Description

This custom PC was built for light gaming and mild Finite Element Modelling and Analysis. I also wanted to Mac OS X Yosemite on a desktop, thus Hackintosh compatible parts were chosen.

The good: - Case looks cool as well as being filtered to prevent dust build up - Broadcom BCM94360CD apple networking card works flawlessly on both windows (Using Bootcamp drivers) and Yosemite - Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 gaming overclocks very nicely - 4690K Overclocks nicely with Phanteks cooler - Raid 0 array (2x 250GB SSD was cheaper than 1x 500GB SSD at the time)

The Bad/Meh: - Broadcom PCIE did not fit in the case properly and required slight modification (Removal of bolts for double sided tape) - Node 804 case had mounting hardware that did not fit slimline optical drive (attached bracket with double sided tape) - Node 804 case has awkward cable management fittings - Gigabyte Z97MX onboard audio was very average (Used external DAC from Fiio instead) - Case fans and PC fans a little noisy but not unbearable

Future Possible upgrades: - GTX 980 Ti - SM 951 SSD - Intel Core 4790K - Extra 8GB Ram - XFX XTR 650w Modular PSU

Part Reviews

CPU

Great Quad Core CPU, perfect for gaming and overclocks nicely. Integrated graphics are pretty useless (But who would buy a 4690K and not have a discrete graphics card???)

CPU Cooler

Average cooler, looks decent, has a slight hum during idle and not totally silent but cools the 4690K to about 30 deg during idle and mid 60s deg under load in non overclocked situations. Fairly fiddly to install but after the screws bite the thread it should be alright. Cooler blocks access to the notch of the PCIe slot in mATX configurations making graphics card changes annoying.

Motherboard

Decent board, great aesthetics, average on board audio, no wifi or bluetooth onboard and only 3 fan headers.

Memory

Decent ram, looks great, should have gone for the crucial ballistix with lower latency.

Storage

Great value Sata 3 SSD, great performance compared to competitors only slower than the Samsung 850 Pro series and obviously PCIe ssds.

Video Card

Really decent performance, great looks with the blue LED "WINDFORCE" logo as well as relatively cool card, no fanless mode (Can be bios hacked and very easy), beware this card is extremely long and some midtower cases and most matx or itx cases may need to lose drive cages fans etc to fit. Beware some cards may have noticeable coil whine, choose PSUs wisely!!

Case

Looks great, has slim slot optical drive, fan controller and 3x 120mm fans included. But slim slot mounting gear may not fit properly as well as awkward cable management positions.

Power Supply

Very decent value power supply, may cause slightly louder coil whine then EVGA's supernova but fairly silent under idle and stable power delivery.

Optical Drive

It works, it reads it writes whatever requires odd slimline sata to sata with power cable attachment...

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 6 points

A fellow member of the Rubik's Cube master race

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anyone know where a list of hackintosh compatible parts are ?

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

If you scroll down a little bit it will show a few links to different compatible parts: http://www.hackintosh.com/

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Tonymacx86 has a full rundown of suggested compatible parts, just be aware that each build will have their own characteristics. If you do plan to build up a hackintosh my recommendation would be to choose parts carefully and during installation just have one stick of ram and no graphics card. Remember to boot in safe mode, disable graphics and verbose mode when booting up to install drivers (boot flags: -x -v nv_disable=1)

Good Luck!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Its very tempting to just copy a hackintosh build from here... Because I know it will work without a problem. I don't want to get a PC and it not be compatible

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Its very tempting to simply copy a build from here that is hackintosh. That way I know its possible

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I know how you feel, its obvious no one wants to go out buy parts for a hackintosh and find out they are not compatible. But be aware some hackintosh builds may require alot of trouble shooting and trial and error of boot flags.

The easiest guide is from tonymacx86 check out their buyers guide http://www.tonymacx86.com/building-customac-buyers-guide-may-2015.html

Building your hackintosh with this buyers guide will ensure you will not need extra bootflags after setup or kext modification etc.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

So this will work ? All the parts in this link are on that page... http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7Wg7FT

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

According to Tonymacx86 and other hackintosh website that build looks like it will work for hackintosh. Although your power supply is excessive unless you plan on adding an extra 960 which isn't really the best bang for buck. You should also consider an SSD which you can use as your boot drive as they are becoming very affordable and will decrease boot time etc etc. I built you up a new list roughly the same price ~857USD, but you will have a core i5 4460, a samsung ssd along with 2TB of hard drive space, a tier 1 power supply (Highest quality parts) with more growing room in the future (http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html), lower latency memory (CL 8 instead of 9) which will give slightly faster memory response.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LHGCP6

Good Luck!! If you have any other questions just ask and don't forget to post some photos of your build :D

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That heatsink/fan combo is massive D: I just wish Apple would let you install OSX on any hardware :(

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

If i had to do it again I would probably use a Noctua D15 is worse hahaha but it would perform nearly as well as watercooling without the risks and fuss.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Dell U2414H, I had the monitor before the build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the Baymax wallpaper? I want that wallpaper.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

It's from Justin Maller he's a illustrator from New York. Check out his other work its pretty cool.

Baymax http://justinmaller.com/wallpaper/253/

Other Wallpapers: http://justinmaller.com/wallpapers/

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get a GS40N to fit in that?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the Phanteks cooler? I've been looking all over for it, I can't find it

  • 55 months ago
  • 0 points

Very similar to my build. You don't want to push your cpu OC a bit more? 4.2ghz can be achieved with as little as 1.12 V. Took 1.24 V for me to hit 4.2ghz though. With your phantek cooler I'm sure you have the temp headroom to go further!! Doooo etttt

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Great minds think alike! I'm pretty keen to push a little further but atm I'm not gaining that much more from OC'ing for games or engineering simulations :/.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yes this is dual boot with windows using chimera boot loader from tonymacx86. Just be aware that if you have two ssd's and they are not in raid windows will not allow you to install unless you disconnect one (have no idea why).

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Something like that I guess!

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management is shocking on this PC cause, I'm lazy hahaha and the compartments and layout is just not that great. Haven't been bothered OCing too much atm as the speeds seem sufficient for what i need for the mean time. I'll get some messy cable management pics in for ya.