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Dual-Boot Hackintosh - Intel 6 core i7-3690k - 64GB RAM

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May 22, 2012 4:44:10 AM

Hey guys, I'm building a new PC/hackintosh dual-boot computer and want to make sure I've left every stone unturned :p  Basically that there's no faulty hardware and no better deal for what it is I'm trying to do. Here's what it all looks like:

*Intel 6 Core i7-3930k 3.20 GHz 1 LGA 2011 Processor
*ASUS P9X79 PRO - LGA2011 - X79 - 8x DIMM - PCIe 3.0 Motherboard
*GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card
*Antec CP-1000 1000 Watt CPX SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS Modular Power Supply
*G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)

*OCZ 120GB Vertex 3 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive (SSD)
Partition 1: 60GB Windows 7 Premium
Partition 2: 60GB Mac OSX Lion (Hackintosh)

*OCZ 60GB Vertex 3 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Performance Solid State Drive (SSD)
(Exclusively for Scratch Disks)

*Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB
*Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM
(Mirrored RAID 1 Build)

*Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

*Tango Express 800 -Firewire 800/USB 2.0 Combo PCI Express Card

*LG WH12LS30 12X SATA BLU-RAY BURNER - BULK, DRIVE ONLY

*Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98

*ASUS (USB-N13) Wireless-N USB Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0

*(2x) Corsair Cooling Hydro-Series All-in-One High-Performanc​e Liquid CPU Cooler

and here's an Amazon.com wishlist with all the parts listed for a closer look: http://amzn.com/w/2AVDA8IN36GDM

I do a lot of 3D Animation, VFX, motion graphics, and video editing so I plan to overclock the processor to about 4.5GHz, and that should be plenty hopefully.

Thoughts?? Feedback?? Anything I need to know before I pull the trigger on this bad boy? Thanks in advance for the help!
May 22, 2012 6:40:42 PM

Do I need to worry about having both Windows 7 and Mac OSX on the same hard drive? Will it run just as well on one SSD as 2 SSDs if I simply partition it first?
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August 18, 2012 10:14:10 AM

highfivejohn said:
Hey guys, I'm building a new PC/hackintosh dual-boot computer and want to make sure I've left every stone unturned :p  Basically that there's no faulty hardware and no better deal for what it is I'm trying to do. Here's what it all looks like:

*Intel 6 Core i7-3930k 3.20 GHz 1 LGA 2011 Processor
*ASUS P9X79 PRO - LGA2011 - X79 - 8x DIMM - PCIe 3.0 Motherboard
*GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card
*Antec CP-1000 1000 Watt CPX SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS Modular Power Supply
*G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)

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Thoughts?? Feedback?? Anything I need to know before I pull the trigger on this bad boy? Thanks in advance for the help!



Hi John,

did you go ahead and build this machine? I have the same motherboard and processor but struggle to get my OSX Lion (10.7.4) to run at a good performance. Up to now, I have tried everything I could find in all the forums but still have no sound working. Graphic card (MSI Lightning GTX 580 3GB) does run at not so great benchmark results (Cinebench 11fps, Luxmark 4,450pts). I mainly want to do video editing and colour grading on the machine (Adobe Premiere, DaVinci).

One suspicion I had was that I maybe should maybe flash/update the BIOS of the motherboard to reach better performance. The BIOS on it right now, is from November 2011. But I am hesitating as some people say it might have too new features that the OS can't cope with as there might be no compatible workarounds (KEXTs, DSDTs, ..) available.

I am curious how your build turned out eventually!
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August 28, 2012 8:51:29 PM

It's been built!

Ive been using 10.7.3 but thats because of the USB dongle I'm using (asus usb-n13). The drivers for 10.7.4 are 32-bit only for some reason, but either way I haven't messed around in 10.7.4.

I updated the BIOS and haven't had problems. I've heard of other users on tonymac raving about the new BIOS so I went ahead and did it, but haven't noticed any major changes. Everything works though. Overclocking was easy and I don't get boot errors unless there's a damn good reason. Haven't had any problems with kexts getting outdated after flashing the BIOS either...

I do get significantly lower performance on my hackintosh drive than my windows drive. Around 13.3 cinebench in windows and 9.1 on OSX. About 35 FPS in OSX cinebench and 70 in PC cinebench...I know cinebench isn't accurate but I can feel the difference in after effects/cinema 4d/premiere pro, etc. The windows boot runs like butter though, so it's not like I'm complaining ;) 

Your benchmarks seem really low...look into drivers for that card and look hard. Guys on tonymac will probably have links to some obscure driver you need
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September 20, 2012 3:26:29 PM

2721772,4,1211544 said:
It's been built!
Hi, can you give the procedure or a link step by step for hackintosh on this Mobo, i am new on hackintosx' and i search advice for go!
Did you install win7 before or after? dual boot work?
Thank You!!!
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February 18, 2013 7:39:26 PM

highfivejohn said:
It's been built!

Ive been using 10.7.3 but thats because of the USB dongle I'm using (asus usb-n13). The drivers for 10.7.4 are 32-bit only for some reason, but either way I haven't messed around in 10.7.4.

I updated the BIOS and haven't had problems. I've heard of other users on tonymac raving about the new BIOS so I went ahead and did it, but haven't noticed any major changes. Everything works though. Overclocking was easy and I don't get boot errors unless there's a damn good reason. Haven't had any problems with kexts getting outdated after flashing the BIOS either...

I do get significantly lower performance on my hackintosh drive than my windows drive. Around 13.3 cinebench in windows and 9.1 on OSX. About 35 FPS in OSX cinebench and 70 in PC cinebench...I know cinebench isn't accurate but I can feel the difference in after effects/cinema 4d/premiere pro, etc. The windows boot runs like butter though, so it's not like I'm complaining ;) 

Your benchmarks seem really low...look into drivers for that card and look hard. Guys on tonymac will probably have links to some obscure driver you need



Hey highfivejohn, are all 64GB of RAM recognized and working in OSX. I've been trying to put together a hackintosh build with 64GB RAM and most of the stuff I've seen around the web says something about OSX only recognizing 32 even with a mobo that supports up to 64.
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