pastrychef's build - Asus Maximus VIII Gene - i7-6700K - GTX 980 Components Asus Maximus VIII Gene http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132569 Intel i7-6700K Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117559 Noctua NH-D15S Processor Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608072 G.Skill TridentZ Series DDR4 RAM 64GB Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820232260 SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM3 Active PFC F3) 850W Power supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151102 SilverStone KL06B Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163276 BCM94360CD Wifi/Bluetooth card w/ PCI-e adaptor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0144KU1EG/?tag=tonymacx86com-20 Athena Power BP-TLA2131SAC 3.5" HDD Trayless Hot-Swap Backplane module http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817995109 iStarUSA BPN-2535DE-SA 3.5" to 2x2.5" Trayless Hot-Swap Backplane module http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816215366 Already owned Nvidia GTX 980 (Reference) Apple SSUBX 512GB SSD Matias Tactile Pro Mechanical Keyboard Apple Magic Mouse Solarflare 10GbE PCI-e card Apple Remote IR receiver that I ripped from an old iMac and jury-rigged to USB. Dell P2715Q 4K Display w/ MKS14 Comments I’ve had a Mac desktop of one form or another grace my desks for about the last 20 years. There was a time when I would upgrade with each new model released. As technologies improved, my upgrade cycle slowed drastically. My beloved Mac Pro 5,1 was a fantastic machine. It served me wonderfully for a very long time. Through the years, I did a number of upgrades to it and it did great. I felt that even by today’s standards, it holds its own quite well. Then, I got myself a Kill-A-Watt clone and it changed my impressions of everything. I realized that this beast was consuming over 170W at idle and about 410W under full load! I needed to make some changes…. What were my options? The Mac Pro 6,1 didn’t appeal to me. The iMac is very nice but I had serious concerns about its cooling or lack thereof. Plus, both of these systems used AMD graphics which I am not a fan of simply because I’d seen so many of them fail due to their own heat and inefficiencies. I’ve always been a bit intrigued with hackintoshes but always worried about how difficult it is to get it installed and reliable/stable they are. Then on one fateful evening as I was taking out the garbage, I came across a Dell desktop that someone tossed out. I brought it home to try and make a hackintosh out of it. It went so well that I was convinced that my next Mac would be one that I built myself. The Build Motherboard I knew I wanted an mATX motherboard. It offered enough PCI-e slots for me and I would be able to find cases for it that would be smaller than my old Mac Pro which ate up way too much desk space. Secondly, I knew I wanted Z170 simply for its high level of compatibility with OS X. Eventually, I settled on the Asus Maximus VIII Gene because of it’s performance and overclocking features. The advertised “One click overclocking and cooling, done!” and Stork's thread on his build and success had me sold. CPU I went with an i7-6700K. Heatsink & Fans Here, I chose Noctuas based on reviews I’d read online. They are regarded by many as the best and were supposedly extremely quiet. Power Supply I went with a Seasonic under the recommendation of several friends who know their PCs. Originally, I just wanted a 750W but there was practically no price difference for the 850W, so I said what the heck… Case Choosing a case took more time than choosing any other component for me. I wanted something as compact as possible without sacrificing on cooling and still provide for enough room for a decent number of drives and have easily accessible fan filters. It took a while, but I finally stumbled upon the Silverstone KL06 and it met all my requirements. In particular, I liked how I would be able to mimic my old Mac Pro’s cooling; a large CPU heatsink sandwiched between 120mm intake and exhaust fans at the bottom, a 120mm fan that blows directly at the PCI-e slots, and power supply and drives situated at the top. Aesthetically, it can best be described as boring or nondescript but that's fine for me. I like classy more than outlandish. Quality-wise, it can't compete with Apple's cases but I doubt that many, if any, can. The rest of the components Everything else was transplanted from my old Mac Pro. Installation Follow Stork's Gene Build > ASUS MAXIMUS VIII GENE - i5-6600K - Gigabyte GTX 950 for a flawless install. Just to recap… 1. Set your BIOS as follows: Extreme Tweeker AI Overclocker Tuner > X.M.P. Extreme Tweeking > EnableAdvanced Items System Agent (SA) Configuration > VT-d > Disable PCH Configuration > IOAPIC 24-119 > Disabled USB Configuration > Legacy USB Support > Auto USB Configuration > XHCI Hand Off > Enabled APM Configuration > Power on by PCI - E/PCI > DisabledBoot Menu Fast Boot > Disabled Boot Logo Display > Disabled Secure Boot > OS Type > Other OS Boot Option 1 > USB installer thumb driveExit > Save Changes 2. Make your Unibeast installer flash drive. 3. Install OS X. 4. Run Multibeast with the following parameters: 5. Copy your SSDT.aml to your EFI partition folder /EFI/Clover/ACPI/patched/. 6. Install Rehabman’s Codec Commander kext using KextBeast. 7. Install Nvidia web drivers. 