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[SUCCESS] Silent but Violent GA Z370N - i5 8400 - 16GB - 500GB NVMe

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Gigabyte X299 Aorus Ultra Gaming
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i7-7920X
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GTX 1080
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The Silent but Violent Build:
Gigabyte Z370N - i5 8400 - 16GB RAM and 500GB NVMe SSD



Components


CPU: Intel Core i5 8400
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0759FGJ3Q/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Case: InWin Chopin 150W
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007HIMYJ8/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Ram: 16 GB Crucal DDR4:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MMLUYQK/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370N Wifi:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076VD4XV4/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Storage: Samsung 960EVO 500GB NVMe
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M20VBU7/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009VCAJ7W/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Delid Tool: Der8auer Delid Die Mate 2
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6T4LD9/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Thermal Paste: Coolaboratory Liquid Ultra Thermal Paste
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0039RY3MM/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Wifi Module: TP-LINK AC1300 Archer T4U V2
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias=lawngarden&field-keywords=T4u+v2&rh=n:2972638011,k:T4u+v2&ajr=0



Comments

So as the name implies, I wanted to build a Hackintosh that is cheap, powerful and yet almost inaudible.
The idea came from Erik's Tiny But Mighty HTPC after having seen what he accomplished in such a small case.
I wasn't too keen on the idea of having an external PSU so the InWin Chopin (The case name also has some sentimental value as I too am Poilsh) came to the rescue with it's built in 150W PSU - plenty for my needs (and according to PC Part Picker).

I also thought I'd experiment with delidding (my first) the CPU to lower temps and run the Noctua NH L9i without a fan (more on that later).

The delidding was fairly simple but instead of gluing it back together I just added the Liquid Metal thermal compound and put the copper block back on top of the chip - it's currently only being held together by the CPU mounting bracket thingy on the Motherboard.

Here are some images of the delid process:

Delid Die Mate 2

CPU Pre-Beheading

CPU Beheaded (Mayo aka TIM clearly visible)

Cleanup Tools

Cleaned Up CPU

Nail Varnish to cover exposed metal contacts

Nail Varnish Applied (inc Liequid Metal Paste)

If you want to find out more about delidding get in touch via DM's or in the thread or whatever.



Installation Notes

Installation on this machine was fairly straightforward to be honest, created a USB Stick in Unibeast according to the guide on here and set up the BIOS accordingly:

BIOS Settings
  1. Save & Exit → Load Optimized Defaults
  2. M.I.T. → Advanced Memory Settings Extreme Memory Profile(X.M.P.) : Profile1
  3. BIOS → Fast Boot : Disabled
  4. BIOS → LAN PXE Boot Option ROM : Disabled
  5. BIOS → Storage Boot Option Control : UEFI
  6. Peripherals → Trusted Computing → Security Device Support : Disable
  7. Peripherals → Network Stack Configuration → Network Stack : Disabled
  8. Peripherals → USB Configuration → Legacy USB Support : Auto
  9. Peripherals → USB Configuration → XHCI Hand-off : Enabled
  10. Chipset → Vt-d : Disabled
  11. Chipset → Wake on LAN Enable : Disabled
  12. Chipset → IOAPIC 24-119 Entries : Enabled
Intel iGPU:
  1. Peripherals → Initial Display Output : IGFX
  2. Chipset → Integrated Graphics : Enabled
  3. Chipset → DVMT Pre-Allocated :128M (if this setting isn’t showing then: 1. Set Integrated Graphics: Enabled. 2. Save and Exit BIOS by pressing F10. 3. Reenter BIOS upon computer restart and it should be there.
That pretty much did the trick and got me straight into the installer.

Regarding EFI and Config.plist settings - I will attach them at the bottom so you can get them for all the post install stuff.


Post Install Comments

As mentioned - please see the EFI folder attached and install it in the appropriate directory of course.

Regarding the removal of the heatsink fan - unfortunately that didn't work out as planned (some of you MAY have seen it coming) but despite my best attempts of delidding etc the temps kept rising (when I did a prime95 stress test) until the mid 90s so I aborted the test to preserve the CPU - I wasn't too happy with the results as I genuinely thought I'd get away with it - and I probably would if I was just browsing and general internet stuff but occasional Photo Editing etc will make the temps rise so I reinstalled the fan just to be on the safe side. I might experiment with under volting as I have done in windows and I might just get away with running -0.140mV (as I do in windows) to reduce temps and fan speed even more!

And do you know what - the noise has been far lower than I'd anticipated. Having adjusted the fan curve in the BIOS and the system has been virtually inaudible - exactly what I wanted.

Conclusion, I could have gone with a Streacom ST-DB4 case to have a completely passively cooled system with no noise whatsoever but that would have been a lot more expensive - considering that a new PSU needs to be purchased. This then takes me into new territory as I don't feel like I am getting value for money.



Benchmarks

Geekbench

Cinebench

Idel Temps

Load Temps
 

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Hi,i have similar configuration:
Gigabyte z370n Wifi
Core i5 8400
Intel UHD 630
Samsung SSD 850 Evo
8GB Ballistik Sport 2400hz
Mac Osx 10.13.3
Clover 4380

But my system freezes time to times.I don't now why.
Your EFI folder is not possible to oben.Please can you take a look to my EFI Folder to help me?
Many Thanks
 

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Motherboard
Gigabyte X299 Aorus Ultra Gaming
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i7-7920X
Graphics
GTX 1080
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iMac, MacBook
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Android
Hi,i have similar configuration:
Gigabyte z370n Wifi
Core i5 8400
Intel UHD 630
8GB Ballistik Sport 2400hz
Mac Osx 10.13.3
Clover 4380

But my system freezes time to times.I don't now why.
What SMBIOS are you running?
Mine is iMac 18.3

Maybe try copying my EFI and see how you get on (obviously back up yours)
 
Joined
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Messages
36
Motherboard
Gigabyte X299 Aorus Ultra Gaming
CPU
i7-7920X
Graphics
GTX 1080
Mac
iMac, MacBook
Mobile Phone
Android
Try changing it as it does make a difference and how it performs. I have seen a lot of pesky problems getting fixed just via a simple SMBIOS change/update.

Another note - do you have adequate cooling?
When does the freeze occour? Under heavy load or just randomly?
 
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I have the same Cooler Noctua Nh-L9i.I don't think the Problem is in that case.Because the freezes start when I open something an I can only move the mouse.After minutes it goes.Second Problem is the Graphic Acceleration.When I change to Hidpi Resolution I have after that glitches an it freezes.(I Have a 4k Sony TV)Please if it is possible can you take a look to my EFI folder?
Many Thanks
 
Joined
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Messages
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Motherboard
Gigabyte X299 Aorus Ultra Gaming
CPU
i7-7920X
Graphics
GTX 1080
Mac
iMac, MacBook
Mobile Phone
Android
I have the same Cooler Noctua Nh-L9i.I don't think the Problem is in that case.Because the freezes start when I open something an I can only move the mouse.After minutes it goes.Second Problem is the Graphic Acceleration.When I change to Hidpi Resolution I have after that glitches an it freezes.(I Have a 4k Sony TV)Please if it is possible can you look to my EFI folder?Many Thanks
Sure, send it across but try mine and see how you get on - simple copy and paste job and run a stress test such as Prime95
 
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