Description

Built mainly to replace an ageing MB Pro circa 2010. Few probs found except cooling for the RX 580 being so close to the back of the motherboard it was chocked for air, so using a dremel, i removed some of the top plate to move the card further away from the mb, & it worked. When Phanteks release the cloth side panels, i will rotate the graphics card to take air in from the outside through the mesh. Intend to add a Corsair H60 (2018) to the cpu, but trying to figure out how to get the logo the right way up, OCD :-( . Shame i can't use the custom lighting effects for the Ram (no apps for Mac OS). Even with them off though, they still match the grey & black interior, so pretty pleased.

Still researching the whole Hackingtosh software side of things, but it looks like it's getting easier with the new "Vanilla" installs so will post more when done.

Part Reviews

CPU

Bought because of the compatibility with Mac OSX for Hackintoshing. For what i want it for, the speed etc are fine & it won't run hot in general use. Liked the price & the reviewers liked it's performance, so easy purchase. Will upgrade cooler to Corsair H60 (2018) for ripping & transcoding my media to my server as it might get toasty in my Phanteks Evolve Shift case.

Thermal Compound

Got good reviews on youtube, plus i like that it never hardens, so removal in the future should be easier. Bit pricey, but then again it's protecting my cpu, so "It's worth it". :-)

Motherboard

Don't know much about motherboards but this its one from Asrock seems ok. Looked online & for the money (my budget) it had all i needed except post details & another nvme slot (that would have saved a lot of cable fumbling with my extra sata ssd. Apparently, the vrms are supposed to be quite good too thanks to a good heatsink ( according to various youtubers). Like the subtle grey & black scheme too as it goes with my build. :-)

Memory

Good performance reviews on this kit on you tube & not too tall for my build. Like the styling ( though, as it's for a Hackintosh build, can't access this through Mac OSX ) even when off, the ram fits in well with my build with the frosted white tops. Matched well with my Ryzen 2600 boosting to the correct speed via the Asrock bios easily. Went with the slower clocked 16 than the faster 14 timed chips as the cost wasn't worth the planned usage (not a high end gamer). Lost one star because of the non Mac OS friendly RGB control.

Storage

It's a Samsung SSD nuff said, been using these for years with no failures (so far 18-08-2019). Bit pricey but worth the extra for piece of mind. Oh yeah! very fast.

Storage

Another Samsung. No probs so far (with heat etc that some have mentioned). It's a bit pricey but i trust the brand through years of use. NVME is so much faster than sata, really impressed. If you want stats then look online (sorry), but not into benchmarking my kit, if it does what i want it to do, then i'm happy. Numbers mean nothing to me (it's a computer, not a competition thing).

Video Card

It's for a Hackintosh, so i had to go with Radeon. This card got good reviews, the RX580 (although a re-badged RX480 according to some) was the best bang for the buck for my usage & Sapphire was a well respected brand. Styling wise, it fit my grey & black build (no red accents) so easy choice. The only RGB is behind the Sapphire logo on the edge of the card. Quiet in general use, but when under load (rendering/ transcoding stuff) it can get a bit hot & loud, but that's because of my case choice, the airflow of which should be fixed soon. Having a dual bios switch ( i found confusing) there's no mention of which is faster or quieter in the manual. Tried both, but to be honest...i'm not into the whole OC thing & it's only via youtube ( thanks to Jayztwocents) that i found which is the best to use. All in all then, well pleased with this card. For my use, it should last me at least a couple of years (if not more) before an upgrade is needed.

Case

Love the looks of this case & dimensions (reason for buying). Easy enough to work in (this is my first build) with removable panels, just choose your fans sizes carefully ( especially with aios). Was able to mod the case for extra airflow to the GPU (see build pics) but when Phanteks bring out the fabric side panels, will rotate Graphics card & put one on that side so the fans have access to clear airflow. Build quality is excellent, for what you're paying for,(solid aluminium panels plus well made toughened glass sides as well). The fitting & removal of these can be a bit fiddly (fat fingers beware!) , but once on, they're solid. Only got 4 stars because of the airflow, but once the new panels come out, will prob amend to 5. In conclusion. If you want a case that not going to take up loads of desk space & looks stylish, then give it a look. I preferred the two tone gunmetal finish myself, but each to his or her own.

Power Supply

Ridiculously small :-) Never seen a psu this size before. It's fully modular (so cable clutter should be reduced in small form factor builds) & it's a known brand with recognised warranties so, rma (if you need it) should be easier. It's silent under full load (in my system) & easy to install. In my system i used a heat gun to remove the ugly specs sticker on one side (as it was visible in my case through the tempered glass), it came of very cleanly. It's a bit more expensive than ATX ones, but that what you have to pay, for small form factor.

Case Fan

It's a Noctua fan.... so it's quiet, efficient & the chromax grey matches my build. Nuff said.

Case Fan

It's a Noctua fan.... so it's quiet, efficient & the chromax grey matches my build. Nuff said.

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Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Wish you luck with Hackintosh. Mine is running solid for 3 years but it took me an entire Saturday to set up and I was locked in to Intel/Nvidia. Glad to see AMD/Radeon is becoming supported!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the support. Still waiting to get down & dirty with it. While it's running Windows at the mo with no probs, not too sure wether to go dual boot with separate ssds' or the full on Mac OS. Bit scared is it's my first pc build. Will have to bite the bullet i guess. :-/

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the mod great idea, I really wish they did a full revision of the Shift. Also waiting on the mesh panels hopefully out by the end of the month fingers crossed. Great job and +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments & the +1. Latest on the panels is September sometime. I'm not holding my breathe. :-/

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow!!!....5 Builds. How do you find the time & money to build & use all of these. You really are a dedicated PC builder. :-)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I recycle a lot of parts which helps keep costs down, it's an expensive habbit but I love it all the same. Thanks for the heads up on the panels.