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bitdoctor's MiniMacPro Build: intel Core i7-3770 - Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI - HD 4000 - 16 GB - 256 GB

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hi, i have the same motherboard with i5 2400+hd5770, i found some weird thing on my setup. i installed ML on my system and i tested it with geekbench, if i run geekbench when i just start my system up, i only get around 4k of score, but if i put my system sleep and wake it up and re-run the geekbench, it can hit around 9k of score. do u have this problem?
Hi foosi, that's interesting. I've found Geekbench scores to be quite repeatable, regardless if the system has just been started, running for a while or just woken from sleep mode. Maybe your system is still occupied with running startup scripts, loading applications or connecting to networks while you run Geekbench straight after a system start, thus affecting your Geekbench score.

Hello everyone,

I have a similar build to the OP but with the 3770k instead and an extra hdd for storage. This is my first attempt ever at building a computer so please bare with me. I know that the PSU is rated at 90 w for the 110 Vesa case and the CPU is already using about 77 w. My dumb question is whether adding the lowest recommended graphic card by Tony, the Evga Geforce gt 640 be overkill for the PSU? It's rated at 65w. I'm thinking yes because by doing some basic math, adding the graphic card would go above the 90w psu limit. At this point, I'm assuming I need a new case that can house a stronger PSU if I want to power my ips monitor.:banghead: Oh, the reason I want to add the graphic card is because I would like to use it with my 27'' ips monitor.
Hi mrmatt, I think besides the power issue, a standard graphics card wouldn't physically fit inside the slim ISK-110 VESA case.

Hi bitdoctor!
I'd like to build a customac similar to yours:
intel core i3-3225
ga-h77n-wifi
8gb 1600mhz ddr3
sata 6gb/s 120gb ssd
tp-link tl-wdn4800 dual band wireless n900 pci express adapter,
Antec Mini-ITX Case ISK110-VESA

I need to know if the airplay video works because I have to duplicate my pc screen with my tv by Apple TV3 for job demostration.
I read about the user BitterMelon's "Chip" build: GA-Z77N-WIFI - i5-3570K - HD 6870 and his airplay video doesn't works.

As you can notice, I'd like to change the i3 with intel core i5-3570k. Is it possible?

I have never build a customac, therefore I'd like to know if It's difficult to install Lion and if it can works properly.

Thank you.
Hi magdale, unfortunately I can't test or comment on using airplay because I don't have access to an Apple TV. You shouldn't have any problem using the Intel I3-3225 processor, which includes HD4000 graphics. In fact, I've just installed (last week) an Intel i3-3225 processor in another Hackintosh build, based on the older GA-H61N-USB3 system board. Even this mixed configuration (Series 6 system board with Ivy Bridge CPU) is now quite easy to configure, thanks to the additional support now included in MultiBeast (currently at version 5.2.1).
 
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another question please...I can't find samsung 830 series...but only 840

what is the best?
Samsung MZ-7TD120BW
Samsung MZ-7PD128BW
or
SanDisk SSD Extreme 120 GB 2.5" SDSSDX-120G-G25

Thank you
 
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another question please...I can't find samsung 830 series...but only 840

what is the best?
Samsung MZ-7TD120BW
Samsung MZ-7PD128BW
or
SanDisk SSD Extreme 120 GB 2.5" SDSSDX-120G-G25

Thank you
Hi magdale, the Samsung SSD 840 Series is the successor to the Samsung SSD 830 Series. If you check the specifications of your noted disks you'll find that the Samsung MZ-7PD128BW is the "PRO" edition of the Samsung MZ-7TD120BW with slightly improved performance and subsequently slightly higher cost. Some selected specifications from a Newegg comparison (if required, confirm with official specifications from Samsung or SanDisk prior to purchase):

Samsung SSD 840 120 GB - MZ-7TD120BW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147188
Sequential Read/Write Speeds: 530 MB/s / 130 MB/s
Random Read Speeds: 86K IOPS
Limited Warranty: 3 years
MTBF: 1,500,000 hours

Samsung SSD 840 Pro 128 GB - MZ-7PD128BW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192
Sequential Read/Write Speeds: 530 MB/s / 390 MB/s
Random Read Speeds: 97K IOPS
Limited Warranty: 5 years
MTBF: 1,500,000 hours

SanDisk SSD Extreme 120 GB - SDSSDX-120G-G25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171567
Sequential Read/Write Speeds: up to 550 MB/s / 510 MB/s
Random Read Speeds: 23K IOPS
Limited Warranty: 3 years
MTBF: 2,500,000 hours​

Just for comparison, I've used (due to availability in November 2012) the older Samsung SSD 830 Series disk in this MiniMacPro build with the following spec's (from Newegg):

Samsung SSD 830 256 GB - MZ-7PC256B/WW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164
Sequential Read/Write Speeds: 520 MB/s / 400 MB/s
Random Read Speeds: 80K IOPS
Limited Warranty: 3 years
MTBF: 1,500,000 hours​

and its performance has been excellent to date. In my original post you'll see the disk's Blackmagic Design Disk Speed Read / Write performance at 487.4 MB/s / 408.5 MB/s being close to the quoted specifications.
 
