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[Solved?] i5-8400 on H310 M-ITX: Advices appreciated on First Build

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Hi,
I decided that I will try to build a medium-duty machine (no gaming/intensive job/OC) that can fit into a Mac Mini enclosure to replace my veteran mid-11 MBA. Let's not talk about Mac Mini enclosure for a while (cooling is rather hard XD) but the key components themselves.

I will use this computer mostly for browsing and office/school work, but since I have a bad habit of hoarding tabs, I would need a rather big RAM. Also, I do some music composing, light 3D designing, and drawing as hobbies.

I have found out that ASUS recently launched a new Thin Mini-ITX motherboard, namely the Prime H310T. I could have gone with an H110 or Q170 MoBo, but 1) I want to use a newer CPU (Coffee Lake or Kaby Lake), 2) it seems that it is the best to match up the gen. of CPU and the chipset, and 3) gigabyte's MFH27AI is just a lie—I SPEND TWO DAYS GOOGLING AND ALL I FOUND WERE EUROPEAN SELLERS WITH NO STOCKS (FRUSTRATION INTENSIFIES). So, on a budget of around $800 and a cap of $1k, the components I am thinking is as the following:
  • ASUS Prime H310T, w/ Realtek RTL8111H & ALC 887 and UEFI AMI BIOS: most likely about $100
  • i5-8500: $205
  • intel stock cooler
  • onboard intel UHD 630 graphics
  • DDR4-2666MHz SoDIMM (16G) x1 (since I am so frustrated with my MBA's 4G memory): $190~
  • 500G WD blue M.2 SATA SDD x1: $110
  • DW1830 wifi+BLE card: $30~
  • 18V 250W home-brew PSU (based on a high-power LED power supply): $50~
I will either buy a cheap ITX case before I take care of the cooling for my ambitious plan or just let the whole computer run exposed for a while (since everything is secured onto the MoBo itself, I should be fine...right?).

As the motherboard is so new it is only available on eBay from Israel, I assume that no one tested if it's Hackintosh-compatible; so, probably all we can do is to read the spec page and hope it would work.

So then...
  1. How much faster is NVMe SSDs versus SATA ones? Should I add that add'l $50 to $60 to upgrade to an NVMe instead?
  2. I saw seldom mentions of i5-8500, nor is it in the buyer's guide. Should I just go with it, step down to 8400, or step up to 8600K? Or, any other CPU recommendations?
  3. Do you guys think this plan would work? Will I have any hardware that might be incompatible for Hackintosh?
Thank you so much for the help!

(If it won't, I'll probably just build a Windows machine somehow...)
hi, did you have a success using the h310t?
im trying to install the mojave but all i have is the apple logo. cant get to the install screen
 
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Motherboard
Asus Z97M-Plus
CPU
core i5-4460
Graphics
Gigabyte GTX660
Mac
MacBook Air
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
iOS
Hi,
I decided that I will try to build a medium-duty machine (no gaming/intensive job/OC) that can fit into a Mac Mini enclosure to replace my veteran mid-11 MBA. Let's not talk about Mac Mini enclosure for a while (cooling is rather hard XD) but the key components themselves.

I will use this computer mostly for browsing and office/school work, but since I have a bad habit of hoarding tabs, I would need a rather big RAM. Also, I do some music composing, light 3D designing, and drawing as hobbies.

I have found out that ASUS recently launched a new Thin Mini-ITX motherboard, namely the Prime H310T. I could have gone with an H110 or Q170 MoBo, but 1) I want to use a newer CPU (Coffee Lake or Kaby Lake), 2) it seems that it is the best to match up the gen. of CPU and the chipset, and 3) gigabyte's MFH27AI is just a lie—I SPEND TWO DAYS GOOGLING AND ALL I FOUND WERE EUROPEAN SELLERS WITH NO STOCKS (FRUSTRATION INTENSIFIES). So, on a budget of around $800 and a cap of $1k, the components I am thinking is as the following:
  • ASUS Prime H310T, w/ Realtek RTL8111H & ALC 887 and UEFI AMI BIOS: most likely about $100
  • i5-8500: $205
  • intel stock cooler
  • onboard intel UHD 630 graphics
  • DDR4-2666MHz SoDIMM (16G) x1 (since I am so frustrated with my MBA's 4G memory): $190~
  • 500G WD blue M.2 SATA SDD x1: $110
  • DW1830 wifi+BLE card: $30~
  • 18V 250W home-brew PSU (based on a high-power LED power supply): $50~
I will either buy a cheap ITX case before I take care of the cooling for my ambitious plan or just let the whole computer run exposed for a while (since everything is secured onto the MoBo itself, I should be fine...right?).

As the motherboard is so new it is only available on eBay from Israel, I assume that no one tested if it's Hackintosh-compatible; so, probably all we can do is to read the spec page and hope it would work.

So then...
  1. How much faster is NVMe SSDs versus SATA ones? Should I add that add'l $50 to $60 to upgrade to an NVMe instead?
  2. I saw seldom mentions of i5-8500, nor is it in the buyer's guide. Should I just go with it, step down to 8400, or step up to 8600K? Or, any other CPU recommendations?
  3. Do you guys think this plan would work? Will I have any hardware that might be incompatible for Hackintosh?
Thank you so much for the help!

(If it won't, I'll probably just build a Windows machine somehow...)
Hi! Can you upload your EFI folder of your config?
Thanks!
 
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Asus Z97M-Plus
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core i5-4460
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Gigabyte GTX660
Mac
MacBook Air
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
iOS
Which version of bios you used? I have 2416 and I can't start install with console relocated to 0x90000000.
 
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Motherboard
Asus Z97M-Plus
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core i5-4460
Graphics
Gigabyte GTX660
Mac
MacBook Air
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
iOS
Update:
I fix console relocated with this chage in bios:
Advanced\PCH Configuration\System Time and Alarm Source change "System Time and Alarm Source" to "Legacy RTC"
and add EmuVariable.efi + AptioMemoryFix.efi
Now I can format ssd with disk utility and start install. But after first reboot and select in clover boot from new partition on ssd, after less than 1 min from start installation process it reboot again and than, after 2nd boot I see this screen.
I have 1tb nmve ssd.
 

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H310M S2H 2.0
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@Vince: your kexts (and probably the USB 2.0 drive) did the job! Will update as the bar progresses.

update: Cheers! update5: haven't get pass the post-installation, but at least it booted up with macOS, right?


update2: USB and power button did not work after Multibeast build... I think I will attempt reinstalling with UniBeast again; if that did not work, I will try using Clover.
update3: Manually adding kexts to EFI/CLOVER/kexts on the system SSD EFI partition. Hope this will do the trick; will try replacing OsxAptioFix2Drv-64.efi with OsxAptioFixDrv-64.efi if still not working.
update4: Meh. I'll reinstall with HFS+ instead of APFS.
update5: Did one step wrong and now it is still APFS XD Not entirely sure what to do now... I posted the previous setting that gave me problems here.
Hello, I have similar CPU an MB. After I start install process with clover computer reboots and install does not begin.
 
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