- Jun 13, 2012
- Yo_Mang's 6 Core Editing / Gaming Hackintosh
- Intel 3930K Core i7 6 Core
- Gigabyte GTX 670 2GB Windforce OC Edition
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
Yo_Mang's 6 Core Editing Hack Pro:3930K / GTX670 / Sabertooth X79 / 32GB Ram / 2 x 128GB SSD / 2 x 2TB HDD
Here's a list of the components I have used in my build - Along with the usual Amazon and NewEgg links are PCCaseGear links so that anyone looking to build the same system here in Australia can do so from there
Processor: Intel 3930K 6 Core 3.2GHz CPU - Great CPU for rendering, converting and multitasking. Unlocked multiplier so great for overclocking
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - 8 x DDR3 Slots, 4 x SATA 6GB/S Ports, Socket 2011 - All rear I/O Working Perfect
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX670 Windforce Overclocked Edition - Overclocked out of the box, 2GB GDDR5, 1344 CUDA Cores, Keeps cool with custom heat sink and fan setup. Works natively with OSX Mountain Lion
Memory: 32GB Corsair Vengeance - 4 x 8GB - Sticks for future upgradability. 1600MHz 10-10-10-27 Timings. A little on the slowish side but cheap quality RAM. If you have room left I would spend more on RAM. NOTE: I bought 2 x 16GB Kits
Storage - Startup and Applications: 2 x Samsung 830 128GB SSD's in RAID 0 - Effectively a 240GB Double Speed SSD. Tiny size, reliable performance on SandForce controller. RAID was easy to set up[/B]
Storage - User Files and General Storage: 2 x Segate Barracuda Hard Drives in RAID 0 - Effectively a 2TB Double Speed HSS. SATA 3, 64MB Cache
Power Supply: Corsair HX650 - Modular power supply helps for cable management, 4 x PCI-e Cables for Graphics, 80 PLUS BRONZE award
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 Closed Loop Water Cooling - 240mm x 120mm Radiator fits directly in my case. Super easy installation, keeps CPU nice and cool
Case: Corsair 600T White Edition - Awesome case. Great features, completely tool-less, awesome cable management, great looks and high quality
Fans: 2 x Cougar Vortex 120mm Black - These fans push 70CFM at 18db. Quiet on idle although can get a bit noisy under 100% load
Webcam: Logitech C270 - Works without drivers on Mac. Simple cheap webcam to get by
Wifi Card: Apple BCM94322MC Card plus Mini PCI-e to PCI-e adapter - will be used for native working wifi[/B]
Operating System: Mac OSX Mountain Lion 10.8
Monitors: 2 x LG IPS234V 23 Inch IPS Monitors - IPS Panels giving 178 degree viewing angle, 5ms response
Mouse: Razer Lachesis Gaming mouse - great functionality and quality - have had this for a while
Generic Keyboard (for the time)
First up, I'd like to thank the following members from the forum for giving information and having previously built systems that have very detailed instructions that helped my build go smoothly:
boynep - Thanks for the help via PM!
MK500 - Well written documentation of his similar build
mitchellk - Again another great write up for a similar system.
Of course a huge thanks also goes to MacMan / TonyMac and the whole community for the software, helpful forums and great help.
This Hackintosh's main purpouse is for video production and editing. As I'm in my final year of Uni and moving away next year to work for a production company, I needed something a bit more powerful than my iMac. The hardware I used in this build is all great quality and pretty high end so this machine is built to perform well under those circumstances.
Firstly. I went for a Socket 2011 X79 Setup. There isn't a stack of builds floating around using this but enough to get plenty of information for the build. I was really set on using a 6 core CPU to get the best render times and geeral performance I could so I decided on the 3930K. These CPU's are awesome and built to be overclocked so I decided that I would run that at about 4.5GHz. More information on the overclocking in the "Setup and Install" section.
