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Project Naughty Dog
by thisisrhubarb
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I built this rig with the intention of running both Windows and Mac OS. I wanted to save money by building one machine that could run both OS to do my graphic work and do some gaming as well.

This build is named Naughty Dog because I really love the design of sticker (as well as The Last Of Us), plus I think the sticker looks really nice at where I placed it.

Prior to this, I have never built my own rig before, so I'm really pleased at how it turned out. It was a little scary at first, seeing as how I've never done this before, but it got really fun as I got the hang of building a PC.

My next step for this machine would be to put some blue LED lighting strips in. Also, I would get around to benchmarking it and try to overclock this to see how far I can go.

(Note: This was posted using OS X 10.9.2 on the above-mentioned rig :D)

Update 1: As you can see from the pictures, I added some LED lighting! I attempted some basic overclocking, and the best that I can get is 4.3GHz at 1.35v. Any higher would cause a kernel panic and not be able to boot into my Mac OS X. I'm not sure if this is good or bad for Hackintosh. Any advice?

Update 2: Glamour pictures after adding my sleeved extensions

Update 3: Changed a couple of the components!

  • Changed ASUS GTX 770 to a ASUS GTX 780
  • Changed both SSD from the Kingston SSDNow V300 to Intel 730 Series SSD
  • Changed my PSU from Corsair RM650 to Corsair AX860
  • Changed my Crucial ram to the Kingston HyperX Beast
Part List
Date PublishedMarch 22, 2014
Date BuiltMarch 14, 2014
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.06Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load69.0° C
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Microshrimp [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Very nice! I love that case. It has a nice large window yet the case overall isn't annoyingly flashy.

Are you running your drives in a striped RAID configuration?

thisisrhubarb [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks haha. I'm dual booting, so 1 SSD + 1 HDD for Windows, another 1 SSD + 1 HDD for OS X.

Microshrimp [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Oh yeah! That makes sense. That's definitely a lot easier than doing separate partitions.

cooperred [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build! Why WD Reds though? Also, I don't know if you're aware of this, but Kingston v300 SSDs have performance issues... Link

thisisrhubarb [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

It was the more budget option on my side haha. Yes I heard about the v300 issues long after I bought it. I'm lucky to have gotten the good batch though!

gabegabbert [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I got the 5.0.6 firmware.... crying inside...

Akut [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure you can update the firmware. You can do it on mechanical HDDs, so I figure the same could be done to SSDs. just be sure to back your drive first, in case things go south.

gabegabbert [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I wish...

kingston's latest version is the 5.0.6, which is about 300mB/s slower than 5.0.5

I'm benchmarking at about 150 mB/s read/write, whn it states 450 mB/s on the package. Kingston screwed me and many others.

sadly one does not simply downgrade firmware either...

Akut [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

I'd look into it. There has to be a way. Either way, you could probably call up Kingston and request a replacement drive with the "proper" firmware.

gabegabbert [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I believe that is the only way... replacement. Also I stupidly threw away the original packaging before benchmarking. Just praying for a 5.0.7 firmware

Akut [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

You should be able to replace it, as it should still have the ID tag on the physical drive.

Yeah, pray :D might help :P

gabegabbert [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Hahaha. Im actually going to attempt that. Sound advice! thank you

Kiburi [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build! And a fellow TLoU fan! :)

PixelMonkey 1 point 10 months ago

Humm there may be some irony in that name... But overall nice build.

thisisrhubarb [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Irony? Enlighten me brother

PixelMonkey 4 points 10 months ago

Just saying that Naughty Dog is a Sony console exclusive developer.

edman545 [10 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Are you going to attempt any overclocking? I bet you could get 4.5 ghz pretty easy with this setup.

thisisrhubarb [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Of course haha. This is meant for overclocking. I wanna go for about 4.2 or 4.3 stable

Member121CA 1 point 10 months ago

I was going to build a Mac/Windows 7 Hackintosh also BUT... To complicated to install OSX on a PC MoBo, and... Concerned I would not get the full capabilities of the video card in OSX, and... I have a really good MacPro I don't need to get rid of, yet. So, my question is, How complicated is it to install and use all those TonyMac apps? And, are you getting the full potential of your video card in OSX?

thisisrhubarb [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

I'll say that it's quite easy, but u need to have the patience man.

I haven't gotten the time to do benchmarks yet, but a general rule is that GTX cards are good oob without issues. If u have a mac pro then stick with it.

polarbehr [4 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Look at my build the number cruncher, it's easy

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build you got there. I don't know too much about SSDs, so how fast are the ones you have? I only have experience with the 840 pro series SSD but I'm looking at some cheaper SSDs for another build I'm working on that's actually going to be doing similar thing as yours and dual-boot. Since you basically have a hackintosh on your hands, was there any issues with part compatibility? Sorry for asking so many questions, I'm just interested. Again, nice build!

Akut [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

A good budget SSD series, IMO, is the Crucial M500. Currently running a single 480GB (picked this badboy up for $260CAD), and I can keep up 425mb/s write, 480mb/s reads. Is one of the cheapest ~500GB SSDs and is coming within spitting distance of the big boys.

Some high-end SSDs top off the SATAIII port their plugged into, so (personally) I see no point in spending another 100+ bucks for another 50mb/s read/writes (at least if gaming is your primary concern)

thisisrhubarb [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Crucial is a better choice. Kingston is not consistent with the quality

Akut [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

another good budget brand is A-DATA. Little slower than Crucial's M500 series, but does the job.

thisisrhubarb [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Sorry i missed out on your question earlier.. my parts all worked for hackintosh oob except for the sound. My speakers are connected via my astro a40 mixamp, which is connected to my digital out.

Retroman 1 point 10 months ago

clean build, solid components and a good price +1

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