[Success] Asus Sabertooth Z77 - i7-3770K - GeForce GTX690 - 10.9 Mavericks

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  1. brisc0

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    Oct 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM #1
    brisc0

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    Best of Both Build: Core i7-3770K - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 - GTX 690

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    Components

    Apple Mac OS X version 10.9 Mavericks

    Already Owned

    Intel Core i7-3770K
    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-3770K-Quad-Core-Processor-Cache/dp/B007SZ0EOW/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

    ASUS Sabertooth Z77 LGA1155 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-SABERTOOTH-Z77-Intel-Motherboard/dp/B007RIFKUS/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

    ASUS GeForce GTX 690 4096MB GDDR5 GTX690-4GD5
    http://www.amazon.com/GeForce-2xDVI-I-mDisplayPort-Graphics-GTX690-4GD5/dp/B0080JWLFU/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121636

    G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GSR
    http://www.amazon.com/G-SKILL-Sniper-240-Pin-Desktop-F3-1866C10D-16GSR/dp/B008XW05Y8/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231627

    OWC 120GB Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD 2.5” SSD
    http://www.amazon.com/OWC-120GB-Mercury-Extreme-Serial-ATA/dp/B005OW48SY/

    LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model UH12NS30
    http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-Internal-Playback-UH12NS29/dp/B008G9V60K/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136268

    Corsair Carbide Series White 500R Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011013-WW)
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Computer-CC-9011013-WW/dp/B005E97ZUU/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010

    SeaSonic Platinum-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply
    http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-PLATINUM-1000-1000-Power-Supply/dp/B00608FKN8/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151105

    4 x Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
    http://www.amazon.com/WD-Green-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B008YAHW6I/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236404

    OCZ Technology 80 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTX80G
    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Technology-Vertex-2-5-Inch-OCZSSD2-2VTX80G/dp/B004GBK2WU/

    FiiO E09K High Output Desktop Headphone Amplifier and Dock for E07K or E17
    http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-Output-Desktop-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B008J26ZL4/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA08R0S41377

    Audioengine A2 Premium Powered Desktop Speaker - Pair (White)
    http://www.amazon.com/Audioengine-Premium-Powered-Desktop-Speaker/dp/B000VKEFMS/

    Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones
    http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Headphones-Burl-Wood-Accents/dp/B0042A8CW2/
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2WZ10R8402



    Comments / Installation Method

    This Hackintosh was originally built as a Windows gaming rig but on a whim I googled my MOBO and found a success post here on TonyMacx86 from evanhindra who had a very similar build up and running successfully on 10.8 CREDIT: http://www.tonymacx86.com/user-buil...-asus-gtx-gtx680-dc2t-2gd5-os-x-10-8-2-a.html *THANKS* Realizing that I could have a machine that would be the best of both OS X and Windows rather than just a gaming rig, I unplugged all my drives and gave it a shot. The result is a top class gaming rig with a massive steam library that default boots into an OS X installation that is running Plex easily on a "Sysop" account set to Auto Login while also having resources/overhead for fast user switching between myself, my wife, and my three children. OS X boots to the OWC 6G SSD and Plex has 3x of the 2TB HDDs for content. Additionally one of those drives has a 120GB partition for SuperDuper to Smart Update nightly.

    That being said, the method below has produced an impressive desktop that easily boots into Windows 8.1 (tested, reverted to Windows 7 for personal preference). I am using the OCZ 80GB SSD above for Windows and gave it one of the 2TB HDDs for my Steam Library.

    1.) Unplugged all drives
    2.) UniBeast 3 USB Key with OSX Mavericks. Ran it as installed, no tweaks, first run 100% successful.
    3.) Booted to desktop, Settings -> Security - > Allow Apps from Anywhere AND ensured auto system updates were OFF
    4.) Ran Multibeast 6 chose:
    -QUICK START: DSDT Free
    -DRIVERS:
    -Audio: Without DSDT -> ALC892
    -Disk: 3rd Party SATA; TRIM Enabler: 10.9.0 TRIM Patch
    -Graphics: Default
    -Misc: Left Default
    -Network: Intel - hnak's AppleIntelE1000e V2.5.4d
    -System: Patched AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement OS X 10.9.0
    -BOOTLOADERS:
    -Chimera V2.2.1
    -CUSTOMIZE:
    -Basic Boot Options (by default)
    -Generate CPU States
    -Hibernate Mode - Desktop
    -Use KernelCache
    -SSDT Options: (left alone)
    -System Definitions (MacPro3,1)
    -Theme (left alone)

    After this ran I shut down, removed the UniBeast thumb drive and rebooted, everything came up fine but I had no iMessage so I added FileNVRAM.dylib to /Extras/modules/ and rebooted which resolved the iMessage problem.

