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X-8 Featuring White Lightning. An 8 core Hackintosh...

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Posted · Original PosterOP

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OK. So basically after recently building a new PC and shuffling parts around to create more PCs I found myself with some left over parts.

 

As I was building The Big Purple Monster I managed to get hold of an 8 core Ivybridge CPU. I also found a board for it, so whilst I had the cash floating I decided to invest (£160 all in for both). I switched out my AMD FX 8320 with it and have had some fun with it. I was going to sell the 8320 but then I had an idea.....

 

I love Macs. Especially the big powerful ones.. Could I liberate enough hardware to actually build one? the short answer is yes.

 

So I went around all of my computers today, here's what happened.

 

Now I had no memory to replace what I wanted to use. My media rig was running 4gb of very expensive Geil Extreme memory (known to do 2333mhz easy). However, all I had was ECC... I put 4gb ECC into the media PC and it fired up immediately.. Phew ! memory GOT !.

 

Then I liberated the GTX 480 Lightning, as I hear Nvidia cards are good for Hackintosh. I then let the media PC fall back on its integrated Radeon which is more than up to the job of smashing out movies.

 

OK, so here is what I have piled up to the right of me...

 

1 x Philips DVDROM drive.

4x Black and white SATA cables.

1x GTX 480 Lightning.

Intel E5 V2 8 core Ivybridge Xeon.

2 x 2gb Geil Extreme DDR3.

160gb 7200 RPM SATA laptop drive.

XFX Pro edition 750w non modular (Seasonic)

 

All I need now is a case, and a PSU to replace the XFX which I am going to steal from the media PC. I only need 400w or so for that.

 

More to come soon, now it's off to make an inventory list of the things I need. These are -

 

Case (I want a white one for modding)

CPU cooler (if any one has one LMK ! needs to fit 2011)

 


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Just bought 50ft of this.

 

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Will probably do the PSU. Only the power connectors though. Drive wiring will be hidden any way.

 

Nicholas - thanks ! I will definitely be asking a lot of questions. One for you now though, what is the latest OS I can install? is it Mavericks or ML?


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Nicholas - thanks ! I will definitely be asking a lot of questions. One for you now though, what is the latest OS I can install? is it Mavericks or ML?

Mavericks 10.9.4 is the latest at the moment. 


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Sounds good to me man. Does Steam and all of that work OK?


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I don't need that I've got an Iphone 4 :)

 

Actually I'm sitting here typing this to you on my mint condition Powerbook 17" with an SSD in it :D

 

Should be really nice though to have a mega powerful mac. I was looking at the Mac Pros before I built my big purple machine but they just didn't offer enough for the money.

 

Also.. I forgot to say.. I have a Gigabyte X79 UD3. Is this a good board to hack? I hear that X79s are very well supported.


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I don't need that I've got an Iphone 4 :)

 

Actually I'm sitting here typing this to you on my mint condition Powerbook 17" with an SSD in it :D

 

Should be really nice though to have a mega powerful mac. I was looking at the Mac Pros before I built my big purple machine but they just didn't offer enough for the money.

 

Also.. I forgot to say.. I have a Gigabyte X79 UD3. Is this a good board to hack? I hear that X79s are very well supported.

Yes that board should work but I will do some research now and find what you will need and some other things. I to am planning to do a build but mine will be a bit different: http://imgur.com/a/HpTVu


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I hadn't considered actually using a mac case. I want something smaller tbh. I'm going to try and make it very compact so that I can hide it away.

 

Many years ago now (2005ish) I took a G3 and fitted a PC into it then ran PearPC. I used to use it as my web server. Was sooo easy doing that on a mac !

 

I've been browsing cases today. Got my eye on a few. Most will need pretty heavy modding but all are pretty nice to look at :)


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I hadn't considered actually using a mac case. I want something smaller tbh. I'm going to try and make it very compact so that I can hide it away.

 

Many years ago now (2005ish) I took a G3 and fitted a PC into it then ran PearPC. I used to use it as my web server. Was sooo easy doing that on a mac !

 

I've been browsing cases today. Got my eye on a few. Most will need pretty heavy modding but all are pretty nice to look at :)

I really want to get my hands on a G3 Blue & White to make a small LAN system.


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Yup that's the one I modded :)


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Yup that's the one I modded :)

When installing mac os use niresh's as in terms of working out of the box its better than windows, for me i only needed to install audio and its working fine. 


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OK so today I've been planning the build in my head as much as I can. Firstly I found a load of brand new fans that have empty LED holes. So first thing to do was to order some white LEDs. However, I CBA wiring them because you can buy them pre wired, so I just went for 40 of these.

 

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Then it was time to take stock of what I have for the build. A few fans..

 

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Corsair 140 AF with empty LED holes.

 

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This thing was a really nice bonus. Basically when I bought the Cosmos 2 it had a hotswap drive unit in the front. It didn't fit with what I wanted but I'll sure as heck make use of it now :)

 

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Two 120mm F12s and a F9, all in white :)

 

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Black and white SATA cables.

