2018 Hack Pro hackintosh rebuild beginning

8 years, a marriage, and 2 kids later, I figure it’s time to rebuild the dusty old hackintosh (and update the blog!). I really only actively used it for a couple years. It’s collected dust in my office, donated to my wife’s workplace, came back into my possession — and sat in my garage. Now it’s time to resurrect it!

Going into the new build:

  • i7-6700 skylake cpu
  • GIGABYTE GA-Z170-HD3P
  • 24GB (2x8gb + 2x4gb) ddr4 ram
  • 960gb windows ssd (preserve existing win10 install)
  • 500gb hack ssd
  • 1TB storage drive for time machine
  • Cooler master CM690 case
  • Rosewill 1000w power supply

I’ve learned a lot about repairing/building pcs (cable management!), and the hackintosh community since my first build. Although I honestly haven’t done a full personal build since 2011.

The parts (part) cost me a grand total of $60 on ebay since I had everything but the motherboard either lying around or donated/salvaged.

The most costly/important component, the i7-6700 was removed from a flakey, refurbished Dell precision that I had been tasked to repair. I could not properly diagnose the problem so it was donated to me. In my testing, I could say it’s either the cpu or motherboard. Memtest86 RAM test passed after hours & hours of testing. Prime95 was used to stress the cpu to the max – no problems.

So I assume it’s something on the motherboard, although I can’t conclusively say it’s *not* the cpu going into the new build. I guess I’ll have to wait & find out.

Anyway, here are some teaser pics:

Stay tuned for progress!

 

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