SUCCESS: $462 Build: Maverick 10.9.5 on GA-Z87X-UD3H & i7 4770K

Nov 19, 2011
Maverick 10.9.5 using the Multibest 6.5
Intel 4600
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
Smiricky's Video Pro Build: GA-Z87MX-D3H - i7-4770K - HD 4600


Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H Motherboard

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Processor

TP-Link N900 Wifi Card

Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro - HDMI and Analog Editing Card

Snow Leopard DVD

Already Owned

8GB DDR3 RAM - Mushkin Silverline

Laptop HDD - 120 GB Toshiba

LG Internal Blu-Ray Burner

23 Inch Monitor - AOC

23 Inch Monitor - eMachine

USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Centon 16 GB

Coller Master Case

Power supply - i think its OCZ

Windows 8.1 Pro


Everything works:

* Dual Display output: DVI with HDMI,
* Analog Audio output
* USB 3 ports
* Ethernet
* Wifi
* Blackmagic HDMI video and audio output

* App Store
* Final Cut Pro X
* Avid Media Composer,

Installation method:
I have followed stpe by step the The Tonymacx86 Simplest Mac OS X Installation Guidr from the egg;) (Snow Leopard DVD):

After Install tweaks
Installation of the driversfrom MultiBeast 6.5.0:
* Realtek ALC892 Audio driver
* Intel 1000e driver v3 )

Custom installs for Video editing:
* Plug in of the add-on PCI Blackmagick Intensity Pro
* Install the Blackmagic software
* test its HDMI video & audio output
* Installation of the Avid Media Composer & Final Cut Pro X Trial.

Everything work... the BMC Intensity pro card and the external HDMI monitor
Ethernet LAN speed tested on Comcast: 4 MBps, down 1MBps up.

Time to build:
Five to Seven days @ 2- 3 hours per day.

Motherboard: $112
CPU: $290
Wifi: $40
Snow Leopard DVD $20;

Total $462

Main reason to build that system was access to Pro Res codec and Mac to learn app development for an iPhone.

The total price of the system is similar to cheapest Mac Mini.
Next time I would probably save the time and effort and buy the mini instead and have less powerful machine.

However my build is modular, more powerful, expandable and saves the money on expensive pro video equipment:
* Savings on fast internal SSDs over the Thunderbolts ones
* Ability to use internal PCI express pro video cards from BM Design and Aja vs external TB cards