Stork's Hector Build: GA-H97N-WIFI - i5-4690 - HD4600 & GTX 750 Ti Components Gigabyte H97N-WIFI mini-ITX, dual LAN, 1-DVI & 2-HDMI Motherboard - Amazon || Newegg Intel i5-4690 Processor with HD4600 Intel Integrated Graphics - Amazon || Newegg Arctic Freezer 7 Pro v2 CPU Cooler - Amazon || Newegg Samsung 840 EVO 256GB SSD - Amazon || Newegg Broadcom BCM94360CD BCM4360CD 802.11ac mini PCI-E WiFi WLAN Bluetooth 4.0 Card for Apple - Amazon Generic Mini Pci-e Adapter for Bcm94360cd Bcm94331cd - Amazon Added Later Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti GV-N75TWF2OC-2GI - Replaced by Gigabyte GV-N75TOC-2GI http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IGQ4UX8/r http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125558 Already Owned Edimax Wireless AC1200 Dual Band USB 3.0 Adapter (EW-7822UAC) - Amazon || Newegg Used temporarily until the iMac WiFi/BT 4.0 LE card and adapter arrived. Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2x8GB) Memory Kit (BLT2KIT8G3D1608DT1TX0) - Amazon || Newegg BitFenix Prodigy mini-ITX Black Case - Amazon || Newegg Corsair CS550M 550 Watt (Partially) Modular, PLUS GOLD Power Supply - Amazon || Newegg IOGEAR 4-Port Dual View Dual-Link DVI KVMP Switch with Audio GCS1644 - Amazon || Newegg The following are connected to the IOGear KVM DVI Switch: Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch Widescreen Monitor - Max Resolution 2560 x 1440 - Amazon HP ZR24W 24" IPS Monitor with DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort and Sub-D Connectors and USB Hub (out of production; replaced by the HP ZR2440W Monitor) - Amazon GMYLE Bluetooth 4.0 USB Dongle - Amazon Logitech Unifying Wireless Receiver which comes with the Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac - Silver (920-003472) - Amazon Apple Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard - Amazon || Newegg Apple Bluetooth Magic Mouse - Amazon || Newegg Apple Bluetooth TrackPad - Amazon || Newegg Comments Contents Background & General Information Installation of OS X What Works and What Doesn't Work Updates Background & General Information This is my entry level, general purpose computer for my household use, including low (computer) stress games. Obviously, as you can see in my signature block, I have some middle of the line builds that more than adequate for most people's needs. But, I started to get curious about the capabilities of last year's crop of smaller mini-ITX size motherboards, such as the Gigabyte H/Z87N-WIFI motherboards although I have a GA-H67N-USB3 / i3-2125 / HD3000 system. So, since I'm not a gamer - GarageBand is the most "rigorous" application that I use - I decided to build the H97N-WIFI based system with getting back into some adventure games like Myst & Rivan. Why a wireless equipped motherboard? Well, even though the Intel wireless is not compatible with OS X, and the Bluetooth (BT) is compatible, I planned to update the WiFi/BT card with a OS X compatible one as soon as the opportunity presented itself (see below). My systems are connected to dual monitors through a IOGear KVM switch. The Logitech Unified receiver for my Logitech K750 Mac Solar keyboard and the GMYLE BT 4.0 USB dongles are connected to one of the monitors USB hub which is connect to the KVM switch and shared with the computers when switched to that computer. So, I don't need the BT in a combo, but I do need wireless, and I'll like to have the wireless device to be 801.11ac compatible (AC1200+). Consequently, I have removed the Gigabyte miniPCIe wireless/BT card, and I temporarily used the an Edimax Wireless AC1200 Dual Band USB 3.0 Adapter (EW-7822UAC) which requires drivers from Eimax's website. I have since replaced the Gigabyte H97N-WIFI motherboards WiFi/BT card with an Apple iMac Wifi/BT 4 card and a miniPCIe adapter which interfaces correctly with the Gigabyte H97N's motherboard WiFi/BT miniPCIe card slot. Both were purchased from Amazon as described in tonymacx86's guide: http://www.tonymacx86.com/network/1...apple-mini-cards-pcie-mini-pcie-adapters.html. I'm now transmitting 1300Mbps with the iMac Wifi/BT 4 card and adapter card when connected to my AC1750 wireless router. See Post #37 for more detailed information. My Bluetooth keyboard and Mighty Mouse will allow me to enter the BIOS, and I can use either the arrow keys or the mouse to move through the BIOS screens. BTW, the before mentioned Edimax wireless USB 3 dongle worked great providing a 857Mbps throughput; it's a good alternative at ~$30 USD. The Haswell Refreshed Intel Core i5-4690 provides HD 4600 graphics capability to the motherboard's one DVI connector and two HDMI connectors. (I have tested three monitors running, and, while it does support