Most 'Mac-like' PC case

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rogersmj, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    I'm curious what you all would consider the most Mac-like PC case. Please note I'm not looking for something that looks identical to the Mac Pro...I'm more looking for opinions on what PC case most closely adheres to the Apple/Mac aesthetic -- clean lines, basic shapes, solid construction, and no superfluous bits or pieces or lights or wings sticking out of it. Obviously, nothing is going to measure up completely, I'm just looking for the best 'case' scenario (haha...sorry).

    In other words, something that would look good alongside real Mac equipment.

    Additional huge bonus if it's a quiet case ;)
  2. mikenike192 macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2008
  3. ProstheticHead macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    You could always take the road that would involve getting your hands a little dirty and modify an existing Mac case in order to fit the various parts you wish to stick inside of it.

    I've seen several people who have modified G5 Towers to fit their needs in terms of creating a Hackintosh. This, however, will require some cutting and fitting, maybe a touch of MacGyver before you'll be done.
  4. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006

    I have a Lian-Li V600. It has the same brushed aluminum finish as a mac pro but is really small. It was expensive, like $130. There is also a full sized case like that called the V1000.

    If I were to get another case I would definitely get a G5 case on ebay and a lian-li motherboard tray and just build my own since it would end up being cheaper and look a little better. Its actually pretty easy to mod a G5 case as long as you pick up the motherboard tray, all you need is a dremel to cut out a hole and some super strong metal epoxy to glue the tray to the G5.

    Ive seen mint G5 cases for like $50 on ebay, then the motherboard tray is something like $30, metal epoxy is like $5.
  5. rogersmj thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    That Lian-li looks pretty nice. The interior arrangement is kind of odd though. I'm not sure I like the power supply sitting directly over the CPU. But it looks nice.

    I keep hearing great things about the Antec Sonata III. It's pricey, but it's very well built and very quiet, and looks pretty sleek for the most part. Not aluminum, but still clean looking. That's on the short list with the Lian-Li I think.

    Any other suggestions?
  6. soms macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2007
  7. dvd macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2007
    If you're looking for a full sized case, check out the Antec P150... it's very quiet, great build quality, and appealingly plain.
  8. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    I had an Antec Sonata III PC case and it had incredible build quality and was really sturdy and HEAVY. I liked it a lot.
  9. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    Like I said the case is really small, so theres not a lot of room. The power supply prevents me from ever buying a third party heatsink, since those are always very tall and dont have enough room for the PSU. I wish they would have made it a little taller to fit the PSU on the bottom. Otherwise its not a big deal, Im able to overclock a e4300 Core 2 Duo to 2.7ghz and keep the temps at 39c on stock cooling, so the airflow is still decent.

    The V1000 is full sized though. It has one of the nicest interiors youll find in a PC case.
  10. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
  11. wal9000 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2006
    Having helped build 3 computers in Antec P180s, I can vouch for them being excellent cases. It's got 3 120 mm fans, the drive mounting system is simple yet effective, and it has rubber grommets to dampen drive vibration. Plenty of space, and build quality is just about the highest I've ever used. These things run cool, and they run quiet. Highly recommended.

    My biggest dislike is that it has a door on the front that you have top open to get at the drives and power/reset buttons, but I don't use my drives frequently enough to mind. The front ports are all accessible without opening it. It's also quite heavy, but with rolled steel construction, that's to be expected.
  12. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    There is ONLY ONE case,Lian-li,period.That's after 50 + case builds, all my computers are in Lian Li Cases
  13. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    One time I saw an extremely crappy looking case that looked exactly like a Mac Pro, only smaller and totally plastic and it just looked like garbage. Had the handles and everything.

    As a Mac Pro owner, I chuckled...
  14. product26 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
  15. supercooled macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007
    This looks good/great for a server build.