 

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A fan splitter. Always hella useful.

 

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160gb 7200 RPM drive. This thing actually hauls ass, so is perfect.

 

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Front switch panel from a Silverstone Temjin. I will likely fit more than one power/reset button as I will likely need them when setting up OSX.

 

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You'll also note I am trying to make more of an effort with the photos. It's hard in this flat.. I do have a semi decent camera but it likes light..

 

More to come later, as well as the posting of a few of the cases I have lined up. I'm still very much undecided..


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So you want to go with a white case? C70 Artic White, Define R4 White are the two I like.

 

I'm going as cheap as I can tbh. The main reason is I want to mod it quite heavily, and expensive cases usually have it all done already. Here are the cases I am considering.

 

First up (and the favourite so far !) The Justop New Wave Q7.

 

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The only downside that's putting me off is that it looks very cheap and tacky in a crap photo like this.

 

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However, that's using flash and I know my Zalman case I had looked the same under flash. It has the most potential tbh. Note the mesh will come out and be painted white. Cost - £28

 

OK next up. Gigabyte. I forget the model number now.

 

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This one is second because it's reversed ATX. £48

 

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Which I kinda like the idea of :)

 

Thirdly we have some Chinese case.

 

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Which is quite attractive. However, I would not be able to use the drive bay without it looking crap. £44.

 

Just to digress a moment. I like cases that look like number 1. I used to have an IBM Intellistation M pro back in 2000 and I loved the slatted front. It will also go well with the very server like look of the hot swap bay, and look quite mean and professional.

 

It also has a window, which will cost me around £6 if the case doesn't have one...


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I did the research I said I would do and good news, everything should work since someone got it all working with ML 10.8.3 so Mavericks should do a better job. They did get sleep working which is awesome since X79 doesn't support sleep normally.

 

The main thing I will need to find now is the GTX 4xx series drivers, Should find them soon.

 

Also what model is the CPU?


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The case is quite nice. I will look that up. I also really like the XFX Bravo....

 

And dude.. Thanks ! I really appreciate you helping me with the software as I really don't have a clue what I'm doing !


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The case is quite nice. I will look that up. I also really like the XFX Bravo....

 

And dude.. Thanks ! I really appreciate you helping me with the software as I really don't have a clue what I'm doing !

Not a problem, just need the CPU model now to confirm the small stuff since it should work without a problem. 


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The CPU is a E5 V2 Ivybridge Xeon. It has 8 cores, but there's no specifics on it because it's an engineering sample.

 

However, this should about do it...

 

http://ark.intel.com/products/76158/Intel-Xeon-Processor-E5-2628L-v2-20M-Cache-1_90-GHz

 

Mine is 1.8ghz boost 1 core 2.3ghz and all 8 cores to 2ghz. But it's pretty much identical to that one, barring that mine is 100mhz lower clocked.


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The CPU is a E5 V2 Ivybridge Xeon. It has 8 cores, but there's no specifics on it because it's an engineering sample.

 

However, this should about do it...

 

http://ark.intel.com/products/76158/Intel-Xeon-Processor-E5-2628L-v2-20M-Cache-1_90-GHz

 

Mine is 1.8ghz boost 1 core 2.3ghz and all 8 cores to 2ghz. But it's pretty much identical to that one, barring that mine is 100mhz lower clocked.

Okay cool, will check up now :)

 

Edit: It should work perfectly since it is a Xeon with a supported motherboard.


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Okay cool, will check up now :)

 

Edit: It should work perfectly since it is a Xeon with a supported motherboard.

 

Awesome. Yeah it's pretty much just an IVBE dude :)

 

Any way, a very busy afternoon. I really wasn't going to do this yet, but I switched out the 8 core and motherboard and replaced it with the Asus CHFZ and 8320. So now the board is free, with the CPU in it.

 

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And the board out.

 

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And then I spent ages removing all of the crappy stickers from the fans and so on. Here are the Arctics.

 

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Which will no doubt end up in the rig.

 

Also, some very good news ! I've found a cooler !

 

I was poking around in some old boxes and found a massive lump of aluminium that used to be in my old Dell. It needed some modding and some parts, but I've managed to get it all sorted out :D I even found a really cool fan to fit to it and it should look really unusual when done !

 

More to come soon. Still freeing up parts and cleaning/removing stupid stickers.


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Tease me, tease me ;)

 

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And here is the cooler.

 

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It's taken from a Dell Precision T5500 (S1366). It's bigger than it looks, and is basically a milled piece of Alu. Don't expect it to look anything like that, though.

 

And here is the fan.

 

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It will run on its own independent controller. Now what I am hoping here is that I can run the CPU passively. The CPU is only 60w, so the cooler block should be able to take care of it. This remains unknown ATM so I will be fitting the fan (don't expect the fan to look like that either) and then experimenting with fan speeds to noise etc.


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