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This was my third PC build and the toughest of them all. The Legacy U2-S case is beautiful but extremely hard to build in, especially if you have a large heatsink.

Dual booting OSX Yosemite and Windows 10 and everything runs smooth, no issues with heat whatsoever even during long gaming sessions. Best of all, with only 2 Noctua fans using the ULNA's, this thing is super quiet, can barely hear it even on full load.

Case: Rosewill Legacy U2-S Silver/Aluminum ITX Case Fan: Noctua NF-S12A Motherboard: Gigabyte H97N-WIFI CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II with Noctua NF-F12 Fan Memory: Adata XPG 16GB DDR3 1600mhz HDD: Samsung 840 Evo 120GB SSD, Samsung 840 Pro SSD 128GB, WD Green 1TB Graphics: Zotac GTX 970 4GB Power Supply: CoolerMaster V550 80 Plus Gold Semi-Modular (550W) Monitor: Acer S277HK 27" 4K IPS (recent upgrade) Dimensions: 12.56" x 8.19" x 9.17" (H x W x D)

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  • 58 months ago
  • 7 points

nice dual boot system

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm thinking of a hackintosh myself! Are you using Bootcamp in the OS X environment? That seems a lot easier to deal with than installing it on another drive or whatever.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I like to keep them separate because if you break anything in your hackintosh you risk losing windows as well. I think there's a way to get it working if you really wanted to go that route but you'd have to use Clover bootloader and do a bunch of additional hacking.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh rad, I figured that nice looking Yosemite / Windows 10 screenshot was Bootcamp. My plan was to just build a Gaming PC and then try a hackintosh on a separate drive but I wasn't sure if I'd have to restart and head to the BIOS or whatever everytime I wanted to switch my OS. Having like a 'gateway' you boot up to everytime and choose from would be nice but I would imagine that's difficult given the nature of Hackintoshes. Thanks for the help dude! Also fantastic looking build, Excelsior!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

You have to restart to go to Windows but as long as you have your OSX drive/bootloader set as the startup disk in bios Windows should automatically show up as a legacy option. Then it's just a matter of editing your boot.plist and theme :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

looks good... i'm planning a similar build with the umx1 case. You really stuffed a lot into that case though!

I think a case like this calls for a 4790s 65w, and the Nh-li9 cooler which is MUCH smaller.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, if I want to remove a harddrive or basically change anything out except the graphics card I have to disassemble the whole system lol.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. Thinking of building in that case in the future!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a very nice case, just a pain to build in haha.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

wow epic build. I'm also planning to do a mini pc build in the bitfenix pandora, so do you have any suggestions to get me ready to build in a small work space? +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Only suggestion is to plan out the order you're gonna install the parts in ahead of time, otherwise you may have to disassemble three times like I did and do it all over ;)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks! hope you have fun with your pc :D

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! I love the case, was going to build in the same one but ended up going with Fractal Node 304 because the store didn't have Rosewill :(

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Rosewill actually belongs to Newegg, which is why you don't see their products anywhere else.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, this case is actually made by a Chinese company Jonsbo, you can find the exact same case under that name on Ebay or Amazon for $80-$100 or so, it's not actually a Rosewill design.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/COOLTEK-Jonsbo-U2-silver-Case-per-PC-/131494464629?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_101&hash=item1e9dae4c75

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy fudgesicles. Nice job!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

i don't know why, but that case goes very well with mac. not sure why though. great build and +1 from me!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

it's pretty Apple-esque, except on the inside :D

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

That's almost the exact build I'm trying to convince my parents to let me build them (They're on a 2009 iMac right now). How's the Hackintosh experience on that motherboard?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Everything runs native, it's great. There's minor issues with power management (the cpu seems to only have a limited number of C-States), but not a big deal. Sleep/wake/reboot all work as well though it takes about 20 seconds or so to initialize sleep/reboot.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in the same boat! My dad even got the GPU replaced at the apple store ($236 total)..

I'm trying to convince him to sell it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh. I'll probably just use it as a Folding@Home Machine, with the Intel Core 2 Duo...

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a beautiful monitor. I wish it wasn't that expensive or I would pick up 3.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It is, I got it for $699 CAD from Newegg, not bad for 4K IPS

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that's a sexy monitor

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Now buy the most expensive Mac just for the stickers

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Strangely enough I have a couple of those and briefly considered putting one on the case, but it seemed lame haha

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build !!

