Braddman's SuperNova Build: Core i7-3770K - GA-Z77N-WIFI - 16GB RAM
Braddman's SuperNova Build: Core i7-3770k - GA-Z77N-WIFI - 16GB RAM
Apple OS X Mountain Lion @ Mac Apps Store
Kingston HyperX 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C10D3B1/8G (x2)(On the gigabyte tested memory list)
Gigabyte LGA 1155 DDR3 1600 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Motherboard GA-Z77N-WIFI
Coolmax 80mm Chameleon LED Cooling Fan, Rainbow CMF-825-MU
Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
NO DVD DRIVE INSTALLED - DON'T NEED IT.
Gateway Mid Size Tower w/ Media Reader (Discontinued, similar below, this one came from AscendTech)
M-Audio Keystation 49e 49-Note USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
Atake Music Fountain Mini Amplifier Dancing Water Speakers I-station7 Apple Speakers
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW (SSD)
WD WD5000AAVS WD GP 3.5in SATA 500GB Hard Drive WD5000AAVS
Irocks USB Keyboard Silver Frame White Mac/win
Dell C633N White 3-Button Optical Laser Mouse With Scroll Wheel Model Number:MWO9C0
HP L2045w Black-Silver 20.1" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height & Pivot Adjustments 300 cd/m2 800:1 (Discontinued)
This was my first attempt at building a Hackintosh. Right from the start I decided to follow the CustomMacMini build, seemed the most compatible and easiest to build. What can I say, I had problems on my first try, but now I've built three and they all work great except for sleep, I'm still working on that part.
I also use this rig for playing around with Reason and Garage Band. The speakers suck for actual audio, but they are awesome to look at, and with a subwoofer, they'd be only adequate.
I splurged for the OCZ Modular Power Supply because it dropped down to $45.00 with rebate which is just INSANE for this power supply. The monitor is an old leftover HP which is quite frankly junk, it has issues waking from sleep over DVI (Static screen for up to 10 seconds and that was also on my REAL MAC MINI Late 2012.
We are using the Samsung for OSX Mountain Lion Boot, and the WD Rotational for Windows 7 dual booting. The USERS folder was moved to the Rotational drive.
MultiBeast Configuration for Mountain Lion - NO DSDT
SuperNova Jamming - OSX Mountain Lion
Notes from install:
This is my first build, see my notes below.
1) PAY FOR and Download OSX from App Store and create the Unibeast installation stick.
2) Get another USB stick for Multibeast and the CUSTOM DSDT for the Z77 Wifi, downloadable in the forums here. If you don't need HDMI Audio, you can install without the DSDT using the guide HERE..
3) Build system, check the BIOS settings HERE
4) Boot to Unibeast and MAKE SURE when you see the boot screen you hit any key for options. ALWAYS USE -X AND -V to boot to the installer. I've built three now, YOU WILL NOT GET TO THE INSTALLER IF YOU DON'T -X AND -V.
5)Go into disk utility and erase the boot drive and format it OSX Extended journaled, and install OSX.
6) If all goes well you will boot into the OS after the install and a reboot. THE UNIBEAST INSTALL STICK MUST REMAIN IN FOR THE FIRST REBOOT, BEFORE YOU INSTALL MULTIBEAST!
7) When you get to OSX, go ahead and set it up as normal, then put the USB stick in with MULTIBEAST. If you need HDMI Audio, Copy the DSDT for the Z77 WIFI to the desktop and rename it DSDT.aml (just like that, first part needs to be caps.) If you don't need HDMI Audio select WITHOUT DSDT under the realtek driver in Multibeast.
8) When the network drivers finish, close them and multibeast, and reboot, remove the USB Stick, and if all goes well, you will be in OSX with 1080p display and HDMI Audio if you opted for that.
9) If you're using a SSD, download the Trim Enabler App install it, activate it, and reboot again.
10) Run software update and let it update whatever is there.
11) If you're dual booting to Windows 7, disconnect the OSX Drive, install Win 7 and update it completely before you reconnect it to the second SATA port. If the system tries to boot to Win7 again, then swap the SATA ports. It should boot to the Chimera bootloader screen.
12) Go into the BIOS and change the memory timings to 1600Mhz. They always default to 1333 for some reason.
When you boot the next time, you should be able to choose between 3 boots, your OSX, system reserved, and Windows 7. As confusing as it sounds SYSTEM RESERVED is the boot partition for Windows 7. The one labeled WINDOWS 7 will not boot. You can hide the Windows 7 partition, then rename the SYSTEM RESERVED partition to Windows 7 using the plist entries below:
<string>"System Reserved" Windows /string>
12) Install the BOOT CAMP drivers for Windows 7, and you'll be able to read and write to the HFS OSX Drive with no problems from Windows 7.
WHAT DOESN'T WORK
1) WIFI doesn't work in OSX, but Bluetooth does. There is an optional, working WIFI alternative card you can install that works out of the box.
[Guide] Airport - Half Mini PCIe (Atheros)
2) System doesn't sleep automatically IN SOME CASES, I've built three now, one will sleep with the built in sleep. If yours will not, just download PLEASESLEEP and use it.
3) System will not wake up from Bluetooth correctly. I don't use it, so it has no affect on me.
4) When system wakes up, screen is static for up to 10 seconds, but it is the monitor, not OSX.
Build notes and pictures:
Build turned out pretty clean. Case is nothing special, but the system runs nice and quiet and cool.
Did my best to clean up the wiring as much as possible, gotta love modular power supplies.
SSD Drive Speed Test. Nice.
Rotational drive speed test is low, not sure if it's because OSX is reading NTFS through software.
About This MAC
Shot of the whole setup in my closet in my Home Theater Room / Man Cave