Machiavelli's Thunderbolt Build: GA-Z77X-UP5 TH | i5 3570K | GTX 660 | El Capitan

Jan 9, 2012
Intel i5 3570K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2048MB
  1. MacBook Pro
  2. Mac mini

Gigabyte Z77X-UP5-TH Motherboard with Thunderbolt and Intel Integrated Graphics

Intel Core i5-3570K Processor Unlocked for Overclocking and HD4000 Capable

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM

CORSAIR Neutron 256GB SATA III 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (Mac OSX)
Toshiba 500GB 2.5-Inch Laptop HD (WinXP)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2048 MB

Corsair HX Series HX750 Power Supply — 750 Watt 80 PLUS® Gold Certified Modular PSU

Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Black Window High-Airflow ATX Midtower Computer Case

ORICO USB Expansion Card, USB3.0 4 Port PCI Express to USB3.0 Host Controller Adapter Card (PME-4U)

Dell UltraSharp U2711 Monitor


Followed Tony Mac's Guide for installing El Capitan on any intel based pc:

MultiBeast settings:

Quick Start > UEFI Boot Mode
Drivers > Audio > Realtek ALCxxx > ALC898
Drivers > Disk > 3rd Party eSATA
Drivers > Misc > FakeSMC v6.18-313-g671f31c.1707
Drivers > Misc > FakeSMC Plugins v6.18-313-g671f31c.1707
Drivers > Misc > FakeSMC HWMonitor Application v6.18-313-g671f31c.1707
Drivers > Network > Intel > AppleIntelE1000e v3.3.3
Drivers > USB > 7/8/9 Series USB Support
Drivers > USB > Increase Max Port Limit
Boot loaders > Clover v2.3k r3423 UEFI Boot Mode
Customize > System Definitions > Mac Pro > Mac Pro 3,1


10. Click Print or Save to back up your configuration
11. Click Build then Install

On reboot, iMessage was not working and neither was sound or wireless.

Scoured the internet for methods to fix both. Frustrating process to say the least.

iMessage Fix:

Followed Fitzsimmon's Tutorial on fixing iMessage:
iMessage works flawlessly now.

Have not been able to get sound working yet.

Audio Fix:

To be honest I'm not really sure about this. I just checked and sound is now working. I am going to assume that the directions I followed here: ALC AppleHDA.pdf finally kicked in. Sound is now working great.

Wireless Fix:

Everywhere I've looked the GC-WB300D Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi Expansion card has been abandoned in favor of the TP-Link TL-WDN4800, but some have reported problems with that as well.

Some interesting options: