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Blue Green Ninja "BGNinja" 4690K ASRock Z97 Pro4 Hackintosh Steam Box Gaming Build for the Boys

by sponix

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 5, 2015

Date Built

July 4, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.22GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

Description

One Son likes Blue, and the Other Green. So we ended up with a Blue Green Ninja Machine..

Cougar Fans are pretty Epic in both Looks and performance..

Corsair 760T Case had one of the wires come off of the reset switch connector that attaches to the mother board. So the case doesn't have a functioning reset switch. The 760T honestly is a builders dream though when it comes to internal space and over all layout.

ASRock Z97 Pro4 Mother Board could use more Fan Connectors in my Opinion. Ended up having to use the Fan support built into the Case due to few fan connectors on the board and poor placement.

Other than that the Build was pretty straight forward.

Boys Decided to they wanted this Machine to be a "Mac" so that took a little bit of Effort. I'll find the real camera and Take some pictures of the Finished build very soon.. It truly is a sight !!

Let me know if you would like to see notes on the "Make this a Mac" portion of the Build also....

Blue Green Ninja FTW !!

Shout out to carnetarian for letting me know XMP profile is something that you simply select. All I had to do was Hit XMP 1.2 from the Drop Down, and then Select a Speed of 1600 from the other Menu, PRESTO !! Ram is now Running at the Labeled speed..

Now the debate is just if I want to push the chip to a nice 3.8 GHz or so .. Doesn't need it, and would just fall into the "Because I can" realm. BUT all the same, I almost want to dabble with it..

Comments, Opinions, and Suggestions All Welcome !!

!! Fun Times !!

Part Reviews

CPU

i5-4690K Chip gets things done. Had to turn off some VT features in the BIOS for it to play Nice with Mac OS X. But outside of that this chip is handing everything very nicely.. Does my 5820K smoke it.. Well Yeah, but what do you Expect, riiight ?? Grin You get a good performer with this chip though for what you pay. No regrets. Boys seem very happy with it Playing Mac !!

CPU Cooler

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Not sure the Legendary Hyper 212 EVO Needs another Review.. Honestly, as long as your case fits it, and you are looking for a custom cooler on a Budget. This IS The Cooler for YOU. Pretty much that simple. There is a reason this cooler is the Standard for Thousands of Builds. It is Cheap, Simple, Easy to Install, Performs Well, Easy to Clean, and did I mention IT is Cheap ?? Friends don't let Friends use Stock Coolers.. Get Them a Hyper 212 EVO and show you Care !!

Motherboard

Board does what a Boar Should.. BUT, needs more FAN Headers, it is just that simple. It only has a couple 3 pins, and the 1 PWM for the CPU FAN.. And the couple 3 pins that it does have aren't in the best positions either. Ended up using the supplied FAN Hub with the 760T case, and that worked out Okay, but wasn't my original intention.. Outside of the FAN headers being few and poorly thought out. The Board itself is Solid....

Memory

Pretty sure these sticks clocked in at a lower speed that what is shown on the Label. But that seems to be the case with Memory most of the time. And a simple XMP choice in the BIOS is likely to resolve the matter. I have yet to try that, and will knock off a star if I can't get it to run at the speed on the label without major tinkering. Outside of that, both sticks are good and seem to be holding data temporarily as RAM should Grin..

Storage

Seen reviews that say this SSD can be a Turd. But I have had no performance issues with it so far. Do wish it was a little larger, but that was an error on my part, can't blame the drive for that. If it becomes sluggish in the Future I'll come back and knock off a star or two from my rating to reflect that..

Storage

Great Drive to Hold the Boys Steam Library. And it Had Blue in the Name, so it fit also fit the Blue and Green Theme of the Build !!

Video Card

MSI GTX 960 2G 100ME is Just right for the Entry Level Gaming my Boys are doing on the Hackintosh. And the Look of it fit in Perfect with the Blue Green Ninja Build !!

Case

Corsair 760T IS THE BUILDERS CASE.. Can honestly see why the Price on this Case keeps climbing most of the time, and places have a hard time keeping it in stock. If you want a case that you will honestly enjoy working with both inside an out, that showcases your hardware better than most any other on the market. THIS is Your Case as well. Other than one of my two cases having a little wire come loose on the Reset switch portion that hooks onto the main board the case(s) is flawless. Not a fan of the Reset button flashing as an Activity Light either, so might just unplug the Reset switch on my case as well anyway. I mean, who uses the Reset switch anyway, riiight ?? The Design, Layout, and Accessories are all Top of the Line. It does carry a bit of a sticker price, but you do get what you pay for on this one....

