Removing Mac Pro Handles

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Capt Underpants, May 13, 2010.

  1. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    I've got a desk that has a 16 + 7/8" tall space for a computer (that's 42.75 cm for the rest of the world). I want to fit a mac pro in there.

    For Mac Pro owners:
    What is the height of your mac pro without the handles?

    For handypeople:
    What kind of tools would I need for this job? I would be willing to bring it to someone with the tools and knowhow, but I would still like to know what you believe to be the best route to achieving a functional and aesthetically pleasing handle chop.

    A couple of people have done it, but there are really no step-by-step guides, or detailed pictures.
    See here and here.
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    Get a new desk. Don't butcher a perfectly fine computer!!
     
  3. Capt Underpants thread starter macrumors 68030

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    The desk is more important than the computer.
     
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    Step by step instructions? For what?

    Take one of these and simply cut them of.

    [​IMG]

    A hand metal saw as can be seen in the first link you provided should do the job as well.
    Just make sure you file the edges.

    Edit:
    Almost forgot, the hight without bottom and top handles is 44cm.
     
  6. Capt Underpants thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for measuring. I'm glad it will fit.

    I've got no handyperson skills, but I should be able to find someone with a saw and a file. Thinking about doing this makes me nervous, but I suppose it must be done.

    There are no vents on the bottom, so cooling shouldn't be an issue -- right?
     
  7. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Yes, that's right.
     
  8. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    well if your desk can fit a computer that's 42.75 cm tall, and the height of the mac pro minus the top and bottom handles is 44cm... my math says it still won't fit.
     
  9. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    Only the WiFi aerials are on the underside, under the plastic information sticker.

    Though as bozz2006 says it's still going to be too tall.
     
  10. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Pics when you are done!

    Just buy a hacksaw and be done with it.
     
  11. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    Hold up there, Speedy. You may want to re-examine your math. (Last I knew, a 44cm object would not fit in a 42.75cm space.)

    EDIT: bozz2006 beat me to it. (/shakes tiny fist)
     
  12. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    I just measured mine and came up with 17 7/16".
     
  13. Icaras macrumors 603

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    Are you saying the desk cost more than the Mac Pro?
     
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    The Mac Pro will look wonderful...sitting NEXT to your precious desk.
     
  15. cutterman macrumors regular

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    If you are insistent on cutting the handles off I would suggest using a hand-powered hacksaw. The vibrations from a power saw may damage delicate electronics. Also be sure the filings dont get inside.
     
  16. Capt Underpants thread starter macrumors 68030

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    No. I'm say the desk is more important than the mac pro. Plus I'm using this for audio recording, so it needs to be enclosed. I don't want fan noise in my tracks.

    Anyways... it'll fit even though the mac pro is 1.25 cm too tall. There is a lip at the front of the opening. The opening is 42.75 cm from the bottom to the lip, but once you get inside the lip, the inside space is a few cm taller. Hard to explain, but I think I can make it work.
     
  17. Capt Underpants thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I'll certainly cover all of the holes to make sure nothing gets inside. Thank you.
     
  18. Capt Underpants thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I found a picture of a G5 with the handles removed, for those curious:
     

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    Will the front and rear be open to allow for cool air to enter and hot air to exit the machine respectively?
    Or does the desk have a built in system to keep the equipment cool like the ones designed for rack mounted equipment?
     
  22. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    You're Mac Pro will roast when enclosed and eventually die. Unless it's a ventilated space, this is a bad idea. For audio recording, I can't recommend anything better than to just get some long monitor and usb cables and run your tower from another room or closet space.

    Keep in mind, inside a desk the fans on the Mac Pro will be louder because they will be working harder to cool it. You need to rethink your strategy here.
     
  23. Capt Underpants thread starter macrumors 68030

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    There are small holes in the back. I put my macbook in there now, and it gets hot -- but the fan noise is largely cut out.

    The desk has no built-in cooling. I am worried about the noise, as I will be recording with ribbon mics (figure 8) relatively close to the computer, so there will not be much isolation.
     
  24. rajbonham macrumors 6502

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    Like mentioned above, if you are that worried about noise, your best bet is to purchase longer cables and put your Mac Pro in a closet or another room.
     
  25. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    This seems like a very bad idea to me, the Mac Pro will produce far more heat than the MacBook and it needs to have a supply of cool air to the front. If the only air vents are some small holes in the back I can't see it lasting that long.
    It will likely be louder as well, due to increased fan speeds.

    Long cables or a properly cooled cabinet of the right size would be best.
     

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