- Jan 5, 2014
- HD 4600
- Mobile Phone
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H (rev. 1.2) LGA 1150 ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell 4.0 GHz
Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler
Crucial Ballistix Tactical 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1600
Samsung 850 EVO MZ-75E250B/AM 250GB SSD
4x WD Red WD60EFRX 6TB 5400RPM SATA 6.0 3.5" Drive
HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL RAID Card
Pioneer BDR-209DBK Blu-ray Burner
Fractal Design Define R5 Case
Corsair HX850i Platinum Modular Power Supply
I am about to embark on my second hackintosh, planning to use this one as a Plex server. Seemed like very few of the Z97 boards in the buyer's guide are available, for Gigabyte maybe the UD3H the only one that seems to be fairly widely available and seems like that is a preferred board here. R5 case is pretty huge, I looked at the Node 804 (my first hackintosh is in a 304), but too hard to get drives in and out and this thing will go in a closet, so size not a problem. SSD for OS and 6TB WD Reds in a (RocketRAID) RAID array, I will probably get a few of the 8TB Seagate drives for backup. Good processor and lots of memory as I will be ripping things and transcoding. Went with memory in the buyer's guide, I hope I don't regret not getting G.Skill. Probably will not over clock, but I like the Noctua coolers, so have one of those. Shouldn't need a GPU as server will be headless, but got a PS with plenty of oomph should this box end up somewhere else.
More pics and comments as I get the thing put together!
OK, pretty much have it together.
Tested motherboard before assembling everything. Came with F8 BIOS, I updated to current version which is F9. Did this with two of the memory modules installed (2x8GB). I read some reviews the power supply that complained about the cables and difficulty of plugging them in. No such problem for me, easy to connect and to disconnect.
Then I installed components in the case, adding the SSD. The case has a couple of places to mount a SSB and the back of the motherboard but the SSD didn't fit, so I put it in the top tray. Then into the BIOS again, set to optimized defaults, and set VT-d to Disabled. Also upped the memory multiplier from 13.33 to 16. Followed the installation guide and no problem getting OSX 10.11.2 installed.
Powered down and then installed the RocketRAID card and the 4x6TB drives, and also the two additional memory cards to bring to 32GB. Powered up and got a RocketRAID BIOS screen before OS loaded. I think I got some unrecognized drive messages in OSX, just cancel out of those. Downloaded WebGUI from HighPoint web site, from downloads for the 2722 card (which I think is the same as the 2720 with external SAS connections). Fired up the WebGUI and set up a 24TB array with RAID0. The erased/initialized in OSX, and all good.
During this noticed that BIOS on the 2720 was 1.5, circa 2012, and current version is 1.14. Looked like they made a few improvements so went for it. To update BIOS for this card you need to do it from MS-DOS, so created bootable USB drive using Rufus, and then copied the BIOS flashing executable and the update to the USB drive. I was a little confused by all of the boot options, picked the one that is highlighted in the following picture to get to MS-DOS.
Flash went smoothly:
System Information is reporting memory as 1333MHz, while in BIOS it shows as 1600MHz, not sure what is up with that.
System performance is pretty good without any overclocking.
USB 3.0 ports are not working, ones on the motherboard or via the header. Did a little poking around here and added a couple of kexts, but that didn't work either. Will sort out later ...
Here are pictures of the complete build.
Oh, and the performance of the RAID array seems pretty good (5400 rpm drives):
Now I need to load up Plex server and some media.