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[SUCCESS] ASUS Z97-Pro (WiFi-ac) / i7-4790k / Gigabyte R797to-3GD / 10.6.3 - 10.10.1

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[SUCCESS] ASUS Z97-Pro (WiFi-ac) / i7-4790k / Gigabyte R797to-3GD

corvus Build: Core i7-4790k - Z97-Pro WiFi-ac - 16GB RAM - HD7970

Components

Apple Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

Apple OS X Yosemite @ Mac Apps Store
http://www.apple.com/osx/apps/app-store/?id=915041082

Patriot 8GB Tab Series
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C981UG4

ASUS Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) LGA 1150 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132117

Intel Core i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz) (BX80646I74790K)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KPRWAX8

Samsung 512GB 2.5" 6Gbps MZ7PD512BW
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-512GB-2-5-Inch-6Gbps-MZ-7PD512BW/dp/B009NB8WTI

Sony Optiarc High Speed DVD RW Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model 5280S-CB-PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118073

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233299

Rosewill RSV-L4000 Black Metal / Steel, 1.0 mm thickness, 4U Rackmount Server Chassis 8 Internal Bays, 7 Included Cooling Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147155

CORSAIR AXi series AX860i 860W Digital ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Corsair CP-9020037-NA Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139041


Already Owned

Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-E 3.0 Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00752QYLK

ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236174

Apple Keyboard
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB110LL/B/apple-keyboard-with-numeric-keypad-english-usa

Some Random Wired, USB Mouse I had Laying Around
This Might Be It


Comments/Build Requirements

What I needed:

  1. A box that could withstand two cats who shed like four cats
  2. A box that could heat up a room if needed, but also stay cool and quiet in an apartment with no AC
  3. A box that I could rack-mount later in a studio with rack instruments/effects or a server cabinet

Originally intended as a mining rig, I stumbled across this case while rummaging around a bitcoin forum. The guy actually had the same requirements I did - so serendipity! I did not consider any other case after finding this one.

The case for its price-point is perfect, especially with the crazy amount of (sadly 4-pin) fans, built in filter and rackmounted-ness. It is also 32lbs, which is heavy, but sturdy. My cats are terrified of it, which helps.

So: the Guide.

As an overview, we will be starting out on newly-installed hardware, with a Snow Leopard 10.6.8 Retail DVD and an iBoot USB disk. We will end up with a fresh copy of Yosemite, fully updated, with both integrated HD 4600 and discrete AMD R797 3GB graphics enabled and fully usable with DVI-D, HDMI, and DisplayPort out.

Sleep will/is also fully functioning, as well as full WiFi, Bluetooth, Power Management (as far as I believe), and of course graphics acceleration.

It will be Christmas for me in less than 12 hours, so I will complete the rest of this guide then, as a Christmas present!

Go enjoy your families, friends, and gifts!
 
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