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.
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.
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)
Mac Pro (Late 2013) Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 @ 2.7 GHz (^12 cores)
My Hackintosh (@ 4.2Ghz):
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.
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