Description

Hello all!

What you see here is a dual boot Hackintosh meant for 4K, 10 Bit, 60FPS and 400Mbps bitrate on FCPX/Premiere video editing machine. I used a 2014 Mac Mini (2.8 Ghz version) as my first FCPX editing machine, however, it was very limited to 4K editing. But for 1080P it was just fine. And there is my 2015 MacBook Pro 13inch which has the same problems. So I sold the Mac Mini did my research on Hackintoshes, thanks to /r/hackintosh and tonymacx86.com. I'll divide the rest of this post in a few parts: Choice of parts, the process of assembly, benchmarks, future upgrades and my thoughts in general.

Choice of Parts:

Intel i7 8700K:

Ho lee *** what is hard to get hold of the 8700k, sold out everywhere. Some rumors are that Intel told retailers to sell a few at a time and increase the price by $10 everytime it runs out of stock. Luckily, when I woke up at 6 am to get ready for school, I saw an ad for the 8700k in stock at Fry's while I was checking the news on my phone lol. I was super lucky that Fry's had a couple and they paid tax!! The initial plans were to follow one of tonymacx86 build guides to ensure an easy and painless process of installing MacOS. But in early October Coffee Lake was announced and watching the LinusTechTips' video on the lineup it was apparent that the 6 cores and 12 threads were really good for workstations. I was sold.

CRYRORIG H7:

Great value and great CPU cooler for overclocking. Does a fantastic job of cooling @ 4.2Ghz (Idle). Bought an extra fan for a push-pull configuration.

RX 480 8GB Reference (VisionTek) :

I had this from my old build. Got it for $160 before those Ethereum mining mofos inflated the price. AMD cards are currently the best GPUs for MacOS since Apple is adopting them for their products and drivers are native/easy to install. Even more luck, the reference RX 480 8GB version is currently the best GPU for FCPX as of writing this. (11/3/2017)

MSI Z370 PC PRO:

Not gonna lie, I only bought this board because a Redditor used this board before me and it worked for him. He even gave me his EPI folder for even easier installation of MacOS. Link to his post.

G.Skill Ripjaws V Series (2x 8GB):

**** RAM prices. That is all.

Samsung 850 Evo 500GB:

Only the best. Runs the MacOS only and is the scratch disk for FCPX. I have a Kingston V300 240GB from the old build for the Windows 10 boot.

FD Define R5:

Silence, Silence, Silence. Great build quality, quiet and I don't really care about the RGB, Tempered Glass cases.

Note that the rest of the parts are from an old build, like the 4 HDDs (2x 2TB, 1x 1TB, 1x 500GB). And the Cooler Master G750M for my PSU.

Process of Assembly

The actual process of building the PC was smooth sailing. Nothing DOA. CPU cooler was kinda a pain in the *** but nothing a beginner couldn't do. I'm kinda drawing a blank right now. I might add more later.

Benchmarks

I am by no means an expert of benchmarks. I used GeekBench because it was easier to compare existing Macs and my Hackintosh. Obviously, these benchmarks are for Multi-Core processes to represent video editing and heavy workloads. The upcoming iMac Pro will probably destroy this machine in performance, but DEFINITELY NOT in value!

MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina Early 2015 Intel Core i5-5287U @ 2.9 GHz (^2 cores)

- 6998

Mac Pro (Late 2013) Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 @ 2.7 GHz (^12 cores)

- 25574

My Hackintosh (@ 4.2Ghz):

- 28119

Future Upgrades

I'm thinking about upgrading to the Vega 64, depends if it runs reliably and lowers in price. Samsung 850 Evo NVME SSD 1TB as a standalone scratch disk. Better case cooling, probably some Noctuas. More HDDs WD Reds or Golds with min. of 4TB.

Closing Thoughts

I love this machine! Editing the massive files is like a hot knife through butter. It's amazing! Gaming on the Win10 is great too, nothing insane but still great performance. I'd definitely recommend building a Hackintosh for those who like MacOS or use FCPX and/or Logic. The performance to value ratio is insane! It is honestly not that hard to do. Though some computer knowledge is required. I had no real projects from clients yet, but I did some test shots on my GH5 and it is performing nicely.

Feel free to ask me anything!! High Res Pictures

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Huzzah for Mac OS X on an 8700K!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

looks really good

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Super nice. Add that 480 in your list.

Thumbs up

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

what about the 580 or a vega card?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely awesone part choice.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That was fast. Are you using APFS with High Sierra or HFS+? I heard APFS had to have a revision to ensure reliability. I assume Coffee Lake only works with High Sierra, and you likely can't get a Sierra installer anymore.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean! +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds great!

I'm looking at building my first, want it for both video and photo editing - adobe software

Not gonna lie- probably going to use your build as my go to, but if you had any advice about any different graphics cards or setup I should be going for then I'd appreciate it - V beginner, just looking stuff up online as I go tbh.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're not going for a Hackintosh then get the GTX 1070, great value card for renders.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to go for that one for a Hackintosh - I was under the impression it worked fine? According to Tonymac.com anyway. Hmm maybe I need to do more research. Thanks for replying!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

1070 works fine for a Hackintosh. I just finished building one and the nVidia web drivers work perfectly for me!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build & great write up, am feeling more inspired now to build my Hackintosh:) I have an 8 core 2010 MAC Pro and an aging gaming PC & this seems a perfect combo, but am concerned it will be reliable & quiet, built many pc’s but my work is on Macs using Logic.

I was concerned how it my work with Logics multi core support But the GeekBench score looks amazing! now I’m really inspired!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there!

I'm just building a very similar hakintosh, for video editing too. Could you tell is there anything that does not work? What about audio, ports, drivers and so on? How does your cooling system perform? I'm about to choose the GTX 1070, could you comment it please?

Thank you for such a great build!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks great. Any recommendations on parts if I plan to use mine for design? I'm sure if its like cutting butter for video editing, then running huge design files in adobe should be smooth too? My poor old iMac isn't cutting it anymore and I for sure can't afford that new iMac Pro haha.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man, would this pc be hackintosh compatible? Someone in the Tony Mac x website must not like me as my posts and comments never go through....

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $150.00
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler Purchased For $28.00
Motherboard Gigabyte - GA-Z270XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Purchased For $105.00
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory Purchased For $130.00
Storage Samsung - 850 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive Purchased For $170.00
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda Pro 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $120.00
Case Fractal Design - Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $50.00
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $79.99
Optical Drive Asus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $18.00
Case Fan Scythe - SY1225DB12L 40.2 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $11.00
Monitor Lenovo - L24q 23.8" 2560x1440 60Hz Monitor Purchased For $160.00
Keyboard Microsoft - Desktop 850 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse Purchased For $35.00
Other SanDisk Ultra 128GB Dual Drive USB Type-C (SDDDC2-128G-G46) Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $0.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-02-06 05:05 AEDT+1100
  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks compatible! Also you may want to upgrade to Coffee Lake, the newer i5/i7 CPUs have 6 cores. It’s your choice though.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, can you tell me how the dual boot works? Like is it that you hit delete and choose windows/mac? I am intending to do a dual boot on two different drives.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

HoLeE ShEaT

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'll be building a hackingtosh workstation for my wife next year and the 8700 (or K edition) looks great ATM (subject to change with new CPU's by then). Also it's reassuring to see Radeon in a hackingtosh. I'll be referencing your build in the future! +1!

  • 24 months ago
  • 0 points

nice build but i heard that video editing software works better with nvidia gpu s

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

No, that's actually not true. They used to be, a couple of years ago.

  • 24 months ago
  • -1 points

Don't get the Vega 64, it's just a slightly OCd Vega 56.

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