Well this is the best of both worlds. You get mac and windows. The reason I set it up like this is because my brother uses it for gaming (obviously windows) and also for video and sound editing for his music on his youtube channel (mac). He likes to use Final Cut, Affinity, and Logic Pro for his stuff and it only works on mac. Though for how much I spent on this, it was still cheaper than most macs and much more powerful. We even shucked a 5tb hard drive out of a Seagate portable external hard drive (2.5 inch hard drive) so now there are 3 ssds and 5 tb of normal hard drive storage for games and video in this tiny case.
Also on the temps yeah I would have had better results with the mesh version. I did think of that but my brother like the look of the nonmesh panel so I went with that. With the blower gpu and the cryorig that temps are very good for it’s small size. This is the first blower gpu that I have used and I was almost seayed to find something else since a lot of people on reddit made it seem like blowers are garbage but honestly I think I will be using them from now on, especially since I like smaller builds.
I used the clover bootloader method. If you look up Tonymacx86.com they have tutorials and part compatibility guides that will help you set it up. I also found a couple of youtube videos to help out with setting it up. If I was able to do it, I’m sure you could. Good luck
Wish I could but I don’t think it would be a good idea for me to post that. Pretty sure you can find it if you do some reasearch/find a used mac. I know of friend got a used mac from our university for 200 since they regularly have to get rid of old computers every couple of years. If not I’m pretty sure someone has posted it on the internet somewhere
The orings were to deaden the noise of the mechanical keyboard. Got the RGB version of this board for 30 during an amazon sale. Was still in college at the time so I didn’t want/have the money for something nicer like a razor keyboard.
Works pretty good. Currently running High Sierra 10.13.6 with Nvidia web drivers.
Really nice build bro! Like the setup as well as those parts, especially that 8th gen intel cpu.
Actually just finished building a similar build for my brother (dual boot mac and windows), will be posting about a build list and pictures soon. I used the exact same case with the solid front panel but the white version with an i5 7500, GTX 1060 3gb and a couple of ssds. To keep the temps down I installed a Corsair SF 120 fan to the inside of the front panel and had it blowing air from the front of the case to the mobo. This helped the air flow in the case as well as add a cool blue led effect. This fan is actually pretty quiet on the mac side but can get a little loud when playing games like Far Cry 5 (though not annoying). Then I changed out the ATX PSU that I had originally bought for this with a Corsair 450W SFX modular PSU and the silverstone ATX to SFX PSU bracket. This also helped to add airflow (since the PSU is smaller) and the corsair is quiet. Honestly thought the fan was broke when I first booted it up. Once I did this temps seemed to stay normal for his use. Going to install a cryorig c7 soon just to add a little more cooling for when he plays newer titles like Far Cry 5 as this is really the only time that temps spike.
Thanks for the input on that.
How has the handle held up? I have the ML08 (same size and style but front panel make it look more like a DVR) and I didn't get the handle because I wasn't sure if it would hold up. Any thoughts?
Nice motherboard! that's what I've been running in mine for the last couple of months and I feel it is a great value for the money
I love to check that out. Hope you submit it to the website so I can see what you used and how it went.
Hey bro I saw your youtube videos on this and I have to say I love this build. I'm trying to help my brother with a Hackinotsh build since he is using an almost 7 year old iMac for his music editing. We were looking to build something smaller like the mac mini and have been trying to find a similar looking case. This is probably one of the closest looking ones that I have seen. Any idea where I could find one? pcpartpicker doesn't show that they are available anymore.
Hey where did you find this case bro? I am helping my brother with a Hackintosh build and we were looking for a case similar to a mac mini case. This looks like one of the closest ones I have seen.
I think she would be very happy with it. Everything has been running great. Really love this CPU GPU combination. Only thing I have noticed recently is if you decide to get this motherboard (which I love and highly recommend) make sure to disable the MSI Live Update from auto booting. I noticed that it had been set to boot up and it was really slowing down my CPU. Once I did that, as well as disabled spotify and Skype from auto boot, everything performed even better. All in all happy with the performance and I'm sure she would be too.
