Description

I had been looking to build a hackintosh for a while, just to see if I can. I spent a while trying to figure out the best parts to use but think it came out quite well. Looking back at it, it seems like I have a thing for Corsair and ASUS, but I think that may be alright.

System runs nice and cool and is very quiet. The hardest part of the build was getting all of the driver's to work right for internet and sound. tonymacx86 was very helpful for getting things up and running.

  • CPU - I was thinking about i7 4790k but the benefits did not seem worth it for this so i went with the i5 4690k

  • Motherboard - I was leaning towards z97 due to it being newer and would make it easier to upgrade in the future. I have always liked ASUS and the Gryphon z97 caught my eye and it fit into my case. i also got the armor kit to go with this and i love how it looks

  • CPU Cooler - I wanted it to be effective enough to cool my over-clock and i really liked the options from corsair. I did not think i needed a 240mm radiator so the H60 seemed perfect to me.

  • Ram - I went with Corsair Vengeance due to the specs and the looks. My bios states it is running at 1920 MHz but the OS states only 1333 MHz

  • Storage - Thought it was a good deal to get the intel 520 240gb SSDs so i picked up 2 of them for my os and important files. will be picking up a couple multi tb HDDs for extra storage for music, movies, and files

  • Graphics Card - Again i like ASUS and the GTX 760 seemed to be a good option for me. It is the overclocked version with the DirectCU II cooler. I do not do much gaming but i wanted it to be able to stand on it's own if i wanted to. It barely fits into the case when trying to close the door.

  • Case - I really love the Corsair air 240. was looking at the 540 but then heard this was going to come out so i waited for this one. Amazing use of space with the back half for the psu, drives and all of the wires. Makes the important side look very nice and keeps the airflow going well.

  • Power Supply - Again I like corsair and wanted at least semi-modular. This seemed like a good option that leaves room to upgrade in the future. It might be a little excessive for the time being though.

  • Monitor - Right now i am using an old Samsung Touch Of Color that I have had for years. works ok for now... Going to be getting a new one here soon. Think it is going to be a LG ultra wide screen monitor.

  • Case fans - Already had the Noctua fans from my old computer and i really like them, you can not hear them running at all. I bought a couple sets of the Corsair fans to go with all the corsair things i had already. they look much nicer than the stock ones and seem quieter to me at least.

  • Peripherals - I had the Corsair K70 already and the R.A.T. 9 but with OS X running I think I needed to go with more apple themed parts. R.A.T. 9 does not seem to want to work with the magic corners too. I really love the feel of typing on the K70 so I use that most of the time. I did install the rubber dampers on the key caps and that makes it feel nicer and reduced the sounds from the keys bottoming out.

I will probably be messing with this more as i go. I can't seem to let anything go without messing with it.

Feel free to leave comments or questions. Thanks for looking.


Update - 10/5/14

Wired in some white LEDS so it is easier to see the parts. I thought it was a good time to take some extra pictures and organize some of the wires in the back.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 7 points

+1 for obligatory "cat near computer" picture.

Love that case, it's a really cool design.

It's always interesting seeing Hackintoshes. Out of curiosity, why go the Hackintosh route instead of Windows?

One last thing: Was thinking of getting a Vengeance K70, what do you think of it, and does it have feet that prop up the keyboard, or is it naturally inclined?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a few other windows computers and never really had a mac and wanted to give it a shot. Did not want to spend the money on a mac when i could just make my own and I could make it what i want.

I really like the K70. Haven't had it for very long but it is working very well. it has feet on the bottom on the front and back. Palm rest is a nice touch too. The rubber dampers make it even better for me at least.

  • 62 months ago
  • 5 points

Ugh. Beats

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build but this build was more expensive than I expected it to be from the pics lol.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but in my opinion those noctuas ruin the aesthetic, they look like poo :(

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

They were existing from my old computer... they weren't visible in that one. I will probably just take them out at some point.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean solid build +1, just replace the noctuas and +1,000,000 xD

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job. I like mATX builds and I'm happy to see builds coming out in Air 240. I would've appreciated some pictures from the PSU/HDDs side of the case though. How would you rate this case in terms of noise levels?

Btw, that's a sweet deal you've got for such a quality pair of SSDs. Are they RAID configured?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll try to take some pics of the back side. It's a little bit of a mess though...

The SSDS are individual drives at this point at least. One was going to be for windows but at this point I haven't gotten around to setting that up. I've been pondering just putting them in raid 0.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Dope man, I'm pretty much copying you except in a blackcase and a few different part choices but I decided on that mobo only for the sole reason that you were able to make it work and this is my first hackintosh ever.

That looks great, will the Vengeance k70 not work in OSX?

+1

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

That is great to hear. The motherboard works very well for me and I think it looks great with the armor especially. The K70 is the keyboard that I use 95% of the time and works fine for OSX, you just have to get used to the buttons not really matching up (like the cmnd and apple buttons for example). I really like it though.

Good luck with the build!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for a sharp Hackintosh build that even looks like something Apple would make. I originally thought the price was kind of high until you subtract the price of all the extra accessories listed (monitor, keyboards, mouse, headphones).

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I think it would be cool to see a real Apple that had a water cooler. The accessories definitely add to the price but i thought they were important to add. I could add some more like audio controllers but they are not as important to the build.