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OS Xbox Pro Mod: Four HDDs, Windows 7, OS X

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

It's a hackinbox!

I think calling this an OS Xbox Pro is a little unfair because it does run both Windows 7 and OS X. Then again, OS Xbox kind of fits better than Windows Xbox (careful saying that one out loud) so perhaps that's what modder Will Urbina was getting at when he named his creation.

Packing Intel's Core 2 Quad Q9550s (2.93GHz), an Nvidia GeForce 9800GT card, 8GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, and four traditional hard drives (one each to boot Windows 7 and OS X, and two 500GB 7,200rpm drives in a RAID0 array for video editing), Engadget cites Will as saying his total parts cost was under $1,500 for a system that amounts to a $4,500 Mac Pro.

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    Anonymous , 25 November 2009 20:04
    Awesome vid. Although why was the ubuntu not mentioned? :(  Was the best OS of the 3.
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    timbozero , 25 November 2009 20:31
    Tell me how this is an Xbox in any way more than he used 60% of the outer casing ?
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    N19h7M4r3 , 25 November 2009 21:01
    awesome job...
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    LePhuronn , 25 November 2009 21:08
    timbozeroTell me how this is an Xbox in any way more than he used 60% of the outer casing ?


    It's an XBox for the simple reason he used an XBox casing. Same as the Mac Pro mods are called Mac Pro mods because of the case and the inner compartments are retained.
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    flaminggerbil , 25 November 2009 21:28
    Pretty cool apart from the minor issue that it would run hot as hell and probably crash every 5 minutes.

    Also that music was terribad, but other then those slight problems, nice job.
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    redkachina , 25 November 2009 21:34
    Awesome,mouth wide open lol..I wish I had all those equipments for mod..pardon my ignorance but can anyone tell me what are those things he used for the Sata power connections?
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    LePhuronn , 25 November 2009 21:54
    FlamingGerbilPretty cool apart from the minor issue that it would run hot as hell and probably crash every 5 minutes.


    Just like a 360 then
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    hairystuff , 25 November 2009 22:20
    Nice HTPC but I reckon it would be noisy, water cooling might be a better option for it. Nice build though.
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    mi1ez , 26 November 2009 00:34
    first class modder, and not bad with video editing either!
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    mi1ez , 26 November 2009 01:04
    8:36 He drops some M83! Teen Angst. Love that song!
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    timbozero , 26 November 2009 11:20
    LePhuronnIt's an XBox for the simple reason he used an XBox casing. Same as the Mac Pro mods are called Mac Pro mods because of the case and the inner compartments are retained.

    Don't get me wrong , I am jealous of this guys amazing skills with a Dremmel etc and it is a truely superb piece of crafting but , just not an XBox in any way. Perhaps 'PC case mod with an old XBox' would have been more accurate ?
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    lucky015 , 26 November 2009 13:06
    How to make an origional Xbox overheat in 3.5 seconds...
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    flaminggerbil , 26 November 2009 17:36
    LePhuronnJust like a 360 then

    Pretty much! Except this one costs three times as much.