- Nov 18, 2011
- GB Z68X-UD3H-B3
- i7 2600K
- HD3000 (built-in)
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
ericdano's Build: GA-Z68X-UD3H - i7-2600K - 8GB - HD 3000 Graphics
Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboards GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Intel Core i7-2600K Processor
Corsair 8 GB Vengeance Low Profile PC3-12800 1600mHz 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit CML8GX3M2A1600C9W - White
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW
Corsair Professional Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-650HX
Kingston Digital DataTraveler 101 Generation 2 - 16 GB Flash Drive DT101G2/16GBZET
Mac OS X version 10.7.2 Lion from the Apple App Store
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST3250312AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
First build. I modeled this after Stork's Sandy Bridge Z68X-UD3H build found here: http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=36296.
Used the UniBeast installer to make the USB drive, followed the instructions on how Stork did everything, and installed it. Boom, Lion 10.7.2 was working. Then went and messed with MultiBeast and the DSDT for the board. Honestly, I think I messed up the install 3 or 4 times before I got the hang of how to do MultiBeast.
End result, a machine that has been running in my teaching studio using the onboard HD3000 video to drive two 22" monitors at 1680x1050. One monitor is connected via the DVI port, the other through the HDMI port via a HDMI to DVI cable. Sound works. There are occasional pops, but nothing that I'm worried about. It certainly does not do it while playing something, just when it has not been making any sounds then makes a sound. USB2 works (haven't tested USB3). Firewire port works.
There were a lot of posts I read before deciding on this build complaining about the HD3000 video. I have very little problems with the video. I have seen a few artifacts every now and then, but it isn't a deal stopper at all. And I haven't looked into some of the tweaks suggested in the Stork thread about how to maybe fix it.
There is a strange thing that happens sometimes with the network port. It will sometimes connect, and then disconnect, and connect, then disconnect....around and around until you reboot (which generally fixes the problem) or turn off the port, wait a second, then turn it back on. Once the port is happily connected, it is solid.
Basically, the machine is as fast if not faster than my 2008 2.8 gigahertz dual Xeon Mac ro. Very happy so far. A little nervous about updating to 10.7.3 whenever that comes out.....