Don't forget that if you're planning to overclock then you are going to need a CPU cooler to take care of the extra heat it will put off. I would really recommend overclocking if you are comfortable doing so as the performance increases you can gain for free are awesome. For my CPU Cooler I went for a Corsair H100 as it fits perfectly in my case and performs really well while being nice and quiet. I didn't install the standard Corsair fans but instead some Cougar fans that blow 70CFM at 18db in a pull configuration at the top of my case.
The motherboard I used is a Asus X79 Sabertooth. I used this as it's a great tough, reliable and well built board from Asus and it had previously been used and tested in other Hackitosh builds so I already had a base to build off for that. The board has 8 DIMM slots supportig up to 64gb of RAM, 2 PCI-E 3.0 16x slots, 4 x SATA 3 Ports (2 Marvel 2 Intel), USB3 and Firewire were the main drawing points for me to buy the board. Plus I trust Asus as a brand and they use military grade components in this board. My only problem with this board is that there is no FireWire header on the board, but there is a port on the back of the motherboard so this isn't such a problem.
For graphics I went for the Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce OC Edition. This comes with a custom 3 fan cooler and heat sync which works great. It keeps the temperatures really low and is quiet while it does it. I really reccomend this card - best of all it works natively with Mountain Lion, it's only a little extra over a base reference card but adds an OC out of the box, a great cooler and it's only a few percent slower than the much more expensive GTX 680. Another reason for going this card is the large amount of CUDA cores (1344) which allow for graphics acceleration in Adobe Premere Pro and Adobe After Effects. With some quick edits in Terminal you can add GTX 670 to the list of cards accepted in CS6 to get great quick performance, check out "Setup and Install" for more on that.
For RAM I went for 32GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR3. This is plenty for the time, and I chose to go with 4 x 8GB sticks so if for some reason in the future I want to go 64GB I can put it straight in.
For storage I chose to go with RAID setups on both of my storage drives and my OS drive. Check out the "Setup and Install" for how I set up the RAID on these drives . I went for 2 x 128GB Samsung 830 SSD's in RAID 0 and 2 x 2TB Segate Barracuda HDD's in RAID 0. After partitioning these drives and putting them in RAID I ended up with a 216GB SSD RAID for OS and 3.8TB HDD RAID for storage (The rest is used for Windows). The SSD holds all of my installed applications as well as current project footage for fast access. Once the project is complete, all the raw and converted footage plus project files are moved on to the HDD RAID.
For networking I have the built in Ethernet which works great and a "DIY Airport Card". This consists of a PCI to Mini PCI Adapter and a new Apple Airport card. The Airport card simply installs in to the adapter, the antennas from the adapter clip in to the card and the card slots straight in the PC. This works natively with Mountain Lion as it is an Apple branded Wireless card and is a great, cheap alternative to other cards and garunteed to be supported by OSX! Check out Part 2 for my guide on how to build one! Check out this link for another great guide if you need one!
Power supply is a Corsair HX650 which provides enough for everything in the build and is modular so helps greatly with cable management.
And finally the case. I bought the Corsair 600T White Edition. Man, what a sweet case! First up, although it's advertised as a mid tower case it pushes the limits of that. It's pretty large. The white and black theme looks really awesome and it's super high quality all around. The case is completely tool-less, except for screws if your installing SSD's. Add to that the awesome configuration for cable management and the fully black inside, it makes for a really neat, tidy looking case. I'd recommend this case easily to anyone who likes the look of it, just know that it's big! It's also super convenient that the H100 fits so well in it if your wanting to go for water cooling in your setup.
If your looking for a guide on how to build a computer, Newegg have a very comprehensive video at
Problems with Build
Sleep and SpeedStep is currently not working - this is a problem with X79 as no power management has not been developed yet
USB 3 Doesn't work - This is a problem with Mountain Lion and it seems this is getting worked on at the moment
8/8/2012 - Added OpenCL Guide
9/8/2012 - Added "Building Airport Card" to Part 2
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