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Rayd's G4 Cube Hackintosh - i7 4790S - H87I-PLUS - GTX 1050 Ti - 2x 1TB SSD

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Rayd's G4 Cube - Asus H87i-PRO - i7 4790S - GTX 750 Ti - DVD-RW - 1TB SSD - 16GB DDR3 1600mhz RAM
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ASUS H87I-Plus
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-H87I-PLUS-1150-Intel-Motherboard/dp/B00CXIY468/

i7 4 Core 3.2Ghz 4790S 65W TDP
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-4790S-Processor-Cache-BX80646I74790S/dp/B00J6F5LR2/

Noctura Nh-L9i
http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-Low-Profile-Cooler-Retail-Cooling/dp/B009VCAJ7W/

EVGA GTX 750 Ti SC 2gb 60W TDP
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-750Ti-GDDR5-Graphics/dp/B00IDG3IDO/

16gb DDR3 1600mhz RAM
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Ballistix-PC3-12800-BLS2KIT8G3D1609DS1S00-BLS2CP8G3D1609DS1S00/dp/B006YG9EEW/

Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-75E1T0B-AM/dp/B00OBRFFAS/

200W PicoBox Z2-ATX-200
http://www.amazon.com/Huhushop-TM-switch-24pin-Supply/dp/B00N1OLP88/

203W 12V AC-DC Power Supply
Recycled from Phat Xbox 360

DVD-RW Slim Slow Load Drive
Recycled from 15" MacBook Pro

Apple Internal IR Receiver
Recycled from 15" MacBook Pro

Apple Internal BCM943224PCIEBT2 Bluetooth 4.0 Module
Recycled from Macbook Air



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After building my MDD X79 Based Hacknintosh PowerHouse, i have been entertaining the thought of an ultra quiet; yet powerful daily hackintosh modded within the best Apple Product Ever Made - the G4 Cube. This easter i finally got around to doing it - and this is now my favourite computer i've ever build/ owned!

This is my 2nd G4 Cube hackintosh that i've built (5th Hackintosh i've built in total)- my first G4 Cube Hackintosh one was a very basic build with the Intel DQ77KB Board - a i5 3475S CPU - 4TB 3.5" HDD and a 500gb SSD - but i considered that to be the warm up build which was abit messy - the computer is a little too slow for me to use as a daily workstation and so it now is my dedicated Media Centre.
This 2nd G4 Cube Build was to be used as my daily workstation so i needed something with abit more kick :)



Onto the build!

First step was to dismantle and cut out the I/O Shield on the bottom of the Cube Chassis, put the Mini-ITX board into place, measure it up, make sure everything fits and clears including CPU Cooler. Once that was confirm i then line up the graphics card location, cut out the I/O Shield of that,
Araldited both shields into place and finally spray it all black for a nice stealth look :p







After that it was a matter of solving the jigsaw puzzle and routing the cables.



I used a PCIe Riser to hook up the GPU



Put the IR receiver at the bottom of the Cube to hide it and gain ultimate functionality



Hooked into the OEM Touch power button with light feedback (used the ATX pinout for 5V power and PowerOn Signal)





Modded a Old Xbox 360 203W 12V Power Supply as my PSU feed - similar to this :

http://www.instructables.com/id/Super-X-Box-360-PSU-for-12v-Power-suply/

Used a JAE 50pin to Sata convertor for the DVD-RW Drive

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TUDMRPO/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Mounted the SSD infront of the DVD-RW Drive to save room


Installation:

Clover install using Yosemite 10.10.3 with iMac 14,2 SMBIOS
Installer booted up straight away with Kext-Dev-Enabler and nv_disable (do get video from the GPU) that was it
install was straight forward

Bios settings all left default
Running almost vanilla with only an SSDT for HDMI/DP Audio and Modified AppleHDA for 5.1 3.5mm Audio
Once my boot drive was installed and setup - i just installed the Nvidia Drivers and put in nvda_drv=1 in to get full GPU acceleration.

Sleep works Perfectly
USB 3.0 works Perfectly
SpeedStepping works Perfectly
Internal Bluetooth 4.0 Adaptor Works Perfectly - even have full bluetooth functionality in BIOS menu!
Internal IR Receiver works perfectly with OEM Apple Remote
Modified MLB/Rom so iMessage and iCloud work Perfectly
Maintained original latching mechanism

I was thinking about re-painting the machine black as i did with my previous cube hackintosh:


But i thought i want to keep as much of the machine in its original state as i could, so i left it in its OEM state - just as i did with my MDD Hackintosh vs my Sawtooth G4 Stormtrooper Hackintosh :)


Some issues presented quickly - Space - Power - Heat - Noise - to name a few. Nevertheless I continued!
And thanks to my previous build which included 3x Apple ADC 23" Displays i was faced with a seperate dilemma. In order to get both Hackintosh's to display to the same set of LCD's would require quite a financial commitment along with a whole lot of convertors and adaptors. Plus; dispite being the most beautiful display aesthetically; these displays were sadly really starting to show their age in terms of colour, picture quality, brightness, viewing angle, power consumption and heat generation. So i finally decided it was time to retire the old boy 23" ADC LCD's and replace them with something worthy a HUGE single 40" 4K LED Display :)

Old



New





Further Comments


This machine is definitely BY FAR the best computer i've ever built/ used. the only thing that could possibly make it slightly better is if i used the Asus H97i-Plus Board instead just for the built in Wifi + DP - but then again im not sure if that board will play as niceely as this one does with OS X.

