Core i7-6700 – GA-Z170-HD3P – 24GB RAM – Quadro k420
Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3P Motherboard
Intel i7-6700 Processor
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
RAM: Crucial 2x8GB ddr4
RAM: Crucial 2x4GB ddr4
NVIDIA Quadro K420 Graphics Card
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB SATA III SSD
Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD (for time machine)
ICY DOCK Dual 2.5 SSD 1 x 3.5 HDD Device Bay to 5.25 Drive Bay Converter/Mounting / Kit/Adapter – Flex-FIT Trio
Rosewill – BRONZE Series – 1000-Watt Active PFC Power Supply
Coolermaster CM690 Mid Tower Computer Case
Rosewill card reader
Optiarc DVD-RW optical drive
IOGEAR Bluetooth 4.0 USB Micro Adapter, GBU521
I was tasked with fixing a family member’s ‘broken’ Dell Precision T3240 SFF pc. After going back and forth with them, and still encountering freezing issues, it was donated to me. I couldn’t quite diagnose the problem but knew it was either a problem with cpu or motherboard. I ended up extracting a i7-6700, 2x8GB ddr4 ram, 2x4GB ddr4 ram, and a quadro k420 low-profile gpu from it.
The cpu cooler, case, psu, card reader, and optical drive came from my first hack build I did back in 2010 (https://clarkm.com/budget-mac-snow-leopard-hackintosh-recipe).
The ssd came from an impulse buy I did a year or so ago.
I realized I had all the parts necessary to make a fairly powerful hack with the exception of a motherboard. I did some quick research and found the GA-Z170-HD3P board works well. I picked one up for $60 on ebay.
I took a vacation day from work and did the hardware build.
My favorite thing about the build is how quiet it runs – it’s completely fanless due to the giant heatsink cooler.
Bios (hold delete key on boot):
Set the BIOS to Optimized Defaults. Then set Sata Mode to ACHI.
Disable VT-d, CFG-Lock , secure boot mode. Set XHCI Handoff to Enabled.
Boot from High Sierra unibeast usb (hold f12), and go through the installation process. For what it’s worth, I chose to format my drive as APFS.
After MacOS installation, run Multibeast for High Sierra.
Choose UEFI Boot Mode, then drivers:
Audio -> ALC887
Network -> 811H
Then ‘build’ and restart.
I did the initial install with the integrated intel graphics, then for dual monitors added K420 graphics card & installed latest nvidia drivers. This is basically the reason why I’m still running High Sierra.
iMessage – done per iDiot’s Guide to iMessage
All other icloud services.
Video – full acceleration thanks to nvidia web drivers. (http://www.macvidcards.com/drivers.html)
USB 3.1 Type C port on back hasn’t been tested as I don’t have any type c devices.