I use this to run audio software in my home studio.


The Scythe fan is really quiet, I can't really hear it. The Seasonic PSU is fanless. The Thermaltake case is open to allow airflow.

I wanted to go with a fanless CPU cooler at first but the Scythe is so quiet I didn't want to take the risk.


I picked this one because it supports an ASUS Thunderbolt PCIe card supported by MacOS, which I might add on in the future to use Thunderbolt audio interfaces.


I use the integrated graphics of the 8700 i7, Intel HD630, ample for the purpose of the build.


The ASUS MB doesn't have Wifi so I used a TP-Link Archer T9E.


The Rocketek Bluetooth dongle works!


I followed the vanilla guide ( ) to the letter. I used the config.plist example that he included for the Coffee Lake build. Don't skip anything. It's all important. You don't have to understand the details of the clover configuration, just use his example but don't skip that section.

I started out with a version of High Sierra on a USB drive and when I got that going on my build I upgraded it through the app store until I could go to Mojave.

At first, High Sierra didn't see my CPU nor my Intel Graphics ( the two are connected ) correctly, though the OS was functional enough to upgrade it. The TP-Link Archer wifi card worked immediately, even during the installation of the OS.

After upgrading to Mojave the CPU was correctly identified but my screen turned purple. There is a fix in the vanilla guide for this. Really easy.

After installing the OS via the USB stick you should install the clover UEFI on your main hard drive using the clover installer. Otherwise, it won't boot without the USB stick :)

Everything works, iMessage, Bluetooth*, audio, video, airdrop ... etc

Some small things I ran into:

Getting the motherboard in the P3 case is easy if you know which screws and risers to use, I had to start over again a couple of times. A rookie mistake I guess. The risers are in the bag, I didn't see them, there are a lot of screws included. I still find the screws don't completely lock in the motherboard tight enough but it's ok. The manual for the P3 sucks, there are some youtube videos. If I had to do it again I would use the included rubber rings to fit between the risers and the MB.

Also, I forgot to peel off the sticker at the bottom of the CPU heatsink, luckily I remembered that before I started using the build.

I almost installed the clover bootloader on the mac I built the USB drive on and not on my USB drive, just read the vanilla guide and do what he says. Don't just click through the clover installer. Read first. Installing it twice on my USB drive made it crash so I had to start over again and built the stick from scratch.

In the ASUS MB the NVM M2 drive fits under the metal heatsink on the board, unscrew it and use a riser included in the bag to support it. The other NVM M2 slot is also available but has no heatsink. I didn't see that at first until I consulted the manual.

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  • 15 months ago
  • -1 points

where is the gpu?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

The Intel 8700 has a built in GPU, the intel HD630, same as in the mac mini 2018.

  • 15 months ago
  • 4 points

Calling intel graphics a built in GPU isn't really accurate. A Graphics Processor Unit takes info from the CPU but runs independently of the CPU and handles many discrete but simple operations in parrallel. Intel onboard graphics use CPU resource and system memory to construct images. It's not so much that there is a built in GPU it's that your CPU is general enough to do graphics work if it has to even though it isn't suited to that.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct, I will change it. Thanks.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Some people don’t game and only need an iGPU.