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[SUCCESS] MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition + 4690K + EVGA GTX 960 + El Capitan + Clover

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MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition + Intel Core i5 4690K + EVGA GTX 960 FTW


Components

MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OJZTSR8/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130801

Intel Core i5 4690K Processor
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KPRWB9G/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117372

Corsair H100i GTX Hydro Cooler
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SV7IEJI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181090

Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 x2
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005T63BJM/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

Samsung 840 EVO 250gb SSD
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E3W1726/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA7WM39T4927

EVGA GTX 960 FTW 2GB
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UOYQ9N4/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487100

Corsair CX750m Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ALK3KEM/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139051

NZXT S340 White ATX Tower
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NGMIBXC/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146189

Dell S2715H 27" FHD IPS Display x2
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M9B3S0W/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260218

NZXT White LED Sleeved Lighting
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0046Y7OI2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812170028

Silverstone White Sleeved 24pin ATX Extension
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B46XJQ6/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4TZ3293099

Silverstone White Sleeved 8pin PCI Extension for GPU
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B46XJ2K/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4TZ34N6036


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UPDATE 11/2/15:

I quickly shot and edited a video of the current setup with both 27" monitors. Feel free to check it out!



UPDATE 11/1/15:

I decided to buy another matching Dell S2715h monitor to aid in multitasking duties. I thought I could get by with just one monitor but I was dead wrong. Once again, this monitor is simply stunning in every way and I'm in love with color vibrancy and accuracy!


UPDATE 10/26/15:

I have pretty much rebuilt my entire home office around this build (lol). I've built a brand new desk using IKEA components and purchased the new Dell monitor. I was going to go for a 4K monitor but the scaling for text would absolutely KILL me. I also purchased more products on Amazon including the white sleeved SilverstoneTech cabling, NZXT white sleeved LED lighting, and an ADDITIONAL 8GB of Corsair RAM, totaling 16GB now :) Please leave any and all comments or questions below! I'm fairly proud of this build as it's incredibly beautiful, clean, and powerful.


INSTALL NOTES / GUIDE

Pre Install

1. Follow the install guide here as a complete general walk through on installing El Capitan.

2. After UniBeast finishes installing to your USB drive, mount the EFI partition using Clover Configurator.

IMPORTANT: You MUST remove all 10.xx folders in your UniBeast EFI partition's Kext folder except for 10.11 and "Other." In these two folders I copied FakeSMC and NullCPUManagement for redundancy. I was having an issue with Clover booting into the installer until I singled out the 10.11 and "Other" folder.



My guess is that the Clover installer is having a hard time loading FakeSMC when all of the folders are present.

3. Before the install, make sure VT-D and CFG Lock are disabled in the UEFI/Bios of the motherboard. Press F2 to enter setup during POST, Click on OC settings, then choose CPU options at the bottom to change these settings.

4. Before choosing the OS X install volume in Clover, go to Clover options and add nv_disable=1 if you are using a Maxwell Nvidia card like I am.


Post Install

5. Open Multibeast 8.2.3 and install using Clover UEFI option, Realtek ALC892, FakeSMC, and RealtekRTL8111 drivers.

6. Download and install the current alternate Nvidia Web Drivers.

7. Open Clover Configurator and Mount EFI partition.

8. Add nvda_drv=1 to the Boot arg section (this will force Clover to boot the web drivers)

9. In the same Boot section, click on XMP Detection 1 (this will detect RAM at 1600mhz instead of 1333mhz)


10. Click on SMBIOS and run the magic wand wizard on the right side of the window. Choose iMac 14,2


11. Follow THIS guide on creating and implementing a custom SSDT for more power states and lower CPU temps.


Performance Notes

-CPU Temps idle around 26*
-CPU Temps at full load are around 58*
-The 4690k overlocks amazingly well and stable with the Corsair cooler. 4.6ghz with 1.25v stable.
-The GTX 960 FTW plays Fallout 4 in Ultra settings with very few frame rate drops. Looks great.


