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Building the Ultimate Mac Pro - Pt 1

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Buy AMD Radeon VII:
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Buy Corsair Vengeance Ram:
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Buy Gigabyte's C621 Aorus Xtreme Motherboard
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Buy Intel Xeon W-3175X Skylake Processor :
On Amazon: https://geni.us/gy4VZ
On Newegg: https://lmg.gg/8KVPp


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I heard Radeon VII 👀

EDIT: also dam now I really need to track down a Mac Pro case and stuff my SR-2 inside it so I can be a cool kid too...


X58 Madlads: General X58 Xeon/i7 discussion     X99 bois: General X99 Xeon/i7 Discussion 

 

Current Rig: 

Spoiler

i7 5820K on a Heatkiller IV Pro Acetal
EVGA X99 Classified
32GB (4x8) 3200Mhz CL16 HyperX Predator DDR4
Radeon VII on an EK Acetal block and black EK backplate 
250GB 960 Evo, 1TB 970 Evo
Corsair RM1000i

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX TG, Grey
EK D5 pump/res combo, EK-ZMT tubing, EK stubby barb fittings, 360 and 120mm GTS stealth rads, 4x Noctua iPPC NF-F12s

Folding Rig:

Spoiler

X5670 on an Intel stock cooler
EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI
24GB (3x8GB) HyperX Savage 1600MHz CL9 DDR3
EVGA 1660 Ti XC Ultra
EVGA 1050 Ti FTW
EVGA 1600W T2, a totally reasonable wattage for this
PSU mount and mobo tray screwed to plywood

 

Legacy shoutouts cuz muh nostalgia won't let me delete them:

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Long live his RGBness, @Damascus! And Fractal Design/SeaSonic dude, @Ordinarily_Greater is awesome as well! Also the man who introduced me to the glorious XCMR, LGA1366 Xeons, and X chipsets: @WhisperingKnickers.

 

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bit of a sleeper here, but waiting for that ricer still


I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B

 

Primary PC:

i7 8086k (won) - EVGA Z370 Classified K - G.Kill Trident Z RGB - Force MP500 - Jedi Order Titan Xp - The venerated Hyper 212 Evo (with RGB Riing flair) - EVGA G2 650W - Black and green theme, Razer branwashed me.

Draws 400 watts under max load, for reference.

 

Linux Proliant ML150 G6:

Dual Xeon X5560 - 24GB ECC DDR3 - GTX 750 TI - old Seagate 1.5TB HDD - Dark moded Ubuntu (and Win7, cuz why not)

 

EVGA G3 thread, BR/BT threadSeasonic Focus thread, S12II/M12II thread, Userbenchmark (Et al.) is trash explained, PSU misconceptions

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It's been over 8 weeks since you guys posted the first video on this project, and the only progress you've made is that you found a RAM kit for it? Kind of disappointing. Is this going to drag on and on for months like the 6 editors 1 cpu series?

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1 minute ago, kingmeowser said:

It's been over 8 weeks since you guys posted the first video on this project, and the only progress you've made is that you found a RAM kit for it? Kind of disappointing. Is this going to drag on and on for months like the 6 editors 1 cpu series?

Probably. They're documenting a goofy project as they progress on it, things like this don't go super smoothly. Ever looked at a build log of someone stuffing an SR-2 or similar stupidly massive board into these cases? There's all sorts of planning, material procurement, experimenting, and general jank that goes into these. 


X58 Madlads: General X58 Xeon/i7 discussion     X99 bois: General X99 Xeon/i7 Discussion 

 

Current Rig: 

Spoiler

i7 5820K on a Heatkiller IV Pro Acetal
EVGA X99 Classified
32GB (4x8) 3200Mhz CL16 HyperX Predator DDR4
Radeon VII on an EK Acetal block and black EK backplate 
250GB 960 Evo, 1TB 970 Evo
Corsair RM1000i

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX TG, Grey
EK D5 pump/res combo, EK-ZMT tubing, EK stubby barb fittings, 360 and 120mm GTS stealth rads, 4x Noctua iPPC NF-F12s

Folding Rig:

Spoiler

X5670 on an Intel stock cooler
EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI
24GB (3x8GB) HyperX Savage 1600MHz CL9 DDR3
EVGA 1660 Ti XC Ultra
EVGA 1050 Ti FTW
EVGA 1600W T2, a totally reasonable wattage for this
PSU mount and mobo tray screwed to plywood

 

Legacy shoutouts cuz muh nostalgia won't let me delete them:

Spoiler

Long live his RGBness, @Damascus! And Fractal Design/SeaSonic dude, @Ordinarily_Greater is awesome as well! Also the man who introduced me to the glorious XCMR, LGA1366 Xeons, and X chipsets: @WhisperingKnickers.

 

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12 minutes ago, komar said:

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/693773-g5-komars-mode/

 

May not be as powefull, but I'm way ahead of LTT on this one :P

@DrMacintosh and @Crunchy Dragon have also put systems in PowerMac G5 cases, always looks awesome! 

Only guy I've seen close to as ambitious as LTT was one absolute madman on the EVGA forums who stuffed an SR-2 (IIRC it's still slightly wider than the mobo LTT has) inside one. I desire to follow in his footsteps at some point... 


