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eelhead's Build: GA-Z77X-UP4-TH - i5-3570K - GeForce GTX970


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Components

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4-TH Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-Thunderbolt-Motherboard-GA-Z77X-UP4-TH/dp/B008LTB3KS

Intel i5-3570K Processor

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B007SZ0E1K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

GeForce GTX970 Mini Graphics Card
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OQUMGM0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125706

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1600 MHz Memory
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Channel-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B004CRSM4I
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

Sandisk Extreme Pro 240GB SSD
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Warranty-SDSSDXPS-240G-G25/dp/B00KHRYRNM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171998

Crucial MX100 512GB SSD
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KFAGCUM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148821

Corsair Hydro H55 Processor Cooler
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009VV56TY
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181029

Icy Dock EZConvert 2.5" < 3.5" Drive Adapter Unit
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Z2QDNE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994083

Corsair CX750M Modular Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Series-Modular-Bronze-ATX12V/dp/B00ALK3KEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139051

Windows 8.1 Pro System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F3ZN0CC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416778


Already Owned

WesternDigital Black 1TB HDD
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FJRS6FU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236625

Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057FRTPW

StarTech.com SATA Hard Drive HDD Duplicator Dock
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003WV5DLA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817707228

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005L38VPC

Logitech MX518 Gaming Mouse
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Performance-Optical-Gaming-Mouse/dp/B0007Z1M50

Belkin USB 2.0 Plus Hub (7 Port)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NAXC6G

Wacom Bamboo Capture Pen and Touch Tablet
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HGBEZ2

Blue Microphones Snowball
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B006DIA77E

Apple 27" Cinema Display


Comments

  • So it has been a bit since be building and posting, but I have changes my systems up a bit and mixed and matched and got some new bits for the old bits. I have been running Mavericks for a while now and decided it was time to get everything updated. That was for both OS' on my system. I bumped up to Yosemite and Windows 8.1 Pro respectively.

  • I have been using this set up for a bit but with a GTX670 and only the 240GB SSD which housed the OSX of my set up. I have been running dual boot set up but the Windows 7 side was on a 1TB spinner. I decided with this I would update the Win drive to a SSD and now bust the GPU to a 970. There are some current and up and coming games I want to tackle on the Windows side and the 970 should handle this all lovely.

Installation Notes
  • This installation wasn't all that hard to get done. The motherboard set up was about a natural for running OS X and really two things to set up for OS X installation.
  • One thing to remember if you are dual booting it to install each OS with no other drives plugged into the system. It is always best to install OSX and Windows on SEPARATE drives. This is to keep from losing your mind if you have a catastrophic issue with a drive you don't lose everything at once. As always also back up your stuff in whatever way is easiest for you. Plus installing on separate drives is easier, especially with Windows 8,1.
  • If you install Windows 8,1 you will have to make sure you put the port that the drive Widows will be installed onto is set a "Legacy" and NOT UEFI as Chimera will not see the bootable drive.
  • Win 8,1 Guide - http://www.tonymacx86.com/multi-booting/96000-guide-dual-booting-mountain-lion-windows-8-a.html


UEFI Set up/Bios
  • At start up press and hold the "Delete" key on the keyboard.
  • In M.I.T. Set Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) to Profile 1, then go over to Peripherals and set SATA Mode Selection to AHCI.
  • Save and Exit.
  • That's really it for the BIOS and installing OSX. Make sure no other drives are plugged in except for the one you want to install OSX on.




  • So with the UniBeast drive plugged in you will come to the boot screen and you will need to type nv_disable=1 -v -x
  • Your going to need to type nv_disable=1 throughout this process several times until OSX is installed and you can download the nVidia drivers for the card to work in OSX.
  • This is what I set up with MultiBeast after installation was all set up.


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  • Remember we are still using nv_disable=1 to load after every restart.
  • Now we will take care of that by downloading the drivers needed.
  • http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/81212/en-us
  • Follow the directions for the install on this, it is straight forward.
  • Remember you are still using nv_disable=1 for your restarts!
  • Make sure in System reports your card shows up


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  • After you will get this Icon at your top toolbar
Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 9.39.32 PM.png
  • Just choose that NVIDIA Web Driver
  • Restart and you should be all good. (If not, use the boot flag nvda_drv=1 as described here)
  • If you were installing with the GPU set as Display out then enjoy!
  • If you were not then your going to have to go into Bios and set Internal Display Output from IGFX to PCIe 1 Slot.
  • Then disable Intel Processor Graphic.
  • Save and Exit.
  • If running dual boot and you followed the guide linked above just make sure your boot priority is set on the OSX drive and then Win drive there after.




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Continuation

So Thanks all for checking out my build and I hope it can help somebody out with same hardware as I :)
Also the game I am going to but the works on the GTX 970 is Elite:Dangerous.
 

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Thanks,
This case is awesome. Has its own hotswap bays and of course you can take the top and sides off of it to test out new stuff or replace old stuff.
Keeps things cool as well with all the space in it.
 
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Very nice build if i may say so. My question is would you still go for a gtx970 after all the recent news about it, with the VRAM etc.

Do you think it's worth paying a little surplus and getting a 980 instead?
 

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I would still go with the 970, it is a mini card that I really wanted as I am going to do some case swapping and mobo swapping in the future and into a smaller case set up.

I want to get something going gaming wise with a steam box and what not for the livingroom later on so the 970 mini is and will be perfect for that. The memory issues didn't really bother me to much as they card still runs like a beast and a 980 is still price wise out of reach for me.
 
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I would still go with the 970, it is a mini card that I really wanted as I am going to do some case swapping and mobo swapping in the future and into a smaller case set up.

I want to get something going gaming wise with a steam box and what not for the livingroom later on so the 970 mini is and will be perfect for that. The memory issues didn't really bother me to much as they card still runs like a beast and a 980 is still price wise out of reach for me.
Thanks for your input, it is much appreciated.

If size, and money wasn't an issue (more as in most bang for buck) would you still go for the 970?
Reason i'm asking is I myself am rather tied up between GPU's at the moment.

Two 970's would be ideal price wise. Two 980's a bit steep, and i'm not sure if the 200 euro price difference is worth it. Or there's the option of one TITAN and the option of getting another one later.

By no means i'm trying to hijack your thread by the way, just mere curiousity of how the 970 is working out for you in a hackintosh build. From what i gather a 970 works rather well, perhaps better than a 980 (in a hackintosh) but i could be misinformed.

Cheers mate
 

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So far the 970 is working great.
I haven't had any issues and been gaming the poop out of in in Windows. OS X runs it fine as well and plays WoW with no issues :)

So thus far I have no regrets getting that card.
 
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I want to upgrade my hackintosh from a 650ti to a 970... I actually just bought it.


I want to follow your guide here...



However the only difference between our machines is I have a
GA-Z77X-UP5-TH

Think it'll matter?
 
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