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#21
What CPU did you end up running?
neil
I'm running a 4670s, I decided that I might as well go with one the newest edition i5's since there wasn't much of a tangible difference in price for the older ones, and the 4670s seemed to be the right one for the price.

Do you have any previous experience with Mushkin SSDs? I've been tempted to buy them several times because they were so reasonably priced but I got cold feet after reading the reviews and seeing the seemingly high failure rate.
This is the only SSD from Mushkin I've ever had, this one I have had and used for over a year now. It's been used in a few different systems and had plenty of OS reinstallations. It's held up fine, however I well say that its speed is noticeably slower than my 840 evo, boot time on Windows 8.1 went from somewhere about 20-25 seconds to 12ish seconds, though there may be other factors in that.
 
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#22
Here's just a few more pictures as requested.






Both Windows 8.1 and OS X Yosemite are installed and working fine. I'll reply back later when I have time about the Yosemite install.
 
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#23
Sorry guys, no install log yet!

But there's a reason for that, because....



This arrived!



A GTX 750ti, that just so happens to fit within the case. Although the 6 in. PCIe ribbon may be just barely long enough as it does seem to pull a little on the solder joints, which isn't ideal.


The card runs in an okay temperature range and seems to perform pretty well considering the price bracket. And I also have it working with Yosemite, but again I'll reply with the install log soon. (And hopefully I won't leave you hanging as long.)

Cheers.


 
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#24
Do you have any previous experience with Mushkin SSDs? I've been tempted to buy them several times because they were so reasonably priced but I got cold feet after reading the reviews and seeing the seemingly high failure rate.
I just wanted to address the Mushkin thing. I have over 40 of them in production use at work. 24 of which run SSD based SAN that has been running for almost 3 years now. The SAN is just a bit over 4TB in size and gets filled to capacity and deleted every 4 days. I haven't had a single failure yet, but I plan on replacing all of them this summer just for piece of mind.
 
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#25
Hello all,

Today is the day for the install log post.

It's actually a pretty easy install, I followed alancurry's Thin mini-ITX build for a base. And a big thank you to him.

Installation Notes:


NOTE: My Nvidia GTX 750ti was NOT installed into the system at this time, I will touch on that later in the install guide.

Like Alan did in his install, I used UEFI only booting from EFI/BIOS. Most of my other settings were "Optimized Defaults" Though I may have changed the default integrated graphics RAM allocation.

Clover Installation:

The standard Unibeast method does not work with this board, the board will not boot a Unibeast USB drive, (at least in my tests). So the best bet is to follow the Clover Install Guide for Mac OS X Yosemite.

And also like he did, I started with the config.plist-Intel-HD4600-desktop for the config.plist Clover uses.

On-board Ethernet is a Realtek RTL8111g, and I used Mieze's Realtek RTL8111 Kext. Add it to /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/10.10/ as noted in the Clover Install Guide.

After a following the rest of the Clover Install Guide you should have a booted system.

Onboard Audio:

I used the Clover Patched Realtek ALC Installation way to enable audio, it can be found from toleda at toleda/audio_CloverALC. toleda also has some more information on this forum under his Audio - Realtek ALC AppleHDA.

The next part of the audio is pretty much exactly what alancurry did, but I'll post it here as well.


Installation:

1. Download and unpack the zip files from the following locations:


2. Change the audio id to 2 in config.plist to this:

Code:
<key>Audio</key>
<dict>
    <key>Inject</key>
    <string>2</string>
 </dict>
3. Via Finder, navigate to Downloads/audio_CloverALC-master/. Or wherever it is you have unpacked the zip files.

  • Unpack realTekALC.kext.zip.
  • Copy realTekALC.kext to /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/kexts/10.10/

4. Via Finder, navigate to Downloads/audio_CloverALC-master/. Or wherever it is you have unpacked the zip files.

  • Unpack config-audio_cloverALC.plist.zip

From config-audio_cloverALC.plist, there are two KextsToPatch sections that need to be added to config.plist. They are:

Code:
<dict>    
<key>Comment</key>
    <string>10.10/AppleHDA/Resources/xml&gt;zml</string>
    <key>Find</key>
    <data>
    eG1sLnps
    </data>
    <key>Name</key>
    <string>AppleHDA</string>
    <key>Replace</key>
    <data>
    em1sLnps
    </data>
</dict>
Code:
<dict>
    <key>Comment</key>
    <string>10.10/AppleHDA/Realtek ALC887</string>
    <key>Find</key>
    <data>
    ixnUEQ==
    </data>
    <key>Name</key>
    <string>AppleHDA</string>
    <key>Replace</key>
    <data>
    hwjsEA==
    </data>
</dict>
5. Via Finder, navigate to Downloads/audio_ALC887-master/cloverALC/.

