Description

The Story

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!

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

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!

Memory

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.

Case

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.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

"I chose it over the Gaming 3 because the Gaming 5 has a Display Port and built in Wifi/BT."

Have you gotten the built-in Wifi/BT to work on the MacOS side? When I looked online people said they couldn't get it working, and that Intel Wifi isn't supported.

Congrats on your build, it looks great and 58ºC under load is damn good.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the compliment!

The Wifi and BT do not work on the Mac side. Wifi does not show up as an option in the network settings. The BT is enabled and my "iMac" is discoverable as a device. However, when I attempt to connect to other devices on my Hackintosh, it fails. Hopefully this could tell you the extent of how well it works. Perhaps some more tinkering in the future would make these two features functional.

The underload temps were at stock! I just started the "practical" OC endeavor and currently am sitting at 4.7 at 1.20V. Underload temps (Prime95 with AVX On) hover around 78 degrees C. We shall see...

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply, I just wanted to make sure. I think I heard the Gaming 5 Wifi card is replaceable with minor effort, in which case you could add a card compatible with MacOS if you want. reddit.com/r/hackintosh can help you with this. As far as I know there aren't really any tweaks to get Intel Wifi to be compatible.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

So excited to see this build, I came here to starting out parts after reading Hackintoshers guide:)

Any geek bench scores you can show? I’d love to justify the upgrade :)

I’m upgrading from an 8core MAC Pro, and primarily used for audio so the multi core speed is important. Logic Pro etc

Awesome build thanks for posting!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Hah... it sounds like you are already well on your way to building a Hackintosh!

I just ran Geek Bench on both operating systems using my modest overclock settings (4.7Ghz @1.20V):

Windows: 6096 (single core), 26594 (multi-core), 168224 (Open CL)

MacOS: 6232 (single core), 28400 (multi-core), 146592 (Open CL)

This is actually the first time I have run Geekbench so I have no good grasp of how these numbers translate. I hope they can help you out! Good luck with your build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the scores, holy moly that’s fast! The 8 core Mac Pro has a Geekbench of 2130 & 12922, so just a tad faster :)

January sales then! My only decision is the graphics card, I’d like a gaming rig so a 1070 would be nice, buts lots it seems say a Radeon would be better for native support.. Thanks again for the reply..& Happy Christmas!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there!

I'm just building a very similar hakintosh. Could you tell me please, is there anything that does not work? What about audio, ports, drivers and so on?

Thank you for such a great build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

As noted in a previous comment, the BT and Wifi do not work currently. Also, the sleep and shutdown functions do not work correctly (the system appears to cycle down but the Mobo lights stay on and eventually the whole system comes back up within a few seconds by itself). The restart function works just fine.

Audio and video works great!

Those are the only issues I have run into so far. Good luck with your build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! What do you think, where is the problem with shutdown functions? Maybe you know the way to fix it?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not quiet sure what the cause of it is. From what I have read, it sounds like it can be something about mobo (such as the lights) that is restarting the system or a background program that is keeping the system from going to sleep all the way. I don't know how to fix it yet. =(

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, understood. Thank you a lot =) Hope you'll find a solution! Good luck!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I'm thinking of getting this mobo and was wondering if you ever found out what the fix was on restart/sleep? Ty

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Dtwenty, I have yet to find a solution, unfortunately. What I end up doing is just shutting it down completely, which really isn't that much more time in the big scheme of things. If you do find a solution, please let me know!

Good luck with your build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to have relations with this build

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is essentially the inspiration for my first hackintosh / first ever build

I've not gone for a GPU for now as I'm only going to use for Photoshop / Lightroom. Will eventually start editing 4K video, so the 1060 or 1070 were my initial choices for a decent GPU.

I went with this MOBO as it had a good amount of USB 3.0, M.2 slots as well as wifi/bluetooth.

Hoping I can get Wifi loaded up on high Sierra. But that will be my challenge once I've actually build and installed it haha.

Thanks for the detail

Nick

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck with your build, Nick! Please let me know if you get Wifi working. =)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such a nice, sensible build. It is good to see the money used so well. I will check out tour hackintosh link. Does it need a boot drive if it’s own to run? Also, do you know if any Gigabyte Z370 should work well with the Mac OS?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the Ethernet Port work in your build under MacOS? How about the onboard graphics? I'm thinking of a build with this same motherboard, but I'm not a gamer, so I'd like to save a few hundred by not buying a graphics card if possible.