- Jul 13, 2015
- P9X79 DELUXE
- i7 3930k
- EVGA GTX 980
sachabest's Build: P9X79 DELUXE - i7-3930K - GTX 980Components
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe
Intel i7-3930K Processor
NVIDIA stock GTX 980 (can't find link, this was sent to me by NVIDIA directly)
Corsair Dominator 16GB 2400MHz Memory
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD
Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB HDD
Themaltake Suppressor Case
macOS Sierra 10.12.6 from the App Store
Just spent the better part of two days on this build. Hopefully there are others who can benefit from the steps I went through to make everything work.
Installation Steps (this is for advanced users - i.e. you should be very comfortable in the terminal and not afraid of digging into the kernel boot routine etc.)
- Make a UniBeast USB (click "Downloads" at the top of this page -> UniBeast)
- Download MultiBeast onto your USB (same downloads section)
- Turn off VT-d and put Secure Boot on "Other OS" in the UEFI BIOS
- Plug in your USB and boot from it (mash F8 at the ASUS logo - make sure you choose the USB boot entry that has "UEFI" in front of it.
- On the Clover bootloader screen, go to "Clover Settings" -> add "-v dart=0 cpus=1 npci=0x2000" to your boot arguments
- Boot from USB
- Install Sierra to a local hard drive
- Reboot into Clover FROM THE USB, put the same boot arguments, but this time, boot to the internal drive you just installed Sierra on.
- Follow user registration, log in, etc.
- Follow the MultiBeast steps mentioned in the normal guide: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/unibeast-install-macos-sierra-on-any-supported-intel-based-pc.200564/. DO NOT install any audio drivers. DO install the i7 SSDT.
- Once everything is booted normally and you have your graphics set up correctly, grab yourself a copy of Clover Configurator (downloads section)
- In Clover, set your boot args to have "dart=0 npci=0x2000 darkwake=2" and that's IT. Reboot if you'd like to test.
- At this point, you should have graphics, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and basic CPU working.
- Now its time for audio. Go here: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/p9x79-deluxe-audio-on-sierra.230894/
- Once you have audio working, you can start working on getting the CPU to follow its intended stepping curves - this will make your computer WAY more snappy/fast, and save you a ton of power and burn on your chip in the process. This is long and arduous so the steps were moved to a separate guide: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/p9x79-deluxe-sandy-bridge-3930k-power-management-on-sierra.230927/
- Now you can set up iMessage by following this guide: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/an-idiots-guide-to-imessage.196827/. DO NOT change the SMBIOS board ID or system ID!!! This is paramount if you want to keep your power-managed CPU state. Just generate a UUID and use the simpleMLB tool.
- Ta-da! Enjoy your fully powered Custom Mac - I've been able to run stress tests in Maya, Houdini, and league that come within 5% performance of my windows side.
- Onboard Realtek Audio (front and back panels)
- Onboard Ethernet (both ports)
- Full power management on the CPU (Turbo Boost, stepping, etc.)
- GPU (via web drivers)
- USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports
- (not tested) the on-board WiFi - it sucks anyway, if you need WiFi, grab a PCIe card
- literally nothing else