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Such a powerful little build. I really like that case, I would love to build a hack in that case for my parents.
Overall how does this case handle heat?
Hi SeaKey, I think it handles the heat quite well: it's just survived a fairly hot North Queensland summer without running an air-con and desk temperatures exceeding 30 deg C. In some of my earlier replies to this thread, you'll find some quoted temperature readings (desk, case, PSU and CPU temperatures). Because the case is virtually open (covered with just a mesh-type lid) it's easy to set up an external desk fan to provide some extra ventilation on hot days.
 
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Hi magdale, the Samsung SSD 840 Series is the successor to the Samsung SSD 830 Series. If you check the specifications of your noted disks you'll find that the Samsung MZ-7PD128BW is the "PRO" edition of the Samsung MZ-7TD120BW with slightly improved performance and subsequently slightly higher cost. Some selected specifications from a Newegg comparison (if required, confirm with official specifications from Samsung or SanDisk prior to purchase):

Samsung SSD 840 120 GB - MZ-7TD120BW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147188
Sequential Read/Write Speeds: 530 MB/s / 130 MB/s
Random Read Speeds: 86K IOPS
Limited Warranty: 3 years
MTBF: 1,500,000 hours

Samsung SSD 840 Pro 128 GB - MZ-7PD128BW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192
Sequential Read/Write Speeds: 530 MB/s / 390 MB/s
Random Read Speeds: 97K IOPS
Limited Warranty: 5 years
MTBF: 1,500,000 hours

SanDisk SSD Extreme 120 GB - SDSSDX-120G-G25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171567
Sequential Read/Write Speeds: up to 550 MB/s / 510 MB/s
Random Read Speeds: 23K IOPS
Limited Warranty: 3 years
MTBF: 2,500,000 hours​

Just for comparison, I've used (due to availability in November 2012) the older Samsung SSD 830 Series disk in this MiniMacPro build with the following spec's (from Newegg):

Samsung SSD 830 256 GB - MZ-7PC256B/WW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164
Sequential Read/Write Speeds: 520 MB/s / 400 MB/s
Random Read Speeds: 80K IOPS
Limited Warranty: 3 years
MTBF: 1,500,000 hours​

and its performance has been excellent to date. In my original post you'll see the disk's Blackmagic Design Disk Speed Read / Write performance at 487.4 MB/s / 408.5 MB/s being close to the quoted specifications.
Thank you very much Bitdoctor! Samsung 830 I know, because I put in my iMac and it works very well. I had your same performance.

After your post, I bought Sandisk 240 and when it comes, I'll post the Speedtest.

I have more questions to ask because I'm no expert. Please be patient. :)

I just got i3 3225 with the heatsink by default. I'll have to put the thermal paste or not?

The Antec has a 90W power supply ... it is enough? or do I need more watts?

I did not order cables. I need something else?

My final configuration is:
Intel Core i3-3225
GA-H77N-WIFI
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0
Antec case 90w
Atheros AR9280 AR5BHB92 half size mini PCI-E Wireless
 
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Thank you very much Bitdoctor! Samsung 830 I know, because I put in my iMac and it works very well. I had your same performance.

After your post, I bought Sandisk 240 and when it comes, I'll post the Speedtest.

I have more questions to ask because I'm no expert. Please be patient. :)

I just got i3 3225 with the heatsink by default. I'll have to put the thermal paste or not?

The Antec has a 90W power supply ... it is enough? or do I need more watts?

I did not order cables. I need something else?

My final configuration is:
Intel Core i3-3225
GA-H77N-WIFI
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0
Antec case 90w
Atheros AR9280 AR5BHB92 half size mini PCI-E Wireless
Hi magdale, I would not consider adding additional thermal compound. The standard intel cooler already has thermal compound applied to it. This should be sufficient, especially if you don't overclock (your configuration is locked / cannot be overclocked).

Likewise, the 90 Watt PSU should be sufficient for your build, especially if you don't overclock, as has been proven by my MiniMacPro build.

SATA cables should be included with the system board.

Your configuration looks find and is quite similar to my MiniMacPro build.

Have fun putting it together!
 
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Bitdoctor thank you very much! you've been very kind! I make you another question: I bought for my iMac lion 10.8. Can I use it also for the customac creating a new account or not?
 
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Bitdoctor I just finish! :)
 

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Hi mrmatt, I think besides the power issue, a standard graphics card wouldn't physically fit inside the slim ISK-110 VESA case.
Thanks for the help everyone. I love the form factor of the 110 Vesa. It's amazing when you hold it in your hand and realize how small it is. The funny part is that it is more powerful than my brother's gaming rig from two years ago which is 3x - 4x its size. He's planning to upgrade now since he saw my little customac :lol:. My build had evolved from the first time I saw your post. Now I want to use it with a Crossover IPS monitor I'm planning to purchase so I would need a gpu, psu, and a slightly larger case to fit those new components. I'll put the 110 Vesa aside for now, but I'm planning to use it again in the future.
 
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