- Jun 7, 2012
- Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3
- Intel HD3000
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
heddhunter Music Production Build - Core i7-2600k - GA-Z68XP-UD3 - 8GB RAM - Intel HD3000Components
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-2600K Processor
Corsair 8 GB Vengeance Blue Low Profile 1600mhz PC3-12800 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 8 Dual Channel Kit - CML8GX3M2A1600C9B
Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX
Apple OS X Lion @ Mac App Store
Antec Sonata P180 Case
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power
Apple Aluminum Keyboard
Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 Optical Mouse
HP LP2465 24" LCD monitor
OCZ 120GB Vertex 3 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive (SSD)
Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882+DSP
Evolution UC-33e USB MIDI interface
Various 3.5" SATA drives
The primary use for this machine is as a music studio computer. I wanted to run Logic and Ableton Live on it. Speed, stability and silence were paramount. I chose the motherboard because of the integrated graphics and firewire.
Despite reading on these forums that the Gigabyte's on-board firewire isn't reliable, I have had zero problems so far. Maybe it's because the Mobile IO has an independent power supply? It is possible to run it bus-powered but I chose not to just in case. I installed the MobileIO driver from the Metric Halo website and it worked perfectly.
The biggest problem I had with the build was with a cheap HDMI<->DVI video cable. It simply would not show a picture on my monitor at all. Fortunately I was able to borrow a better quality one. But of course before that I spent a sweaty hour thinking I had blown the CPU or the RAM or the mobo when installing. (I need to get a case speaker so I can hear the diagnostic beeps! The Antec case doesn't come with one.)
The motherboard shipped with BIOS F8. I flashed it to F10. MultiBeast installation was straightforward using the UserDSDT and the DSDT from the tonymacx86 DSDT Database. If you plan on using the integrated graphics, make sure to set the Frame Buffer Size to the max in the BIOS before installing, and select the Mac Mini system definition in MultiBeast.
I am not using wifi or Bluetooth. Straight up old school wired network, keyboard, mouse.
Sleep does not work. The machine will not wake up. Not a concern for me.