X58 Madlads: General X58 Xeon/i7 discussion     X99 bois: General X99 Xeon/i7 Discussion 

 

Current Rig: 

Spoiler

i7 5820K on a Heatkiller IV Pro Acetal
EVGA X99 Classified
32GB (4x8) 3200Mhz CL16 HyperX Predator DDR4
Radeon VII on an EK Acetal block and black EK backplate 
250GB 960 Evo, 1TB 970 Evo
Corsair RM1000i

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX TG, Grey
EK D5 pump/res combo, EK-ZMT tubing, EK stubby barb fittings, 360 and 120mm GTS stealth rads, 4x Noctua iPPC NF-F12s

Folding Rig:

Spoiler

X5670 on an Intel stock cooler
EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI
24GB (3x8GB) HyperX Savage 1600MHz CL9 DDR3
EVGA 1660 Ti XC Ultra
EVGA 1050 Ti FTW
EVGA 1600W T2, a totally reasonable wattage for this
PSU mount and mobo tray screwed to plywood

 

Legacy shoutouts cuz muh nostalgia won't let me delete them:

Spoiler

Long live his RGBness, @Damascus! And Fractal Design/SeaSonic dude, @Ordinarily_Greater is awesome as well! Also the man who introduced me to the glorious XCMR, LGA1366 Xeons, and X chipsets: @WhisperingKnickers.

 

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Hey, I left a comment on the Youtube video page already, but here goes again:

 

If you want to make a 3D scan of a shiny object, you should use an inert mineral spray like a developer spray. It's what is used by archaeologists when scanning shiny objects like stone tools. I can get you in contact with someone from Minnesota University who can possibly give you a hand, even if you just want to make a tutorial video about making photogrammetry models!

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Did anyone else notice this? Cuz I love what happened in the last minute of the video:

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Linus: This is going to be a challenge, BUT it looks like every problem we have.......

 

*undies slides itself out of the build*

 

Linus: ......is going to be overcomable.

 

 

THE PACK OF UNDIES KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM!!! 🙃 😆 🤙

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12 minutes ago, Results45 said:

THE PACK OF UNDIES KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM!!! 🙃 😆 🤙

You're telling me skinning the inside of the case with LTT underwear won't help the thermals? 


X58 Madlads: General X58 Xeon/i7 discussion     X99 bois: General X99 Xeon/i7 Discussion 

 

Current Rig: 

Spoiler

i7 5820K on a Heatkiller IV Pro Acetal
EVGA X99 Classified
32GB (4x8) 3200Mhz CL16 HyperX Predator DDR4
Radeon VII on an EK Acetal block and black EK backplate 
250GB 960 Evo, 1TB 970 Evo
Corsair RM1000i

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX TG, Grey
EK D5 pump/res combo, EK-ZMT tubing, EK stubby barb fittings, 360 and 120mm GTS stealth rads, 4x Noctua iPPC NF-F12s

Folding Rig:

Spoiler

X5670 on an Intel stock cooler
EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI
24GB (3x8GB) HyperX Savage 1600MHz CL9 DDR3
EVGA 1660 Ti XC Ultra
EVGA 1050 Ti FTW
EVGA 1600W T2, a totally reasonable wattage for this
PSU mount and mobo tray screwed to plywood

 

Legacy shoutouts cuz muh nostalgia won't let me delete them:

Spoiler

Long live his RGBness, @Damascus! And Fractal Design/SeaSonic dude, @Ordinarily_Greater is awesome as well! Also the man who introduced me to the glorious XCMR, LGA1366 Xeons, and X chipsets: @WhisperingKnickers.

 

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MMMMMMmmmm, more delicious Hackintosh goodness which means more Anthony.

 

I am about this content.

 

Also hey Linus, I could use a new Mac Pro when you're done with this one.


乇乂丅尺卂 丅卄工匚匚

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Linus: *Sees Radeon VII hanging down off of MOBO.* "Yeah, that looks right!" *Continues test fitting...*

Me:        ...R.I.P....


In search of the future, new tech, and exploring the universe! All under the cover of anonymity!

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Please wait.

Estimated time until part 2:

9 months, 6 days, 13 hours, 12 minutes, 7 seconds.


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-The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.

-Celibacy is not hereditary.

-If everything seems to be going well you obviously have no idea what's going on.

-Never argue with a fool, people might not know the difference.

-A shortcut is the longest distance between two points.

-Everyone has a scheme for getting rich that will not work.

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-Do things according to who you are, not who others are.

-You can't put a square peg in a round hole. If you're a square peg, make yourself a square hole.

-If somebody else will, why should you?

-If your life consists solely of doing the bidding of others, you have no life at all.

 

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Can’t wait to see the finished build. This is a bit ambitious for my tastes. I personally went with a “as stock as possible” approach with my internal look. 