Keep up with the Hackintosh Scene myself..

One of the main reasons I was considering a Z97 system over X99 is at the moment it is a lot more Hackintosh friendly..

Normally I run my box 24x7 for Months on end without restarts though due to a ton of background server processes that I dislike having any downtime.

So, I am more likely to just go X99 and use a VirtualBox VM for any Mac OS X needs.. Just wish you could get Near Native Graphics with the VM Solution !!

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sponix/saved/BZW7YJ http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sponix/saved/r97gXL

Those are my current Draft X99 vs Z97 parts lists if you want to check them out....

Anyway, Many thanks for taking the time to Document your Build

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I'm running Mavericks on a VM in Windows just in case I break the hackintosh or my backup I have a means to fix it haha

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow this thing is awesome, love the case!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

love this case

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Heyyyy i saw this on kijiji nova scotia represeeenntt (i think it is the same build)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

very jealous, i cant seem to install mac os on my other ssd. tried a million ways and i just cant get it

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It can be tough depending what hardware you have, there's a lot of good guides out there though

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

yes there are, but none worked for what i have (which is similar to yours)

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/z7gLrH

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Could be the MSI board but I'm pretty sure all 1150 boards are compatible this time around. Were you able to boot to the usb drive?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, and i got to the loading screen http://img.wonderhowto.com/img/70/28/63551471628845/0/get-dark-mode-boot-screen-your-pre-2011-mac-running-yosemite.w654.jpg and it wouldnt go past this. it usually stops at about 15%, one time the progress made it to about 75% then it stopped, tried the exact same settings again and it didnt make it that far ever again. not sure what the issue is

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

More than likely your graphics. Maxwell isn't natively supported in Yosemite so you would need to remove your gpu temporarily to boot and use the onboard. Once booted, install Nvidia Web drivers and then reboot with flag nvda_drv=1. You also need to use bootflag kext-dev-mode=1. Cheers.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. how did you get the Rosewill tower to show up in the "About this Mac" menu?

also, nice monitor. any text scaling to get it look right with the 4k monitor? and how's the durability of it seem. i feel like it would have a tendency to sag over time since the stand is offset from the middle.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I made a png and replaced the default image in system preferences. The monitor is great, can't speak to its longevity though cause I've only had it for 2 weeks. Text scaling on the Mac side is really good, and Windows isn't bad either.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Any way you could explain how to do your dual boot setup ?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a ton of guides online. I've been hackintoshing for a few years so I couldn't really explain it all on here and it's unique to your hardware anyway.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Two questions for you. First, how is that case shown in the about my mac menu? Second, wht do you have a Zotac GTX 970 listed and an EVGA GTX 650 in that case?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I built the computer on Dec 5th 2014 (as listed on here) and originally had a gtx 650 in it but swapped it out for a GTX 970 in January. The first photo was from when I built it, but I've updated it.

http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-help/79536-mod-about-mac.html

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

$600 on a monitor? (°_°)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

For a 4K IPS monitor that's pretty cheap, and I use my computer for professional purposes (Graphic Design).

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok then... :s

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Im also a graphic designer, battling with getting a nice compact ITX build going just like this (or the U3 case), but I keep getting hung up on the 16gb limit to the ram....curious how you feel about that?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Good ******* job, I love it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I'm wondering if you use any dust filter?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a relly nice build! +1 Hows the dual boot working for you? I guess Windows is for som gaming!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you understand that PC means "personal computer" and not a computer with Windows. Thank you ;-;

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build, can you try to take a picture of it with the blue power button off, or where the blue led is not on, and just show to front of the case without exposing much of the top, and also maybe use a higher resolution camera, i want to put it into photoshop and put the black apple logo on it and tell my dad and a couple of my friends that apple released a new mac pro, also once i do it i will send it to you

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You could just find a pic of the case online haha, I don't have a higher resolution camera, just a 6 plus.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Meh, not much. The interface is a lot more unified now and you have the option for multiple desktops. It's basically what Windows 8 should have been to begin with.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Disappointing! Windows is going out of business with all of Apple's upgrades on Yosemite.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Time will tell for sure, I definitely prefer Yosemite though

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, Yosemite and Windows 10 Tech Preview

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I wouldn't recommend installing it as your main OS though unless you're willing to put up with bugs and whatnot. It's been out since October I believe.

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