Description

THIS BUILD IS OUTDATED. SEE THE UPDATED VERSION HERE (WHERE I ACTUALLY HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT I'M DOING): https://pcpartpicker.com/b/7hr6Mp

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All software in this build was funded by my workplace, except for VEGAS Pro Suite and Sapphire 11

This is my first build, took forever because I originally had a SeaSonic power supply, but that was defective and I had to return it. Very stressful but worth the wait. In the future I hope to add another 16GB (8x2) set of RAM like I already have, along with two more FTW2 cards for a 3-way SLI.

This is a Hackintosh build! Parts were selected based on recommendations by the biggest hackintosh community at tonymacx86.com

(Thanks to Reddit user /u/Redditenmo on the buildapc subreddit for giving me recommendations on parts, without that I would have gotten a lot of bad parts cause I had no idea what I was doing.)

Part Reviews

Motherboard

This variant of the Z370 often gets ignored in favor of other models such as the Gaming 7, but there really isn't much a difference; in fact, I'd say that this is actually better than the Gaming 7. The included WiFi is definitely a plus (it was a bit too slow for me but if you don't necessarily care about having fast internet then it's fine). Lighting looks really nice on the Color Cycle setting. Good for Hackintosh builds.

Video Card

On Amazon when I originally got this it was cheaper than the normal one with only one fan so I was surprised i could get that much of a discount. Very impressive graphics card for what it is, and it makes setting up a Hackintosh lot easier. Packaging was very neat, and even came with a nice looking spoof EVGA "movie" poster

Case

Very nice looking case for a good price. I think I read that it's tempered glass but that's wrong, it's just plexiglass. If you're hesitating on getting this case: you should just get it.

Optical Drive

Wow, it works!

Case Fan

Plastic is very hard and difficult to screw in but other than that they work very well for me.

Keyboard

Was hesitating on getting this because the font on the keyboard looked bad to me but now I'm starting to get used to it. RGB lights, 6 macro keys, and only 50 bucks, from Corsair! What else could you possibly want in a keyboard?

(The included wrist pad is terrible, but I don't really need it anyways so I don't care.)

Mouse

This mouse is incredible. I'm surprised it was so cheap.

Custom

If you're looking for USB hubs: look Sabrent.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 6 points

thats some expensive software

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

cheap music software is circa $800

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

my mind is blown

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on what it is. DAWs (DP, Logic, ProTools, etc) are typically a few hundred. Some plug-ins are cheap ($20 or $30) but are coded really well and sound exceptional. Others are more expensive but not that much unless they run on a console or something. Those big bundles can get expensive though because they contain hundreds of high-quality plug-ins (Waves), but I wouldn't judge quality simply on price with audio software. Not sure where you got that figure of ~$800 from.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

fl studio producer edition

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Producer Edition is $250 in Australia

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

i meant the full bundle, :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

I would work a bit more on cable management for both aesthetics and cooling performance. Nice build overall though!

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

I like the inclusion of an optical drive, but cable management could use some work.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Forgive me for being the one who has to point this out...

For doing pro audio and video you really want to have separate drives for your project files and a separate scratch disk, and those should be as fast as possible. You don't want them to run on the boot drive. Even your Virtual Instruments and sample libraries should be separate and at least on a SATA SSD to improve load times if you use those.

You're also using a Blue drive which is not meant to be beat up every day in a work environment and at 256GB the life of the drive will go down fast if you fill it up. I have projects larger than 256GB. A 5900 RPM drive... I hope this is for backup only. You could have at least gotten a 7200RPM WD Red Pro or a Seagate IronWolf Pro that runs at 7200RPM, and 2 of them for redundancy. And only 16GB of RAM? Oh man. I have audio sequences and mixes that start to choke at 32GB of RAM and 32 isn't even enough for RAM previews of 1080p stuff in After Effects sometimes if you are using a linear workflow and need to preview full quality for testing.

Skimping on drives and RAM seems pretty nuts when spending so much on software. The performance is going to be seriously bogged down unless you have an external RAID setup or something. You want a ton of RAM for audio/video stuff. I would have suggested at least 64GB and ideally 128GB so you can run audio and video software at the same time and go back and forth without trouble until you really start hitting things hard with effects.

You'd be better off getting a SATA SSD for your boot, using the M.2 for project files (but a much larger M.2 of 1TB or 2TB), a separate scratch disk that is at least a SATA SSD for video footage/assets, and you might not be able to handle multi-stream HD/2K/4K video editing and compositing unless you go with more M.2 or thunderbolt/USB-C, or a RAID and a better video card. Just your final video renders alone are going to eat up that disk in no time... if the software doesn't run out of memory and throw errors.