Both of the 760T cases I did builds in are Excellent. Had the one minor flaw in the boys where the wire for the reset switch came loose. But they don't like the reset button blinking as an Activity light anyway, so I have decided the chances of trying to repair that and hook it onto the Main board are slim..

Only other Issue with the 760T is that the Bottom Intake Fan Mount for the 140mm is not Filtered.. So you either have to leave it closed off with the plastic bracket over it despite having all the Bays pulled out; Buy a filter from a 3rd party that is extremely expensive due to shipping cost. OR, make your own filter to drop underneath to enable to use of that 140mm Fan position next to the PSU.

For right now our Builds have it blocked off with a Drive Bay until funds, resources, and patience are all in order to tackle that hot mess Grin. Truly an oversight in what is otherwise a near perfect case. Had seen mention of this in reviews prior, but for some reason had let it slip my mind until having the Cases up on the work bench and staring at the Fan mount position in awe Grin..

Power Supply

EVGA 650W GS PSU is TOP NOTCH all the way, start to finish. This was the first time I had the honor of working with a Fully Modular Power Supply, and there will be NO looking back. Unless there is some major shift in what they are doing EVGA will continue to have my Business for Power Supplies in the Future, and likely other components when they fit well in the build. Not only Was this PSU a dream to install, with appealing cabling, it is Dead Silent. Can't ask for much more from a Power Supply in my Opinion. For the Price of this PSU it is a Must HAVE !!

Case Fan

Near Silent, Move a Lot of Air, Great Mounting, and Look Amazing.... If they had 4-pin PWM these Fans would easily have me looking for a 6 star rating !!

Case Fan

Near Silent, Move a Lot of Air, Great Mounting, and Look Amazing.... If they had 4-pin PWM these Fans would easily have me looking for a 6 star rating !!

Case Fan

LED placement could be better, as could mounting hardware, and accessories. Over all Good Fan but when put next to the Cougar it just isn't in the same league. So, I had to knock it down a star. Had I not had the Cougar Fans beside it at the same time setting the Bar so High then these Fans would have gotten a 5 start rating. But such is Life !! These fans are Good But the Cougar ones are Better.

Monitor

Switching the Source Input on this Monitor is a Menu Driven Mess compared to my Other Asus Monitor. Outside of that the Panel itself is very clean with a great picture. Just had to knock off a star for that because every time my boys want to toggle over to a Game console from the Computer Display it requires my assistance and it honestly should be a breeze..

Keyboard

If you are looking for a Good Keyboard and Mouse Combo, but can't spend a fortune... Here is a Very good Pick.. Boys and I both went with this setup for our builds and neither of us regret the choice. Mouse and Keyboard are both solid and responsive. And the LED lighting is strong enough to have its presence known but not overpowering and blinding.. Had to look up Documentation on turning on the LED lighting for the Keyboard in Mac OS X for the Boys and Linux for myself. So if anyone needs that let me know and I'll lend a hand ..

Comments Sorted by:

MooshroomForest 1 Build 3 points 27 months ago

Really nice looking build. Great work on the coloring with the fans. May I ask why you decided to go with 16gb of ram? Also, I have the same PSU, CPU, and keyboard. They all work great. Nice build.

sponix submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Choice of 16 GB of Ram in this build is just more because my youngest is beginning to express an interest in content creation such as recording and editing portions of his gaming sessions. The Games alone are unlike to use over 8 GB but recording on the fly adds overhead.

Thanks for your interest !!

MooshroomForest 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

No problem. I noticed a lack of appreciation for this build, and thought it was quite a nice one. Great job on cable management as well I am terrible at it.

sponix submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Did very little with the cables. This case just makes it fairly straight forward as to where things need to go. I do also watch countless builds on YouTube to know most of the common mistakes.

Two build logs I did got posted a bit rough at first, with only like one Picture snapped from a phone and very little to say. So the poor reception wasn't at all a surprise.

Still would Love to get better pictures posted of my Deadpool build. BUT, I'm operating with a broken arm right now..

Fun Times !!

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

OMG it's beutiful :D

Seventh-Column 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Should of waited for the GTX 1480 in 8 years.

sponix submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I know Right !

Aguy12 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Nice build. Also the pics are the same date as my birthday.

donsleeq -5 points 25 months ago

you could have bought a car for 80 and added the other hundred to get a better gpu (970) .. or even a faster and larger ssd.. but anyways