    Some years back before the Cooler Master and Silverstone off shoot brand there was a case that looked like the Mac Pro with a full cheese grater front. I can't remember the name but remember distinctively that you could mount it horizontally in a server rack. I would even go so far as to say it looks better than the G5/Mac Pro.
  16. Pigumon macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    Baack from the dead.... this thread.

    Since Hackintoshing is in full swing lately, I'd like to get some new opinions on this case idea.

    I still like the Lian Li cases, if not the most mac-like, at least the most un-PC.

    Just a clean black box, no neon green or blue LEDs, or silver swooshes or any of that tacky PC garbage.

    There is one that is pretty much beyond the scope of the Hackintosh as far as price is concerned, but it's beautiful.

    The vertical lines on the front door that hides all the bays and controls... very tasteful style, if not Mac-Like.

    Any others?
  17. namethisfile macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2008
  18. VeganHipster macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2011
    If you want similiar build quality go with SilverStone or Lian Li

    Silverstone FT02
    Revolutionary cooling system, the motherboard is mounted up so the PCI-E express cards are facing up, three fans on the bottom, supposed to cool a lot better. And from what I have seen it is true. Takes full ATX, mATX.

    Silverstone FT03
    Same cooling design as the FT02, but this is only for mATX motherboards.

    You will not get something similiar to Apple design and quality without paying a big fee. The FT02 costs around $200 and the FT03 costs around $150. Lian Li cases cost around the same price.

    You should just mod a G5 case. Tons of tutorials online, and it is not that difficult. Good luck!
  19. revelated macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2010
    Why not just buy a used older Mac Pro or something, gut it and put what you want in there?

    Note, I have never done it, but it seems to be the most time-effective option.


    Gut that bad boy and put your own stuff in it.
  20. Pigumon macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    Well the original post was not to copy the Mac case, so modding is not really the point here. It was more of "other" cases that are well designed.

    I think Lian Li really has a good design team. I'd like to see other companies that are similar to them.

    I like the idea of the door that covers all the little ports and bays. You don't really use those too often, so a nice, sleek, stylish door looks great to me.

    "One door to cover them all" :D
  21. craigsharp macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2008
    Keep in mind that this dead thread was revived from 3 1/2 years ago... I think at this point it is perfectly acceptable for whoever wants to post about whatever...
  22. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    This takes an extraordinary amount of time and effort to accomplish. It took me 16 to 20 hours to convert a G5 case into something that accepts ATX parts. What with all the cutting and fabrication of mounts. This was with taking a short cut and using a removable ATX tray and putting it into the G5 case.

    A Mac Pro case would probably be easier. It could probably only take a m-ATX board though. I would still think it would be a fair amount of labor to utilize the drive bays, mount an ATX PSU, use the front panel, fit an m-ATX board and getting fans running for the front to rear air flow.
  23. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    I went with the Cooler Master Elite 335 case when building my hackintosh.

    I wasn't as concerned with a Mac-like esthetic as I was a Mac Pro-like flow-through cooling. Apple's cooling scheme allows for slow-moving, quiet fans. I like that.

    I have a single, semi-large fan on the back of the case pulling air out and an identical fan on the front of the case pulling air in. Both fans are running off the 5V line so they're slow-moving and silent, yet the internals stay very cool.

    This case is also very well built. I have thumbscrews on it so it's easy to open (which, ironically, I rarely do). The perforated aluminum on the front of the case has a thin layer of foam behind it, helping to keep dust out.

    The hard drive/CD-ROM bays have quick disconnects. This works well, but if you have a massive video card, you might have difficulty getting drives in and out.

    The best part? This case is relatively inexpensive. A quick Google search shows $43-50 price without power supply. I think I got the case for even less than that.
  24. RUGERMAN macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2010
    Why is this on a MAC forum????
  25. BurningJah macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2010
    Cause some people do use windows or make a hackintosh. we do not all use just a mac.
    And other people like the design for this instance of the mac pro and want to have it but don't want to pay the price.

    That's why it's on macrumors forum

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