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

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  1. Saganic0

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    Apr 15, 2017 at 12:44 PM #1
    Saganic0

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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
    No EU Link Amazon US Newgg US

    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…


    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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  2. UtterDisbelief

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    Apr 15, 2017 at 3:37 PM #2
    UtterDisbelief

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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.

    :)
     
  3. mkm082

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    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:10 PM #3
    mkm082

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    This is a great build. I have a Designare Z170X and 6700K as well. I purchased dual R9-280X GPUs. I had it up and running for about a month, and then I got a kernel panic that i couldn't figure out how to fix, and I went to windows 10 giving up on hackintosh. After 2 weeks of windows, I couldn't take it any longer, and I want to reconfigure my machine as a hack. I'm run a recording studio and do a lot of freelance video editing. Currently, I am working on my MacBook. Would you say that things are working fine on your end? Also, would you say that using UniBeast and then Clover Configuator is a better option than just MultiBeast? I want a stable machine. After loading all of my software and plugins both on OS X and Windows within just a few weeks of one another, I am a little skiddish of switching again. But i love OS X and final cut. I got used to Premier, but I don't like it as much as FCPX. I just want a stable system that I come in, turn on and always works.
     
  4. Stork

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    Apr 18, 2017 at 8:12 PM #4
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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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  5. mkm082

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    Apr 19, 2017 at 3:46 AM #5
    mkm082

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    So i Should use both? Someone on a facebook forum told me that there were too many uneccessary kexts in multibeast and that is why you should use Clover. So that the install is cleaner and you only have what you need for your build.
     
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    Apr 19, 2017 at 12:18 PM #6
    Stork

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    MultiBeast helps you install the need Clover (UEFI or Legacy), audio, Ethernet and USB drivers/kexts plus other necessary Clover options. The audio, Ethernet and USB chipsets are located in your motherboard's User Manual. See my build descriptions for examples of how to use MultiBeast. MultiBeast comes with a "Features" document that elaborates on each configuration option. As you'll see with my build descriptions, I, and you, need only choose those options for your configuration. UniBeast and MultiBeast were designed to "make it easy" for people to install macOS; experienced users can do the installation procedure without UniBeast and MultiBeast, but it takes longer.

    Clover Configurator is a post install and is run after MultiBeast to fine tune or correct Clover settings. I've used it set up iMessage. However, P1LGRIM has put together a tutorial on how to setup iMessage, located in the General Help forum section.

    BTW, your posts become easier to read if you capitalize proper nouns and proof read your posts.
     
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  7. mkm082

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    Apr 19, 2017 at 9:17 PM #7
    mkm082

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    Ok, yes I am sorry that I have been lazy in my typing and punctuation. So I read through some of your posts last night and a few others where a Gigabyte Z170X-Designare was used, and got my rig up and running. I went through a couple benchmarks. Geekbench 2 scored 17,900 and Luxmark Scored over 12,000. I also turned off auto updates, and I got a copy of carbon copy cloner and I am cloning my drive in a working configuration so that if something happens and it breaks I can be up and running more quickly. My wifi, ethernet, and bluetooth work. Thunderbolt and my Focusrite Clarett 8preX are both working also. I did not bother with getting messages working as I do not want messages on this machine.

    My only question at this point is what can I do to ensure that I have a working machine that will be stable for a long time. And how can I know for sure that it is working properly.
     
  8. Stork

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    Apr 19, 2017 at 9:32 PM #8
    Stork

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    Well, were 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.
     
  9. mkm082

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    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:01 PM #9
    mkm082

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    Currently I am at 10.11.6. I always try and stay behind a bit. My Macbook and Pro Tools and Final Cut work flawlessly with El Capitan, so I figure that is a good route for the Hackintosh. Anything else I should be checking? I did not use Clover. I only used Unibeast and Multibeast.
     
  10. Stork

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    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:11 PM #10
    Stork

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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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