Hackintosh Mac Pro Replica using a Trash Can

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An anonymous German case modder decided to poke fun at the new Mac Pro… by making his own Hackintosh Pro out of a trash can!

For whatever reason the German forum it spawned in is a little bit secretive, but [Dschijn] of tonymacx86.com got permission to share the build on the creator’s behalf — and it is absolutely glorious.

The beautiful exterior is a Authentics Lunar 6L trash can, painted a vibrant pink — complete with a fake Apple logo. Inside is a Gigabyte Mini ITX motherboard, a Haswell i3 processor, a Radeon 7750, an SSD, a HDD, an ATX power supply, and an undisclosed amount of RAM. True to the Mac Pro, it features a central airflow design, with a fancy hand-crafted intake grate on the bottom.

While its technical specs fail to impress, it is remarkably similar in size to the real deal, varying by just under an inch.

[via Ars Technica]

Comments

  1. oh2fnx says:

    I think it looks better than Apple’s design.

    ;-)

  2. Curious builder says:

    Definitely a nice build. But does it also behave like a vacuum cleaner, if the air intake is so close to the floor?

  3. TacticalNinja says:

    Now that’s funny.

  4. Voxnulla says:

    The red edition no less!

  5. asdf the third says:

    “The original thread of the build has been in a german forum, which name I am not allowed to post, and has already been deleted. The admins of the source forum are a little restictive….”

    Aaaaand now I’m more interested in what forum that was. Sounds a little odd.

  6. ejonesss says:

    my posts are not showing

    are you censoring the boards

  7. ejonesss says:

    looks like the board wont let me post the link so here is pastebin

    http://pastebin.com/r3tPdpbJ

    • Sheldon says:

      It’s not so much about ‘the board’ but probably HaD covering their backs given something that [Dschijn] has mentioned in his re-telling of the build:
      “Because I have been threatened to get sued by the german forum admins, I had to remove the link to the original post.”

    • Josh Marsh says:

      Posts with links can sometimes get caught in the spam filter, but we’re usually pretty fast to approve them.

  8. mwild says:

    Ah ah nice work

  9. squark says:

    Someone’s jealous ‘cos they can’t have the real thing ;)

    • Mr. Sandman says:

      >implying

      Not everyone likes to overpay for hardware because it’s in a shiny case.

      • F says:

        if time is money then this machine costs WAY more than the real thing

      • Analog says:

        @Sandman, To be fair, that happens in both the Mac and PC markets- though– most PC users know they can get more for less than the price of say- an Alienware(as an example of overpriced but shiny)- Platform wars aside- Outdated hardware is outdated, regardless of the platform. Overpriced hardware is overpriced, regardless of the platform. That all said- while i’m personally not a fan of the overpriced highly serialized and over-regulated and under-performing hardware offered by Apple- this is still a really nifty build. Shame the original forum it was on is so absurdly restrictive. This build has also inspired me to take a different route in a current project of mine (A ground-up modular and expandable NAS build, for which the external appearance of the chassis i’m designing and building will now more than likely be borrowed from a reused trash-can, or two.)

    • mh says:

      “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”

      • Kruug says:

        And that’s why OSX visually looks like Gnome in so many ways, right?

        • Erich says:

          Kettle calling the pot black, much? I seem to recall a time when gnome didn’t send the main menu bar of an application to the task bar. That’s been totally ripped off.

          • mh says:

            I do not know what OSX looks like really (never used, never cared to check) but i did use to like Gnome (the feature you mention i actually dislike :) But the whole “ripped off” argument is pretty silly to me. good features are worth duplicating – every GUI have *something* taken from other GUIs, big or small. It is even worse when the person complaining that GUI-the-person-dont-use have copied Feature-person-is-proud-his-GUI-has as if nobody else deserves the feature. We should all be happy that our GUIs (as a whole) improves (that we dont always agree with the direction is a different issue altogether). Otherwise we would be stuck with only one GUI because the first one would have taken the “keyboard and mouse input” feature making everything following pretty useless :-)

  10. Megol says:

    Should I (like so many other) complain that building a circular chassis with “chimney” type cooling isn’t original? I build some over a decade ago and I wasn’t the first. ;)

    Very nice chassis build with good looking results (ignoring the rear – though it is hard to make that look good). The cooling could use a little work though, the CPU heatsink/fan will cause worse cooling for the rest of the hardware due to disturbing the chimney effect.

