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When you did a fresh install,, Did you have to update the BIOS at all? I have this same build that has always worked. Im on 10.10.5, but want to update to at least El Cap. Can I just start fresh and install on new SSD without updating any BIOS Settings?
My MB came with BIOS version F14. I don't have any issues that I would blame on the BIOS and therefore I never updated it (I think F16 is current).
I have to say though that I tweaked the BIOS in the past, mainly to overclock RAM and CPU. That was before I switched to a GPU render engine. When I tried an El Cap Clover install a while ago with my old BIOS settings the install failed. I never bothered figuring out why... I just left it there.
For Sierra I loaded the 'optimized defaults' simply because I didn't want to deal with BIOS tweaking anymore and no longer rely on the extra speed from overclocked RAM and CPU.
If you are on 10.10.5 like I was, you probably boot in legacy mode and not UEFI. That's an option you have to decide upon during the install.
Other than that: Just pop in a new SSD, disconnect power to all other drives and you are good to go.
 
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I can't believe that 5 years has gone by since my copy of this build, which has been pretty solid under Mountain Lion. But the time has come to upgrade the GPU.

Since this is a dual/triple boot set up, I have been doing some light gaming and heavy flight sim (prepar3d and Xplane 11) on the windows 250 GB EVO PRO SSD and considering a GTX 1080 TI GPU so I can drive a 2k/4k monitor set up.

My plan is to do a clean install on a new SSD of Sierra so I can use the Navida 10 series drivers. anyone see any issues or have been at this step before? I will be using the steps off the main site

After getting it running, I would use the migration assistant to move files etc over.

Thanks in advance.
Scott
 
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waytooslow, you have an incorrect link in your post above.

I updated my Z77X-UD5H TH "Thunderball" system to Sierra w/o any problems. I'm also now using a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD on a PCIe adapter card. Really fast loading macOS and apps, now.

Note: when using Migration Assistance, do not check the Other Files box. "Bad stuff" gets transferred over. :thumbup:
 
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waytooslow, you have an incorrect link in your post above.

I updated my Z77X-UD5H TH "Thunderball" system to Sierra w/o any problems. I'm also now using a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD on a PCIe adapter card. Really fast loading macOS and apps, now.

Note: when using Migration Assistance, do not check the Other Files box. "Bad stuff" gets transferred over. :thumbup:
Thanks I corrected
 
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I got a lead on this set up from a friend that has this mobo + CPU + 32gb ram. I have a GTX 960 and thought about combining all of this to make my first Hackintosh. I was curious about one very important thing to me. How can we add Thunderbolt to this type of system? If it isn't possible, am I looking at Z170 & Z270 boards since they have Thunderbolt built in to nearly every board?

Thanks! And great write up.
 
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This build has been great for me. I built it way back in 2013 and its still going strong. The only difference from the original build is the case, power supply, and a DVD-RW instead of a BluRay.

I was running Mountain Lion for the longest time. I finally upgrade to El Capitan when it was announced. I tried updating to Sierra a few months ago but the App Store said that Sierra could not be installed on my computer. I figured that my computer was old, and I let it go.

I found an earlier post stating that Sierra was running fine on this system. I did a search and found out that all I had to do was change change my SMBIOS to iMac14,2.

I'm currently testing Sierra on another SSD and slowly migrating my apps and docs.

I used the MultiBeast setup from Stork's Thunderbolt Build: i5-3570K. The BIOS settings haven’t changed much from when I set it up in 2013, with the only change being the startup disk.
 
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I have a Sierra still with 13.2 and same SSDT for power management since I build it in 2013.
 

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Slugnet hasn't been around since May 10, 2016. So, FYI.

I got a lead on this set up from a friend that has this mobo + CPU + 32gb ram. I have a GTX 960 and thought about combining all of this to make my first Hackintosh. I was curious about one very important thing to me. How can we add Thunderbolt to this type of system? If it isn't possible, am I looking at Z170 & Z270 boards since they have Thunderbolt built in to nearly every board?

Thanks! And great write up.
This motherboard does not support Thunderbolt. (Thunderbolt 1 introduced on 7 series motherboards.) You'll need a Z77X-UP5-TH motherboard to get builtin Thunderbolt support, like my Thunderball build.
 
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Since there are a few of us on here recently,...

I'm still running El Cap since forever but now would like to get onboard with Sierra for FCP 10.4 was released. Obviously only High Sierra is available at the Apple App Store now. I've read that HS and this board do not mix.

I do have a Sierra installer on a backup drive but after moving it back to the my computer's Apps folder, the installer is broken, which I have read about. I seem to remember terminal commands to make it work but cannot find those anywhere.

Any TMac forum-legal suggestions for finding a Sierra installer to create a USB at this point? I've asked among all local friends and no-one has a Sierra installer handy in their Apps folder.
 
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