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[SUCCESS] First Build: Core i7-3770 - GA-H77N-WIFI - 16GB RAM - SSD + HDD

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Prodigy Core i7-3770 - GA-H77N-WIFI - 16GB RAM - SSD + HDD
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Core i7-3770
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Intel HD400
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My First Build: Core i7-3770 - GA-H77N-WIFI - 16GB RAM - SSD + HDD

Components


BitFenix Prodigy White Case
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008RJQ3G/

Apple OS X Mountain Lion @ Mac Apps Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/os-x-mountain-lion/id537386512

GIGABYTE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 mini-ITX Motherboard - GA-Z77N-WIFI
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JDTWH6/

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) - CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006EWUO22/

Intel Core i7 (3770) 3.4GHz Quad Core Processor 8MB L3 Cache 5GT/s
[Amazon-uk]http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007RMH1WY/[/Amazon-uk]

SanDisk 128GB 2.5 inch Solid State Drive
[Amazon-uk]http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007ZW2LY4/Amazon-uk]

WD Caviar Green 1TB SATA III 6GB/s Internal Hard Drive 3.5 inch
[Amazon-uk]http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006GDVREI/[/Amazon-uk]

Corsair Builder Series CXM 500W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX/EPS PSU
[Amazon-uk]http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ALK1GFC/[/Amazon-uk]

SanDisk SDCZ52-008G-B35 8GB Cruzer Switch USB Flash Drive
[Amazon-uk]http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005FYNTIG/[/Amazon-uk]


Already Owned

Dell Ultrasharp U2412M 24 inch IPS Widescreen LED Monitor
[Amazon-uk]http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005LNDPPS/[/Amazon-uk]

Apple Wireless Keyboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TMRZOQ/

Apple Magic Mouse
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TLTGM6/


Comments

This is my first Hackintosh system. I do not play games but do software development and needed a better system.

I had never built a system before but going through various posts and success builds encouraged me to take this task. I also watched some youtube videos to get some first hand experience.

Most important, I followed the CustoMac Mini Deluxe Build thread, except for the PSU and Hard-Disks. I decided to change the PSU as well because i read many comments regarding the size of Corsair 650, so I went with a smaller model.

Overall the whole systems runs very quietly and extremely fast.

The Install

Setup Bios before installation

Peripherals:

xHCI Mode = AUTO
XHCI Hand-off = Enabled
EHCI Hand-off = Enabled

Power Management:
High Precision Event Timer = Enabled
Power on by Keyboard = Any Key
Power on by Mouse = Move

Bios Features:
Intel Virtualization Technology = Enabled

Overclock Configuration (optional):
Go to 3D Bios (Press F1) and click on the processor picture
CPU Clock Ratio = 41
Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) = Profile 1
System Memory Multiplier = 18.66
Memory Timing = AUTO

MultiBeast Configuration for Mountain Lion courtsey of v310's album :)

I followed the Official CustoMac Mini 2012 Guide and Notes. Went with DSDT-Free Multibeast settings option. Also, I checked the FakeSMC Plugins, HWMonitor Application and TRIM Enabler. Everything worked fine after boot.

Issues

  1. I was not able to install the downloaded MAC to the flash drive for the installation. I was getting the "Certificate Expired Error" and by doing Google I found a script which fixes this issue.
    http://managingosx.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/fixing-packages-with-expired-signatures/
  2. After fixing the first error, installer will not boot. So I used -x (safe mode) option and installer went fine.
  3. After installing the MAC I have to again boot in safe mode and then installed the MultiBeast and by selecting the packages below fixed all the issues. USB key taken out and MAC booting without any issues.
So all working fine. Thanks to the great community here. I got geekbench score of 12500 :)
 
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GeForce GTX 680
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How did you over clock your memory i own 2 corsair vengence LP 8g 1600mhz DDR3 i when set my SMM to 18.66 i get a blue screen displaying boot failure. I have the EMP set at Profile 1, I'm overclocked at 4.1 with voltage set to 1.58v im running an i7 on a Ga z77n am i messing a step? Nice build by the way.
 
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