Smallest Kabylake Mac Mini in Streacom F1c

Discussion in 'Build Logs' started by jktaurus8, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. jktaurus8

    jktaurus8 Cable Smoosher
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    #1 jktaurus8, Apr 27, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2017

    For the Full article visit my blog.

    Recently I replaced my Desktop with small form factor PC. It is an excellent experience when customizing a computer. Now I present you my tiny HTPC that runs MacOS Sierra. It doesn't have any Graphics card because my aim is to make it smaller, so I'm using the Intel HD Graphics.

    HTPC Specifications

    • Motherboard – Gigabyte GA H270N WIFI
    • Processor– Intel Core i5 7600
    • Graphics– Intel HD Graphics 630 GT2
    • RAM– Corsair Vengence 8GB 2400Mhz
    • WiFi & BT– Apple original BCM94360CS2 Card with M.2 NGFF Adapter
    • Case – Streacom F1C Evo WS
    • SSD– Samsung 850 Evo 250GB
    • HDD- 2 TB Seagate 2.5″ Drive
    • Power Supply- HDPLEX 160W or PicoPSU 160xt with 240W Dell AC Adapter
    • Running Mac OS Sierra 10.12.4

    Technical Information

    The motherboard is Gigabyte's H270N WiFi; I replaced the WiFi card with Apple Broadcom WiFi to get all features like AirDrop, Handoff, etc..

    For the chase, I went for the Streacom F1c Evo that only fit the motherboard, 2.5 Inch HDD, and power supply. Here I sacrifice the use of discrete Graphics card and use internal Graphics. Because I didn’t want any graphics card. The Streacom Chasis is made of 3.5 mm aluminum, and it is a polished chase I euphoric with this case.

    Two most commonly used power supplies are HDPlex 160w and PicoPSU 160Xt. These are the best power supplies available for the mini ITX build. In this build, I choose the HDPlex 160W, because it is more recent and more reliable than the PicoPSU. For the AC power, I use Dell 230W power brick to power up the computer. To fit the HDPlex, I have to cut the internal Remote Panel so Just Cropped it equally.

    Heat is a problem when using stock Intel Cooler, but a 40mm fan is helpful to get rid of the heat. When the PC is idle the temperature at 40C when the PC is Stressed, then the temperature becomes 76C.
    I'm going to purchase Noctua Cooler. I heard that it is the best Mini-ITX CPU Cooler, I will update this post after getting the Fan.



    Finally, I've Finished the installation of MacOS Serra, and it is working perfectly.
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  2. Ceros_X

    Ceros_X King of Cable Management

    Nice build and review
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  3. jktaurus8

    jktaurus8 Cable Smoosher
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    thanks, buddy.
  4. Boil

    Boil King of Cable Management

    Nice, always glad to see a Hackintosh…!

    Where did you source the WiFi/BlueTooth card…?
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  5. jktaurus8

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    From amazon, you can find the link from my blog.
  6. Soul_Est

    Soul_Est SFF Guru
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    Well done @jktaurus8 ! Been looking forward to seeing more primary or secondary builds with BSD, Linux, OS X, etc. Such a beautiful build that fits the aesthetic of your space. Have you considered posting it in the tonymacx86 forum or on /r/Hackintosh?
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  7. jktaurus8

    jktaurus8 Cable Smoosher
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    I'm already posted on tonymacx86. Thanks, brother thanks for your appreciation.
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  8. alexep7

    alexep7 Cable-Tie Ninja

    probably my favourite case ever, absolutely gorgeous
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  9. jbetts1790

    jbetts1790 Chassis Packer

    Very nice build! I was going to use that same case for my hackintosh, and then decided on a Geeek only because it fits a GPU.
  10. RushNY

    RushNY SFF Gamer
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    Sleeve those cables my man! It would look incredible and tidy it up!
  11. SFF Scrub

    SFF Scrub Average Stuffer

    Do you have a whitelist to parts? Also what site did you use for the guide? I'm familiar with tonymac, just wondering if there was another potentially better site. Excellent build!!