    • It probably would have been better to drop the video card and gone with an i5 and then reverse the motherboard so that the chipset heat sink was at the bottom. You might even have room to fit a small tower cooler that would work well with the airflow.

  11. ejonesss says:

    i doubt that the german admins could actually sue you because unless there is some international law i think most lawyers would dismiss the case.

    also i think it is just sword rattling scare tactic just like done to empty buildings and get their work in the news

  12. davedarko says:

    I so ordered a toothbrush cup for my raspberry pi.

  13. fartface says:

    Replica asin it looks like it. Specs wise its an economy $200 walmart pc. now if someone is able to cram dual Xeon 4 core processors in there and dual Video cards to even get close to the performance of the MAc Pro… Then they are Uber hackers.

  14. Ren says:

    irony…
    (Macintosh/trash can)

  15. ERROR_user_unknown says:

    It is a Mildly Acceptable Computer

  16. derpa says:

    Being red-green colourblind, I couldn’t even tell there was an apple logo until it was mentioned…

  17. You’re about to get sued!

    Also, you’ve got it fairly accurate- Apple products belong in the trash…

    • voxnulla says:

      That is not very eco-friendly, at least recycle some parts first. I’ve been recycling my Apple hardware for years now, because they just don’t die! Pauper!

    • tiger up says:

      That’s funny you say that Anthony because I’ve thrown out dozens of dying PCs but never had a single Mac die in the line of service. Troll again friend :)

      • mh says:

        Not that I agree that “apple belong in the trash” but its very likely your were a lot more cheap when buying those PCs than when buying the MACs. (I agree that there are plenty of badly designed cheap component PCs out there, you dont have that in the MAC market)

  18. Regulus says:

    Hardly a Hack Pro, with those specs.
    Oh well, at the cost of the parts to actually duplicate the Mac Pro you’ll pay more building your own.

    • mh says:

      There is also something to be said for paying more to support a smaller quality manufacturer than a big litigatious(sp?) company. But i agree that if you want a Mac Pro then buy a Mac Pro. My view on what _I_ like should not have any bearing on your choice. Nor does this build (or any other) take anything away from you or your choice of hardware.

  19. m1ndtr1p says:

    No better place for a Mac than the trash!

  20. ANC says:

    Doing excellent work pokes fun at the Mac Pro design? Ok…

    • voxnulla says:

      Well, it’s hip to hate Apple as they are not an underdog any more. They get a cheap giggle out of the trashcan resemblance bit. I don’t think they realize that this particular itself is quite expensive for a small plastic trashcan. Now that is irony I can appreciate.

      • Cyril says:

        I’m not sure you understand what irony is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtvjbmoDx-I Notice the open mouthed drones – just like an Apple keynote

        • voxnulla says:

          I’m quite sure my understanding of irony is perfectly fine, Allanis.
          Now generally explaining the joke kills it, but I feel I owe it to you..
          I find it endlessly amusing that people who think this build makes fun of the Mac Pro for all sorts of reason like the fact they can’t afford one or that it looks like any number of cylindrical objects, don’t realize that of this pile of budget parts the most expensive, relatively, is the trash-can itself. There lies a multilayered palimpsest of irony in that observation, to bad you had to kill it, like all good things in life.

  21. tom says:

    Haha, yes most amusing…now here are your cease and desist orders for violating trademark (apple logo) and patent (cylindrical shape with rounded edges) rights.
    Have a nice day. :) :)

    • supershwa says:

      Paint it black and add “174,000 μF / 24,000v” along with a white “negative” strip and it will look like a giant electrolytic capacitor instead of a Trashintosh.

      =p

      • Analog says:

        @supershwa, no don’t do that- It’ll just be poorly knocked off by a Taiwanese based company, distributed en mass for cheap, and wreak havoc worldwide resulting in the sales of replacement kits and marketing stickers labelled ‘ultra-durable’ being placed on higher quality competing products.

        (sorry in advance for any bad memories this poor attempt at a joking reference to the incident involving a stolen electrolytic fluid formula may drudge up)

  22. echodelta says:

    Square peg in a round hole in a square world. Even the fan is square, they make round ones. I have a vacuum cleaner that looks like Buck Rogers’ spaceship. Mod case?
    I would paint the case above to look like a giant 6L6 tube.

