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Titan, the Hackintosh
by RSPTex
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Description

This is my Media Server and main Home Computer. I needed fast access to info and I needed a large and expandable array that would also be ok if a drive or two died. Here is my solution:.

-For fast access to the programs and info I use the most, I have a Boot Disk composed of 4 OCZ Vector SSDs in RAID 0, which kills the read/write speeds of the new Mac Pro. -For processing power, I went simple and sure, the 4770k, over clocked to 4.3Ghz and Liquid cooled with a Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme. Pretty quiet and really nice temps. -For Ram, I don't need a ton, but I do want it to be able to process things quickly, so went with the G.Skill Trident X 16GB @ 2400MHz. -The Motherboard is nice and beefy, and doesn't require a DSDT to load OS X. It also doesn't hurt to have 10 SATA Ports. -The Graphics Card is probably overpowered for my needs, but I got it for a net $25, so it's hard to complain. I only use it to help transcoding. That's all, really. I don't game with it. GTX 670. -I waned it pretty, so I cut new windows into the panel and put custom cut Lexan in and also made a Lexan cover for the PSU. I always liked the ones on the HAFX, so I made my own. Later, I will put in more LEDs, have have a Cracked Apple Symbol with LEDs doing a Heartbeat rhythm behind it, programmed via Arduino Uno. That will be over the Pump. All of it remote controlled.
-I needed a case that could hold 12 drives plus 4 SSDs, so the Storm Stryker was the obvious choice, after adding another HDD cage. Also, I used 3x Sickleflow 120mm fans for the front. I had to connect them to the MoBo, though, because the case controller makes the fans sound weird. -To get a RAID 6 Array, I bought a used Areca ARC-1231ML RAID card. It came with a battery backup and the breakout cables. It adds a good 30s to my boot time, but hey, I've got 18TB of space to play with, and I can lose any two disks and not worry. I can also dynamically expand to 30TB later if need be. My read/write are around 750 write, 1150 read. not bad! -I wanted sturdy drives for the array, and I got the WD Red 3TBs relatively cheap, so I think it fits the bill well. Also, they're red, which fits the theme of the case. -Screw the optical drive. no one wants that crap any more. I didn't bother. And with this processing and through-put, why go wifi? So no Wifi adapter, just ethernet, which is fun, because I have Google Fiber being installed soon! -I use a basic BT dongle attached to my wall in my living room 30' away so I can use my keyboard and mouse from the couch.
-The PSU is a 1000W CM V-series because I also got it for a steal and I wanted to be able to possibly look at a small contained phase-change cooling system, later. -Let me know if I forgot anything. I'll add more pics later. -OS X Maverisks works beautifully on it, too, btw!

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate-
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate-
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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baconbot 16 points 12 months ago

holy terabytes!

 
 
Fortgis 7 points 12 months ago

terabytes... terabytes every where...

 
 
mallocunbounded [1 Build] 7 points 12 months ago

Holy Mother of Communist Korea! The dictator of Communist Korea himself would lay down the hammer on his oppressed people to have this build. My only comment is on your raid configuration. You get about double the speed when you pair two SSDs in raid 0, after that the law of diminishing returns kicks in. Adding a third drive will bump up your performance less than 1/4, and adding a fourth drive will barely make a difference. +1 for beating the new Mac Pro shiny trash bin SSD performance without using pci express, comrade.

How did you get the 4770k for $120?

Did you consider getting 3TB Tape Drives for $25 each? They are just as fast, but can only be read sequentially so only good for backups lol.

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

I use the WD reds for movies and TV shows, which are accessed very often, so tape drives wouldn't have worked. My explanation for the 4770k is above. And I really liked being able to own the new Mac Pro in so many ways. I know the 4th SSD wouldn't add much performance, but 3 is a weird number, and four sounds and looks so nice and even!

 
 
brelovix 5 points 12 months ago

That's a lot of ******* storage _'

 
 
Tad 4 points 12 months ago
  1. hehe "NET = not enough terabytes"
  2. I shall find your home in Kansas City:)
 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Not Kansas City... Provo(where the connection fee is $30)! And I'm getting Google Fiber this Tuesday at 8AM! I couldn't be more excited.

 
 
Nuclear101 3 points 12 months ago

The only thing that stands out are the Terabytes and cough totally not the SSDs.

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 11 months ago

Not the bullet-proof Lexan that I replaced the standard window with?

 
 
Z3lots [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

Lol you don't have enough TBs ;)

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I agree. This is why I have the ability to expand to another 12TB on the same card!

 
 
hiii582 [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

nice build. nuff said.

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
SparkyOnPC 2 points 12 months ago

HOLY CRAP..

 
 
Daraaggon [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

That's a lot of storage, but I think you missed adding your 670 on the partlist xD Some more pics of the inside would be nice too, so we can all admire all those TB's.. +1!

 
 
mallocunbounded [1 Build] 5 points 12 months ago

He only answers to the "Napster" now, Charlie.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Simply awesome, +1

 
 
Starlana [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Oh My Funk. This is bada$$. If I ever need a Terabyte, I now who to call don't I. I think you could store the records of our debt to China on that thing...

On second thought...maybe not. Haha. +1

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

My friend, we need pedabytes for that!

 
 
ryn98 2 points 12 months ago

****, how'd you get a 4770k for $120?!

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I bought 3 4770k's from Staples when they were doing price matching of $200. I then sold 2 of those on Amazon for $300 each and after shipping, I netted about $125 for it. This is how most of my cheap parts happened.

 
 
mallocunbounded [1 Build] -1 points 12 months ago

I already asked this.

 
 
ryn98 1 point 12 months ago
 
 
AleConquistador [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Holly Father of Communist Cuba! Impressive build, overkill enough to kill anything except Chuck Norris and his video card.

