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    My first build report - MVG Hackintosh

    Hello all. I promised to post this once I was done, and I am, so here you go!

    I finished my first build ever, an mATX Hackintosh based on the Maximus V Gene. The details are far too long and complicated to copy-paste here, but I'll give you a summary of the major components and link you to my more thorough build report at tonymacx86.com:

    CLICK HERE for Tonymacx86 thread, including full build list and hackintosh instructions

    EDIT: At HiVizMan's recommendation, I have copied the whole write-up over here.

    Thanks for your help guys! Cheers, —G
    Last edited by Gabedamien; 09-26-2012 at 03:04 PM.

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    PS - mods, maybe you should move this to the "Case Modding & PC Build Pics" forum? I missed that on my first look, it probably belongs there. Thanks! —G

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    No stress buddy I think it is in the right place. I saw your thread over at Tonymac and was hoping you would post all that detail here too, not just a link to tony's.

    Think about it and post up the entire write up here.
    To help us help you - please provide as much information about your system and the problem as possible.

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    OK I hear you HiVizMan, your wish is my command. Posted in two parts because it's too long otherwise!
    UPDATE: TonyMac mods chose my build for their "Golden Build" list! WOOT!

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    Gabedamien's first build: Maximus V Gene - Core i7 3770K - 16GB RAM - GTX 670 - FT03 Titanium - OS X 10.8.2 ML
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    Components

    Apple OS X Mountain Lion @ Mac Apps Store
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/os-x-...37386512?mt=12

    Primary Internals

    Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge quad core / eight thread CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

    Thermalright Venomous-X Black CPU Heatsink Cooler Nickeled Black 1366/1156/1155/775 AM2/AM2+/AM3/FM1
    http://www.a-power.com/product-17922

    ASUS Maximus V Gene mATX Z77 socket 1155 Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX650 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPSV12 v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

    CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz model CML16GX3M2A1600C10
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

    ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

    Atheros AR5BHB92 300MB/s half-size mPCIe wifi card
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/350553868136...84.m1497.l2649

    Two 2dBi dual band RP-SMA antennas with u.fl cables
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/140731892954...84.m1497.l2649

    Internal, Optical, and Removable Drives + Related

    SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-240G-G25 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

    Crucial M4 128GB mSATA SSD model CT128M4SSD3
    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-128GB-.../dp/B0085J17KA

    Two x Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EZRX 1TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

    Sony Optiarc AD-7800H-01 Black SATA 8X Slim DVDRW Slot Load Bare
    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Optiarc-A.../dp/B008Z1MR8O

    AKASA 40cm SATA cable for slimline opticals drives - AK-CB050-40
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/ak40sacafors.html

    ADATA 16GB USB 3.0 Thumb Drive model AS102P-16G-RGY
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211572

    Case and Related Components

    SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT03T Aluminum / Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case, Titanium Color
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...one%20titanium

    1 x Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe M12-PS 120mmx25mm Super Ultra Silent PWM Fan - 600-1500 RPM - 7-23 dBA
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12..._7-23_dBA.html

    1 x Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe M8-P 80mm x 25mm Ultra Silent PWM Fan - 500-2000 RPM - 1-17 dBA
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12..._1-17_dBA.html

    3 x Noiseblocker NB-eLoop B12-PS 120mmx25mm Ultra Silent Bionic Blade PWM Fan - 400 - 1500 RPM
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16...ming_Soon.html

    White & red pre-tailed 5mm replacement LEDs for power / activity lights
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=21660
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=1845

    AcoustiPack ULTIMATE Soundproofing Foam model APU
    http://www.quietpcusa.com/AcoustiPac...-Kit-P439.aspx

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    User Interface

    Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black IPS Panel 24" 8ms Pivot, Swivel & Height Adjustable LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

    Logitech HD Portable 1080p Webcam C615 with Autofocus (960-000733)
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004YW7WCY

    Already Owned - Logitech MX Revolution Black 7 Buttons 2 x Wheels RF Wireless Laser Mouse
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104015

    Already Owned - Logitech K750 Black USB RF Wireless Slim solar-powered Keyboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-pla-_-NA-_-NA



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    Build Comments
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    This was my first build of any kind. My goals were fivefold:
    • Nearly-native OS X
    • Powerful
    • Quiet
    • Small footprint
    • Unique aesthetics

    The Silverstone FT03 Titanium helped with the last two points. This is a "love it or hate it" case; obviously I like it despite its various foibles and quirks. The color and finish of the aluminum side panels are great, but the plastic pieces are slightly less awesome, and the dust filter is a bit of joke (weak magnets, too flexible, doesn't quite cover perfectly). mATX is a bit cramped; I was very close to choosing a Silverstone PSU for the short cable kit, but expenses and a desire for ultimate silence made me choose the Corsair AX650 instead (fan doesn't turn on until high load). As it is, if I could go back in time and change one thing, it would be to reverse that decision and go with the short cables; I'm sure the Silverstone Gold Evo PSU is more than quiet enough and the case got VERY cramped with full-length cables.

    Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770K OC'd to 4.2 GHz, 16GB 1600 RAM, and a GTX 670 2GB all attached to the very nice ASUS Maximus V Gene mobo give all the power I need and then some. Running on a 240 GB primary SSD and a 128 GB secondary SSD (on a 3 GB/s mSATA slot) gives tons of speed, with two 1.0 TB HDDs for backup / content (plus a hot swap bay for expandability). Cooler is the limited ed. Venomous X Black, which gives me idle temps of ~31°C (∆T ~10°C) and load at ~70°C (∆T ~50°C).

    For quiet, I attacked the problem on several fronts:
    • SSDs are obviously silent
    • Two Western Digital WD10EZRX HDDs are the quietest 3.5" HDD model I could find (the low running temp was nice too); even quieter than other WD "green" drive models, in fact.
    • The Corsair AX650 PSU's fan doesn't even turn on until high load
    • All Noiseblocker PWM fans (more on this in a bit)
    • The ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II is the quietest manufacturer's version of this card. It was possible that some aftermarket VGA coolers could have been quieter, but this one is already more than quiet enough for my purposes.
    • Acoustic damping foam for inside panels


    The end noise result is quite satisfactory, but there is an issue with the PWM fans. I chose PWM because the Max V Gene mobo is *SUPPOSED* to be able to dial PWM fans down as much as you want, but due to a known bug/oversight I discovered too late, it is artificially limited to 60% min "duty cycle" (on the NB fans this translates to about 850 RPM). 850 RPM is very quiet, but not silent by any means. Still, from 1m I barely notice the sound of the exhaust fan. I am hoping that a BIOS revision by ASUS will fix this problem. This problem doesn't exist on Windows thanks to ASUS Fan Xpert 2 software, but I'm not (yet) running Windows; I need BIOS control.

    To save on a PCI slot and take advantage of the MVG's unique mPCIe combo card, I went with a Wifi chip and eBay antennas that connect through the mobo's IO plate. It turns out that U.fl connections are INCREDIBLY ANNOYING. Plus the soft padded IO plate means that the antennas are slightly loose. It was cool getting it set up this way and I saved $20 over the TDLink, but I'd recommend anyone else simply get that Wifi card, it'd be faster / easier / more secure to install.

    The FT03 uses a slimline DVD drive slot. Slim slot Blu Ray drives are rare and expensive, and BR isn't great on OS X anyway, so I went with the (still hard to find and expensive) Sony AD-7800H-01 drive with Akasa 40cm slimline SATA / power adapter cable. This integrated adapter+cable is much better for cramped builds than the StarTech adapter, which simply provides passthrough, but it requires a Molex connection to the PSU (not SATA). That worked for me because I was already connecting Molex power to some other components.

    I replaced the stock (blue) FT03 indicator lights with white and red, to match my build. I kind of had to break the LED clips inside the top panel to do this. Oh well, aesthetics are important enough to me.

    For a monitor, I wanted IPS, good calibration results, a USB hub, full range of height/swivel/tilt, etc., and to be at least the same as my MBP's 1920 x 1200 res. I originally toyed with a Korean / Nixeus / Auria / Overlord 2560 x 1440, but in the end I decided to stick with the Dell U2412M 1920 x 1200 for now and get a Dell U2713HM next year.

    I already owned the Logitech K750 wireless solar keyboard for mac, which I can definitely recommend, and the Logitech Revolution MX, which is pretty good although I liked my old MX518 better (this one is a bit heavy, buttons are less convenient). Sticking with the Revo though because it uses the same wireless receiver as the keyboard.



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    Getting it Up and Running OS X 10.8
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    In getting this ready, I was indebted primarily to the pioneering efforts of Samisnake and KoalaMan. The thread on the Maximus V Gene was also a tremendous help. Many thanks to those contributors and others who helped me and provided valuable information along the way. :clap:

    Here is the short version:

    1. Download OS X 10.8 from the App Store.
    2. Format a USB key as FAT32 and download Unibeast. Run Unibeast to create an installation USB drive.
    3. Flash ASUS Maximus V Gene BIOS using Samisnake's patched 1204 BIOS: [url]http://bios4asus.blogspot.com[/url (use the USB flashback feature, hold down the ROG button for a while until it blinks, then wait until it stops blinking).
    4. Do basic BIOS config. I don't recall anything being necessary to change to get it working, but I eventually did an OC of 4.2 GHz.
    5. Boot into OS X and run Multibeast 5.0.2 (see settings below). Key settings include FakeSMC, Realtek 898, Chimera.
    6. Place attached DSDT in /Extra/ folder (for USB 3.0) - thanks to Eros74 and KoalaMan. (attached)
    7. Replace System/Library/Frameworks/DVDPlayback.framework to enable DVDs to play. Thanks to Marioesantana. (attached)
    8. Download Kext Wizard and use it to rebuild cache and permissions (my MB always fails for some reason, but this step seems to allow it to boot properly). This may not be necessary for you if your MB works correctly.
    9. Special note: because my MB always fails, I also needed to manually place org.chameleon.Boot.plist in my /Extra/ folder. Thanks again to Samisnake. Mine is attached, if you have the same problem.




