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Anyone found an alternative Mac Mini outer casing?

Hi! I recently acquired a 100% functional Mac Mini from a recycler, the only catch being that the outer casing has been destroyed, and so the guts of the Mini are exposed, and it's not really in re-saleable condition. I've looked into replacing the casing, but it seems a little silly to spend $50-$100 that people are asking.

Does anyone have thoughts on a practical alternative to Apple's Mini case? I'd prefer something on the practical/discreet side, as opposed to goofy and outrageous.

Thanks!

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If you end up with it in the cube case or the floppy disk drive, you should take some pics and link them here so we can take a look at what you did.

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How about a nice ammo box. Lay it on its side, cut the top for the CD drive. Larger boxes could be used for extra hard drives. Comes with a carrying handle.

http://www.amazon.com/Military-Ammo-Wate...

For a bigger box, use the 50 cal version: http://www.amazon.com/Military-Surplus-C...

Here's a bunch of various goodies: http://www.colemans.com/ammocan.htm

Consider using the dome from a iMac G4 with out the screen attached.

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Or an old mac cube case would be awesome! but the little research I did I couldn't really find one for much less than $50.

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Awesome idea Mayer! I'm going to seriously consider it...my only concern is that the metal might keep wireless from working, but I'm sure there are ways around that.

R Trent, thanks for the idea...I have an old Cube around, so I'll see if it fits...that would potentially be a fairly easy solution.

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Yeah WL might be an issue- also it'd add a TON of weight, probably not good for ventilation either though, do you have a CNC machine?

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The cube's a great idea- in fact, it's upgrading the Cube so you get some sort of Mac Cube? Cube Mini? Whose origins cross processors and years.

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Here is one that mayer came up with on Meta that I really like.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/170973/co...

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Oh wow, that is amazing!!! I just finished putting it into a Cube case, but I think I'm going to buy an Apple floppy drive on eBay now, cuz that's just too cool to not try! :-) Thanks!

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legitt +

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+ I forgot about that one. It's good.

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How about buying a cheap generic mini-pc case? You can also often get those with a built in power supply, which is useful.

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For example, a quick eBay search turned this up, I'm sure you could get much cheaper with more thorough searching, and for Used as opposed to New parts

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Great idea Rab! I'll take a look.

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Duct Tape

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I like the idea, but wouldn't that run the risk of making the computer overheat?

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