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My Hackintosh Photo Editing/Windows Gaming Dual OS Build

by guschen802



Date Published

June 2, 2018

Date Built

May 26, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

85.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

55.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


I built this PC to try Hackintosh as well as my Windows Gaming machine. Its my second PC, the last one is built in 2008 and did not care too much.

Its so excited to have Tempered glass and RGB fan as a common thing today!

The purpose of this build: 1) Intsall hackintosh for photo editing, especially stacking large amount of high resolution RAW image 2) Casual gaming on windows

About radiator mounting location: Originally, the radiator was put on top, it barely fit with the Ballistix Sport LT RAM and ASUS PRIME Z370-A. So if anyone wondering the ram clearance, you can take this as reference. Note that the ram is actually touching the fan, and a lot of port like CPU_FAN port are blocked. You can not mount the ASUS provided chassis fan mount on VRM.

I finally move the radiator to the front.

P.S. Some of my parts are refurbished or used e.g. case fan, cooler, monitor..etc

Part Reviews


It’s a good and builtiful case, I love it, but I hope it can come with a no fan option since I am going to replace it anyway. But I sold the SP120 RGB fan, so won’t be a big issue.

The bigger issue is the height clearance issue, if you want a top mounted 240mm radiator, it will be a big issue since it will overlap with the ram. You need a low profile ram, e.g. Bullistix Sport LT(3cm tall), which is the maximum height you can get with Asus Prime Z370-A, the fan is touching the ram

Second thing is the room in the back for cable is limited, cable management is disaster.

I probably will go for 570X if given second chance

Case Fan

Awesome RGB effect, love the visor effect most!

Comments Sorted by:

Masterraceboi 2 points 8 months ago

If I were you I would remove one of the m.2 drives and invest in a 1070ti I would say that much ram is way too overkill Maybe tone it down to 32gb instead of replacing your m.2 but other than that if money is no object, good build

guschen802 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

The ram is not for gaming, I am stacking high resolution RAW photo, and seems like it require a lot of ram, but will see if 64GB is too much. Thanks for the suggestion. Two m.2 for dual system, I prefer to install OS on separate disk

Masterraceboi 1 point 8 months ago

Oh sorry i didn’t know your reasons. I just thought it was a bit insane. But for what you made it for it’s a great machine.

guschen802 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks :)

nateo200 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Have the same RAM with my AIO mounted on top of my 460X in white. Corsair needed to give us 3/4 and inch higher or AIO's.....I don't expect a 280mm but at least a 240mm without doing a custom job!! Love the looks though. The HD120's are growing on me even with the LL120's out now.

Wachtel 6 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Interested in your opinion of the UP2716D for photo editing. I have a U3415W but would like to go back to a monitor without curve for editing work.

guschen802 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

If you want more than one screen and want precise color and uniformity, go for Eizo..etc.

The color is good, but I am quite disappointed about the color calibration quality of both UP2716D I have. They are both bought used, I am not sure whether or not the length of use contribute to this, both of them are far off the 6500K white point, you can tell the difference of two screen from just on glance.

I used a colormunki display and DisplayCal to calibrate the screen to make them look close together. The color coverage is 99% sRGB and 98%AdobeRGB IIRC after calibration.

One thing to mentioned is that if you want color uniformity(color looks same a cross whole screen), you have to leave the Dell Uniformity Compensation ON when you do calibration, but this will reduce the accuracy of calibration. DisplayCal ask you to tune RGB gain from monitor to better match the white point, but if you change RGB gain manually, you have to turn Uniformity compensation OFF. Moreover, Dell's own calibration software can not turn on the Uniformity compensation after calibration either.

Overall, If you can live with one screen with not that accurate white point or do some calibration if you want multiple screen, DELL is a good affordable wide gamut monitor.

Wachtel 6 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Sounds like my U3415W is the better choice for now. I like the calibration on the one I have and it's easy to fine tune. I don't have to use the uniformity compensation if I avoid the upper corners. Have some IPS glow there so I avoid those areas anyway.

I'll look into the Eizo lines again but the price is daunting.

Thanks for a really useful answer!

EASTER_EGG 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

clean af! plus one!

what build did you have before?

guschen802 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Too long ago, only remember some 4 core(probably) intel cpu plus Nvidia 9800GTX+

EASTER_EGG 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago


sodom 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

+1 for hackintosh :)

Jumpest 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Why the same fan configuration? Isn't there a dust issue on a balanced/negative pressure build?

guschen802 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

TIL about the balanced/negative pressure thing, I just mount all fan I have into the case, did not think that far LOL. I guess I will rely on dust filter st this point

bgunn925 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Can you please explain how you mounted those two small Noctua fans? One looks like it's floating... I want them.

guschen802 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

The top left one for cooling VRM has a chassis fan mount which come with the ASUS prime z370-a motherboard.

The bottom one which cool the m.2 heatsink is a 3D printed mount. The design file also provided by ASUS, you can also buy one from shapeway (https://www.shapeways.com/product/49NWE57QH/m-2-fan-holder)

They all share the screw with motherboard mount. No additional mount point needed.