Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized

Posted by: 4.6StangRage

Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 10/24/08 09:44 PM

a few months ago I got a free Macinrosh IIcx. I would keep it classic and not cut on it but I already have a full IIci setup. what I really want to do with this Case is Modernize the hardware. I want an Intel Core Duo @ around 2Ghz. I really want the IIcx to be how it was originally made to be.

this is what I want:

*Intel Core Duo Motherboard @ at least 2GHZ
*at least 2-4GB of RAM (upgradeable)
*256MB non-shared video
*slot loading 16X superdrive
*Bluetooth and Airport or airport equivalent
*USB 2.0 and firewire Ports in front
*SD card Slot in front (still debating that one)

I do realize it would take alot of fabrication but I think it would be a sweet mod. What do you guys think?
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 10/25/08 09:58 AM

love it. Be sure to make a mod guide.
Posted by: 4.6StangRage

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 10/25/08 12:07 PM

Oh certainly I will
Posted by: 4.6StangRage

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/05/08 02:45 AM

what do you guys recommend as a hackintosh setup to put into this case with the dimensions 14" length X 12"width.
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/05/08 11:27 AM

you are wanting to go with osx86?
Posted by: 4.6StangRage

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/06/08 03:07 AM

Originally Posted By: "oojacoboo"
you are wanting to go with osx86?


Pretty much, I think if I went with a Mac pro logicboard It would be too costly and it may not fit.
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/06/08 10:06 AM

well, you could always take the mac mini route and come out pretty cheap, and it would def fit and even leave you room inside for more goodies...
Posted by: 4.6StangRage

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/06/08 12:55 PM

Originally Posted By: "oojacoboo"
well, you could always take the mac mini route and come out pretty cheap, and it would def fit and even leave you room inside for more goodies...


I do kinda like that idea but the only really bad thing is that you can only upgrade to 2GB of RAM and the video card is not upgradeable.
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/06/08 05:48 PM

true, thats the tradeoff. But its still a pretty solid machine and its cheap and easy. You could always take the OSX86 route I guess. I would check out the wiki at...

http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

they should have some information on compatible hardware and everything else you would need to know there. You could also look into that efix usb device. I have been wanting to see someone use that thing and give some opinions.
Posted by: 4.6StangRage

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/10/08 03:02 PM

I have found a motherboard and processor setup that would fit in the case. my new problem is the power supply. I found an ultra compact power supply but it is only 200 watts do you guys have any idea of where I can find a power supply that is at least 300 Watts and is low profile (smaller than the average power supply)?
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/10/08 08:14 PM

how about this...

http://techgage.com/article/xg_magnum_600w_external_psu/
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/10/08 08:19 PM

but then again, you might want something in the case, esp if you are trying to go small and clean...

http://www.svc.com/spe-300.html
- thats 300 max

http://www.xppower.com/orderPriceList2.p...mp;lang=EN#pnos
http://www.newark.com/jsp/displayProduct.jsp?sku=85K4830
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/11/08 01:16 AM

You should know that a Core Duo will not address more than 2GB RAM. The early Core 2 boards will see 3.4 or so, the later ones can actually handle 6GB apparently (Not just the latest ones either).
Posted by: 4.6StangRage

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/11/08 01:55 AM

If I am not mistaken the board I choose will handle 8GB of RAM . Internal PSU is what id like but if it is a small External one I wouldn't mind that. I need lots of room inside if i want to make room for 2 full size serial hard drives which I may leave it as one drive instead.
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/11/08 11:33 AM

Sorry, assumed you were planning on using a Mac board of some sort.
Posted by: 4.6StangRage

Re: Concept Mod: Macintosh IIcx Modernized - 11/11/08 11:53 AM

I would Rather use a mac board so I dont have to deal with patching and Ill still have a mac chime. Assuming Ill loose the chime when I switch over to a standard intel board.