Description

First off, gotta thank pcpartpicker. I wouldn't have been able to do this if it wasn't for this beautiful website.

I've used the same iMac for 7.5 years and it's somehow stayed alive this whole time. I knew it was going to die soon, so I started making plans to create this guy back in August. The original budget was $2,350 but over time (and thanks to this website) I was able to find some great deals and save nearly $400.

I'm looking forward to editing 4k footage (and getting a 4k monitor when the prices go down). So far this has been a very pleasing experience building it all myself. I was definitely given a huge sense of accomplishment when it turned on successfully the first time I tried it!

I hope to get Yosemite up on running, so far I've run into a few problems but I've made enough progress with it to know it's possible. I'll give updates when I can!

EDIT: I successfully have Yosemite up and running! Thank you to www.tonymacx86.com for helping me build this Hackintosh!

EDIT #2: I successfully installed FCP7!!! (Final Cut Pro 7)!!!!

Part Reviews

CPU

Haven't had too much experience with other CPUs. But I love this one so far.

CPU Cooler

Beautiful and solid build. Push pull keeps everything nice and icy

Motherboard

This motherboard took a beating during the installation, it offered everything I needed in an ATX (besides SLI) and the layout of everything made it so so easy to work with. The orange/yellow looks great too!

Storage

Pretty affordable, haven't run into any problems yet. My computer boots up within 5-10 seconds every time.

Storage

Love that it's 5TB. It runs pretty hot though. At least 48°C all the time.

Video Card

Got this one on sale, love the way it looks and the two fans keep it cool. The LED on the front is great, doesn't scream for attention like some of the other video cards I've seen.

Case

I cannot speak any more highly of this case. Everything is perfect.

Power Supply

Does the job well. Came with every cord I needed.

Wireless Network Adapter

really really love this thing. very effective use of space. GREAT speeds. 100% recommend

Case Fan

Very smooth looking, very silent. BUT it's silent because the airflow isn't that impressive. Good thing I bought/could fit/afford 5 of them!

Case Fan

Nice and cute, airflow and RPM aren't too impressive but they look really great in my case. VERY silent, I still recommend.

Monitor

Love this monitor. Matches case perfectly, resolution is beautiful for the $. Wish there were more white monitors.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

I like what you have done. NIce balanced system and Air 240 is nice. Dual boot of what and what?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I don't think it's overkill, although the budget was kind of up there. I'm really happy the white color options were able to work with my set up.

And Windows 7 and Yosemite. I'll probably upgrade to 10 after I've done a little bit more research about the pros and cons of video editing with it, I'm also still working out the kinks with the Yosemite part, I'll post updates when I can.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

o.k., good luck with that. I was wondering if you were using a Linu dstro because they do not do well with nvidia drivers. I have no idea how os x does with graphics drivers but I think apple systems can be had with invidia cards.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I just got Yosemite up and running! Thanks for the good luck hahah, something seemed to help me out tonight! Took a few tries but everything is looking good so far

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Way cool! What OS do you run with it?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 7 and Yosemite.

I'll probably upgrade to 10 after I've done some more research about the media players and pros of cons of video editing in it, that way I don't spend a long time unable to edit.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Please clean that keyboard O_O. +1 Nice Build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahah I'm sorry! I'm going to clean it now, thank you for reminding me.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Compact and good looking.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Those fractal fans are pretty nice I have to say. I stocked up on a few of them myself in several sizes for max cooling. My 240 case has a total of 11 fans inside it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Took a look at your "Much More Tech Sexy!!!" post. Looks great man.

How's that 60mm fan working in the 3.5" area? My hard drives are the warmest part of my computer, I'd love to throw one in there.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's actually really good. I'm running that 60 mm as an exhaust with a 120 mm intake. Manages to keep the hdds around 27-29 deg. Oddly enough, the ssd is the only one that's higher at 30-31 degrees. Either way, temps are staying at the lower end of the recommended spectrum. I got the idea of adding the 60 mm from a similar build on PCPP.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you clarify something for me... Why do you have the fans pointed the way you do for the front radiator? Wouldn't you want the fans to be pushing air to the outside of the case, not pulling the air into the case? because if it passes through the radiator it is probably going to be warm air. correct me if i'm wrong, as I might be :P

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually going out through the back! Yeah hot air wouldn't be a good thing to be pushed through the CPU cooler!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You definitely did not skip out on the fan section of the build, that's quite a bit fans you have!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted it to be nice and icy since I'll be rendering a lot of video files!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like you have accomplished that!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It is awfully quiet too

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, you think thats a "bit"? Check this out XD

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

do you have any coil whine with this GPU?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a little out of my price range, but one day if the prices go down/a new and better graphics card is introduced and I'll buy it then.

I think the 980 will satisfy my needs for the time being

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a pretty expensive microwave, it doesn't even get that hot!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all actually. I'm starting to think this isn't a microwave.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Since I'm dealing with video files, I hope to/will probably need a second one! Pretty great price for all that space