[SUCCESS] i7-2600K, GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, GV-R5876P-2GD-B, 10.7.2

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Oct 26, 2011
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[SUCCESS] i7-2600K, GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, GV-R5876P-2GD-B, 10.9.3

The original install was using OS 10.7.2 and subsequently upgraded. For the most up-to-date information regarding the most recent operating system version, please always check the most recent posts in this thread.

Lorphos' Build: i7-2600K - GA-Z68X-UD3H - GV-R5876P-2GD-B - 10.7.2

Apple OS X Lion @ Mac App Store

Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Rev 1.3 BIOS F8

Graphics: Gigabyte GV-R5876P-2GD-B (ATI Radeon HD 5870 2GB Eyefinity 6) (used, off eBay)

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K

Cooler: Thermalright HR-02 Macho

Memory: 16 GB, 2x G.SKILL F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT (4Gx2) DDR3-1333Mhz (PC3-10666)

HDD: Crucial M4 SSD 128GB (SATA 6GB/s)

HDD: Seagate 500GB SATA 7200rpm drive

DVD: LG GH22NS70 DVD writer

Bluetooth: ioGear GBU221WM USB Bluetooth (Broadcom)

Monitors: Viewsonic VP2290b (4x DVI, 3840x2400, 22.2"), Dell 2405FPW (1920x1200, 24")

Audio: Creative Labs Inspire T7900 7.1

Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

Mouse: Apple Magic Mouse

Power supply: beQuiet 550W straight power

Case: Chieftec Dragon (older beige model with sound insulation)

Flatbed scanner: Epson Perfection 1670

Adapters: 3x Sapphire Active Mini DisplayPort to Single Link DVI adapter (44000-03-40G) and 2x passive Mini DisplayPort to Single Link DVI adapters


I decided to build this system because my dual core Macbook was too slow, I needed something faster for video editing with Final Cut Pro X.
The Viewsonic VP2290b (a rebadged IBM T221) requires a graphics card with up to four DVI ports so I went for the Eyefinity 6 version of the Radeon HD 5870.

I installed the system using Lion (10.7.2) from the App Store, UniBeast and MultiBeast. Everything is working just fine, including HiDPI, sleep mode, 7.1 audio, S-ATA 6GB/s, USB 3.0 and eSATA. Video editing with FCPX is really fast.

I am currently using 2 DVI ports to drive the VP2290b at 1920x2400@30Hz each. Still trying on getting it to work at 4x 1920x1200@41Hz (it's not working using Windows 7 either so it's not Lion's fault I guess). I'm using SwitchResX 4 to improve refresh rates when using fewer than 4 DVI ports.

If desired, I can add more details later. Let me know if you have any questions.
Re: [SUCCESS] i7-2600K, GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, GV-R5876P-2GD-B, 10.7.3

Updated the firmware of the SSD a few days back to prevent the known problems past ~5000 hours of use.

Upgraded to OS X 10.7.3 today:
1. used the combo update
2. Using MultiBeast 4.2.1, installed "Drivers & Bootloaders" -> "Kexts & Enablers" -> "Audio" -> "Realtek ALC8xx" -> "AppleHDA Rollback" to get audio back
Have any pics of your monitors lined up? :D
I'm using the same board (with an i5 I intend to OC) but I'm having troubles with the SATA 6GB and eSATA, what choices did you make in Multi-Beast to get those working. These are the only issues I've had so far.

FWIW - My build was quick and easy. After 20 years of un/re/building Macs it was a little bit of a change, but it was revealing and a good learning experience. This seems to be a painless board.

(I notice my sig didn't take the update I made a week ago after I finished my build. I'll have to fix that...)
gronk, what problems are you having with the SATA and eSATA drives?

The only SATA items in MultiBeast are for how the icons are displayed. See the MultiBeast Features document.
You wanted a photograph? Here you go...



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You wanted a photograph? Here you go...


Dual monitors are the best. Nice! :thumbup:
I'm planning on using the same board also and have a question about the SSD/HDD capability. Are you running both Mac OS X and Windows on the same Crucial M4? I'm debating whether to go with separate SSDs and HHDs for each OS, with a total of 4 hard drives (too many?) - do know if this board will support that many?
Yes, I have both installed on the same SSD so it is a bit cramped.
It's much easier if you have separate drives. The board can easily handle 5 internal S-ATA drives:
You have 2 S-ATA 6GB/s ports (use them for SSDs) and 3 S-ATA 3GB/s ports.
That leaves 1 eSATA port for further expansion (assuming you use a S-ATA optical drive, too).
You can also add more S-ATA ports later using PCIe of course.
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