Description

Nothing ground breaking here, but pleased with how the build turned out. Looking to replace a 27-inch iMac with a Hackintosh capable of playing some recent games at decent frame rates.

Build went pretty smoothly. The water cooler was louder than expected, and had some trouble getting Corsair Link to see it, but after reinstalling Corsair Link (and uninstalling AI Suite) it recognised it and was able to set it to Quiet mode which helped enormously.

Q-Fan, AI Suite and Corsair Link all seem to offer similar options for controlling fans. I ended up connecting the pump fans to the mobo and controlling everything via Q-Fan in the BIOS. This gave a good, stable overclock and kept all fans running low most of the time. Strangely, despite telling Q-Fan to ignore the pump, AI Suite turned the pump off (along with all the fans) when switching to Silent mode -- yet another reason I forewent AI Suite and opted for the simpler, more reliably Q-Fan.

PSU and GFX don't spin up unless they're needed, pump runs quietly, and fans run at a low ~400rpm, so all-in-all a near silent system for basic daily tasks. It is still fairly quiet when gaming, and not noticeable over game audio.

I have yet to try Hackintosh but will reply with updates as and when I do.

It has been some years since I last built a machine and impressed with how far the scene has moved on since then. Custom sleeves, well designed cases and AIO coolers are the norm now and, along with this awesome site, make building a machine of this caliber simpler than ever!

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 5 points

That tiny cap on the speakers though..lol

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I like that too!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

:p

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Straub Fan?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It came on a drink. The other speaker has a bumblebee.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! Good cable management and very nice cables too.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Worth the extra I feel.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't imagine how much more power your new PC has compared to your iMac. Nice build, +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't wait to try OS X on it :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the black version of the case and I obsoletely love it!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about the black for this build but got the white instead!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

wish I had gotten the white. been using too many black cases lol, but Micro Center charged more for the White :(

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazon charge more for the white too. I think the both look great though :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

For the love of god change that daisy chain cable on the GPU.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the benefit of separate cables?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

So are all those parts said to be compatible with the Mac OS? I thought the RAM had to be ECC or something.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that I've read. I'll let you know how I get on.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Got OS X working last night. I haven't done extensive testing but it is installed.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the 980?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Run's great. Very silent and a good upgrade from the mobile Radeon in the iMac.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the build bro, looks like a mean machine!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thinking about removing the ROG Front Base due to terrible EMI interference via the audio ports -- quite shocking given the specific claims about better a audio experience and the "superior" cabling!

It can also only control 3 of the 4 fans I have too, and in the single instance I tried altering a fan speed it confused Qfan and I had trouble getting it all set up again.

The CPU speed is only shown in Windows, and I don't use any of the other buttons.

All-in-all, despite showing the CPU temperature on the front, I think it's a waste of money.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you unplug the audio cable and just use front port? or does this audio cable have to be plugged in?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I was wondering if you could send me a link to where you bought those sleeved cables?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Soz if I'm late to party but for much cheaper you could get your upgrades from newegg. Their prices are very low XD. BTW I am going for a very similar build exept it is going to be skylake and the new pascal gpus