Stork's Son-of-Zorro Build: Core i7-2700K - GA-Z68X-UD3H - HD 6850 Contents Components Comments The Build Installation of Mac OS XSummary Benchmarks UpdatesComponents Intel Core i7-2700K Unlocked Processor capability of HD3000 Intel Integrated Graphics http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005X64OA8/ Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 HDMI SATA III USB 3.0 FW 400 ATX Motherboard http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00518M74I http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498 Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD6850 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort Video Card GV-R685OC-1GD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004F6GJAU/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353 G.Skill RipJaws 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HZG4ZO/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 Two SanDisk Extreme 120GB SATA III 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-120G-G25 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006EKIQYM/ Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt - CMPSU-650TXV2 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LB5AZY/ TP-Link PCI Express Adapter(TL-WDN4800) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007GMPZ0A/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704133 Lian Li PC-A05NB Mid Tower Case - Discontinued, but the PC-A05FNB is essentially that same case. http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-a05n/ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MESDTO/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112331 GELID Solutions FN-SX12-10 120mm Silent Case Fans - Replacing the two case fans to achieve a quieter system http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001K6XYWY/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835426016 Already Owned Seagate 1TB Hard Disk Drive http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IZN3YI/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697 Dynex Firewire 800/400 PCI-e Card - no longer sold in retail; get new from eBay IOGEAR 4-Port Dual View Dual-Link DVI KVMP Switch with Audio GCS1644 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004GKM9JK/ The following are connected to the IOGear KVM DVI Switch: Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor - Max Resolution 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0039648BO/ HP ZR24W IPS Monitor - out of production; been replaced by the HP ZR2440W http://www.amazon.com/HP-XW477A8-ABA-Promo-ZR2440W/dp/B005O9RPQE/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176221 Targus ACB10US1 USB Bluetooth Dongle Adapter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002K6RK0/ Apple Wireless Keyboard http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005DLDO4U/ Apple Magic Mouse http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TLTGM6/ Apple Magic Trackpad http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XIJ3MW/ Logitech K750 Solar Mac Keyboard http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005L38VRU/ Comments: The Build This is my Son of Zorro and 4th Hackintosh build. I call this build Son of Zorro because it uses the same motherboard and a black case like my Zorro build. Since Zorro is my production computer system (I don't like to do tonymacx86 software testing on it), I've been wanting to build another Z68 motherboard system for testing. Unfortunately, I could not find one that suited my needs and wasn't too expensive. However, in early Spring (2012), I saw an opportunity to inexpensively purchase a a Sandy Bridge Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H motherboard from Amazon for $99.99 USD. Shortly, thereafter, Newegg had a sale on the Intel Core i5-2500K. Likewise, I found the rest of the components on sale all within a couple of weeks of the motherboard and processor. Patience is a virtue. However, after spending a lot of time using Zorro, which has an i7-2600 processor, I started to look for an i7 to replace the i5-2500K processor because Zorro just seemed "snapper." Although I wasn't using HD 3000 graphics for now, I decided to get an i7 "K" unlocked processor so that I can be more flexible in my future fun & games - a graphics card for multiple monitors. Again, patience is a virtue, and I found an Intel i7-2700K NIB for $230. Son of Zorro is running Sierra and still runs well...enough so that I use to record my band's lousy