Description

Used some older parts I had to put together a Hackintosh/Win8.1 build. This build is for some light gaming but mainly video editing and some experimenting with xcode.

I'll update more of the description later.

----05/14/15 Update----

Whoa, I didn't think I'd get this much feedback so quickly. Thanks to those who read the description and saw that this build is made up of older parts and used for some light gaming but mainly video editing! I never really paid too much attention to my colour scheme during this build since I was just trying to get all my old parts into the case without spending extra $$. I'm not a huge fan of the gold and blue combo either - maybe I'll look into colour coordinating things in v2 of this build but this works for me for now. I've updated the prices to better reflect what I paid to get this thing going.

CPU: I had this in another build and decided to move it over since this will be my main computer and all my video editing will be done on this machine going forward. I actually bought this from Canada Computers in Christmas 2014 for $369.99 but decided to leave that price off since it's likely a deal like that won't come along in awhile.

CPU Cooler: Yet another piece in an older build that I wanted to carry over because the performance is great for a closed loop AIO watercooling solution. Currently running 27°C idle and 49°C under load. I added a pair of SP120's for a push pull config which keeps everything cool and quiet.

Motherboard: This is from a computer I purchased pre-built from a store that will remain anonymous because I'm embarrassed that I even bought something from them. hint they closed all brick and mortar stores in Canada. Geez, I would've saved a bit of money if I just did my research a few years ago. Anyway, with a bit of reading I found that I could use this in my Hackintosh with very little tweaking.

Memory: That same pre-built computer came with 8GB of Kingston HyperX Blue and I purchased another 16GB kit to upgrade.

Storage: I had Win8.1 installed on one Samsung 840 EVO and loved the performance. Price dropped on the 840 series when the 850 came out so I decided to pick up another one and stick OSX Mavericks on it. The 1TB Seagate Barracuda was something I had laying around but it's getting really full and I'm debating on moving up to a 4TB...maybe in v2 of this build?

Video Card: Wow...this one got a lot of attention! First let me say that I did not pay $500 for this card...that would be ridiculous. This came with my old pre-built computer and I'm pretty sure it was around $260CDN when I bought it. I don't do a lot of gaming at the moment and this build is mainly used for video editing so an upgrade to my GPU wasn't necessary. I was actually pretty lucky because the GTX 760 is a very easy install with the Hackintosh (pretty much plug and play.)

Case: My favourite case by far! This is pretty much what started this build. I worked with a Mini ITX (250D) at one point and it was a fun challenge but I enjoyed making the Air 540 super clean by hiding all the cables. There's tons of room in this thing and makes the build very easy.

PSU: Came from another computer and kind of overkill at 850W but oh well haha!

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 10 points

Let's hope people read the description and don't post the bulls- of "OH THAT 760 IS SO BAD WITH AN i7 YOU SHOULD'VE GOTTEN insert i5 + whatever random GPU here"

Fantastic build BTW. Great pics and it's really clean.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks geogeodude. I've added a bit more to the description that should explain more.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 8 points

...$500 for a 760, tho???

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

$260CDN a couple years ago. I really should've updated pricing before posting haha.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

You're old parts are a lot nicer than the crap I have laying around.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Light gaming and light videoediting guys, light gaming and videoediting ...

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build and great pics! Looks like pics from a PC magazine.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated jones!

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

the color scheme.........

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm also planning on dual boot Hackintosh, waiting for another SSD.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked out your build out and looks like you've got it all ready to go! Any noticeable difference between the 840 and 850?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The 2 850s are great, the 840EVO doesn't work, I'm one of the unfortunate users with the algorithm bug , can't recommend any EVO SSDs as they all have the problem and the fix is only temporary. But there are no problems with the 850 pros.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it, thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually like the colors.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Zelda, it's not really what I was going for but I appreciate the comment!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

such build but much random

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

V2 support comment :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for some actual function over form up in here +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

burtifull my friend just... burtifull

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I freaking love those cases. Great job at the pictures, they look crisp and clear!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and clean

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it man!! GJ!! I personally would have gone with a 960 tho and the black version of the ram.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll upgrade the GPU to a 970 if I start gaming some more and I agree, the black version of the RAM would've looked pretty slick.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

good build but i hope you change the GPU eventually....