  • Execute audio_cloverALC887-90_patch.command

6. Reboot

You should now be able to select a Line Out in OS X and use the audio output on the motherboard.

NOTE: At this point alancurry goes on to enable HDMI audio, I have NOT done this yet, and I cannot verify that his method will work with Yosemite

Now this is where I mention again, a big thank you to alancurry for what he has posted. From here I went on my own to install and enable the Nvidia GTX 750ti.

GTX 750ti Installation:

The first thing I did from my already working system was download the Latest Nvidia Web Drivers for OS X 10.10.2 and the Nvidia CUDA Drivers.

From there I shutdown the system and installed the GTX 750ti.

I booted into Clover and added the nvda_drv=1 flag and continued to boot. The system was very buggy and graphically glitching, but it booted, barely.

I installed the two previously mentioned Nvidia drivers and rebooted, the system booted fine without any added flags.

Success! The system is working fine now. Using my Windows 8.1 drive, I did some rudimentary game FPS testing with a few games from my Steam Library and found that I had similar, (but lower on Yosemite), FPS than Windows which I am attributing to the difference between DirectX and OpenGL.


Again, thank you for your patience in this build log, there is still some more to come, but this is also a good milestone.

Cheers.
 
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#26
…A GTX 750ti, that just so happens to fit within the case. Although the 6 in. PCIe ribbon may be just barely long enough as it does seem to pull a little on the solder joints, which isn't ideal…

Seems like you could flip the card over and cut an intake hole in the bottom of the case to suck in cool air. A full-height card may even fit that way.
 
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#27
Seems like you could flip the card over and cut an intake hole in the bottom of the case to suck in cool air. A full-height card may even fit that way.
I considered that. And you would be right, however I did not have the motherboard close enough to the opposite edge for it to work, if the board was just a bit farther over it would work. And having the bottom cut out would also allow more air to enter than what I did in the top.

Another concern with a full size card would be the if it had additional power requirements. One may be able to adapt the SATA power lead from the board to PCI-e power but I'm not sure what type of wattage draw you can pull from it.

Also on a similar note, I used a 6" ribbon cable, it does not really work well because it is just a hair to short, it strains the solder connections a bit.
 
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#28
Another concern with a full size card would be the if it had additional power requirements. One may be able to adapt the SATA power lead from the board to PCI-e power but I'm not sure what type of wattage draw you can pull from it.

Also on a similar note, I used a 6" ribbon cable, it does not really work well because it is just a hair to short, it strains the solder connections a bit.
All reference 750ti models do not require supplemental 6 pin power, only the overclocked models with extra cooling. By full size I meant normal, full width cards vs your short- bracket version. Sucks there isn't enough room.

The short cable was kind of my point in flipping the card over, it would move the connections right next to each other.
 
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#29
Sorry guys, no install log yet!

But there's a reason for that, because....



This arrived!



A GTX 750ti, that just so happens to fit within the case. Although the 6 in. PCIe ribbon may be just barely long enough as it does seem to pull a little on the solder joints, which isn't ideal.


The card runs in an okay temperature range and seems to perform pretty well considering the price bracket. And I also have it working with Yosemite, but again I'll reply with the install log soon. (And hopefully I won't leave you hanging as long.)

Cheers.


Fantastic work brrine! Congratulations

I have a question. The GA-H87TN 's PCIe slot provides only 25W Is this enough to power the GPU?
Or do you need additional power?
 
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#30
Fantastic work brrine! Congratulations

I have a question. The GA-H87TN 's PCIe slot provides only 25W Is this enough to power the GPU?
Or do you need additional power?
Hey iCubeFan,

I've done a little bit of light gaming on it, but I haven't gone too heavy usage yet. And I'm not running added power. It seems to be running fine, and from the picture you can see the ribbon cable I have can utilize added power. I could potentially adapt one of the SATA power connectors to a standard 4-pin molex and use that. However I'm not sure what kind of power draw you can load onto a single SATA lead, especially with this board.
 
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