    Powered down, plugged in all the other drives, removed UniBeast thumb drive, verified dual booting to Windows, called it a day.

    As of the writing of this post uptime is 2 days, 42 minutes without a hitch. This includes video encoding time, Plex DB build, homework, browsing, playing the Hearthstone beta, etc. It is working perfectly… well aside from the minor notes below.

    Issues outstanding are:
    1. No location data (I believe this is due to no WiFi card)
    2. USB is dead after waking from sleep (which I resolve by not sleeping the system. Its a Plex server so I didn't need it to sleep anyway).
    3. Not really an issue but if you didn't catch it in the build notes the GTX690 only recognizes 1xGPU @ 2048MB. I knew this would happen going in but primarily purchased this card for the Windows side of the house for steam apps.

    Other than that my GeekBench64 scores felt low at 14,000 so there may be some optimizations that need to take place. I will keep an eye on in the community for possible tweaks and try to get that score up over the coming weeks as I also work to resolve the sleep issue.

    Happy to help anyone with a similar build and likewise taking any suggestions you have about mine. Good luck!
     
  2. Segas

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    Oct 29, 2013 at 4:58 PM #2
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    This worked better than any other guide I've come across. Thank you for the ingoing details, the system is working perfectly!
     
  3. brisc0

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    Oct 30, 2013 at 1:42 PM #3
    brisc0

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    Thanks for the feedback, I am glad to hear someone else was able to use this guide with success. If you optimize the system in any way please add that feedback to this thread, would love to hear it.
     
  4. mmmeee15

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    Nov 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM #4
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    Thank you for such a straight forward guide with the set up. Ive been looking for days to try and get all the settings correct. Would there be any change in the settings for a 7870 with 3570k?
    Thanks again
     
  5. iamitman

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    Nov 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM #5
    iamitman

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    How about usb 3.0. Does it can use every port ?
     
  6. edoaz

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    Nov 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM #6
    edoaz

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    Thanks from italy :)

    i ve got i7 3770k gtx680 z77 !!!!!

    you solved my problems
     
  7. greeneman

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    Dec 1, 2013 at 2:22 AM #7
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    hi there this worked out great.
    my system is 3770k sabertooth z77 and gtx titan.
    I yet have two questions.
    One: can i save my wifi network to automatically log in with it connected? every time i boot in to Mavericks, it has set the network. i do have it set as a profile but i would rather have it connected when i log in. (my brother and i depend on you(he owns an Air and has no clue either))

    Two: is there an easier way to dual boot? so as far as i know; i can only boot in to windows by hitting f8. if i attempt to boot in to windows via chimera or what ever you call the boot loader, it has some kind of error asking me to use my windows install disk. Also when i boot in to chimera it shows all 6 of my hard drives. i guess it would be nice if it only showed my two boot drives (5 are for 8.1 and 1 ssd is for OS X). Can you help me with that too?

    other than those issues everything seams to be ok. except that my essence STX card doesn't work with OS X which was sadly to be expected. as a side note i would add it would be nice if Asus put some time in to making their peripherals and software mac comparable.

    <--That's my Multi beast Logo and my boot logo. feel free to take it and do whet ever you like. i made it in paint so its not refined at all. if you do make one like that please send me a copy. i no photoshopie.... cause i sux. incase you can't tell its a combo of the apple logo and the windows 8 logo. lol
     
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    Dec 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM #8
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    Dec 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM #9
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  10. brisc0

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    Jan 18, 2014 at 2:29 PM #10
    brisc0

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    Just wanted to post a quick update. First, the BIOS on the Z77 has had several incremental upgrades since I set it up. I have upgraded to the latest version and everything works fine (after you restore the boot order). As another user in this thread asked, USB3.0 did not work on the front panel nor the two back panel ports next to the ESATA. I did some digging trying to restore this and found a bios tweak under USB called "Intel xHCI Mode". Once I disabled that the front panel ports started working. As for the two back panel ports, while they do not work they do supply power so I am using those for my iPhone charger and a microUSB cable that charges my wireless mouse. At least they are not wasted.
     

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