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not really planning on changing the GPU since I don't game too much and it suits my needs but I've noticed the price dropping on the 980 which can get tempting!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the 760 and all, but I bought mine a year ago for $250..please tell me it's a little old. But other than the price of the 760, I love it!! Looks great IMHO. Will kill everything in video editing.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Many thanks, the 760 is a couple years old and I purchased it around $260CDN at the time.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh, that makes sense.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The stock case doesn't come with fans that have LED's right? Since I see you bought 3 120 mm fans, but I see 5 in the picture with LED fans.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I am 98.459% sure that the stocks do not have LEDs. Or 42% sure, depending on what books you like to read.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

My Air 540 came with 2 AF140's, I put the 3 AF120's in front and used 1 AF140 for the rear.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I would've loved this even more if the all of the components were black and white, just like my clonetrooper was! Anyway +1 amd congrats on your build and btw that case is so Seeeexxxxxyyyy!!

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build and wallpaper! The black and white components may be coming in v2!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

"It's them! Blast them!"

How's the Air case? I was hoping to put one of my systems into a smaller case ;)

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

The case is very fun and easy to work with, it feels like you're cheating with the ease of cable management. Your Praetor build would look REALLY good in the black Air 540.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a old, well not a old SSD 500GB. I installed it Anyway, I love the system. The color scheme is a bit strange but it looks great anyway.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

oh snap, you have that push pull fan config for the cooler. how's that working out? thinking about doing that w/ mine but i'd have to use the stock fans which i think suck. About the whole gpu & cpu combo, ppl are silly (putting it nicely). nice build.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That yellowish colour motherboard isn't very nice with blue ram. Love the build. I am going to be buying that case so how many fans do i need to go with my H80i.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I was wondering if the sound was working with Mac OS X when you completed your build. I know some motherboards have certain restrictions with Mac OS X and was wondering if there were any problems. Thanks ahead of time. Cool build by the way. I am considering this for my first build as I need a hackintosh that can dual boot Windows 8.1 also.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

I had some issues with audio on first boot but modified some kext files to get everything running smoothly. I'd actually recommend using a Gigabyte board over Asus if you're planning on building a hackintosh. My first hackintosh was with a Gigabyte Z87N (mini ITX) and it could not have been easier...everything was plug and play. Send me a PM if you're stuck on choosing a part or if you need help with the install.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay I see. I'm planning on using a Micro Atx Gigabyte mother board with the smaller version of the case, Corsair 240. I'm going to start buying the parts soon and then start the installation. I'm hoping all goes well. I will keep you posted. Thanks for the help, your build is probably one of the better looking hackintosh ones.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, do you know if 5th generation i7 processors with a Gigabyte motherboard will work with Mac OS X?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't seen any myself but here's a link of another Hackintosh I helped my brother build.

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/XgKZxr

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Also what bluetooth and wifi adapters did you use that were compatible with Mac OS X?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

So how does the dual boot work? When you boot up will it give you an option? Is there a guide you used for this?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

There would be an option that let's you choose between Windows and OSx.

I used guides from tonymacx86.com.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had any problems with this build? In terms of compatibilty for hackintosh. I'm 3/4ths the way in purchasing my stuff but not sure if everything is supported. My build http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rd4r8d

  • 55 months ago
  • 0 points

Ug ... (ly). Way to ruin that case.

  • 55 months ago
  • -2 points

I'm sorry, but the colors are... D:

  • 55 months ago
  • 0 points

I think white or yellow/gold ram would atleast be more pleasing

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Adata XPG would be amazing in this.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Although it is made of old parts, so...

  • 55 months ago
  • -3 points

I hope you got that 760 a year ago cause $483 is insane for that card, 970s cost less, and $20-30 more would get you a 980.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

that is an outdated price its around 260$ for the card

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm guessing this wasn't recently bought. I see a Z87 and 840 (not 850) EVO. So, I'm assuming this was bought last year.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a bit wider than other cases since it has a dual chamber design but it's a fair trade off to make your build look clean. I had a CM enforcer which was measured to 9" wide while the 540 measures to 13" wide.

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