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    MultiBeast 5.0.2 Configuration for Mountain Lion 10.8.2
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    NOTE: After running MB, my computer *always* says "failed to install." However, it places kexts correctly, so after running MB, I always run Kext Wizard and rebuild permissions and cache.

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    Benchmarks and System Info
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    What Works and What Doesn't + Edit Log
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    Okay, almost done with this epic post!

    Completely functional audio. :headbang:

    On 10.8.1, sleep/wake worked perfectly. Since updating to 10.8.2, and fooling about with HWSensors and USB 3 kexts, I somehow broke wake; the system seems to wake, but the display almost never comes back. Oops! :roll:

    Generating multiple p-states as expected; I've seen 16, 18, 20 I think, something more in between, and 42.

    Graphics are totally native. OpenCL works with no additional effort. GraphicsEnabler = No.

    USB 3.0 ports cannot read USB 2.0 and vice-versa.

    I couldn't get GPU temps originally, so I messed with Kozlek's HWSensors build. That gave me iStat GPU temps, but it broke my HWMonitor completely except for HDD labels (not even temps), which means I can no longer view my multiplier. :thumbdown:

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    Impressive system. Get some kind of sound-intensity measurement app for your smart-device and figure out what the noise output of the computer is...measure ambient sound with computer on and off and report them both.
    I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=16
    We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee!
    LINUX Users, we have a group!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zygomorphic View Post
    Impressive system. Get some kind of sound-intensity measurement app for your smart-device and figure out what the noise output of the computer is...measure ambient sound with computer on and off and report them both.
    OK...

    My iPhone's built-in mic surely cannot be an accurate sound level meter, so I didn't go too crazy on this test. I tried to isolate my room as much as possible from the ambient outdoor noise of crickets chirping by shutting all the blinds and curtains and baffling the test area with a thick blanket. I used the free "Decibel 10th" app to take a few readings. Also note that these results are presumably in dB, not dBa which would be a more appropriate frequency weighting for our purposes. Nevertheless, here are my results, which I personally believe are almost worthless (my training as a scientist makes me hesitate to even post this):

    Idle testing (fans at 800±50 RPM, idle temp 31°C in a ~22°C room; could not lower fan RPMs due to BIOS limits)
    OFF: 38 dB "Average Quiet Whisper" (per app's built-in description)
    IDLE at 3 meters to exhaust fan: 38 dB
    IDLE at 1 meter: 41 dB "Average Quiet Home"
    IDLE at 70 cm: 43 dB
    IDLE at 10 cm: 49 dB "Average Quiet Home/Street" (flickering as it bordered on 50dB)

    Load testing (Prime95 to 68°C steady CPU core temp, ~1200 RPM fans {I have no reason to ramp them up further as they control the temps quite well at this RPM})
    OFF: still 38 dB "Average Quiet Whisper"
    LOAD at 3m: 39 dB
    LOAD at 1m: 46 dB "Average Quiet Home"
    LOAD at 70 cm: 48 dB
    LOAD at 10 cm: 55 dB "Average Quiet Street"

    There you go, take it as you will. If I ever get a proper SPL meter, I might take the computer to the basement, do some basic isolation, and construct a more accurate test. Cheers, —G

    PS—If anyone else wants to post their results using the same app, on an iPhone 4S, at least then we'd get some relative values? Bah, one day I'll do a REAL test.
    Last edited by Gabedamien; 09-27-2012 at 02:21 AM.

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    What a really impressive thread, i'm hoping this will help me as my machine is going to run MAC OS 10.8.
    I've managed to pick up a Maximus IV Extreme-Z for very cheap? will this board work do you know?

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    Graphics Card #3Radeon 5850 HD
    MonitorASUS VZ27AQ
    Storage #1Samsun EVO 850 Pro
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    Wow.. Hey Gabe, you just got repped.. Thanks a lot for the post.. I was trying this for quite some time with no success.. Now, I am going to try this out and, will post back in case I am stuck..
    CPU: Intel i5 3570k OC'd to 4.6GHz @1.170V; Mobo: MVG; GPU: Zotac 1070 mini OC'd to +210MHz/+205MHz; Memory: 8GB (2X4GB dual channel) Corsair Vengeance 1333Mhz 9-10-9-T2; SSD: Samsung 840 pro; HDD: 1TB WD Green 6Gbps; PSU: Corsair GS 600w; Case: Bitfenix Merc Alpha:Hybrid Octane in progress; Cooler: Corsair H80 closed loop cooling @ high profile;

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    @Gabedamien, the issue is relative magnitude. I know that those sound-measurement devices are almost worthless, but assuming that the microphone isn't bad, we get some idea. That's not at out of line, in fact, that's pretty quiet. What's your scientific background?
    I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=16
    We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee!
    LINUX Users, we have a group!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23

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