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G4 Tower Build (Sawtooth)

Joined
Mar 16, 2014
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162
Motherboard
GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5
CPU
Intel Core I7-6700 FC-LGA14C 3.40 GHz 8 M Processor Cache 4
Graphics
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked GDDR5, 4GB
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
  1. Power Mac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Update Audio/Video
(I hope, until my next project for the Cube : )

- Crazy, but changing system from 17,1, to 14,2 OS now recogonizes my graphics card FINALLY, and is using NVIDIA drivers. Says ECC is not compatible with my 970 card, the default resolution looks great but of course I need better glasses now : ) the scaled options don't display as well, as I am using a ASLIS widescreen monitor - AND - HDMI audio is now working!!! Thanks to all the other users in this site that helped me get there!

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Joined
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Messages
162
Motherboard
GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5
CPU
Intel Core I7-6700 FC-LGA14C 3.40 GHz 8 M Processor Cache 4
Graphics
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked GDDR5, 4GB
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
  1. Power Mac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Benchmarking OSX Sierra
For this I used the Heaven tool (see Tony's graphics page for downloading ).

Thought this was an outstanding tool (could not stop watching the animations : ), here's my results first with running with settings cranked up to Ultra, then running Medium settings. Looks like good results to me, but haven't seen exact same build/settings to compare them to.

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Joined
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Messages
162
Motherboard
GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5
CPU
Intel Core I7-6700 FC-LGA14C 3.40 GHz 8 M Processor Cache 4
Graphics
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked GDDR5, 4GB
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
  1. Power Mac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Compare and Shop
Thought I'd do a spec comparison on what I built (images on left) verses the costs of Apple's two high-end Mac Pro machines that costs between $3000-$4000 USD. My estimated cost (including Mobo $145, Power Supply, $59.99 and WIFI Card, $124.99 not shown here) $1235.97!

There were some other small costs for things I didn't have, like tools such as a dremel, and of course not cost for a case since this was a mod on my old G4 PowerMac Tower.

Compare Processor
$299 (for i7)

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Memory
32 GB $165 Total

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Graphics
GeForce GTX 970 $280

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Storage (I have a combo of Solid State Drives and HD for a dual boot system, below are costs just for the Mac.
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Samsung SSD 250GB $89.99
WD Blue 2TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB $72.00
 
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Joined
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Messages
162
Motherboard
GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5
CPU
Intel Core I7-6700 FC-LGA14C 3.40 GHz 8 M Processor Cache 4
Graphics
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked GDDR5, 4GB
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
  1. Power Mac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
The making of, my Hackintosh.

 
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Motherboard
GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5
CPU
i6700K
Graphics
eVGA 980 TI SC+ ACX 2.0
My build is very similar to yours, and comes all in the mail friday. pumped.
I'm going for 980 TI eVGA SC+ ACX 2.0
I7 6700+
h100i v2 liquid cooling
same ddr4 3200 RAM 16gb
Same motherboard

this will be my first hackintosh. Can't wait to build it and spend 12 hours on the forums figuring out how to make it work >_<! :D
I need the bios settings, etc. By any chance do you have pictures of all your settings/configs?
 
Joined
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Messages
162
Motherboard
GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5
CPU
Intel Core I7-6700 FC-LGA14C 3.40 GHz 8 M Processor Cache 4
Graphics
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked GDDR5, 4GB
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
  1. Power Mac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Ugh... I've not done any updates, now my Mac OS is back to the black screen rebooting have way through starting up. Only thing I can think of is while using the PC/Windows side I connected three monitors.

22 Feb Update: Solved (most of it). Somehow the config.plist under SMBIOS, my computer model changed back to an iMac 17, late 2005. I had fixed this previously by changing it it iMac 14, late 2003.

Now I just need to get all my monitors working (I don't think the NVIDA drivers are still fully working). I have 3 Monitors, works great under Windows 10, as NVIDIA has a nice application that lets control multiple monitors under a setting called "surround" but there is no such app for the Mac, only the NVIDA Driver Manager.

My problem is my Mac only sees 2 monitors, the ones connected via DP-VGA, but does not see the one connected via HDMI, it does not even show up System Preferences - Mirroring options.

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Joined
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Messages
162
Motherboard
GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5
CPU
Intel Core I7-6700 FC-LGA14C 3.40 GHz 8 M Processor Cache 4
Graphics
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked GDDR5, 4GB
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
  1. Power Mac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
My build is very similar to yours, and comes all in the mail friday. pumped.
I'm going for 980 TI eVGA SC+ ACX 2.0
I7 6700+
h100i v2 liquid cooling
same ddr4 3200 RAM 16gb
Same motherboard

this will be my first hackintosh. Can't wait to build it and spend 12 hours on the forums figuring out how to make it work >_<! :D
I need the bios settings, etc. By any chance do you have pictures of all your settings/configs?
Hey, sorry for the late reply, do you still need bios settings for this mobo?
 
Joined
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Messages
162
Motherboard
GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5
CPU
Intel Core I7-6700 FC-LGA14C 3.40 GHz 8 M Processor Cache 4
Graphics
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked GDDR5, 4GB
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
  1. Power Mac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
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