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shoebox pc (it's also a mac)

by n7lbk

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Date Published

Oct. 11, 2018

Date Built

Sept. 11, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.35GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.2GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

60.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

Description

The latest incarnation of my previously-bulky PC build. My first case was a ~40L Corsair 350D; this one is 6.77L and fits into a shoebox! (as demonstrated) All buttons, indicators and ports are positioned at the back of the case, making the front panel strikingly clean and monolithic.

It's insanely convenient to carry around, and I appreciate that I can travel easily with this dual-booting monster in my shoe bag. Better upgradability than a trashcan Mac Pro. And with all this, I still get to max Far Cry 5 too so that's definitely a plus. ;)

THE CASE:

My case is a CustomMOD SFX mid 6.8; it's a 6.77L sandwich-configuration case (a la DANCase A4 BUT EVEN SMALLER), which I like because all fans (CPU, GPU, PSU) are directly exposed to ambient air for optimal cooling. At idle, the GPU fan shuts off and hot air escapes out from the case's top vents via convection.

DUAL-BOOT:

My PC dual boots macOS (on the Samsung SSD) and Windows (on the WD 2.5" HDD). Dual boot functionality is provided by the Clover Hackintosh bootloader (which incidentally means that updates are nearly seamless on the Mac side of things!).

NOISE-REDUCING MEASURES:

CPU is an -100mV undervolted i5-4690, idling at 40C with low noise adapter attached plus a silent fan profile on the Gigabyte mobo.

GPU has already been factory OCed; I raised the power limit to 270W, nominally OCed it beyond the factory OC levels (+50core/+100mem), and then further undervolted it (-125mV). This configuration is directly flashed to the VBIOS so that it functions seamlessly in the same way in both macOS and Windows.

BENCHMARKS:

  • 3DMark Time Spy: can't run it on Windows 8 :(
  • 3DMark Fire Strike: 13764 (GPU: 19289, CPU: 7472)
  • Unigine Superposition, 4K Optimized: 5836

GEAR:

Mostly bargain-bin. I got the secondary monitor used for $10, and bought the Ornata at a clearance sale. The M45 is pretty old, and has served me well for the past few years.

FUTURE PLANS:

Switch up the i5 to a (more power-efficient 10nm!) Cannon Lake i7, upgrade to twin ~2TB SSDs to speed up load times (especially in Windows which still runs on a HDD), and probably upgrade the GPU to a 2080Ti/3080Ti when prices become reasonable. The 980Ti is still a beast though so I'm not in any hurry.

Thanks! Hope you enjoyed reading about my PC as much as I enjoyed building it.

Comments Sorted by:

Cobbleborg 3 points 9 days ago

Nice build +1

xucolite 3 points 9 days ago

NIce Build +1

dylan2749 2 points 9 days ago

nice build, I got a custom mod case too but I got lots of problem with it and even tho teh build is done I'm waiting for teh s600 plat to release (rm650i sitting outside teh case for now)

n7lbk submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

ah, is it also the SFX6.8? also, iirc the SF600 plat is already out!

dylan2749 2 points 8 days ago

yeah its the 6.8l and no the plat psu is not out yet but some people have gotten it for reviews ie sff forum moderator and 2-3 people on reddit since they preordered it but the preorder is not open anymore and we dont have a release date yet

n7lbk submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

haha omg! yea it kinda sucks; hope corsair releases it soon! my gold works fine so i'm still very happy with it

DAFRAN 2 points 8 days ago

Nice Build +1

Adrew24 1 Build 2 points 8 days ago

1+ dliub ecin

Nater650 2 points 8 days ago

You should have put both operating systems on the SSD instead so you can boot up faster

Peanut123 2 points 8 days ago

To do mac os and windows you need to dual boot which the pc cant function if both are on one drive

Nater650 1 point 8 days ago

You actually can dual boot two OSes with just one drive, you just need to make 2 partitions on the drive

n7lbk submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

partitioning's really messy and I just don't like the idea of 2 OSes living on one 1 hard disk (esp due to the different filesystems: mac uses APFS while windows uses NTFS). I don't like it to the extent that my bootloader doesn't even live in either hard disk; I have a small 8GB flash drive that plugs in and I've set the mobo to recognise it as a hard disk!

the Windows partition is less important than the Mac (gaming only) so it gets the inferior drive.