Description

Built this as my home machine.

Its a PC running MacOs where I do surfing/listening to music and a lot of photo editing. I also have a Windows 10 partition which I use for 4k softcore gaming.

Case - Corsair 400Q I used Corsair 400Q with integrated fan-controller which. I took away the shroud and hard drive cage because shrouds are stupid. Initially I used the included SSD cage but its horrible - the springs were too strong so the drives weren't held in place. I cut the springs, however the plastic thingies that suppose to hold the drives in place seemed very unreliable to me - the drives would just occasionally pop from a bump of a finger. Its not like i'm about to ride on a rocky road with this build, but I wanted to have everything nicely secured. So I made a custom SSD cage from a piece of aluminium and screwed it in place of the plastic cage. Looks much nicer and takes much less space!

Graphics Card - MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Gaming X Decided to go with the top because YOLO. Also I like to play on Ultra on my 4K screen

Monitor LG27UD68 Beautiful 4K screen. If you're into graphics editing, but not overly hardcore - I can surely recommend it. Bright, crisp, has very good colours.

Keyboard and mouse - wireless from Logitech These are great devices. And Wireless!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Amazing quality for such price. Runs my CPU very cool and is not very noisy with a stock fan. The only downside is cumbersome installation, but its straightforward - just follow the instructions and you're good.

Video Card

Dream machine. The MSI app provides options to customise the colours (if you're into this kind of stuff) and overclock it with one-click.

Case

Beautiful, clean and silent case. One of the reasons I don't give it 5 stars is the plastic SSD cage you need to use to mount the drives on the back of the motherboard. The springs were too strong originally so the drives weren't held in place. I cut the springs and that helped but the plastic thingies that suppose to hold drive in place seemed very unreliable to me. So I made a custom SSD cage from a piece of aluminium and screwed it in place of the plastic cage.

Monitor

Crisp, bright, with nice colours and sturdy construction. Doesn't have any USB ports tho.

Keyboard

Perfect keyboard for macs or hacks. It's wireless, it's solar and it is very nice to type on.

Mouse

Perfect mouse. You can customise however you want to use it. And it's wireless <3

Headphones

Superb sound quality for the price and great looks. Also very very comfortable.

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Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Might I ask why you think psu shrouds are stupid? Very pretty build btw +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

Its more of a humorous remark. They are decorative elements but I have a case without the window so there is no point in it besides messing the airflow :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, good point! The build looks nice, so I still wonder why you got a case without a window, but that is very smart!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't want bling-bling :) To me this case is beautiful because it's matte black.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

nice! i'm about to build a hackintosh myself, any tips for installing MacOS? this is the part list PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $217.98
CPU Cooler Silverstone TD02-LITE 92.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Purchased For $73.99
Motherboard Asus ROG STRIX Z270i GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard Purchased For $178.81
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Storage Kingston Savage 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $121.99
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $49.89
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB GAMING X 3G Video Card Purchased For $214.00
Case Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case Purchased For $79.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $98.89
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans Purchased For $27.88
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition (2-Pack) 63.5 CFM 120mm Fans Purchased For $32.49
Other BitFenix Magnetic LED-Strip Cable (BFA-MAG-30WK15-RP) Purchased For $19.99
Other Phanteks PH-PWHUB_01 PWM Fan Hub Purchased For $19.89
Other Cablemod stuff Purchased For $137.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1273.39
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-29 17:39 EDT-0400
  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there,

Well seems like you have your hardware on point, the only concern I have is the motherboard - so far as I remember z270 series are not supported fully (check tonymacx86 website for the compatible parts and also check posts in the forum where people build systems using your hardware). Do you really need this motherboard? You could also go with z170-series since it would support both your CPU.

As for actually installing macOs - don't rush, don't give up and have fun :) It will be a slightly bumpy road but if you do your homework you'll be fine. If you need help, send me a message!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks man! I already have all the parts, so there's no going back now... i'll let you know if I have any problems

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Just FYI, Sierra 10.12.6 now has native Kaby Lake support, so you no longer have to fake the CPUID to get Kaby Lake to work.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

I see you got the Gaming X 1080TI pretty quickly after launch. How are you liking it? I'm obviously assuming you love it but I'm considering it myself and am just looking to see how everyone else does.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Well. I have very little experience with graphics cards - I don't mod them, I don't try to overclock them myself (I just use the MSI app). It is a huge card, which runs very cool by itself and very quiet (if you want) - it has three profiles in the MSI app - silent, game and overclock - on Silent it doesn't use the fans if it doesn't need to. I can't really compare it to any other version since I never tried any. I bought it based on the preview articles, benchmark and solely on the fact that MSI is likely not to make a crappy 1080 Ti card :)