Mac mini case mod power supply question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jdreier, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. jdreier macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2010
    I'm in the process of basically installing the innards of my mac mini into a vintage cassette deck and use it as a htpc.

    My main question is what would be the best way to run the mac mini off a traditional ATX computer power supply? I could use the supplied power supply, but as this is a case mod, I'm also looking at adding additional components like a couple HDs and a DVD drive, so it's gonna need more power.

    Is it as simple as splitting some wires and splicing into the power supply? Or will I need some sort of power regulator between the PSU and the mini?

    My current mac mini is the older style setup. It was originally a 2006 1.66cd, but has since been upgraded to a 2.33c2d cpu.
  2. theRAMman macrumors regular

    May 6, 2012
    The Moon.
    if i was in your situation, i would use the provided power supply. I would have a USB hub internally to connect USB DVD/CD drives to. It would be a mess inside but the outside would be alright. (but im not pro so of course i would take the easy method :p)
  3. jdreier thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Seems to be that's what I'm going to have to do.

    I've been debating over if I should tear apart my mac mini and use that inside the case... or just build a complete hackintosh inside. The ladder would cost a lot more, but I probably wouldn't run into as many obstacles during the build.

    I'm also going to try and install a mini amplifier inside the case. That way I can hook up some stereo speakers directly to the vintage cassette deck case.

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