- Jan 17, 2012
- i7 4770k
- Gigabyte GTX650Ti 2GB Boost
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
dyuhas' Dual-boot Silverstone Fortress Mini Build: Core i7-4770k - GA-Z87N-WIFI - 16GB RAM - Intel HD4600
Intel Core i7-4770k Quad-core/8-thread 3.5GHz/3.9GHz Processor
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s CL9 @1.5V BLS2CP8G3D1609DS1S00
Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX Motherboard with 2x HDMI, DVI, and 2x Gigabit LAN, WiFi+Bluetooth
Silverstone Fortress FT03B-Mini Black Aluminum/Steel Mini ITX Tower Computer
Silverstone Tek 450-Watts SFX Form Factor Full Modular Power Supply with 80 Plus Gold ST45SF-G
Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid CPU Water Cooling System with Copper Heatsink and 120mm Radiator
Panasonic Slim Internal Blu-ray Burner SATA Slot Load Drive
Samsung 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW
Western Digital 2 TB 3.5-Inch Desktop Mainstream Hard Drive WDBH2D0020HNC-NRSN
Microsoft Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit
Apple Mac OS X version 10.9 Mavericks
Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard
Logitech T620 910-003334 Graphite Touch Scroll USB RF Wireless Optical 1000 dpi Mouse
Toshiba 24V4210U 24-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED DVD Combo (Black)
Logitech HD Webcam C525, Portable HD 720p
The photos at the top are all from Silverstone's website, as they're better than the photos that I can take. But none of them gave a good reference to the actual size of this little case. Here are some of my pics:
This was my very first Mini ITX build. Wow. Talk about a tight fit. Building in this case is NOT for the feint of heart. But, I was still able to get everything in there, cable-route it the way I wanted, and even use the Seidon 120M liquid cooler that I love so much. In fact, Silverstone recommends using a liquid cooler in this case if you can.
And thanks to a great message/guide by Stork, I actually started writing this post prior to purchasing any of the items, so I could make all of my Amazon and Newegg purchases wrapped in the tonymacx86 link tags. That way, I could help the website, purchase my stuff, and have this post half written by the time I was at checkout. What's not to love?
A while back, I built another (Windows) system utilizing the large Silverstone FT03 Fortress mATX case. That was a lot easier and if I build another tower like this one, I will probably be using that one instead.
I wanted to do a Mini ITX because I hadn't yet tried the on-board wireless + bluetooth that is installed on a half-height mini PCIe slot on most of these boards. After reading up on the wireless card that is included with the GA-Z87N-WIFI, I knew that the wireless aspect of it was not compatible with OS-X, but the bluetooth was. I can confirm that's true.
There is an excellent guide by "toleda" on testing different mini PCIe wireless cards: [Guide] Airport - PCIe Half Mini v2
After reading through the above guide, I ordered an Atheros AR9287 half-height mini PCIe wireless card from eBay. It hasn't arrived yet. The guide states that it works out-of-box, so we'll see. I don't really need either wireless or bluetooth, but I just like everything on the motherboard to be working (in both operating systems).
Since my first build (read about it here: Build Post), everything was a breeze to install. I just did what I did before:
1. Set the bios to optimized defaults (didn't even have to alter the memory timings this time).
2. Booted with my UniBeast/Mavericks install flash drive.
3. Partitioned and formatted the SSD into two partitions (Windows first, OS-X second)
4. Quit the installer.
5. Booted with my Windows DVD (well, actually I made a Windows install flash drive as well)
6. Loaded Windows and installed all the apps I wanted.
7. Booted with my UniBeast/Mavericks flash drive again, this time just installing Mavericks on the second partition.
8. Installation was again a breeze, not needing any boot flags at all.
9. installed MultiBeast (see below)
10. Reboot. Done. Perfect.
Quick Start --> DSDT Free
Drivers --> Audio --> Realtek ALCxxx --> Without DSDT --> ALC892
Disk --> TRIM Enabler --> 10.9.0 TRIM Patch
Misc --> Realtek ALCxxx --> FakeSMC v5.3.820
Network --> Realtek ALCxxx --> Intel - hnak's AppleIntelE1000e v2.5.4d
System --> Patched AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement --> AppleRTC Patch for CMOS Reset
Bootloaders --> Chimera v2.2.1
Customize --> Boot Options --> Basic Boot Options, Generate CPU States, Hibernate Mode - Desktop, Use KernelCache
System Definitions --> Mac Pro --> Mac Pro 3,1
Themes --> tonymacx86 Black
Build --> Install
That's it. After MultiBeast was finished, I ejected my USB drive and rebooted, chose my new Mavericks partition, and everything was fine.
Working: Everything except wireless (in OS-X, works fine in Windows)
Wireless: working only in Windows. I ordered an Atheros AR9287 from eBay. I'll update this post when it arrives.
USB 3.0: working
Logitech camera/Facetime: Fantastic
Instant Menu/Dual-boot: works like a charm
Ask any questions if you're curious. This has to be about the neatest system I own now. It's also the closest (albeit squarely) case I could find to the upcoming Mac Pro in December.