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[Success] GA-Z170X-Designare | i7-6700K | Zotac AMP! Extreme GTX 1080

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saganic0’s 2017 build – Gigabyte Z170X Designare - i7-6700K – Zotac AMP! Extreme GTX 1080


Components

Gigabyte Z170X Designare Motherboard
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Intel i7-6700K Processor
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Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB 3000MHz (2x16GB) Memory (CMK32GX4M2B3000C15)
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Zotac AMP! Extreme GTX 1080 Graphics CArd
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Sandisk 240GB SSD Ultra II
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Corsair HX850i Power Supply (80+ Platinum)
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Already owned

NZXT H440 Black Computer Case
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Corsair K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard
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Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Mouse
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Samsung S27D390H 27” – 1920 x 1080 Monitor
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Dell UltraSharp 2009W 18.6” - 1060 x 1050 Monitor
No links, very old monitor



Comments

I’ve been a part of the hackintosh community since the SL days. My first build was a GA-P35-DS3L with a Core 2 Duo E4200 and 4GB unbranded RAM. Originally running Windows XP, I bought a 13-inch 2010 MacBook Pro and fell in love with the OS, specifically, the terminal.


Being a student Web Developer I found the terminal in OSX so beautiful compared to the Windows prompt. As well as this, I was beginning to get used to the UI and shortcuts on my MacBook Pro, so I decided to attempt the hack.


Back then, there were various methods, UniBeast wasn’t really a thing yet and the use of iBoot and various other bootloaders was common. I managed to get a hack working flawlessly on the above rig and since then I’ve followed the tonymac community, year on year.

In 2014 I built a new rig. This was based off of much more solid research done by the community here at tonymac and I quickly realized how far the scene had come since the early days. UniBeast was an amazing utility as was the post-installation utility, MultiBeast. This made it all very, very easy to setup. This rig was a beast compared with my first build as well, running a GA-Z77X-UD5H, an i5-3570k, 16GB Corsair Vengeance and an Asus GTX 650.


A year later, in 2015, I started at University. Being in halls, I wanted to cram all of this hardware into a smaller case. I ended up buying a Bitfenix Prodigy (at the time they were all the rage). I purchased an H61N-USB3 and used the same CPU and other hardware in a smaller form factor, solid.


Enter 2017 – and the hackintosh scene is as strong as ever. Sierra, UniBeast, MultiBeast, all working fantastically well, success stories in the hundreds. Even Linus Sebastian and some other major YouTubers have now made videos featuring hackintosh builds and I felt it was very much time for a refresh. I’ve now finished University and am working full-time, so it’s time to give my working rig a complete overhaul.




Updates

UPDATE #1 - I've just finished a complimentary macOS Sierra server build which you can see here





The Build

Motherboard
Having worked with all Gigabyte boards over the years, I was used to the reliability I had come to experience from using the Ultra Durable series. I was used to their BIOS as well, however I had yet to hop on the ‘RGB’ bandwagon that seemed to crawl through the cracks of PC enthusiast culture in 2016/17. Time to try it out. I no longer required a small build either, so an ATX motherboard would do just fine. I wanted to try something slightly different to the recommended builds on here, so I decided to purchase the Designare (very similar feature-set to the Gaming 5, 7 series boards too).

CPU
Having never owned an i7 or a Core 2 Quad (what I would have done for a Q6600 back in the day), I went with an i7-6700K.

Cooling
Here, I chose an AIO liquid cooler. Having read some decent reviews of the Corsair H115i GTX online, I decided to try it out.

Power Supply
I went with Corsair. My original builds all used Corsair power supplies and again, I was used to this manufacturer. The first I owned was a 450W and the second a 750W. Reliability was always good and power delivery always matched up to the specs on the back of the box. Originally, however, I wasn’t aware of fully modular power supplies (only semi-modular), having looked, I realised that there were now fully modular PSUs on the market & in my price range. Good stuff.

Case
I’d bought this for a client a few months back and they had decided against using it. I bought this off them for the price they had bought it for so it was just lying around unused.

The NZXT H440 could be described as plain but I like the aesthetic. Simple and clean edges, no bull***t. It also came with some pretty decent case fans!


GPU
We all know the long wait we’ve had for the GTX 1080 support. Only last week were the drivers announced and released. Until now I’d been holding off installing macOS on the new rig because I had been using the card in Windows 10 for various games and Adobe applications. Finally, though, we have full support – well impressed.

The rest of the components
A simple case of Price : Performance. The SSD needn’t have been large, OS only. The RAM, low profile and I guess I wanted the room to upgrade if ever necessary.


Installation

Follow Cmfusco11's Build: GA-Z170X-UD5 TH - i7-6700K - Gigabyte GTX 970 for the most part.



