Description

Decided to put together another Hackintosh at home given the success of the office machine I'm running, this time with a little more RGB and consistency between components. Stuck with NZXT for the case and lighting (you'll need an extra Hue 2 kit if you're going to add the fans).

Build works pretty well, and I'm happy with the overall machine, the only difficulty was the temperatures of the GPU given the aprox 2mm clearance between the GPU and the PSU. After tweaking it enough with the undervolting I managed to get temps down to about 75-78c under load (Division 2 and PUBG). CPU is constantly sitting at around 33c.

Mounting the radiator at the front also required removing the dust filter and putting the fans on the very front of the case and the radiator behind it. Ended up removing those standard 120mm fans and replaced them with some low profile ones so that the cover could be put back on correctly.

The RAM also prevents you from mounting the AIO block the correct way up, which is not a deal breaker, but would have been nice.

One thing to note with the Hackintosh, is that you cannot install macOS on the 970 Evo+. The 960 works fine, as does the Cruicial, which is what it's currently running on.

All in all, love the NZXT stuff, probably more enjoyable to build in than the previous Phantek case that I used for the office.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Awesome looking board, a little tight between the CPU and the RAM (for AIO). You'll need to buy an NZXT internal USB hub if you want to add additional USB devices (RGB fans etc).

Video Card

Great card, little noisy unless you undervolt and tweak the fan curve quite a bit. Works great for the Hackintosh.

Case

Great case, little dirty on the fact it doesn't use Hue 2 as that's an extra purchase you'll need to make.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build man im looking at building a hackintosh aswell

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

does the wifi work?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I haven't switched out the wifi card as of yet, but I'm not using wifi at the moment for it anyway. I did do it on my office hackintosh build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's a great looking hackintosh