Description

an update to my original PowerMac R5

  • replaced the 1600 with a 3600, although I really wanted the 3700X
  • the original Gigabyte board died on me and I enjoyed the ASRock mITX board in my portable gaming PC build, so I felt comfortable purchasing this mATX board from ASRock
  • no more spinning hard drives, all flash storage now
  • all other items were carried over from the original build and I've tried to include the original purchase price (if you're trying to replicate this build, it'll be much cheaper now)
  • originally ran Windows 10 but a Hackintosh guide exists for Ryzen
  • the original CoolerMaster AIO was a nice thing to have initially, but I feel much better having a quality air cooler from Noctua

Part Reviews

CPU

6 cores/12 threads is a very good mid-range spec to have in a desktop computer for most people. handles my photo editing with ease. macOS doesn't have much as far as gaming, so I can't really speak to it's capabilities there

CPU Cooler

very quiet. replaced my CoolerMaster AIO. seems to operate in about the same temperature range as a 120mm water cooler. I added an extra fan for reliability and extra cooling capabilities.

Motherboard

great little board that does everything I need it to do. as of Oct 2019, still gets regular BIOS updates from ASRock. has 2 M.2 slots, 1 of which is NVMe, the other operates at standard SATA3.0 speeds.

Memory

small overclock to 2933MHz. originally purchased to pair with an R5 1600 and I see no need to upgrade. motherboard still has 2 extra slots available if I ever need to expand beyond 32GB

Storage

runs at SATA3.0 speeds. currently used as a scratch disk for editing photos but may be converted to an OS drive if I feel the need to dual boot.

Storage

runs at NVMe speeds. holds my OS. it's placement on the board is very close to my GPU so it tends to run 10+C warmer than the other M.2 drive installed.

Storage

very handy & affordable extra storage to have. houses all of my photos and acts as a landing space for anything before I decide to discard or archive to network & offsite storage.

Video Card

this build originally had an 1050Ti but macOS Mojave doesn't support that generation of Nvidia cards very well. I moved my Asus RX480 from my gaming PC into this case & it was automatically managed by macOS. the Asus card developed a fan issue an was replaced by this MSI RX 480. I don't game in macOS, so it handles my daily duties and may be a bit overkill for my needs.

Power Supply

solid little power supply that stays quiet. none of the components I have ever really seem to stress this PSU that much. modular cables are great to have but I may one day upgrade them to custom cables

Case Fan

performed well in the initial build and no reason to replace them. even at higher RPMs, they're still rather quiet and push a lot of air

Case Fan

purchased as an addition to the NH-U9S. does an adequate job for its size. very, very quiet. the beige seems a bit off compared to the one that came with the cooler, but I added a small mod to cover both so the slightly different color doesn't bother me

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

I think this deserves more attention. Nice, unique build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I'm pleased with how it turned out and look forward to continually upgrading it in the future.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you tried using FCPX on Mac with the 3600? Or are you just solely a photo editor?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry, primarily photos. I like the slower pace of the process involved. sorry I couldn't offer any experience with Final Cut or other video editing apps

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

all good :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This has to be my favorite apple build! Not that I've seen a lot, but if there is one thing I'll admit to apple, it's looks.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

indeed. the trashcan was a neat experiment but not something I could consider for long term use. the new Pro adds expandability & upgradability but I'm not a big fan of the looks.now, if only I could retrofit my 2011 MBP to house more modern hardware...

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Looks great man. I really get a kick out of seeing how people mod/use the old Apple cases.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I’ve always liked this design and am glad i kept it after it was no longer useful. There are probably cases that offer features but this modified one suits my needs.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Did you need to flash the BIOS for the motherboard to work with the R5 3600? Or did it work out of the box?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The board previously housed my R5 1600. Prior to installing the 3600, i made sure to update the BIOS to a compatible version. There have been more BIOS updates since the system build and I have been able to apply those as well.