A few thousand dollars in storage setup is not uncommon for high-end audio and video and would have been way more worth it than blowing the bank on plug-ins, as well as a 1080 ti (for $900) or lower-end Quadro card that would have given you more GPU acceleration and 10-bit output (the quadro) for proper color on a pro monitor for the video work. Unless you have a sound treated room with good studio monitors, your audio mixes won't even sound right no matter what plug-ins you use. Hopefully you do and have a great audio interface which I didn't see listed. I really hope you're not planning on audio mixing through $100 headphones out of the sound card.

Adobe Premier also runs better on the Windows side when it comes to CUDA. Not sure if you got Mac OS to run stable, but it is something to be aware of. You can look up benchmarks.

I really wish you luck, dude, but I see major bottlenecks in your setup all over the place. I don't know who gave you this advice on parts, but you should slap them. This is not a pro hardware setup. I'm spec'ing out a new workstation and the hardware alone is going to run $10k-$12k without the software, and that's with being a bit frugal.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

i respect you for the amount of time it prbably took you to write this.

  • 18 months ago
  • 0 points

I got the programs a while ago, I don't plan on using all of them. Now I know that I shouldn't have really included all of that if I wasn't going to use it with the PC. Most of the expensive stuff was provided to me at work to use at... work, and I still own the licenses for them, so I'd thought I'd include them in this build. I wasn't really thinking about that when I was making the final list. Thanks for your advice though. I certainly don't have the money to do all of this, but after I'm settled into the house that I'm in the process of buying, I'll certainly keep what you said in mind when building my actual workstation, though.

I'm updating the list to include the software that I'll actually use with this. Sorry for the misunderstanding

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Also; I never told that person about the software I would be using, so please don't blame anything on him. If anything, it's my fault

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough. Still, a 5900 RPM drive in a workstation... good lord. :P

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

No need to apologize, dude. I almost had a heart attack when I read your post because I know how I'd feel if I went through all that and didn't have the right setup at the end. At least you owned the software already. Tell your boss to grab you same proper drives. :P

I've been using Mac for a long time and I'd like to keep using them, but Apple has painted me into a corner. That's the only reason I'm switching to Windows until they come out with a proper tower... or should I say IF. I've used both for a long time on and off. Even if you run Mac OS the same hardware would benefit you.

Also, don't take my word for it. Do some research. Check benchmarks from various places and pay attention to how they test things. Some stuff is misleading. Sometimes you need to find real-world examples or test things yourself. With more RAM and good drives your system should be really good.

Getting a good setup takes time. I won't get into it, but I'm in the unfortunate position of having to start over from scratch with most things. I'm focussing on key hardware and limiting software and upgrades I need. Computer stuff typically has a shorter lifespan but other things will last a long time, especially audio gear if you buy quality stuff and take care of it. I still have pieces I bought in the 90s that work fine. Other stuff is ready for the dumpster. You can add great pieces of gear one at a time instead of settling for a few lemons.

When you can, I'd at least recommend you get an SSD boot drive (even a 512GB Samsung Evo/Pro or a Crucial MX500). Use that M.2 for your active project(s) or a scratch disk, but I wouldn't suggest both—whatever you need to be the fastest. That should help you stream larger/multiple files with ease. If you use it for both it will be slower and the drive will keep filling up and that shortens SSD life. If you can get at least a 7200 rpm drive to store all your projects (and a pro one rated to last for years) that should be good to start. Just copy stuff to the M.2 for speed and copy it back when you're done. Use Carbon Copy Cloner to schedule backups to your backup drive(s) to make your life easier or a Windows equivalent if you go that route.

Scratch/Cache disk should be kept blank short of the temporary files that apps store on it. The faster the better. I've chosen a 1TB M.2 for my scratch rated over 3GB/s max. You'll have to choose the drive in prefs of each software that supports it. Clear it out when you need to. If an app crashes, the temp files there will usually be stuck so manually deleting them might be needed if the software doesn't have a button to empty it.

Anyway, good luck.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy **** you type alot

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Only when I deem it necessary.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Hackintosh's are so great. I am glad you got yours working!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

not very good cable management in the photos. was that the cases fault, or yours? like to know, thx. i was thinking about getting that case

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it! That is a pretty powerful PC, though I suggest cable management would help the looks.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, How good is the Cryorig on the i7 8700k, what temps do you get? Are you overclocking?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Try some cable management it will make it look much cleaner and more professional.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

FIX YOUR CABLES

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha this is a super old version. I upgraded about half a year or go (maybe more), made a new completed build on my profile.