Sounds like a great rig bro! That 1070 must be killer for gaming!
Cool bro. Glad I'm not the only one who had trouble. I have an EVGA SC 1060 3GB. It's a shorter card so I was able to fit a 4TB 3.5" drive beside it. Worked out great since I only had one laptop drive. What did you use in your build?
Yeah that 1060 is a beast. Highly recommend that card
Well I bought most of these parts back in June or July and at the time of pirchase the G4560 was hard to find and the G4600 was only $6 more. If I had went with the i3 7100 would have spent $20 more. First build was a budget build so that played a big factor. So far haven't had any issues. As for the projector I know. Haven't had any issues with lag though and that's because I play more single player games than onljne multiplayer. It also is easier to transport since I have a little car. I also have friends over once a week and we play Mario Kart and Smash bros. That 100 to 120 inch picture makes all the difference when you play split screen. Down the road I will probably get a good monitor but for now it works great.
Thanks for the info about the monitors though.
Yeah I know. They discontinued it. Originality I was going to put this build in an original Xbox but due to time constraints I changed my mind and went with a normal case. Not regretting that decision at all.
Nice build bro! I used that motherboard for my build and I love it. Can't believe how neat you made that look!
Thanks for the comment bro and you bring up some valid points. Yeah I can agree with you about the price, well over the price of a console. As for the performance I'd have to disagree. I have been able to play Doom and Fallout 4 at highest settings for 1080p and it holds 60fps constant. I'd say it is definitely more in the realm of a console given the size but it is a little larger than an Xbox One so I guess that could be up for debate. Also right about the Ram. Got a good deal on that a while back so I'm kinda stuck with it. It's enough to get the job done but will probably replace it down the road. Thanks again for the comment bro and have a good day.
So far I haven't experienced any bottlenecking with the G4600. I use my Acer H6510BD projector as a monitor (highly recommended) and its max resolution is 1080p at 60Hz. So I don't game at anything higher than 1080p and with this setup have been able to play Fallout 4 and Doom at Ultra settings. And I probably could have went with a bigger PSU. That's a valid point and I really did consider it. But ultimately I wanted to get this done sooner so I skimped on the PSU. Also when I put all these parts in pcpartpicker it showed that it uses 231W, so I figured that difference was enough for me to justify a 300W PSU. May upgrade down the road but so far everything has been running great. Been using it most of the day for Netflix, Steam, and general browsing.
Thanks and if you have any more questions feel free to ask,
Honestly I having been using my Acer H6510BD 1080p projector with a 100 inch screen. It runs at 60 hertz and everything has been playing well. By the way, great gaming projector if you are looking for one. Had it over a year and have had no issues. I have been able to play Fallout 4 and Doom at Ultra settings on 1080p with this setup and it has been great. Because my projector can't output anything past 1080p I haven't bothered to go passed it. And honestly with how good everything looks and runs at 1080p I don't feel a need to jump into 1440 or 4K. I will try GTA V sometime in the future but I already beat that on my PS3, my old gaming system, so it'll be a while before I try it out. Didn't mean to make this so long, sorry bro. Main thing is that it is up to you. If you want to move up to 1440 or 4k you might to go with the 144hz or 120hz, if you want to save a little stick with 1080p and 60hz. My experience with 1080p and 60hz has been awesome and I don't regret it. Definitely beat my expectations and glad I didn't spend as much in the process. I will provide further updates if there are any and will be happy to answer any questions regarding my build.
Have a good one,
Awesome that is what I was looking for. Thanks for the quick response bud. Really appreciate it.
How did you connect the power switch to the board? Did the original switch connect to the motherboard or did you have to switch out the wiring to get it to work? Sorry just curious because by xbox finally kicked the bucket and I thought about doing something like this for a future build?