  23. psychicpsquirrel says:

    I can’t be the only one that is getting tired of seeing all the haters come out whenever an Apple product gets mentioned. You might be surprised how good value the new Mac Pro actually is compared to building your own.

    http://www.zdnet.com/new-mac-pro-good-value-at-twice-the-price-7000024540/

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/12/24/apples-new-mac-pro-a-better-value-than-the-sum-of-its-parts

    http://www.extremetech.com/computing/173695-apples-new-overpriced-10000-mac-pro-is-2000-cheaper-than-the-equivalent-windows-pc

    http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/12/the-new-mac-pro-finally-goes-on-sale-tomorrow/

    http://bgr.com/2013/12/26/mac-pro-windows-diy-cost/

    I’m not criticising the case mod above. It’s fun, and I’m sure the builder enjoyed the problem solving that goes into fitting a square peg in a round hole.

    • mh says:

      The haters are annoying, but so are the people that pops up in every Apple post to tell how great Apple really is. Considering what this post is about, you should not be the least surprised.

      • voxnulla says:

        Generally pro Apple comments are a reaction to hater comments. Useless ignorant comments about macs and their users tend to get people on the defensive, that should not be a surprise in itself.
        It’s just unreasonable to expect normal users/hackers and professionals not to respond to trolls who think that just because they are able to cobble together a fast gaming-rig this somehow means their random assumptions have anything to do with reality or that their flaccid opinions matter.

        • mh says:

          The problem is that you may aswell be talking to a wall (and thats both haters and lovers) And those of us who dont live in a black/white world where you have to pick a side and fight everyone else have to put up with the bickering. There are plenty of mac users perfectly fitting the stereotypes – just as there are plenty who do not. and trolls are by definition useless to discuss with because they have already decided to throw logic out the window for a cheap thrill of upsetting someone with a bit too touchy feelings. Posting links to prices of the mac, and comparisons and whatnot is just as pointless and offtopic on this “casemod” as the insults to mac users are. Trolls do not generally believe in what they post, they do it entirely to provoke – and the best way to deal with them are to not respond at all (and let the admins delete the worst of it)

          This is a hackintosh, for whatever reason the guy decided to build that. what a real mac costs or what it can do is pretty irrlevant. as far as i can see there was no claim for it to be on par with a real mac pro.

          And just stop feeding the trolls!

          • psychicpsquirrel says:

            My post was originally a lot longer, and more balanced. Unfortunately the tone of the post changed when I shortened it. I’m just tired of seeing the inevitable ‘overpriced hardware’ post. I never expected the links I gave to change the opinion of the troll. But the links were relevant to others like me considering building a high end Hackintosh to save money.

    • mh says:

      Sorry to reply to this post, but there does not seem to be a reply link on your latest followup.

      I only commented on your comment because you seemed to be well-meaning, otherwise I would have considered it pointles and just adding to the noise.

      I agree it is very hard to be write something balanced because “the other side” will pick up on every little word/phrase (and us nonnative english speakers make plenty of little mistakes – often enough to make a positive comment come out sounding negative)

      Perhaps I too was caught in a “too touchy moment” by your post. I am also tired of seeing negative mac posts, but since im not a mac fan either (i never used mac, not really for any reason other than i happened to get a pc way-back-when and stuck with what i knew) the opposite (positive mac advocating, however right and well-meaning) also gets to me. You could say I get the worst of both worlds by attempting to be neutral :-)

      Like I said elsewhere, my choice of tools and priorities (time vs. money – which companies i want to support for whatever personal reasons, ideals or misconceptions) should not really mean a damn thing to anyone elses choice – and I hope you get as much joy out of using your Mac as I do from using my PC.

  24. milangajiceu says:

    Hackintosh … I’d call it MacInTrash …

  25. theclaus says:
  26. Bensonjohnson says:

    I rather like the concept of this case mod! Now about the apple vs. Pc thing … who cares they both have their place that’s why they both still exist ;) I have built a few hackintoshs and honestly the idea that I can build a computer (which I find to be a blast) and have a mac is a pretty happy compromise. Blood, sweat, and tears in a computer is far more fun than just handing apple $1,000 or $1,000,000 depending on the model ;)

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