practice session using GarageBand and a PreSonus TubePre V2 (Firewire interface). (My band is composed of me, myself and I. ) Installation of OS X Before installing OS X, I setup the BIOS just like I did for Zorro. But, first, I created the USB installation thumb drive using the tonymacx86 guide UniBeast: Install macOS Sierra on Any Supported Intel-based PC, choosing the Legacy option. I highly recommend that you print out the Guide and my guide, checking off each step. This procedure will ensure you don't make a mistake and/or skip a step. Now, insert the UniBeast USB 2.0 installation thumb drive into one of the two Rear Panel USB 2 ports in the stack with P/S 2 port. I booted into the BIOS to change the required BIOS parameters per the tonymacx86 iBoot+MultiBeast Installation Guide. Since I [was] using HD 3000 on-board, Integrated Graphics, I had to set one Advanced BIOS Features parameter - On-Chip Frame Buffer Size. I had greater than or equal to 8GB RAM, so I set it at 480MB+2MB for GTT. If you have 4GB RAM, set it to 384. I also turned off the Full Screen LOGO Show parameter. While I was on the Advanced BIOS Features page, changed Hard Disk Priority > to the UniBeast USB installation thumb drive First Boot Device > USB-HDDfor the UniBeast installation Procedure. We'll change this back to the after the installing Sierra. Additionally, since my memory does not have Gigabyte default memory parameter settings, I had to change the XMP Profile from Default to Profile1. Finally, we need to turn off the USB 3.0 Eltron Chipset (and, thus, the USB 3.0 ports) because there is no support for the chipset in Sierra nor has anyone created a driver/kext for the Eltron Chipset. Unfortunately, if we don't do that, Sierra won't install or run after installation. Integrated Peripherals > R_USB30 Controler > Disable R_USB30 Turbo > Disable F_USB30 Controler > Disable Once the BIOS was setup, I saved my BIOS setup (F10), and let the computer reboot into the UniBeast USB thumb drive. I then followed the tonymacx86 installation guide. After Sierra was installed and rebooted, I booted into the Sierra installation, and I used the following MultiBeast for Sierra configuration for Son of Zorro with the HD 6850 graphics card. Quick Start > Legacy Boot Mode Drivers > Audio > Realtek ALCxxx > ALC889 Drivers > Disk > 3rd Party SATA Drivers > Misc > FakeSMC Plugins Drivers > Misc > Fake SMC HWMonitor Application Drivers > Network > Realtek > RealtekTRL8111 (latest version) Customize SSDT > Options > Sandy Bridge Core i7 <---You will need this for an i7 K processorThis yields a Build like this: I then reboot into the BIOS and reset the Boot Priority to the Sierra drive and First Boot Drive parameter to HDD. I saved the BIOS again (F10), removed the UniBeast USB thumb drive and rebooted saving the BIOS setup (F10). The system booted off the SSD and, Clover boot screen, I booted into Sierra. Everything is working including sleep/wake-up. Summary Everything seems to work well. I can log into Apple's Mac App Store (MAS), iCloud and iMessage with Mavericks. Sleep/wake-up works as it should since I only use the first 3 boxes checked in the System Preferences Energy Saver pane. Benchmarks (Sierra 10.12.1) LuxMark v3.1 Unigine's Heaven v4.0 Updates April 17, 2017. Updated to Sierra 10.12.4. See Post #140. November 16, 2016. Updated to Sierra by doing a fresh install in "virgin" SSD, then, after running MultiBeast, I used Migration Assistant to bring over applications, user files, etc., (don't check Other Files). Older Updates Update: Updated to Yosemite without any problems. See Post #104 for the MultiBeast for Yosemite configure for a new ("fresh") installation of 10.10.4. Update: Updated to Mavericks 10.9.5 without a problem. See this post for the procedure. Update: Updated to Mavericks 10.9.2. See post #98 for my procedure. Update: Updated to Mavericks 10.9.1. Update: Updated to Mavericks. See my guide here. Update: I updated the processor to an Intel Core i7-2700. I did so because Zorro has an i7 and it just seemed "snappier." I won't post any Geekbench scores because it doesn't matter to me. Update: Updated to 10.8.5 successfully. See Post #72 for information. Update: I bought a Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 inexpensively from eBay, which replaced the 6450 and worked OOB with Lion 10.7.5, but requires AtiConfig=Duckweed in Mountain Lion. Update: Here are the LuxMark v2 and Unigine Heaven v4.0 graphics benchmarks for the Gigabyte 6850 on OS X 10.7.5.