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7 August 2020
Real News! Staff Writer
Iwata City, Shizuoka Pref, Japan
I need a new computer. My 2016 MacBook Pro is having a hard time supporting an external monitor. It heats up and then slows down. But I’m too spoiled now to work with only 1 screen, so I’ve decided it’s time to upgrade, sort of.
The biggest problem is money (as always). My company pays for my laptop, and in this current COVID-19 environment our sales are way, way down and I cannot justify the expense of a new Cadillac MacBook at this time.
So I tried to use an old MacMini as a secondary machine for my home office, but that thing takes forever to do anything. So I relegated it to a render machine.
I decided that for my home office, and later for my actual office, I will rebuild a cheese grater Mac Pro.
I got the idea after watching this Youtube video by Luke Miani:
According to his video, he paid:
$270 for the Mac Pro
$20 for a Xeon X5675
$100 for a 1tb SSD
$90 for his Radeon RX580 graphics board
$25 for tools
$505 or ¥53,316
Metal GPU support and Mojave installation: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208898
CPU compatibility: https://bit.ly/2PyX5hU
4,1 to 5,1 Firmware patch: https://bit.ly/2EUGK53
Samsung 860 QVO 1tb: https://amzn.to/2Kee72g (list price is $109.99)
RX 580: https://amzn.to/3eBHkC4 (I checked this link- unavailable)
PCIe NVMe adapter: https://amzn.to/2XAc24O (I checked this link- unavailable)
I am going to try and emulate his build as closely as I can to prove that I can do it, then I may try for a more 4 wheel drive version for the office at a later date.