Just to make sure…


1. Set your BIOS as follows:

Save & Exit > Load optimized defaults

Peripherals > XHCI Hand-off > Enable
Peripherals > Super IO Configuration > Disable

Chipset > VT-d > Disabled

BIOS Features > Windows 8/10 Features > Other OS
BIOS Features > Storage Boot Option Control > UEFI Only
BIOS Features > Boot Option #1 > UEFI USB Drive

Save & Exit > Save Changes & Restart​

2. Make your UniBeast installer flash drive.
3. Install macOS as per the guide
4. Run MultiBeast with the following parameters:


5. Install GTX1080 / Pascal NVIDIA web drivers from this thread
6. Notice with this board, we run into the default graphics driver issue, which sets the default macOS driver every time you restart, never enabling the 1080 properly.
Following this fix (Probem 6: You select NVIDIA Web Drivers in the menu bar or the NVIDIA Driver Manager preference pane but when you restart macOS Default Graphics Driver is checked.)

To recap…

This is caused when your board does not have native NVRAM support such as Gigabyte 100 series boards.

Fix:
setup emulated NVRAM to store the nvda_drv=1 boot flag in boot-args.

Download the latest Clover installer pkg here, launch the installer and choose customize here:

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After that make sure you have selected EmuVariableUefi-64:

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Proceed with the Clover upgrade install and reboot when done. After the reboot open up your system preferences and go the NVIDIA Driver Manager. It is a good idea to make sure you have the most up to date driver so go to the updates tab and click the Check Now button. If there is an update, perform the update and reboot when it tell you to. You should be done at this point. If there isn't an update proceed to the next step.

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If there was no upgrade, click on the Graphics Drivers tab and then choose the radio button next to the NVIDIA Web Drive. Reboot. Once rebooted, it should say that you are using the NVIDIA web driver


What works

- Sleep and wake
- USB 3.0
- Audio
- Ethernet
- NVIDIA Pascal Drivers


What doesn’t work

Messages – looking into definitions for a fix.

Additional Notes

This was a very easy setup compared with some of my previous builds. A lot of fun too. I will check back whenever I can with an update, as well as attempt to offer some help for people with similar hardware.

Once again, massive thanks to the tonymac community. Still going strong – peace out for now!
 

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Very nice build :thumbup:

For many of us, evolution is the Hackintosh way. Yours has been an interesting journey! Thanks for sharing. You have a very powerful mac now - probably as reliable as the real thing. Yes, iMessage will just be a case of populating the serials and m/b data.

Should be a cool runner too.

:)
 

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Clover Configurator and MultiBeast are two different types of programs. After you install with a UniBeast prepared USB thumb drive, you run MultiBeast to select the appropriate kexts and other drivers for your system configuration. Clover Configurator is used to easily modify your Clover settings to further tune your system.
 

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Well, we're not clairvoyant, but Clover, UniBeast and MultiBeast and other kext authors have grown in knowledge over the years to allow a seamless path for stability. The recent 10.12.4 threw some new problems into the mix, but we try to stay on top of any issues. Just don't be an early adapter until you've read about others having a successful update. My systems seem about as stable as a "hackintosh" can be.
 

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First, a clarification, if you used MultiBeast and checked Quick Start > UEFI, you are using Clover as MultiBeast installs Clover.

Second, you're not the Lone Ranger in not being an early adapter in OS X (macOS) updates. I've been a long time Mac user and always waited for the 10.x.3 release before considering updating to the next version of OS X (macOS).

Third, I go by the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy. So, IMO, if your apps are working in El Capitan, don't be in a hurry to update. I still like the GUI of Mavericks, but time marches on.
 
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Very nice build :thumbup:

For many of us, evolution is the Hackintosh way. Yours has been an interesting journey! Thanks for sharing. You have a very powerful mac now - probably as reliable as the real thing. Yes, iMessage will just be a case of populating the serials and m/b data.

Should be a cool runner too.

:)

Thanks! Yeah I'm working on re-doing the lot actually, now I know the kexts for the most part I'm trying to get OC working without the NullCpuPowerManagement kext. I'm also wanting to try sys defs 17,1 as I've heard this is the best for the Intel Skylake series CPUs.

However, I'm running into a few issues with the GPU now, using 17,1. As far as I'm aware I'm getting the black screen issue. I'm still following the same process I used above to enable the card with emulated NVRAM, however getting black screen on boot. There is another solution in that thread that references this issue and I know the system is running as I can screen share into it from my laptop.

@Stork is correct in saying its always best to go with the "If it aint broke don't fix it" mentality. However, at the moment I'm hacking away to attempt to achieve absolutely fully functional system.

Thanks for the response and discussion guys. If I can help with anyone with the same motherboard/CPU please let me know. I will post back with an update to this soon, as well as benchmarks as I realise some people will want these!
 

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Try the Mac Pro 5,1 system definition. Run MultiBeast and just select Customize > System Definition > Mac Pro > Mac Pro 5,1. It will give you better performance than the iMac 15,1, 17,1 or Mac Pro 6,1 without the hassle.
 
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Try the Mac Pro 5,1 system definition. Run MultiBeast and just select Customize > System Definition > Mac Pro > Mac Pro 5,1. It will give you better performance than the iMac 15,1, 17,1 or Mac Pro 6,1 without the hassle.

Thanks @Stork I'll give this a go later today. Currently working on another build as a macOS Sierra Server - doing a write up / build guide now.
 
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