- Feb 10, 2012
- i7 6700
- GTX 950
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
Jmpa's Mini Build: i3 3225 | H77N-WIFI | HD4000
Apple OS X Mountain Lion @ Mac Apps Store
GIGABYTE GA-H77N-WIFI LGA 1155
INTEL I3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model
INTEL 330 Series - SSD, 2.5", 60 GB
LIAN LI PC-Q09A Case with 120w external PSU (not avaiable right now on amazon/newegg)
SEAGATE MOMENTUS 5400.6 500GB 5400RPM 8MB SATA II 2.5
This was my 3rd custom mac. I initially build a Sandy Bridge (Z68) ATX and micro ATX size for work purposes. I got so surprised and satisfied how these systems work that made me build a smaller one for daily use.
So I decided build the CustoMac Mini from Buyer's Guide. I chose that case because I wanted a small size pc and a quiet build. That case comes with 120w external psu (no noise at all) and I enjoyed a lot the layout and how it looks.
I really like the h77 gigabyte mini itx motherboard. It have nice specifications and works great in Windows7/8 and ML.
I am using HD4000 and so far it's working very well, no problems at all and seems has more than enough power for the purposes of that mini build.
I'm also still using the stock Intel cooler. I may go for a silent cooler because the stock Intel is a little noisy (thinking in buy Noctua NH-L9i).
Installation was really simple. What I did:
1. Build the machine.
2. Connect the UniBeast USB stick at USB 2.0 ports
3. Load Default Settings on BIOS. I just change:
- Profile1 - to make my 8gb ram work at 1600mhz (instead of default 1333mhz)
- Intel Virtualization Technology - Enable (to be able to use Parallels)
- EHCI Hand-off - enabled
More details follow that guide - http://www.tonymacx86.com/99-quick-guide-configuring-uefi-gigabyte-s-7-series-lga-1155-boards.html
4. Install OS X.
5. Launch MultiBeast. Select the following options:
I am really happy how that build works. Everything is working great, like sleep/wake, audio, ethernet. I got surprised by the high Geekbench score.
Delay to recognize USB mouse and keyboard (about 5 seconds) when it boot or wake from sleep. I made some tests and I found it is related with Ethernet ports. If you don't have Ethernet cable that delay will happen. If you plug the Ethernet cable to the 1st Ethernet port on motherboard it will also happen. But if you use the 2nd Ethernet port on motherboard, like in DBP Build (see link below) you will NOT notice that delay on USB. Another fix is connect USB mouse and keyboard on USB 3.0 ports.
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