Description

This is my first build in about 5 years, and overall I'm extremely happy with how it has turned out.

I was getting tired of typing out assignments on my ****** macbook air keyboard, and also getting a craving to play some modern games (mostly just the witcher 3). Actually I dropped nearly $2000 on this thing just to play the witcher 3. My girlfriend doesn't stop giving me trouble about it but I don't care, it was all worth it to have this sweet, sweet, quiet, friendly little box with a fair bit of grunt.

Parts all pretty standard, I was helped immensely by tonymacx86.com, if you want to build a hackintosh and have no idea what you are doing, definitely start there.

Mobo - Perfect board, no OC needed and included PCIe port for the Wifi card allowed me to install a MacBook broadcom card to get wifi and bluetooth working on the mac side. Also the fan software on this board, while nothing on ASUS or MSI was somewhat workable, and I have the two noctua set to arond 750 RPM, to rise linearly to 1200RPM as the mobo heats up.

CPU - Good bang for buck

CPU Cooler - Originally had the Coolermaster TX3, which was far, far superior in sound and cooling power to the stock intel. After a month or two I got rid of it, because it was a bit loud under load (high pitch). The Cryorig was one of the only medium sized coolers to fit in this case with the extra side fan mod. I was really impressed by it, sitting on around 450 RPM on idle, totally silent, and even when getting pumped by Prime 95, only spins up to 1300 RPM, and is audible, but has a nice low frequency hum compared to the TX3.

Memory - Got a good deal ordering from US amazon, solid RAM

Storage - Windows 10 is installed on one SSD. Yosemite and El Capitan are installed on the other. Will get rid of Yosemite in a few months, just always safe to have a backup. The SSD's are not positioned in the usual spot (bottom of case) to allow better airflow to GPU. I just bought some adhesive velcro spots, and stuck one SSD to the PSU and another front top section of case.

On the 2TB hard drive I've got a few partitions for clones. Otherwise I've got about 1.5TB's formatted in HFS+ because I use OS x more day to day. However, Windows 10 can read it because I installed a free version of Paragon. Great program, no problem after 6 months using it.

GPU - Really impressed by this little fella, had the windforce in a node 304 before, and while it was at a slightly higher clock, this little guy plays the Witcher on Ultra at about 55-60 FPS and only ever hits 65C even on hot Australian days.

Case - Such a beautiful case, great build quality, just watch out for sharp edges. Tough to build in, but with a bit of planning and forethought (Tuck cables under mobo and behind PSU) can looks pretty handsome inside. I ended up doing a minor mod to the left hand side of this case, cutting a 140mm hole on a pedestal drill and installing the Noctua Fan. This wasn't actually essential for temperatures (It knocked a couple degrees off CPU and 3 or so off GPU). I did it to try and capture more of the dust heading for the sweet expensive internals of the computer. My last comp lived in a very dusty house, and when i cleaned it up for my parents to use the other week it was horrific.

PSU - Decent semi-modular PSU. Some people say you need to get a short cable set when working in such a small case, but to be honest, with a bit of creativity, you can stash most of the wires out of the way. Semi Modular was very helpful though.

Silverstone Dust Filters - I've got one of the bottom of the case under the GPU, and one on the side. I placed magnetic tape around the edges, as aluminium isn't magnetic enough to support them. They are removable and clean them once every two or three weeks, just a quick blow and wipe. Very fine filters, stops even the smallest bits of dust.

Temperatures IDLE - Essentially Silent. (18-20DBa?) CPU 32C CPU FAN - 450 RPM CASE FANS - 730 RPM GPU TEMP - 31C GPU FAN - 1175RPM (33%) SSD1 - 30 SSD2 - 31 HDD - 30

Furmark 15min burn in + Prime95 run Simultaneously (Max Temps/Speeds) STRESS - Audible but not offensive. (24DBa?) CPU 68C CPU FAN - 1470 CASE FANS - 1200 RPM GPU TEMP - 65C GPU FAN - 1954 RPM (56%) SSD1 - 35C SSD2 - 38C HDD - 34C

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

The Cryorig C7 is great. The 970 is a nice choice. Some nice part choices.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a million, yeah I really loved the cryorig C7 H7, quiet and a little bit more attractive than the coolermaster 212x, nice mounting mech too

