Description

The reason this is called the H-Franckintosh is a mash up of the H-frame case and the fact that I plan to make this a hackintosh.

This build started with some bargin buys from Gumtree, I snagged the INWIN H-Frame case for £35 which is an absolute bargain as these were near on £300 new (although the philistine I bought it off painted the side panels pink) so after a lot of paint striping and cleaning I got it back to original.

Got a hex core Xeon from Gumtree as well for £35, considering the price of current gen Hex cores this is real value.

The motherboard was another issue, 1366 mobos are expensive and I had no choice, bid for one on ebay, got it for £90

DDR3 ram I have a crap ton of, so mixing and matching 6x2GB sticks was no problem, no extra cost.

PSU is a 750w corsair, got it refurbished for £49.99 from SCAN.

6 x Ram heatspreaders from ebay for peanuts.

Got the 212 EVO in a job lot of 4 CPU coolers for £40, another Gumtree bargain wich included a BEQUIET Dark Rock 3 (I use that on my test bench)

I painted the EVO212, ram heatspreaders and the 6970 shroud white with common automotive spray paint, primer and clear laquer. Painting the PSU was more work than I planned as I thought I could just remeove the top shroud and paint that, which I did, but after all that work I realised the power supply has to be mounted upside down in this case (should have checked before)

No benchmarks or overclocking results yet but I'm confident this CPU can hit ~4GHz as I've got the 1330 quads to over 4.6GHz and the Hexs to ~4GHz reasobaly consistanty before.

Planning to get a better GPU in there soon, maybe a 780ti or 980, would love one of those white hall of fame 980's but they are still commanding a premium so I'd rather get a cheap 780ti/980 and customise it.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

Absolutely lovely, this deserves more upvotes

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

:O :O :O

Man, what a bargain you got that case for, awesome work. Overall a pretty beastly PC and great case for an awsome price. Hat off to you/ +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D Yeah I scored a decent deal with the case although it took some time to get it back to original condition.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Damn. I can't comment on this without expletives.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Almost made it.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn that was close :P

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

Sniff sniff, I smell a feature.

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

what I have just seen?

Is this the most creative build in this world? :O
  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Luv da looks

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely wicked! Love it +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

techyescity sub by any chance? I did a similar build with dual 5640s for rendering...+1 dude

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah I am actually, he clued me in on the awesome price to performance of the 1366 chips. The 5640 quad I have on my test bench atm scores around 650 in cinebench, my 4790k gets >900 but at many, many times the price. I got the 5640 for £4.70 and it clocks like a ****** beast!!!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the 5640's in a machine just for rendering and they score about 800 if memory serves in cinebench but a massive step up paired with a gtx970 for video work, i was using my FX6350 oc'd to 4.5 which is fine for gaming but not so much for productivity.

Yeah he turned me onto the xeon mine cost £40 for the pair but the board was only 40, i dont think the guy i bought it from new what it was but hey i got it working.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

very cool!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

always loving unique builds with badass older hardware, really sweeeeet

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate, I love getting the most bang for buck.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I sniff a feature if you improved your parts list.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmmm maybe, what do you suggest?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Just try listing more of the parts. Usually when PCPP features something, the viewers like a complete parts list. Other than that, maybe a better looking CPU cooler, like a cryorig C1. Just my 2c. And of course the GPU. Great build!!!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm jealous I love the h frame +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the color choice, way to make a great looking system on a budget.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Featured tomorrow on PCPP, the H-FRACKINTOSH! its going to happen....

Great job +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe, but probably not : P

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I will buy you any $10 game on steam if it doesn't happen. You have good pictures, already a ton of upvotes, and its a unique build. Its GOING to happen.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll hold you to that :P

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like I am buying you a game....

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe don't worry about it :p

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you seen the new case its WAAAYYY more sick looking.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I've seen the H-Frame 2.0, looks nice with the glass sides, but the whole reason I did a build in this case was because it was a bargain. If I see a 2.0 for crazy cheap you can bet I'll do a build in one :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm usually not a fan of INWIN cases, but I like this one (I'd like it more if the I/O shield was in the case too, but hey, can't have everything, right?), I don't think I've seen it here in the US. Nice hardware recycle, too. +1

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

This case is a work of art.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly. :)

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have considered that, or even getting a custom cut piece of tempered glass, but it'd be expensive and a dremel would struggle to cut the side panel (pretty thick aluminium) It'd have to be a proper grinder.