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Laptop: 2016 13" nTB MacBook Pro Core i5 | Phone: iPhone 8 Plus 64GB | Wearables: Apple Watch Sport Series 2 | CPU: R5 2600 | Mobo: ASRock B450M Pro4 | RAM: 16GB 2666 | GPU: Sapphire Nitro+ RX 580 4GB | Case: Apple PowerMac G5 | OS: Win 10 | Storage: 480GB PNY SSD & 2TB WD Green HDD | PSU: Corsair CX600M | Display: Dell UZ2215H 21.5" 1080p, ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED 23.6" 1080p, Samsung SyncMaster 940BX 19" 1024p | Cooling: Wraith Prism | Keyboard: G610 Orion Cherry MX Brown | Mouse: G303 | Audio: Audio Technica ATH-M50X & Blue Snowball
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They really need to talk about the price of this build because a lot of people go the hackintosh/PC parts route to save some money. This build screams $$$ but I think it still might come in below new Mac Pro projections!

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39 minutes ago, DrMacintosh said:

Can’t wait to see the finished build. This is a bit ambitious for my tastes. I personally went with a “as stock as possible” approach with my internal look. 

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Right, and I did basically the opposite of that by gutting the case entirely :D

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Too much hassle and hacks just to use that case.

Why not just CUT it and extend it (make it taller and wider)... it will still LOOK like a Mac case.

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56 minutes ago, YogiBehar said:

Are you kidding me apple made there desktop computer upside down 🙄. Nice call apple, slap yourself silly.

Lol, BeQuiet makes inverted cases too. IIRC LTT did a big feature video on an amazing custom case a while back, that too was inverted. Some people want inverted cases because they like the look, others because they're practical. On the PowerMac G5, the inverted layout lets them put the heavy PSU and dual CPU coolers on the bottom, keeping it stable when on the floor/on a desk. It also leaves the upper half more open for easy swapping of the GPUs/PCIe devices and HDDs. Mac Pros were very similar, but some of them had trays on the bottom with daughterboards for the CPUs so those are easily removed as well (1st gen Mac Pros and PowerMacs are hellish to swap CPUs in). Overall it's a very well though out and organized interior for easy maintenance and essential upgrades. For reference, I've had both a PowerMac G5 and 1st gen Mac Pro, and worked a bit some other ones.


X58 Madlads: General X58 Xeon/i7 discussion     X99 bois: General X99 Xeon/i7 Discussion 

 

Current Rig: 

Spoiler

i7 5820K on a Heatkiller IV Pro Acetal
EVGA X99 Classified
32GB (4x8) 3200Mhz CL16 HyperX Predator DDR4
Radeon VII on an EK Acetal block and black EK backplate 
250GB 960 Evo, 1TB 970 Evo
Corsair RM1000i

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX TG, Grey
EK D5 pump/res combo, EK-ZMT tubing, EK stubby barb fittings, 360 and 120mm GTS stealth rads, 4x Noctua iPPC NF-F12s

Folding Rig:

Spoiler

X5670 on an Intel stock cooler
EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI
24GB (3x8GB) HyperX Savage 1600MHz CL9 DDR3
EVGA 1660 Ti XC Ultra
EVGA 1050 Ti FTW
EVGA 1600W T2, a totally reasonable wattage for this
PSU mount and mobo tray screwed to plywood

 

Legacy shoutouts cuz muh nostalgia won't let me delete them:

Spoiler

Long live his RGBness, @Damascus! And Fractal Design/SeaSonic dude, @Ordinarily_Greater is awesome as well! Also the man who introduced me to the glorious XCMR, LGA1366 Xeons, and X chipsets: @WhisperingKnickers.

 

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And this is where a great idea ALWAYS turns into a crazy Frankenstein experiment, all because you are trying to stuff modern gear into an ancient enclosure and resorting to a Dremel.

 

You want to beat Apple at their own game use your CNC equipment instead of a Dremel. Go grab a WP100 case that can actually fit the hardware you have properly, install the water cooling gear nicely and then do the final touch by cutting a giant apple logo on each of the side panels - mobo side clear/open, cable side opaque acrylic, with RGB backlighting on both. Powder coat the whole thing silver to match the cheese grater. It wouldn't be too hard to put handles on it as well. Now you have something that's not only better, but comes off looking totally Apple stock.

 

Use your brains guys, don't be cheap. You've got all that CNC gear there doing hardly anything.

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Lots of complaints about how the Radeon VII is being handled here.


Specifications:

Motherboard: Asus X470-PLUS TUF gaming (Yes I know it's poor but I wasn't informed) RAM: Corsair VENGEANCE® LPX DDR4 3200Mhz CL16-18-18-36 2x8GB

CPU: Ryzen 7 2700X @ 4.175Ghz                                                                                     Cooler: Antec K240 with two Noctura Industrial PPC 3000 PWM

Boot drive: Samsung 970 EVO plus 250GB            Second drive: Micron 1100 2TB         GPU: EVGA RTX 2080 ti Black edition @ 2Ghz

Case: Antec P8                                                                                                                    PSU: Antec HGC850

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Around 5 month ago when I said that using an Nvidia GPU for the Hackintosh video was a bit problematic, Anthony told me it's fine because Mojave drivers are coming in anyway. Guess by now they realized that Nvidia Web Drivers aren't really going to be a thing now and decided to just use an AMD Card.

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