Edit - I was supposed to be talking about the H7 but same goes for C7

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

It does look better I think. It's a nice looking heatsink.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Take it outside and get out some of those dust compressed air cans. Haha. It's a little dusty. But otherwise it seems nice.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah definitely need to, my current can if compressed air just ran out :( put this together 4 months ago and only recently got the dust filters on it. Saw this motor powered air blower on amazon that looked pretty powerful

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome work! Case is perfect for a Hackintosh.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi this looks great, I'm planning a hackintosh that I also want to use to run an Oculus Rift under Windows. I'm struggling immensely to find a mini-itx mobo that is easily hackintosh compatible, and is known to have USB 3.0 that meets the Oculus requirements (they only support certain USB 3.0 chipsets). Would you be able to run the Oculus compatibility tool (download on this page https://www.oculus.com/en-us/blog/oculus-rift-pre-orders-now-open-first-shipments-march-28/ )and see if it passes? I'd be super grateful for your help.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey Invertedtwisted,

Looks like my build just sneaks in and there is no problem with the USB ports. Just to let you know I had a bit of trouble with USB ports in El Capitan but I just had to edit a kext and got it up an running after a day or so.

Congratulations! You're ready for Oculus Rift Your computer appears to meet or exceed the recommended system specification for Rift. Order Rift + Processor You have an Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4590 CPU @ 3.30GHz, which meets or exceeds our recommended system specification. + Graphics Card You have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, which meets or exceeds our recommended system specification. + Memory You have 8 GB of RAM, which meets or exceeds our recommended system specification. + Operating System You're running Windows 10 64-bit, which meets or exceeds our recommended system specification. + USB You have USB 3.0 ports, which meets or exceeds our recommended system specification. Having trouble? Visit Oculus Support

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey that's great, thanks so much for checking! : )

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Very inspirational build. I really like how you included the custom fan! As a Mac user myself, I can only dream of those specs for that price!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks jollysolaire, I was lucky quite a few people had already built in this case and showed me what you could actually jam in there. The fan mod was actually I lot easier than I thought it would be but I did have access to my girlfriend's dad's workshop and he had a really nice pedestal drill.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I made a build with a very similar case, a Rosewill Legacy U3-S; just curious how you got a red led instead of the stock blue, looks great!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I ask what the point to building a hackintosh is? Not saying that there is no point... I'm literally asking because I don't know the differences between regular Windows vs Whatever the macs use.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to be a Mac hater then my girlfriend got a macbook air and after abusing her for a few months I bought one too.

I just find the os's quite intuitive and really speeds up little tasks I do throughout the day. Like finding a file or navigating to an open window using mission control. Although windows 10 now has a similar feature.

Both have pros n cons

Edit - also Mac feels a fair bit snappier, minimalistic and downright good looking. Windows 10 I'm liking a lot more than 8 (which is what I had before).

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Just to be clear, by abusing you mean you were like teasing her about being a mac owner, right? Because I may have read that wrong.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah definitely, giving her crap for using a mac

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I figured. Great build man.

[comment deleted]
[comment deleted]
  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm no expert, gigabyte has apparently always been pretty good, but I think on the z97 chipset Asus, MSI n most other brands work also. Check out compatability lists on tonymacx and insanelymac

[comment deleted]
  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Gigabytes good but quite a lot of haswell gen motherboards will work, my advice is Google other people's successful builds. Some take more work to set up but generally are all equally stable when running.

I installed Yosemite first n in 3 months had one or two crashes, I think it was because I messed around with the wrong things when I was learning. Since upgrading to el Capitan on clover 2 months ago haven't had a single problem. It works like a Mac pro which costs twice as much.

If the OS did crash id just reload it from a functioning clone I'd made earlier. Really fun getting OS x to work on rogue hardware

[comment deleted]
[comment deleted by staff]
  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

but I think you have the wrong CPU cooler in you part list?

exactly! was about to mentioned this...

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Oops i forgot we have elections this year.... is it for some position here in PCPP! lol

See jipster don't spam... jipster cares, jipster reads, hipster sees

the new slogan!

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Jipster the hipster

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, somehow clicked the C7, I definitely have the H7, thanks for the heads up, just went and changed it.

[comment deleted by staff]
[comment deleted by staff]
  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey latc,

Thank you for the kind words, I've updated this build since, and have 2 SSDs (one for Windows and one for OS X).

I've also updated to a GTX 1070 although my new build list hasn't been updated.

https://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/MxsZxr