mac mini


 Edit. Final look:



Edit 2 Changed Led to green as Apple would do :)





Original case:







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Edited by luki1979
Photo added

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Now the modding bit: after few days of usage it become apparent that thermals is such small case are not great. CPU fan just blows hot air into aluminium top and everything becomes super hot inside. I’ve added small 60x10mm fan, which was hard to find if you like quiet one but still to warm to my taste. I just ordered perforated aluminium sheet and going to replace top cover with that. Without the top CPU idle at 30 degrees Celsius and stays under 55 under heavy load. Also added RGB strip, you got to have RGB right?







Edited by luki1979

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UK prices

case £35 (eBay)

motherboard £59 (eBay second hand)

cpu £210 (Cex second hand)

ram £90 (Cex second hand)

pico PSU £12 (eBay)

Dell 12v 18A PSU £8 (eBay second hand)

1TB Nvme £99 (Scan)

BCM94322 £7 (eBay second hand)

NGFF adapter £4 (eBay) 

Noctua Black Cooler £46 (Amazon)

other fan, RGB strip, 8pin Atx cable £10


Total £580

Real Mac mini i7, 32gb ram, 1TB SSD £2149

Thank you, good bay 

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Posted (edited)

Nice Job!

Gonna start a new project myself. I know it is gonna be a handful but gonna start out with a Dune pro case..... when it gets here....


dune pro.jpg

Edited by Zanthros
correct picture.

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