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About ProjectBox153

  • Title
    Mac Enthusiast


  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 2700 (8C/16T)
  • Motherboard
    ASRock B450 Steel Legend
  • RAM
    16GB G.SKILL Aegis DDR4 3000MHz
  • GPU
    AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB (XFX)
  • Case
    Corsair Carbide 175R
  • Storage
    960GB Crucial M500 SSD, 2TB Seagate BarraCuda HDD
  • PSU
    450W Corsair CXM (2015)
  • Display(s)
    1x Samsung SyncMaster B2330 (1080p 60Hz), 1x Lenovo ThinkVision LT2252p Wide (1050p 75Hz)
  • Cooling
    AMD Wraith Spire RGB
  • Keyboard
    Apple Magic Keyboard
  • Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S
  • Sound
    Sony MDR-XB950B1, Cambridge SoundWorks DTT3500 (Yamaha NX-220P paired with Insignia subwoofer)
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, macOS Catalina 10.15.6
  • Laptop
    MacBook Pro 13" (2017) (macOS 10.14.6 Mojave, Intel Core i5-7360U, 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3, Intel Iris Plus 640, 128GB NVMe SSD)
  • Phone
    Samsung Galaxy S9

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  1. Installing macOS Sierra on an iMac I found on the curb yesterday. The previous owner had written "Dead CPU" on it. Nope, just a bad hard drive. 

    1. kelvinhall05


      Similar to how a dumpster-dived projector I currently have mounted on the ceiling of my bedroom had a note on it saying overheated and pink image, but it had no problems whatsoever.

    2. ProjectBox153


      Yep. I'm using this iMac right now just to see how well it runs. I'm not sure if I want to keep it or not. It's a Mid 2010 21.5" model with a Core i3. Not too bad, but lower end than a lot of my machines. I may sell it on and make a bit of a profit. I could probably sell it for $100 easy.

    3. Crunchy Dragon

      Crunchy Dragon

      I was informed that my iMac had GPU problems, but I'm yet to run into any of those.


      Once you crack it open, it's not super difficult to upgrade the CPU if you want to go that route.

  2. The MX500 is a great drive. I'm using one right now in an older iMac, and it is very impressive for a cheaper drive.
  3. I started folding once again (I've had to move some machines around so I missed folding month), and one of my machines is estimating 475 PPD. Dang, talk about fast!

  4. That board does not have 7 PCIe slots. A couple are just PCI. It should theoretically work, but I would imagine the CPU would be a bottleneck.
  5. I take it you have an Early 2013 Mac? If so then you will need to use a patcher utility to install Big Sur. The Nvidia GPU shouldn't be an issue (though I haven't verified that) as older Nvidia GPUs are still supported. Newer cards (like the 10 series) are no longer supported.
  6. If it is anything like what we have right now it probably won't be great. Linux on Macs with the T2 chip is a pain.
  7. As others have said the iBook Clamshell is a nice machine (and definitely a bit of a collectible), but it doesn't have anywhere near the amount of power needed to emulate an X86 VM, especially to play a game.
  8. Yes, a 4TB HDD is most definitely supported. I have much older machines running with larger drives.
  9. Some cases still have them, but not all do. I don't see one on your case, so it just doesn't seem to have one. It's not a problem though. I have only had to use mine a couple times, and that was mainly back when I first built my system and was experiencing some memory speed issues.
  10. I haven't used multiple alarms with both devices, but I do own Alexa devices as well as Google Assistant devices. I honestly prefer the Google Assistant, but really it just comes down to personal preference. I use an original Google Home in my bedroom with Philips Hue lights (1 set of 4 bulbs and 2 individual lamps) and have no complaints. It works well, and I use it as my alarm clock on occasion. I've got an Echo Show 5 in my kitchen and an Echo Dot in another room, but I don't use them as often as I do any of the Google Assistant devices. TL;DR I think you'd be fine with either, but I
  11. That would only be needed if your case has a reset switch. Does it have one? As for NC, that pin is not used, hence the designation as "no connection" next to that pin.
  12. It would likely be easier to just figure out why the computer is so hot in the first place. Otherwise you would have a better experience by running cables.
  13. The RAM has been soldered since the 2012 Retina MacBook Pro, so that's nothing new.
  14. I honestly have no clue if it would take a single 1GB stick. I highly doubt it, but then again I have found that even though my Power Mac G4 MDD has a limit of 2GB it will run with 2x1GB DIMMs installed leaving 2 slots empty.
  15. The speed of the disc doesn't matter, but 128MB is quite limiting.