three monitors, I would only recommend running three monitors with an i5 or i7.) This processor has done well with everything I've thrown at it including GarageBand on one monitor and iMessages (sound turned off) on the other monitor. Web surfing is easily displayed quickly with YouTube videos running as if I was on a more powerful system. The Haswell Refreshed i5-4590 is a winner in my book. The Crucial Ballistic Tactical memory is an overkill for this system, but I had picked up the 16GB set last fall when it was on sale in anticipation of using it in another Thunderbolt build (maybe later). The Buyer's Guide's Crucial Ballistic Budget 16GB memory set is more appropriate for this set-up. Even though the Logitech K750 Mac Solar (rechargeable) is a wireless keyboard with a numeric key pad, the keyboard is recognized by the BIOS so I don't need a USB wired keyboard to enter into the BIOS and navigate around. Great keyboard with a good feel to it...and I'm a touch typist, too. The rest of the components including the case are not new, and you've read about them before. The BitFenix Prodigy case is fat > about 10 inches wide. Although the Prodigy is good looking, the motherboard sits horizontal in the case, instead of the usual vertical orientation in other cases. This results in a wider case (10 inches vs. other cases 7-8 inches) which takes up too much desk space. So, although it sits on a shelf next to the desk, it still gets compliments from those guests wanting to see my horde of computers. Installation of OS X I have tested Sierra 10.12.5, and it works fine. The update didn't break audio as it might do for other builds. For those who want to install Sierra, it installs just like my El Capitan Guide with the exception of using tonymacx86's UniBeast: Install macOS Sierra on Any Supported Intel-based PC and UniBeast for Sierra and MultiBeast for Sierra, instead - my El Capitan installation settings are the same. I have written separate, detailed, step-by-step installation guides for both Yosemite and Mavericks which you can copy & paste into a document for printing to check off each step as you accomplish the step so as not to miss a step: El Capitan: http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capita...d4600-gtx-750-ti-using-clover-el-capitan.html Yosemite: http://www.tonymacx86.com/yosemite-...600-chimera-multibeast-method.html#post925481 Mavericks: http://www.tonymacx86.com/mavericks...ifi-using-hd4600-no-graphics-card-needed.html What does work that I've tested so far: iMessage - Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan. iFaceTime - Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan. Sleep/wake-up with Mavericks Yosemite and El Capitan. What doesn't work that I've tested so far: Audio after waking up from sleep. But, rather than try previous audio kexts, I use shilohh's LoadHDA AppleScript. iTunes trailers playing causes system freeze. This is due to the 9-series not being recognized by the iTunes store. Additionally, the DRM iTunes movies and trailers haven't worked on a hackintosh since the Ivy Bridge motherboards. Updates & Notices May 16, 2017. Updated to Sierra 10.12.5. See Post #282. April 12, 2017. I've updated the installation notes for Sierra. April 19, 2016. I remove the abbreviated installation process for Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan since I have detailed, check list installation descriptions for those three versions of OS X. I did this to avoid confusion and to ensure that the installation updates, corrections and/or additions only needed to be in one place. Update. I added aaands' method to get into the BIOS with the Apple wireless keyboard by pressing the Fn-Eject keys (hold down the Fn key and press the Eject key, located in the Apple wireless's keyboards top row, far right key). Update. El Capitan information. Update. I discovered that Wake-on-LAN does not have to be disabled for sleep/wake-up to work. Update. I've updated this build with a Gigabyte GTX 750 TI graphics card. See my Guide here in the Forum's Graphics section. http://www.tonymacx86.com/graphics/...am-new-gigabyte-750-ti-2gb-graphics-card.html. However, this build description will reflect the build w/o the graphics card while the previously mention link with show how to update this build with a GTX 750 Ti (Maxwell) graphics card. Update: I've created a SSDT to provide better processor power management for the iMac14,2 System Definition in Mavericks. You can see the procedure here. To check to see if your SSDTs are loading, use the following command in the Terminal: Code (Text): bdmesg|grep -y aml You can also add this to your .profile in your user folder so that, upon opening the Terminal, it shows the results.