Using old PC parts and adding some new one to create fast mackintosh

nitin

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I already have a desktop PC with me and I want to make a hackintosh using some of it's parts and also upgrading the processor to i7-8700k.

Below are the parts that I think I should be able to reuse. As you know, graphics cards and RAM is very expensive right now so I don't want to invest too much will just buy a 8 GB stick for now.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GZ1QB3M/

When the prices come down I would like to upgrade RAM.

Below are the old parts that I want to reuse.


K450-0600
Kingwin ABT-650MM Maximum Series ATX Power Supply - 650W, 120mm Fan, Single +12V Rail

U12-42125
Ultra Gladiator Mid-Tower Case - ATX/MicroATX, 3x 5.25" Bays, 1x 3.5" Bays, 1x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0

My monitor is Samsun UE510 and I use Samsung 950 ssd

For the graphics card as I don't use any editing softwares or play games, I am not sure I will need to buy it. For now my need is general surfing, using softwares and coding. I have a 4k monitor so would like to use integrated graphics on the motherboard to output to 4k at 60 Hz. I also have 4k movies encoded in HEVC codec so would love if my new machine can play it.

I want to spend around $500 for now and upgrade the system to my current needs with the possibility of future expansions as my budget allows. What would be your recommendations for a motherboard for coffee lake 8700k which has usb latest C-port for future compatibility and display port should output 4k( I have a display port and HDMI 2.0 port on monitor) using high Sierra 10.13.3, itshould be an easy to install on with network(I use ethernet), audio and bluetooth(in built if possible) everything working. Will I be able to use my above mentioned PSU and case with i7 and that motherboard?
 

Hackintosher

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Gigabyte Z370N WIFI
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i3-8100
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UHD 630 Graphics
#2
The RAM is fine, but check to see if it's on the compatibility list of whatever brand motherboard you get as incompatibility can lead to freezes or kernel panics on Mac OS, but if you are going to replace the RAM in the future then don't let that possiblity hold you back.

The PSU, Case, SSD is fine as long as the PSU was made in the year 2012+ for sleep related issues

If you want to stay around $500 for the $350 i7-8700k then your motherboard budget is $150.

The only motherboard at that price is the ASUS Z370-A Prime
https://www.amazon.com/PRIME-LGA1151-Motherboard-Generation-Processors/dp/B075RJHN2D/

I recommended that motherboard to someone else because it also has a onboard Thunderbolt 3 header which will allow you to use a TB3 PCIE card if you ever get a TB3 device you need to use.

If you are willing to spend more for something a little nicer I would recommend one of these two motherboards for their ability to add a WiFi + Bluetooth card in the future if you want

Gigabyte Z370 G5
https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-Z370-AORUS-Gaming-Motherboard/dp/B075LGLHBY/

ASUS Strix Z370-E
https://www.amazon.com/LGA1151-Moth...UTF8&qid=1522087036&sr=8-2&keywords=z370+asus
 

nitin

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I am ready to spend a little bit extra if it gives me ability for future upgrades. This machine I guess should be good for another 3-4 years so will be an investment.

ASUS Strix Z370-E looks good to me. Is hackintosh installationg on it is a breeze? Will all of the functionality work? The board has inbuilt bluetooth and wifi will that work or I will need to buy a dongle and separate card?
 

Hackintosher

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#4
I am ready to spend a little bit extra if it gives me ability for future upgrades. This machine I guess should be good for another 3-4 years so will be an investment.

ASUS Strix Z370-E looks good to me. Is hackintosh installationg on it is a breeze? Will all of the functionality work? The board has inbuilt bluetooth and wifi will that work or I will need to buy a dongle and separate card?
Yes all ASUS motherboard's are pretty easy you can use this guide
https://hackintosher.com/forums/thr...-rog-maximus-x-hero-z370-hackintosh-build.15/
You need this card if you want Bluetooth + WIFI. The reason I recommend getting a motherboard with a WLAN slot is so that you can just swap out the card for a hackintosh compatible one
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0156DVQ7G/

and to follow this guide
https://hackintosher.com/forums/thr...h-cards-on-a-hackintosh-bcm94352z-bcm94322.6/
 

nitin

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Can you please guide me about the CPU cooler. Right now I don't need to overclock and 3.7 Ghz should be more than enough for my most of the needs. I will be primarily using this machine for coding and general activities no gaming or graphics softwares. But I might want to want to overclock it in future. What will be a cheap CPU cooler to buy right now, that also gives me room to upgrade and overclock later?
Or is it just better I get a good CPU cooler as well since this CPU is meant to be overclocked. I am asking this as the price for this CPU coolers is very high some are $140!
The more reasonable I see is Noctua

https://www.amazon.com/Noctua-NH-D1...1522201941&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=noctua&psc=1

which is still 90 bucks! Any normal CPU cooler I can use for now that is cheap? Or something that is reasonable priced in $40-50 range and still gives me room to overclock
 

Hackintosher

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Can you please guide me about the CPU cooler. Right now I don't need to overclock and 3.7 Ghz should be more than enough for my most of the needs. I will be primarily using this machine for coding and general activities no gaming or graphics softwares. But I might want to want to overclock it in future. What will be a cheap CPU cooler to buy right now, that also gives me room to upgrade and overclock later?
Or is it just better I get a good CPU cooler as well since this CPU is meant to be overclocked. I am asking this as the price for this CPU coolers is very high some are $140!
The more reasonable I see is Noctua

https://www.amazon.com/Noctua-NH-D1...1522201941&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=noctua&psc=1

which is still 90 bucks! Any normal CPU cooler I can use for now that is cheap? Or something that is reasonable priced in $40-50 range and still gives me room to overclock
You can save $25 if you get the cheaper Noctua NH-14S however the overclock won't be as good with the NH-D15
https://www.amazon.com/Noctua-Single-Tower-Cooler-NH-U14S/dp/B00C9FLSLY/

If you really want to go budget with only a minor overclock you can get the Cryorig H7
https://www.amazon.com/CRYORIG-Tower-Cooler-Intel-CPUs/dp/B00S7YA5FQ/

But if you really want that extra 15-20% overclocked performance you're only choice is to spend more and get the Noctua you linked here or get what I'm using if you like black. I'm able to get a 5.0GHz overclock with this cooler
https://www.amazon.com/quiet-BK019-Dark-Rock-Pro/dp/B00HPX7J4K/
 

nitin

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I bought gigabyte aorus gaming 7 mitherboard, 8700k and g skillz trident 3000 mhz ram. Followed your guide and have high sierra 10.13.2 installed. Thanks!

I noticed that the system was not going to sleep that is after I completed the energy saver step. Any idea how can I make that work?

I am using integrated graphics. What kexts should I delete from the EFI folder?

I am using liquid colling h115i with this
 

nitin

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Ok. System is now going to sleep. The issue was I hadn't installed my bluetooth dongle. After installing bluetooth dongle system started going to sleep