This build is an upgrade/rebuild of a PC I originally used solely for gaming, which now has been turned into a PC gaming and MacOS productivity machine. I have a MacBook Pro that has been my productivity workhorse for photo/video work for the past 5 years. It has been a champ, but I think an upgrade was in order. Given that I was due for a PC upgrade, I decided to give a go at building my first Hacktintosh where I could dual boot into Windows (gaming) and MacOS (productivity).
Thoughts So Far
The PC gaming portion of the build is working very well. The GeForce GTX 1070 is a great value card and a large improvement over my previous MSI R9 380. I currently game on a 1440p monitor because (and this is going to sound snooty) I already had it for my productivity work. I have no interest in 4k gaming and the 1070 has satisfied my needs. Overwatch, Dota2, GTA V, and Destiny 2 all run great on the highest settings.
I haven't had a good chance to OC my system yet, so I unfortunately cannot present any data for the OC crowd. I'll be sure to update the build with numbers when appropriate.
12/14/17 Update: Modest overclock now at 4.7Ghz with 1.20 volts. Idles at 29C and under load at 78C with Prime95 (AVX instructions on).
One thing to note! If you plan on using a front-mounted radiator larger than 240mm, you will need to remove the hard drive cage located below the PSU shroud. That means you should plan on using only SSDs or find a creative way of mounting the hard drive somewhere else.
To get my Hacktintosh up and running, I followed the guide put together by Hackintosher here. I followed it almost to a "T" and it worked out very well for me. Please note if you do follow this guide, you will need to update the Lilu.kext to version 1.2.1. Most everything works except the sleep and shutdown functions. I am very excited it worked. I was very fortunate that Apple recently announced that High Sierra now provides native support for Coffee Lake CPUs (yay!). In addition, nVidia released beta web drivers for MacOS for their GeForce 10 series cards. Talk about having the stars align!
Currently, I have the 250gb SSD as my Windows boot drive and the 500gb for MacOS boot and productivity work. The WD Black 2TB hard drive holds my gaming library. No complaints!
If you made it down this far, you are amazing! Thank you for reading. Happy holidays!
Why the 8700k? Mainly for the productivity side. I upgraded from a i5-4690k. I cannot really speak to the difference between the two since the only real use for the last PC build was gaming and, as you all know, the bottleneck for gaming is usually the graphics card, not the CPU. I loved the 4690k! What a great processor. I recently ran through some timelines in my video editor as a quick and dirty test of the 8700k. Ooof! Not even a sweat. My poor MacBook Pro would be pushing out so much heat and the preview of clips would lag behind. Not the case here.
This was from my old build. The pump died after a little less than 2 years of use. Corsair customer support was stellar. New replacement works well for me. It is front mounted on my case because I do not think I have enough room to top mount it (it would bump up against the MOBO). I am glad the GeForce GTX 1070 is not any longer. I think I have about a quarter inch of space between the radiator and graphics card. Phew.
I mainly chose this board for Hackintosh reasons. Gigabyte has been known to play very well with MacOS (with some work of course). I chose it over the Gaming 3 because the Gaming 5 has a Display Port and built in Wifi/BT. Gaming 7 seemed unnecessary and it was close to $100 more (5 was on sale and had a mail-in rebate at time of purchase). The amount of features on this board is absurd, for me at least. Again, coming from a mini-ITX build, holy crap I have so much room to build and so many places to put things!
This is my first time buying RBG anything. I always scoffed at it. Turns out I am weak and now it just looks so pretty.
Coming from my last case, which was a mini-ITX Corsair 380T, the Meshify was a real pleasure to build in. So much room compared to the 380T! Cable management was a total breeze. The airflow is fantastic! All I have for fans are the two that came stock with the case along with the front mounted h100i GTX radiator. I love the tinted tempered glass. I don't need to see every detail on my build, especially the cables I couldn't quite hide well enough. It is clear enough to see the LEDs, but not so much that it is distracting in the periphery. For me, it is perfect.