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Number Cruncher

by polarbehr

57
28 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.03Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4GHz

Description

One of my regular clients had been complaining about her desktop at home and asked if I could build her a new pc. Easy answer right. As i was beginning to put together a parts list she asked if it could also run OS X. It does.

So the parts in this list come from the customac build list from tonymac for building a hackintosh.

Her only requests were fast and quiet, with easy access to usb. She also said to build something that I would be happy with, and after I was done I wanted to keep it.

I gave it the name number cruncher since she is a CPA and it seemed fitting since she looks at numbers all day.

About the cooler, she lives in a log cabin and in the summertime it can get very warm even with the air on, pretty sure the noctua will keep it cool.

The Define XL is a really large case with lots of room, its best feature though is the sound dampening. I had 3d mark running and could not hear a thing, the same with prime95.

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Nurinder 1 Build 3 points

Great cable managment +1

Permalink 12 months ago
polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 2 points

that's what i was going for, thanks

Permalink 12 months ago
xolot1 1 Build 2 points

I can only imagine how quiet this build is! +1 for that

Permalink 12 months ago
polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 1 point

Dead silent under full load, between the case and the noctuas the noise never had a chance.

Permalink 12 months ago
zac16 1 point

im not sure why no one said anything about this before, but why such a big tower? you only have a matx motherboard in there.

Permalink 12 months ago
Krokodil 1 Build 1 point

Micro ATX board in a full tower case?

Permalink 12 months ago
blackabyte420 1 point

hey man great build i also have the same cpu, and plan on getting the same mobo you have, going to put my gt640 2gbdrr3, and some some vengence ram, if you would please reply, i would like to know how you got hackintosh running, if there is a better mobo that goes well with the hackintosh plz tell me

Permalink 10 months ago
polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 1 point

this was all i used

but i already have a hackbook pro that i used in the install process, if you dont have access to an apple computer you will need to use VW Ware

Permalink 10 months ago
cooperred 2 Builds 0 points

Nice build! Why the z87 mobo with a locked processor though?

Permalink 12 months ago
polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 2 points

Thanks,

I was just going with what works with OS X

Permalink 12 months ago
fsma92 2 Builds 1 point

how completed was it to install OS X?

Permalink 12 months ago
polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 1 point

This isn't my first hackintosh, I have a dell Inspiron 1525 running snow leopard, that was used in this build. IDK didn't seem very complicated to me, but I get paid to play with computers all day.

Permalink 12 months ago
fsma92 2 Builds 1 point

alright I really want a hackintosh to learn mac

Permalink 12 months ago
polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 1 point

Tbh the laptop was way harder to get going.

Permalink 12 months ago
remi1133 1 point

She probably won't be overclocking if this is for her work.

Permalink 12 months ago

No need for the z87 chipset then. She could've easily went for the H87. If OS X is only compatible with z87 mobos, I completely understand. No need to downvote though...

Permalink 12 months ago
polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 1 point

This recommended build requires the z87 chipset.

Permalink 12 months ago

Yeah, thanks for clarifying in your earlier comment. I was replying to remi

Permalink 12 months ago
Neutral1ty 0 points

maybe they went with the z87 for the Displayport... it is odd how you cant find but one or two H87 Mobo's out there with a displayport...

Permalink 12 months ago
peterb 1 Build 0 points

That doesn't make sense... it has a video card...

Permalink 12 months ago
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Hakumisoso 2 Builds 3 points

Windows experience scores mean nothing.

Permalink 12 months ago
[comment deleted by staff]

Then why did you make that post.

Permalink 12 months ago
[comment deleted by staff]

Suman I don't even see what your argument is. It seems like you agree with Hakum. "mmm thanks for telling me what I already know." Indicating that you understand that WE means nothing. Then you went on to say that his scores are lower than they should be. You are just arguing for the sake of argument and there is really no need for name calling, this site is for constructive feed back, if you can't handle it please don't comment on posts.

Nice Build by the way, if I wasn't so stubborn on my color scheme I would definitely use the crap out of those noctua fans!! Enjoy it!!

Permalink 12 months ago
manirelli staff 2 Builds 2 points

This is your only warning. Keep it civil or refrain from commenting.

Permalink 12 months ago
Mech -3 points

should of gotten a 256gb SSD and a cheaper GPU

Permalink 12 months ago
Hakumisoso 2 Builds 8 points

No. He is dual booting. 2 ssd's is better.

Permalink 12 months ago
polarbehr submitter 4 Builds 3 points

Bingo

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