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Gaming Hackintosh 2 (8700K + 1080 + 32GB @ 3200)

by noizwaves


This computer is my second build of this type. Part gaming PC and part Hackintosh (eventually). Learned a bunch from the first build, so incorporated that into the part selection. The goal of this build was cool AND quiet.

There are some errors in the parts list for this build:

1) Team T-Force DARK 32GB (2x 16GB) DDR4-3200

2) MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Gaming 8G

What I learnt:

1) The NG-D15S takes up a lot of space, especially in this mid size case. This makes accessing the fan connectors around the CPU socket damn near impossible.

2) The Noctua fans keep the temperatures down a lot better than stock case fans.

UserBenchmark: http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/7419260

Part Reviews


This CPU is great! Picked it up on eBay for $330. It is a great way to inch towards the performance/enthusiast market whilst staying in the price range of the mainstream processor.

If you don't need those extra 2 cores, really do consider the 8600. I didn't buy it because I wanted that i7 branding and shine. Honestly, if you are focused on gaming, save some money and buy the 8600.

CPU Cooler

This cooler is amazing! It's big but not too big. It does a great job at keeping the cool and is very quiet! My last build used an h60 AIO (with 2x fans in push/pull) to cool the CPU, and it was loud. I have no regrets choosing the air cooler.

The asymmetric design does very much limit the space above the cooler in the case. So if you want to install a top case fan, check your measurements carefully. Maybe consider the NH-D15 which is symmetrical (and if you have space between the cooler and the GPU).

It is a very tight fit in a mid case, so some maintenance is tricky. Connect as many things as you can before putting your motherboard into the case!

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Wolf88 4 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Your intake and exhaust fans are backwards.

noizwaves submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks mate, I totally messed that up!

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

For sure ! Noticed the heatsink fan is backwards too. ;p

noizwaves submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

FML. I was going by the lil arrow thingies inside the fan, clearly that's not the air flow direction indicator! How are you able to tell the direction from the photos?

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

The 8th photo looks like the “clean” side of the fan is facing the way your intake fans are. At least it looks that way. The clean or nice looking side of the fan is what is sucking in air.

noizwaves submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Great, that's what I saw too after looking more closely at the pics. I'll fix that up tonight and take some new photos

mezque 1 point 13 months ago

Nice build, How is gaming on a Hackintosh like?

noizwaves submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

It's great, although you do have to boot into Windows to get access to all the games and great performance. MacOS is great for everything but gaming.

AzuresFlames 1 point 13 months ago

It’s sad to see that the 1080 has more or less doubled in price

noizwaves submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Tell me about it, crazy times right now. I got incredibly lucky finding this one in stock on NewEgg for $650

saketh1234 1 point 13 months ago

the nvidia 1080 is 549 right now

noizwaves submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

That's $549 when in stock. They appear as to be out of stock at this very moment (the buy button is replaced with a "Notify Me" button).

Francosiu 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Hey, i would like to know if you can put some 120mm fans on top of the case with that noctua NH D15S. Also, is it possible to put it upside down without blocking the PCI-E x16?

noizwaves submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I'm not sure, but I can take a look and measure it.

From memory is was pretty tight at the top and there was a reasonable amount of space between cooler and GPU with this motherboard. If it doesn't fit after a 180 degree rotation, you could try a D15 (the symmetric design would give you more space at the top). Or maybe mounting it horizontally to blow up vs back.