 
 
ImSooBored 2 points 10 months ago

Why do the WD Red's have different price's?

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

The Reds are better at self-repair when they find bad blocks. While I do have a RAID 6 array, and I can lose any 2 drives of the six in my array, I'd rather not have to rebuild, and the Reds are better at it than most others. There are better models, but at the price point, they're hard to beat. Hope that helped.

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Extilion 1 point 12 months ago

Why the heck would someone need so much storage? XD Still awesome :P

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Plex. End of story. Plex my friend.

 
 
hotmoosettu [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Plex is awesome, but you put my 1.5 TB of storage to shame.....

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

It's only bad if you need more than 1.5TB. I need more than that, so it wouldn't work for me, but I completely believe in building the system you can use. I'm a maximalist when it comes to resources. I like to do the most with the least possible, and have it come out as close to the retail product that I wanted to begin with. My system's equivalent in Apple Hardware would be over $10k. I don't have that, but I do know how to watch youtube tutorials, read forums, and use other people's previous experiences!

 
 
mallocunbounded [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

To store multiple copies of every Justin Bieber song uncompressed?

 
 
supramp 1 point 12 months ago

hahahaha

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

To store as much media as I can find. The harder to find movies are ones I'm going to rip and store digitally. And justin bieber can take his girlish features back to canada and play with the Mounties.

 
 
kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

O.M.G

Where'd u get the thermal compound for so cheap???

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I looked for deals and then I found a killer one on Amazon for some used stuff.

 
 
kingknight [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

lol, I was joking :P By ignoring the Terabits and looking at the thermal compound. :P

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

Hey, no worries! I don't mind at all! Thanks for checking out my rig,btw. This site and the people here have been out-of-this-world helpful!

 
 
kingknight [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

lol, no problem :) I have recently ( like a month ago :P ) made my 1st build and got very positive and helpful feedback, really good community! If you don't mind, come check it out :)

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Update on Titan. He is having a full heart and soul transplant this week. I've had some trouble with my SSDs, and so I'm adjusting that config, too. I'm replacing the Mobo, PSU, and 2 SSDs. Sometimes we just get bad hardware. this time sucked. But this weekend IIt will have a new UD5h, V1000 PSU, and 3x Vectors in RAID 0 for a boot drive for OSX, with 1x vector as a boot drive for Windows, and 1x 840 EVO that I use as my portable drive. I carry it around and have a USB adapter for it when I don't have it sitting in the SSD slot of Titan. It is partitioned into 4 sections, 2 for cloning my base OS's, and 2 for "USB" drives(One FAT32, the other Mac OS Journaled). My Liquid cooler died about a month ago(CPU temps of 95 C!), so instead of using the replacement from Thermaltake (bad RMA experience, btw), I am putting a Nepton 280L in because I don't trust a NIB cooler that spewed coolant onto my graphics card. I also have a few new fans in there. I'll update the build components this weekend. Any questions, give me a holler. I'm going to try to get a comprehensive "How-To" for this Hackintosh build and install a bit later. Hopefully by then , my LED setup will be up and running, too!

 
 
Wahro 1 point 5 months ago

This is, by far, the most insane build I have ever seen. AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! (if anyone can tell me what the last quote is from, ill give you a cake)

 
 
ronthar 1 point 5 months ago

Those verticle Vector SSDs in the side panel, I may have to copy that...

Awesome rig!

 
 
PotatoSexMachine 1 point 1 month ago

How did you get the Nepton 280L at such a low price! The lowest I can see it is $99 (and that's with a $20 mail-in rebate).

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 days ago

Most of the parts I have now take into account the buying and selling of other parts I bought in the past. I may sell this whole rig and build another one with a server processor. We'll see.

 
 
RRRilind 1 point 1 month ago

i7 4770K / 670 2GB / 24TB HDD / CM Storm Stryker. Nice window mod, good wiring. And you look like you know what you're doing, +1

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 days ago

Thanks! I'm wondering if I even need my 670. I wanted to use it for transcoding for Plex, but Plex doesn't use a graphics card... At least it will help me when I do CAD!

 
 
RRRilind 1 point 2 days ago

I want to build a hackintosh work station, but idk what I would need. All I know is some SSDs, a CPU with hyper-threading, and thats all. I work with 4k photos and videos alot. I also save all my work and client work so I would need at least 4 TB, more would be real helpful though. I also am a streamer and youtuber and I usually keep around 7 programs open. And I would like to upload 1+ live streams as fast as possible, any ideas? All advice is appreciated!

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 hours ago

That sounds like quite the workload! Hackintosh is definitely the way in my opinion. I love mine. Maybe look at a 2011 socket(Don't confuse it with the year 2011) processor. They are enterprise-grade. And look at a few work-grade graphics cards for video procesing. I really like my WD red drives, but I may suggest using the WD black drives, and get 2x 4TB Drives, and put them in RAID 1 to make sure you won't lose your client data if one drive fails. That said, I love my RAID controller and the setup wasn't horrible. If you do go with a RAID controller, do RAID 10. It gives both speed and redundancy.

Check tonymacx86.com for components that work well. They also have all of the most up-to-date software you'll need for a Hackintosh build. I suggest going with one of the builds that are proven and tested for your first one.

Let me know how it goes!

 
 
RRRilind 1 point 1 month ago

You guys are saying 18TB. I'm not sure if I'm counting right but you have 24.7TB in total.

 
 
RSPTex [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 days ago

It's 18TB because I use a RAID 6 configuration, so 2 of the disks are used as redundancies.

 
 
RRRilind 1 point 2 days ago

ah I see now, thx for clearing it up!