- Aug 27, 2016
- ASRock z97 Extreme6
- i7 4790k
ChristianMortera's ProTools 11 Build: i7-4790K - ASRock Z97 Extreme6 - GTX 950
ASRock Z97 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Add-On Card Model Thunderbolt 2 AIC
Intel Core i7 4790K 4.0Ghz Processor
EVGA GeForce GTX 950 02G-P4-2957-KR 2GB SSC GAMING
TP-Link TL-WDN4800 N900 Wireless
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GXM
EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2 220-G2-0650-Y1 80+ GOLD 650W
Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A15 x 2 PWM Fans
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 250GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E250B/AM
WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX
Fractal Design Define R5 Titanium Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
I felt like this build shouldn't have worked. This was my first build ever, and I think I took a huge plunge with the components I chose. I don't think I saw a build that had the same components as mine. (If anyone does find one let me know!! I'd like to speak to them haha.) This was almost a show but it managed to work out. (Beginner's luck.)
The idea I had going in with this build is to dual boot with Mac and Windows 7. I had one Samsung SSD 250GB for Yosemite and another Samsung SSD 250GB for Windows 7. I also partitioned the 2TB Seagate drive into separate OS X and Windows HDD. I ran into some issues with Windows 7 as I think that, if you do exFAT in OS X, it'll corrupt somehow in Windows 7. So you have to partition the Windows HDD in NTFS for it to work again.
Now I had no idea what I was doing as my friend who built his didn't do a hackintosh but rather just helped me pick the parts out (kinda) so I was SOL. I planned to use the Yosemite side as my audio/video workstation with Pro Tools 11 and Logic Pro X as well as Final Cut in the future. I also planned to use Windows 7 as the regular gaming/other duties side. Anyways, I installed with Clover at first, then UniBeast, then started all over again with Clover. The biggest issue with the Yosemite install was with the graphics card drivers. I had to figure out some way to boot the OS without having to type in the nvda_drv=1 boot flag every single time. I did it, but I don't know how. I wish I remembered LOL. It's probably because no one wants to remember the late nights trying to get their hackintosh to work.
The second biggest concern I had was the fact that I had a Clarett 8Pre which is a thunderbolt interface so I was worried about compatibility issues with the Z97 Extreme6 and Yosemite. I picked out the ASRock add on thunderbolt card and prayed that everything would just work for me. Of course nothing works that way. I had to install windows 7 and download all the Thunderbolt drivers first so that the interface could be recognized by the Z97 Extreme6, Windows, and Yosemite. I at first put the Thunderbolt card into the PCIe4 lane but it wasn't recognizing no matter how many settings I tried and the drivers I downloaded. But I then I put it into the PCIe5 lane and it works!! I had to go to the UEFI settings and then enable it again but it does work and recognize the Clarett! The only thing is you have to boot Windows 7 first with the interface on and then boot into Yosemite and you're golden. Just make sure you download drivers.
Pro Tools 11 runs amazing on Yosemite and I checked the CPU usage it's barely even touching it right now with a million plug ins running! I'm so glad I did this and if anyone else is looking to do this build I highly recommend it. I only spent about $1100 on this build and the performance is amazing for what I'm using it for.
If you have any questions please let me know! I know I'm forgetting stuff but this is just the jist of what I did.