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[Success][Guide] Build - El Capitan - Skylake - Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming-5 Mini ITX

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El Capitan 10.11.6 on Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming-5
Based on ammulder's Guide for H170N-Wifi here.
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Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming-5 Motherboard
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014W2000Q/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128846

Intel® Core™ i7-6700K 4.00 GHz 8M LGA 1151
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012M8LXQW/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117559

Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 (BLE2K8G4D26AFEA)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RCGJLIM/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148960

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NJ9BJ8G/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121899

EVGA SuperNOVA 650 P2 220-P2-0650-X1 80+ PLATINUM 650W
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010HWDPKW/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438055

Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019955RNQ/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181100

M.2 NVMe SSD: Toshiba OCZ RD400 Series Solid State Drive PCIe NVMe M.2 256GB with MLC Flash (RVD400-M2280-256G)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G3HLP0C/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820228162

SATA SSD: Intel 540 Series 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSC2KW240H6X1
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C786AXS/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1UH3ZZ4321

Case: Fractal Design Cases FD-CA-DEF-NANO-S-BK-W
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BEH1YMA/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352062

Wifi/BT Combo: BCM94352Z NGFF M.2 WiFi WLAN Bluetooth 4.0 802.11ac - replacing original Intel Wifi/BT Combo
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JGFA50U/?tag=tonymacx86com-20



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Pre-Installation

Follow ammulder's guide

Download the Config File for:
  • NVIDIA Graphics: here
  • Intel Integrated Graphics: here

BIOS Settings:

  • Bios Features:
    • Fast-Boot: Disabled
    • Windows 8/10 Features: Other OS
    • Storage Boot Option Control: UEFI Only
    • Network Stack: Disabled
  • Peripherals:
    • Initial Display Output: PCIe Slot 1 (If you have a GPU Installed) or IGPX (Using Integrated Graphics)
    • XHCI Hand-Off: Enabled
  • Chipset:
    • VT-d: Disabled

Installation:

If you find yourself not being able get into the Installation Screen, try a few things listed here. I recommend waiting at least 5 to 15 minutes for the Installation Screen to come up.


Post Installation

4) Under Audio > Realtek ALCxxx, Do not select ALC1150, instead select 100 Series Audio.
5) Under Network > Atheros > AtherosE2200Ethernet (Choose latest version)
13) 2) Use the Config file provided above


Working
  • Wi-Fi on the Broadcom BCM9435Z Chip
  • Bluetooth also on the Broadcom BCM9435Z Chip
  • M.2 NVMe Drives
  • SATA Devices
  • USB2.0, USB3.0, USB3.1 Type C

Semi-Working:
  • Audio
    • Front and Rear Audio Jacks
    • Audio over HDMI with NVIDIA Card
    • After Waking Up From Sleep, Audio is not available (Do give suggestions in comments if you have any luck) - Current work around is with USB Audio.

Not Working:
  • Nothing so far

Hope this helps you guys! :)
 
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Could you please share your custom config.plist? I read you have all USB ports working... and I was wondering if you manually routed all your ports with a custom USB SSDT or what... I'm using someonelse's SSDT to get them to work, but I'm having trouble getting USB 3.1 Red Port to actually performance as a USB 3.0 should.
 
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I'm also having trouble getting the USB 3.1 port to work.

Windows 10 seems to see it, but doesn't work with any of the devices I've tried connecting to it.

Have you installed Sierra, btw?
 
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Hello, i have a problem, on Sierra dont work Mac Pro 3.1. The system(10.12) dont work on this machine.
 
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Thanks for the quick reply! I gone read the post. That Clover make automatically 14.2 :). But when I install Nvidia drive don't want to start. I gone read the post, I think I missed something.
 
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What is your Geekbench score for this processor/motherboard combo? This is almost the identical build I am contemplating.
Thanks.
 
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For this WiFi BCM94352Z M.2 card you don't need any adapter, right, you just replace the original one? Anything special to do with antennas?
Yeah, you can remove the stock card that is held by a screw, just replace it with the replacement one and you're good to go :)
 
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