In saying that, i couldn't be more happy with this Mini-ITX board. Everything simply works -
Its mighty powerful for such a low power consuming CPU -
the GTX 750 Ti does a great job at outputting the 4K resolution at 60hz and is powerful enough for simple things (After all i do have my MDD Hackintosh with SLI GTX 970's for gaming)
The machine is completely silent - The Noctura Nh-L9i is completely silent in idle operation with the LNA being used. You can only hear the GPU fan kick in once you start doing something that requires some GPU power and even so; running the machine at full flat stick its only a very very mild hum! hardly louder than an Apple iMac.
PLUS: my wall power consumption meter tells me that while the machine running at 100% CPU and GPU load, it is only drawing 110-120W! and in its idle state its drawing a MASSIVE 8W; yes eight watts!!

In regards to heat - It does get a little warm when under load for a lengthy period of time - but nothing im too concerned about just yet i dont see temps higher than 80C peak for the CPU and no more than 85C for the GPU - if anything i may add a small 80mm exhaust fan up top near the grill in the future but for now its an absolutely lovely experience to have built and use this machine daily!

EDIT (26/4/15) - i've put in a Noctua NF-R8 Redux 1200rpm 80mm case fan up top as an exhaust fan to help remove that accumulated heat and it has made a drastic difference to temps. much happier now :D


Had to shave down the excess grill to make room for the fan! (before on the right, after on the left)




Test fit




Without Grille




With Grille




Machine now keeps a steady 38-40C on idle and GPU sits at around 35C idle :)


tl;dr - I love this machine to bits.



Benchmarks



Update 5/4/17:
I have upgraded the PSU to a PicoBOX 300W
Removed the DVD-R drive (never used it)
Placed a 2nd 1TB SSD inside
Upgraded the GPU to the EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC

Placement was tight, all went relaively smoothly
BUT.... I have no SOUND!

someone please help :'(

Audio always worked well over DP on the GTX 750 Ti, but now its gone, i've tried running all scripts from Tolda + multibeast but not working anymore :(











More pictures to come as i take them :)
 
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rayd thank you for this thread.

I am pleased that your cube project works so well and reading about it is inspiring.

I am curious to learn about the 40" 4k display that you mentioned in this thread?

Good modding,
neil
 
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rayd thank you for this thread.

I am pleased that your cube project works so well and reading about it is inspiring.

I am curious to learn about the 40" 4k display that you mentioned in this thread?

Good modding,
neil
Thanks Neil!

I've updated the thread with a couple images including the new LCD :)
 
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Hi there, I know this is been here for a while but I only just saw it, so congrats for this perfect build.
I build kind of a similar Cube a while back:

http://www.tonymacx86.com/powermac-g4-cube/99239-fleischs-cube-project-ga-h77tn-2.html

It still runs great and has been my main rig ever since. Whenever I do some light gaming the think gets pretty hot...
I think I used the same Mobo Cooler and two very small noctua cooler for the graphics plus one in the middle... The last three are all positioned to blow Air out the Top.

Did you keep the stock cooler on the GPU? How are Temps under heavy load?
I'm still tempted to try that 750 ti... Do you think my 192w PSU can handle it?
Thank you, and again great build!!
Cheers,
Fleisch
 
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Hi there, I know this is been here for a while but I only just saw it, so congrats for this perfect build.
I build kind of a similar Cube a while back:

http://www.tonymacx86.com/powermac-g4-cube/99239-fleischs-cube-project-ga-h77tn-2.html

It still runs great and has been my main rig ever since. Whenever I do some light gaming the think gets pretty hot...
I think I used the same Mobo Cooler and two very small noctua cooler for the graphics plus one in the middle... The last three are all positioned to blow Air out the Top.

Did you keep the stock cooler on the GPU? How are Temps under heavy load?
I'm still tempted to try that 750 ti... Do you think my 192w PSU can handle it?
Thank you, and again great build!!
Cheers,
Fleisch

Yep stock cooler on the GTX 750 Ti
TDP says 60W but I can't even make it draw 50W on full load

great card for such little power consumption!
im running a 4790S + 750 Ti on a 200W picoPSU and so far so good; so I'm sure you would too :)
 
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Yep stock cooler on the GTX 750 Ti
TDP says 60W but I can't even make it draw 50W on full load

great card for such little power consumption!
im running a 4790S + 750 Ti on a 200W picoPSU and so far so good; so I'm sure you would too :)
Sounds awesome... hope I get around to it soon...
I'm alway torn between improving the build and "never touch a running system". Afraid I could f... it up to badly ;)
 
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Sounds awesome... hope I get around to it soon...
I'm alway torn between improving the build and "never touch a running system". Afraid I could f... it up to badly ;)
Heh, i know that feeling! I'm about to upgrade my DVD-RW to a Blu-Ray-RW and add in another 2.5" HDD
 
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Project update - Recently gathered the courage to update to OS X 10.11.3 via the app store, straight update. went perfectly!

Got to love clover boot! :)
 
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Hi, nice build. I have a question about the stock 338W power supply that comes with the apple G4 tower. Would it be suitable for a modern day PC setup with an overclocked 750 ti?
 
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