[Success] Pande.Eyes' Skylake Hot Rod: Dual Boot (Sierra/Win10) i3 6100 | H110M Gaming | GTX 970

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Feb 18, 2017
H110M Gaming
i3 6100
HD 530, MSI GTX 970 Gaming
  1. MacBook
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Pande.Eyes' Skylake Hot Rod:
Dual Boot (Sierra/Win10) i3 6100 | H110M Gaming | GTX 970



Tecware Quad mATX Cube Chasis

i3-6100 3M Cache, 3.70 GHz, Dual Core Processor

MSI H110M Gaming Motherboard

be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB Memory Kit

CS1311 - (MacOS)

Toshiba 1TB DT01ACA100 HDD
- (Win10)

FSP Hydro 500W 80+ Bronze Power Suppy

ORICO BTA-403 Wireless Low Energy Bluetooth 4.0 USB 2.0 Micro Adapter Dongle


Already Owned

Dell S2316H 23" Full HD LED Monitor


Dismayed with how under-spec'ed they and that gimmicky touch bar with the new line of MacBook Pros, and also its utter lack of functional ports (I won’t even be able to directly charge my iPhone 7 with it) despite its premium price tag, I’ve finally opened up to the idea of building a hackintosh. I’ve been frequenting the forum and it seemed that support for a Skylake (6th gen Intel) build has been really positive. Amazingly, some enthusiasts have even already moved forward to successfully building Kaby Lake projects (even though it's not yet natively supported).

So just to set things into perspective and not get carried away with PC modding, I’ve made a checklist on what my build should and shouldn’t be:

  1. It should be able to run macOS Sierra and Adobe CS6 and CC.
  2. It should also be able to run Windows 10 without any issues. Why? Because There are some apps that I wanna run which aren’t offered in macOS. No point in having PC components and not be able to have the option of running windows.
  3. Should be able to use the i3’s HD 530 internal GPU. My current workflow doesn’t demand a discrete graphics card, but I want to have the option to add one if I want to without changing up the system I have in place.
  4. Should be able to run steam games like CS:GO, Dota2, Team Fortress and the likes. I intended this to also be Aki’s steam machine as well.
  5. Small form factor. I don’t want no hulking tower cluttering up my desk. Doesn’t have to be mac mini sized, but I want something smaller that a standard sized ATX tower.
  6. Should be able to run Tekken 7 when it comes out on June via steam. I’ve forgone purchasing a PS4 for this build because it was announced that T7 will come out on steam, and there’s really not much PS4 exclusive games out there that I fancy. I’ll most probably need a GPU for that, but the build should be okay without one at the moment.
What it won’t be
  1. A gaming rig that plays triple A titles on 4K ultra setting — ain’t got no time for that.
  2. A video editing or 3d rendering machine. Though I do video editing projects from time to time, it probably is just less than an eight of what I do. Hence the lack of an actual need for a discreet GPU.
  3. A financial black hole that’ll cost more than a new mac mini and a PS4. Because if it does, there’s no point to this build — I’d rather buy both the latter and skip all the headache.
  4. A show rig. I know how easy it is to go overboard with a new DIY rig — to be completely honest, I actually spent a fair amount of time researching on cold cathode and UV components before talking myself out of it.
The budget
I’m looking to spend somewhere around S$600-700 for this project. S$600 being the general budget with an allowance of another S$100 since I’m planning to get all the parts (as much as possible) as brand new and under warranty. Having warranty is very important for electronic products since anything could go wrong and you wouldn’t want to drop a couple of hundred on something that’ll go kaput and cannot be RMA-ed. I know that this is a bit tight, but I wanted to build something for less than how the top-end mac mini retails for (S$999).

The build theme
Theme?! I thought this wasn’t supposed to be a show rig? Well… being a designer, it’s really heart-breaking for me to craft an utter eyesore just for the sake of penny-pinching. Even with the limited budget I have for this project, I want it to have a nice and cohesive theme worthy of my time (and portfolio, maybe?). I don’t just want a black mid-tower rig that’ll be chocked under my desk. I want something that I can stare at and proudly say, “Dayum… I made that.”

Having said that, I’ve decided to go for a clean and very manly 30s Hot Rod theme. So for this rig, there’s minimal LEDs, colours are conservatively automotive-ish, and it has a majestic chrome centerpiece – it has to, there’s no point in having three chassis windows to showcase a stock Intel heatsink. Right?!






What works
  • Ethernet
  • Bluetooth (Dongle works OOB)
  • MSI GTX 970 (NVIDIA Web Drivers)
  • On-board audio (Using Voodoo)
  • USB 3.1 ports
  • App Store
  • Adobe CS6
  • Steam
  • Siri
  • HD 530 iGPU (before I installed a GPU - had to use graphics fix though)
  • Time Machine
  • iCloud
  • Can receive calls from iPhone

To-do List
  • iMessage
  • Facetime

CPU Temps
  • Average of 31°C on idle, and 54°C on load
  • Stress testing done running multiple instances of "yes > /dev/null &" command

I’d love to hear what you guys think of my first hackintosh rig… Do you think I should’ve used any other particular part? Could’ve I have picked any better components for a similar price point? Is there anything else that you think I should be adding to the build?
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