Old Mac Pro Metal Case - What to turn it into?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Totally, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. Totally macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2012
    West Coast = Best Coast
    I was given one of those metal Mac Pro cases when a friend moved, since it is a large and heavy item he felt he didn't want anymore and it wasn't worth moving across the country.

    I want to use it for something, but I don't know what. Anyone have any ideas for a DIY project turning it into something else? I've done some googling but it hasn't really helped.

  2. Twimfy macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2011
    Hackintosh? You can get small enough components that will give you some good power which can be hidden or hot glued into the case without the hassle of trying to make them fit all the original mounts.
  3. Totally thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2012
    West Coast = Best Coast
    Yeah that's one of the ideas I'm considering. I was just curious if anyone else had done anything more creative like turning it into something other than a computer. I saw a picture of one that was turned into a beer tap for example. Wasn't sure what other good ideas people had.
  4. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    I think someone posted awhile back about making a barbeque grill out of one. There was also a coffee table using a pair of them as the support legs.

    Is it just an empty case ... or does it still have the Mac inside (working or not)?
  5. jimj740 macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2013
    Pining for the company that once gave us Clarus
    Blindingly obvious answer: The world's most awesome industrial strength cheese grater!
  6. Totally thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2012
    West Coast = Best Coast
    Empty Case.

    Obviously this is what I should do!
  7. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    You could turn it into a homemade clock.

    But don't bring it to class.
  8. macs4nw macrumors 601


    My repair guy (a former Apple Genius repair technician, who has set up shop himself) has two of them in his store, about 6-7ft apart with a plank across both of them, as a bench for people to sit on while waiting for minor repair work to be completed on their equipment.

    Having only one, maybe you could somehow make a stool out of yours?
  9. someoldguy macrumors 68000

    Aug 2, 2009
    Fill it full of concrete , drag it to the curb , and video people trying to take it ...
  10. CapnDavey, Sep 18, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2015

    CapnDavey macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2015
    for shock value you could put an old 286 board in it and freak out your friends hehe
  11. TheStork macrumors regular


    Dec 28, 2008
  12. RAMtheSSD macrumors member


    Mar 23, 2013
    High on a Mountain Looking for Wisdom
    I would do something completely different: I do not how deep your computing hobby goes but if you do UNIX well, then this might be fun and stable to boot. Take 4 mini boards and a large power supply and, using some JB weld to mount the screen where you need them, mount them in the case. Interconnect them all with PCIe based network cards and you can use several methods to make the cluster behave as one machine. The simplest is Heartbeat but AFAIK that works with only two (anyone know if it can do 4?). There is an add-on to BSDs and LINUX distros that will distribute the work all over the cluster but the name escapes me. Aluminum is a great conductor of heat and it may be possible to pass the heat out to the outside wall though I have not been able to conceptually (this began as a thought experiment) overcome the potential for static electricity to travel back in and short everything out --I was thinking aluminum block shaped like a C with the high part touching the processor with thermal paste and the low TIG welded to the outside of the box. Still, the box is exceptionally well ventilated and a sealed water cooler system could pass the heat directly from the radiator to the box so there is room for a very large PS and a lot of heat.

    True, you would have to gut it almost totally but 4 miniPC boards should fit comfortably.
  13. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Sick, but hilarious..... :D

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