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[Success] GA-H77N-WIFI / Core i5 3570K / 8 GB HyperX 1600MHz / 120GB SSD HyperX

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[Success] GA H77N-WIFI / Core i5 3570K / 16 GB HyperX 1600MHz / 120GB SSD HyperX

maro77a's mini Mac Pro Build: GA-H77N-WIFI / Intel Core i5 3570K / HD4000​

Components:


Intel Core i5-3570K
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SZ0E1K/

Gigabyte H77N-WIFI
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JDTWVC/

16GB (2x8GB) Kingston HyperX Blu DDR3 1600MHz PC3 12800
http://www.amazon.com//dp/B007TTEHMW/

120GB SSD Kingston HyperX 3K 3000 (SH103S3/120G)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/140897325985?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

240GB SSD SanDisk Extreme (SDSSDX-240G-G25)
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDX-240G-G25/dp/B006EKJ8UI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375202321&sr=1-1&keywords=sandisk+extreme+ssd

PNY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 2GB GDDR5
http://www.amazon.com/PNY-NVIDIA-GeForce-PCI-Express-VCGGTX650XPB/dp/B009T0FDR2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375202121&sr=8-1&keywords=pny+geforce+gtx+650

LG-Hitachi HL CA30P Blu-Ray 3D Combo Player Slot-in
http://www.ebay.com/itm/251270378880?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

USB 2.0 Mini Bluetooth V4.0 Dual Mode Dongle EDR Adapter
http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-2-0-Min...luetooth_Adapters_Dongles&hash=item4846a5a4c1

SilverStone FT03S-MINI
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0084009RC/

SilverStone SST-ST45SF-G 450W SFX/ATX Modular Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008VQ2Y4K/


Comments:

I was looking for a silent, fast, slick, relatively cheap machine, something that is already good but it can turn into a monster with a few upgrades. Something like a Mac Pro but in a smaller package. My primary machine is a 15" MacBook Pro (mid' 2010) and I'm just tired of working on a laptop. If you're not carrying it around, nothing beats the comfort of a desktop.

For the components, i just followed the CustoMac Builder Buyer's Guide and did the best i could with the budget i had.


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Preparation:


First download UniBeast ML 1.7.0 and MultiBeast ML 5.2.1 and the DSDT file (DSDT-GA-H77N-WIFI-F2.aml) if you want to have HDMI audio. Then just follow the UniBeast Guide which is pretty straight foward.


BIOS Configuration:

Get into the BIOS Settings (DEL), Load Optimized Defaults (F7) and then adjust the following:

Peripherals
  • xHCI Mode = AUTO (default)
  • XHCI Hand-off = Enabled (default)
  • EHCI Hand-off = Enabled (default was Disabled)

Power Management
  • High Precision Event Timer = Enabled (default)

BIOS Features
  • Intel Virtualization Technology = Enabled (default was Disabled)


MultiBeast 5.2.1 Installation Settings:

Screen Shot 2013-02-07 at 6.22.01 PM.jpg

Restart after running MultiBeast... and it's done!

Success!

Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 1.50.12 PM.jpg


Performance:

Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 6.18.43 PM.jpg
Geekbench 2: 64 bit Score


Testing:


The machine is completely up to date and everything works besides the following issues/problems:

  1. Native wifi not recognised. Just change intel's original half mini pci-e card for one that works.
  2. Native Bluetooth works out of the box but is not immediately recognised on Login screen when starting up the machine. I recommend having a bluetooth dongle adapter.
  3. Computer sleep from Energy Saver preferences panel doesn't work, but Display sleep and Sleep from Apple menu works fine. And if you really want "auto sleep", just use the software PleaseSleep.
  4. Gigabyte's H77N-WIFI has 2 rear HDMI ports, but on OS X only one port fully works, the other one doesn't have audio.
  5. FaceTime crashes when completing a call.


PS:


  1. I've checked all the network cards on MultiBeast installation just to be sure, since i would try a few cards to see if i could get wifi and bluetooth to work natively, but no success on the cards i tried. So i went for the popular solution, the Atheros AR5BHB92, and now i have only wifi working natively. As for the bluetooth, i'm using the bluetooth adapter listed above.
  2. I changed the default system definition Mac Pro 3,1 to Mac Pro 5,1. You just have to delete AppleTyMCEDriver.kext from /system/library/extensions folder before running MultiBeast.
  3. Upgraded Mountain Lion from 10.8.2 to 10.8.3 directly from App Store without having to reinstall anything. Everything works as before.


Conclusion:


So far those are all the issues/problems i've encountered. Everything else appears to be running smooth. If any new issue/problem comes up, i'll be updating this post.

The fantastic guides and software enabled a trouble free build, even for a first time CustoMac builder.

Thanks to tonymacx86 and everyone at this forum for making all of this possible.
 
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Why have you checked all network cards??? You only need Lnx2Mac Realtek
 
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Everything with iStat 4 is working fine, and as for the sleep, i actually don't use it, in fact i set my machine never to sleep but i did a few tests and sleep doesn't work from the energy saver preferences panel, only if you click it on the apple menu. Display sleep works fine.

I checked all the network cards just to be sure, cause i'm still gonna try different ones to see if i can get wifi and bluetooth to work natively on one card.
 
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What type of CPU fan do you use in that small case? Intels standard fan?
 
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I'll definitely post some pictures of the machine soon. I'm just waiting for my wifi/bluetooth card to arrive, then i'll be taking some pictures of the whole hardware.

And the CPU fan that i'm using is the original one that comes in the box with the i5 3570K processor.
 
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Yes i did, and so far no heat problems at all...

You can see my temperatures below:

Screen Shot 2013-02-06 at 7.09.37 PM.jpg
 
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The "auto sleep" is also not working on my build.
I use the little software PleaseSleep, which force the sleep as set in the System Prefs. It works great.

Nice build, I'm waiting to see your pictures
 
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