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eelhead's GA-X79-UD5 / i7-3820 / GT 610

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eelhead

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eelhead's X79 Build
GA-X79-UD5 - i7 3820 - Asus GeForce GT 610 Silent


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Components


Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0064Z6Y9G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128531

i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YM9JSW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004E0ZKLQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233143

Asus GeForce GT 610 Video Card
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-GT610-SL-1GD3-L-Silent-Profile-Graphics/dp/B0085MQNX8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121641

Thermaltake TR2 TR-600W Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0058FAYQ2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139030

Drives
OCZ Vertex 60GB SSD
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003NE5JCO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153166

Other
CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Processor Cooler
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004MYFOE2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015


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This build is a rehash as, when I originally had it set up, it did not have sleep or audio. Now the the new Mac Pros being released and 10.9 showing some better support I dug this off the shelf and decided to fire it up. I had retired it for a bit and was running my Sabertooth X58 as my main until this set up played nice with OS X, or visa versa :)

This was the original build thread: http://www.tonymacx86.com/golden-builds/85844-eelheads-x79-build-ga-x79-ud5-i7-3820-gtx-670-a.html

Currently, this build is case-less until I do some swapping and rearranging of my other sytems; I will also be swapping out the GPU as well. I'll keep this build description post current as I do this.


Installation

This is actually easy for this set up.

BIOS setup is straight forward as well, ACHP is was automatically set when I went into BIOS to set it all up. It is also easy to navigate.

Bios1.png
As you see above, BIOS is laid out nice and clean. Currently, I am running the F12 BIOS version.


Bios2.png
Above picture shows the Extreme Memory Profile, I am running Profile #1 as I have 1600Mhz memory. If you do not switch this it will default at 1333Mhz even if you run higher modules.


Bios3.png
Above picture denotes Boot priorities, here you select what HDD/SSD drives you can boot from with a normal start up. If you ever want to pic a drive without going into Bios you can press F12 at startup and it will then give you a list of attached drives that you can choose from, this is temporary and great for an emergency USB load option but if you let your system boot normal it will always go to the drive you have chosen in the above screen as the main drive.


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Above picture is the SATA device options, as I stated above my Bios when I went into it was set at AHCI already but it is always a good idea to make sure that this is set. OS X needs the SATA ports to be set to this in order to install and work.

OK now onto the nitty gritty,

Use default UniBeast for Mavericks installation guide, but boot flags are required for 1st boot and 2nd boot from UniBeast created USB. Type the following at boot screen npci=0x2000. You will also need to add this to the chameleon.boot.plist after you run MB, see picture below to see where to insert.

After run MultiBeast as follows;

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Instant Menu is just my own preference and I need GraphicsEnabler=Yes for the 610.
You can change your themes however you want to choose.

View attachment MBConfig.mb

Other Information

As this is a 4 core CPU I have full sleep and wake. System runs fine now under 10.9.1 and onboard audio works as well.


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Geekbench 3 Scores,

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Does the Intel Speed Stepping now work for your I7 cpu on this board ?
 
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Well done! Especially with the audio part, which made it a bit difficult for me (I use Mountain Lion and had to install modified kexts for it to work).

I can see that the graphics card you used is not listed under the "Buyer's Guide" section, however it worked like a charm! As my current card does not support Mavericks (system reboots before reaching the installation part), I was thinking to buy the supported Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650, because of its size (I have a mid tower and the big cards take up valuable space from an additional hard drive). My motherboard belongs to the same family as yours (GA-X79-UD3). So, I was wondering if GTX 650 will do the job.
 

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Well done! Especially with the audio part, which made it a bit difficult for me (I use Mountain Lion and had to install modified kexts for it to work).

I can see that the graphics card you used is not listed under the "Buyer's Guide" section, however it worked like a charm! As my current card does not support Mavericks (system reboots before reaching the installation part), I was thinking to buy the supported Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650, because of its size (I have a mid tower and the big cards take up valuable space from an additional hard drive). My motherboard belongs to the same family as yours (GA-X79-UD3). So, I was wondering if GTX 650 will do the job.


A 650 will do just fine and work just fine as well. People game with a 650 just fine as well.
I bought the 610 for a silent build I have going on with a fanless PSU as well but I needed something to get this set up going so I used the 610.
 
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