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G4 Tower Build (Sawtooth)

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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
3 Monitors Update
My theory proved correct - I ordered a 3rd DP-HDMI cable, now my MacOS sees all three monitors!
Now the only issue is (assumption is it derives it's functionality only from and HDMI-HDMI connection) under Windows 10, is my NVIDA Surround Configuration option has gone away - this is what's used for stretching to full screen for game-playing : (

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Great build.. I just dusted off an old Sawtooth and was inspired to do something similar.. very computer savvy but never built a mackintosh (though have taken apart and put back together iMacs). Hope i'm not getting in too far over my head...

\EDIT: I saw that the water cooling didnt work for yo- what did you end up doing for CPU cooling
 
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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
Great build.. I just dusted off an old Sawtooth and was inspired to do something similar.. very computer savvy but never built a mackintosh (though have taken apart and put back together iMacs). Hope i'm not getting in too far over my head...

\EDIT: I saw that the water cooling didnt work for yo- what did you end up doing for CPU cooling
Just ended up cutting extra vent holes in the bottom, and installed two internal fans as opposed to the stock, single fan - seems to be doing the trick, even with rendering large video files or playing WOW with the graphics turned on max.
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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
Finally did the cost breakdown by part, including the tools I didn't have, extra cables etc. still ended up being way cheaper than a real Mac Pro would cost! Everything was purchased through Amazon, with my Prime account so free shipping.

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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
Is Apple watching? : ) In the WWDC Monday they showed the new iMac Pro, the setup looks so similar to my Hackintosh (I know I'm not the only one that uses multiple monitors) but that it was funny!

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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
Whew, successful, non-even update to 10.12.6... it always nervous's me though.
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