8. Use Clover Configurator to set “nvda_drv=1” 9. Done. What works Sleep and wake USB 3 Audio Ethernet 10GbE Wifi Bluetooth VMware Fusion using "Bootcamp" drive Messages What doesn’t work Continuity Playback of DRM videos in iTunes (There is a fix but I haven't tried to apply it yet.) Additional Notes Alternative installation method (try at your own risk, it worked for me and may very well not work for you) After testing my initial OS X install for a few days, I decided to move the SSD from my Mac Pro to my new build. After physically transplanting it, I used the Unibeast installer and re-installed OS X on top of my existing install. Then I followed the rest of Stork's procedure and ended up with everything working. I didn't have to re-install any of my apps and all my settings from my old Mac Pro are with me. If you will be using an Apple SSUBX SSD, go to your EFI partition, go to /EFI/Clover/drivers64UEFI/ and replace VBoxHSF-64.efi with HFSPlus.efi. This fixes a boot delay when OS X starts up. Also, you will need an adaptor to plug the SSUBX in to the motherboard's M.2 slot. I used an Adapter Card to M.2 NGFF X4 for 2013 2014 2015 apple MacBook Air A1465 A1466 SSD. (Update: HFSPlus.efi works well with a Samsung SM951.) I have tested two other system definitions. (1) iMac14,2 definition would cause my system to randomly shut down on its own and sometimes waking from sleep would cause my screen resolution to change and the Displays System Preference would lose most of the resolution choices. However, Continuity worked! (2) iMac17,1 definition works well except when waking from sleep, I sometimes lose screen resolutions. Powering the monitor off and back on would restore it. Continuity didn't work for me with this definition. The CPU seems to go into and out of Turbo more efficiently with this definition, but that's just my impression, I don't have any solid evidence of this and could very well be placebo. For those who wish to try the iMac17,1 definition, remember to apply the Black Screen with MacPro6,1 or iMac 15 or iMac 17 System Sefinition fix. Scroll down to Problem #4 and choose the fix you prefer. I used Method #1 that adds a patch to the Clover config.plist. As a safety precaution, you can enable Screen Sharing so that you can re-apply the fix if an update breaks it. Update: If you use either of these iMac definitions, be sure to enter the following in Terminal or your system will shut down on its own after 4 hours of inactivity. Code (Text): sudo pmset -a autopoweroff 0 iMac14,2 advantages Continuity works Sierra readyiMac14,2 disadvantages Random, unexplained shut downs (Update: Somehow, pmset autoshutdown was set to 1. Changing it to 0 fixed it.) Sometimes loses screen resolutions (Update: Bios 1902 update fixed this.) iMac17,1 advantages Sierra ready CPU power states seem to be better than when using MacPro3,1iMac17,1 disadvantages Continuity doesn't work (Update: I finally got it working using P1LGRIM's guide.) Sometimes loses screen resolutions (Update: Bios 1902 update fixed this.) MacPro3,1 advantages Zero anomaliesMacPro3,1 disadvantages Not Sierra ready Continuity doesn't work I used the Asus AI Suite and it overclocked my CPU to 4.7GHz. Prior to using the AI Suite, I turned off my air conditioner and let the summer heat up my room to an uncomfortable 29C. This way, I know that under normal conditions, it would run cooler. Ambient temp: ~25C Idle temp: ~27-29C Full load temp: ~76C After delidding the CPU and applying CoolLaboratory Liquid Ultra between the CPU die and IHS, my CPU runs at 4.8GHz: Idle temps: ~27-29C Full load temp: ~69C Power consumption this build (with current overclock) vs my old Mac Pro 5,1 3.33GHz 12 core: Sleep: 4.4W vs 10.1W Idle: ~80W vs ~170W Internet surfing: ~90-130W vs ~210W Full load: ~190-193W vs ~410W Under normal usage, this computer is inaudible to my ears. Under full load, I can hear some movement of air but never the fans. Selling my old Mac Pro and associated accessories paid for 2/3 of this build. Update #1 (August 9, 2016): xelanaiznac has provided some very valuable information on how to get the Intel 530 Graphics working and has graciously provided an ssdt.aml that provides better power management for overclocked i7-6700K CPUs. His posts are here and here. I have applied his ssdt.aml to my build and am currently using it. xelanaiznac has found a fix for Handoff!! Please see post #40. Update #2 (September 30, 2016): Updated to macOS Sierra. Details are in post #79. To re-enable audio, follow directions found here. iMessage, Continuity, Handoff continue to work with iMac14,2 system definition. Update #3 (November 6, 2016): Permanent USB fix solution: I had a bit of free time and redid the SSDT-USB.aml file. xelanaiznac neglected to include the second USB2 header when he did the mapping. The full mapping and aml and source files can be found below or here. I also tried to write some simpler directions on how to implement this USB fix here. Update #4 (December 17, 2016): I was able to finally get Handoff/Continuity/iMessage working with the iMac17,1 system definition. I used P1LGRIM's An iDiot's Guide To iMessage | tonymacx86.com to get it all working. Again, you must apply the Black Screen with MacPro 6,1 or iMac 15 or iMac 17 System Definition | tonymacx86.com fix. I used Pike R. Alpha's Clover patch. This patch only supports systems with 1 GPU, therefore, if you are using a discrete graphics card, you must disable the HD 530 in BIOS. Install Lilu and NvidiaGraphicsFixup to fix the Black Screen issue when using iMac17,1 system definition. Details are here. This was my final hurdle in getting the iMac17,1 system definition running perfectly and I will be using this going forward. I'm back to using ADGPfix 1.3 due to Lilu.kext + NvidiaGraphicsFixup.kext causing graphics anomalies with icons in Safari with macOS Sierra 10.12.4. Update #5 (January 25, 2017): I just wanted warn everyone that upgrading BIOS to version 3007 will break native NVRAM support. If you upgrade to this version, you MUST use emuvariable64.efi as a workaround. If you wish to downgrade back to BIOS version 2202, this method works (I'm sure there are other methods that also work). Personally, I've chosen to stay on BIOS version 2202. Update #6 (May 20, 2017): For those who want to add USB power properties so that you may use your USB ports for charging things like iPads, RehabMan has provided detailed instructions on how to do this for Sierra 10.12.5 here. Short summary: If you are using iMac14,2 system definition, just rename EC0 to EC in Clover Configurator. If you are using iMac17,1 system definition, you will need the rename plus the ssdt-usbx.aml file in /EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched. * For those who need iBooks or Quick Sync, please see here.