Final Thoughts

This build is a beauty. I am extremely pleased on how it turned out and the level of OSX compatibility. I aimed to build a powerful yet budget friendly build in a beautiful package. I believe I have succeeded in doing so! This machine will primarily be used for post processing of wedding photos, graphic design, and playing Fallout 4 on my Windows 10 partition. Please leave any questions or comments below!


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*[SUCCESS] MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition + 4690K + EVGA GTX 960 + El Capitan + Clover

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Did you try toleda's well vetted CloverALC110 script? It's recommended in the tonymacx86 guide http://www.tonymacx86.com/el-capita...-el-capitan-any-supported-intel-based-pc.html.
I saw saw that written in the guide but didn't recognize the ALC110 since my board is ALC892.

good to know for future reference. Thanks!
toleda's /audio_CloverALC script is like MultiBeast for audio - it covers just about all the audio chipsets as it reads the motherboard's chipset to determine the correct audio driver.
 
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toleda's /audio_CloverALC script is like MultiBeast for audio - it covers just about all the audio chipsets as it reads the motherboard's chipset to determine the correct audio driver.


Thanks for that. I'll be building another tower to use as a Plex media server soon so I'll use that..

also, I'm having an intermittent issue where Chrome hangs while loading a website.. it says "resolving host" in the bottom status bar. Any ideas?
 
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Love this build!

I'd like to replicate this build as my first customac. Couple of questions (sorry if they are dumb questions):

1. What wifi/ethernet cards did you use?
2. What sound card?

Any tips for those that would like to replicate your build?

Thanks!
 
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God I love this build! Great job. I hope you post your plex build as well!

Couple of quick newbie questions.

1. Do you have any plans for a ssdt for power management or to add a dsdt or tweak the config.plist?
In regards to speed steps and power management is it true that with nullcpumansgement it does not have speedsteps and runs at the max. Speed steps and power management is something I'm very confused on at the moment, but that I'm trying to learn and which may be important for your plex build.

2. What is the difference between the regular fakesmc and the fakesmc plugin? And where was the hwmonitor you mentioned?

3. Does this board have room for the gpu and a native apple wifi / Bluetooth?

Thanks again for posting!
 
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God I love this build! Great job. I hope you post your plex build as well!

Couple of quick newbie questions.

1. Do you have any plans for a ssdt for power management or to add a dsdt or tweak the config.plist?
In regards to speed steps and power management is it true that with nullcpumansgement it does not have speedsteps and runs at the max. Speed steps and power management is something I'm very confused on at the moment, but that I'm trying to learn and which may be important for your plex build.

2. What is the difference between the regular fakesmc and the fakesmc plugin? And where was the hwmonitor you mentioned?

3. Does this board have room for the gpu and a native apple wifi / Bluetooth?

Thanks again for posting!

HWmonitor shows that it speedsteps from 700mhz to 4.6ghz... I am using nullcpumanagement in my kext folder.. FakeSMC is the emulator to run all hackintoshes on PC hardware.. the plugin is used so HWmonitor can read all the computers' vitals. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong)

Regarding the wifi/bluetooth, I have a cheap USB bluetooth dongle I had laying around that works absolutely perfect. I am not using Wifi at all in my PC so I can't really answer your question as to whether or not the native wifi/bluetooth module will work but I have attached a pic of my finished product and I'll be updating my post to reflect my changes.. I've added more ram, sleeved cabling, and sleeved LED lighting ;)

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Updated with all new components in the affiliate links for Newegg.

I will specifically comment on the new Dell 27" FHD monitor.. it's absolutely STUNNING! Seriously, the bezel is nearly non-existent and the color accuracy is amazing. I was using a Sharp 32" 1080p TV as a display prior to this and it doesn't come close to sharpness for text. $300 well spent!

IMG_0604.jpg

*Shout out to my fiance for posing for this pic haha.
 
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