Hackintosh CustoMac

Completed my first build a couple weeks ago and it is running stable. 

I opted for cheapness while maintaining future proofing it so as not to run into upgrade problems later. So how much would one have to fork out for a semi beast with optimal compatibility?

I think I ended up spending DKK2500,- for the computer and another DKK500,- for peripherals such as keyboard and mouse and a couple USB keys.

 

 

the GA-Z87M-D3H motherboard has the options I want and was @ the right price point. It has one 16x and one 4xPCI-E and 2 PCI slots. 4 DIMM slots give me an easy achievable 16-32GB. I does not have the display port that the MX version has, but I will get that from  a GTX 650 TI BOOST. 

I followed this guide here

http://www.tonymacx86.com/user-builds/112755-haswell-matx-ga-z87m-d3h-i7-4770-gtx-650-ti-boost.html

and here is a snip from the guide. So, it's very step by step and if you get the exact parts described, you can just parrot and then enjoy. 

1. To access UEFI Setup, press and hold Delete on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up

2. Set to Optimized Defaults.
3. Set X.M.P. Memory Profile to Profile1
4. Set XHCI Mode to Auto not Smart Auto
5. Set XHCI Hand-off to Enabled
6. Set EHCI Hand-off to Enabled
7. Set VT-d to Disabled
8. Set Intel Processor Graphics to Disabled
9. Set SATA Mode Selection to AHCI
10. Set PCIe Slot Configuration Gen3

I just upgraded to a dedicated GPU, the nVIDIA GTX 650 Ti Boost 2 GB and 8 GB more RAM. 

This actually boosted the performance from 10.000 Geekbench points to 11.300

 

Problems?

The only hiccup was actually yesterday when it froze and I restarted via the reset button, which resulted in a "Unable to find SMBIOS". Problem solved by doing a cold start.

Had an issue a couple of times where the bootloader got corrupt. This resulted in a "Boot0" error. Which it wasn't. But easily solved by reinstalling Chimera with chameleon wizard or Multibeast

 

 

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Dumpster Monster

This Franken-Monster was put together from 3 dead PC's and a chipset cooler from an old G5, scores between 6-7000 on Geekbench

GA-P35-D3SL

AMD5450

Q9450 Core Quad 2.66 12MB Cache

Geekkbench results for the Z87 hack

Geekkbench results for the Z87 hack

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Sandisk benchmark

PortaBrace Runbag 1

i have been wanting one of these since I saw it for the first time in 1992...

The retail price was a little too steep to justify it, so I was all gans a blazing when I saw it used for sale at 1/5 the price. 

It has permanently mounted partition inside. This partition can be folded to one side when you need the space inside. It comes with a rugged suede leather strap with metal clips. 

 

I also found a Porta Brace HB-40 Heavy Duty Suede Leather Strap sp I bought that one too. 

 

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Quantuum R-300/600 Dual Power

I was looking for studio flashes a couple years ago and fine combing ebay for affordable yet sturdy reliable units, I also wanted to be able to drag them out to locations beyond the comforts of accessible power outlets. So that would be something a good bit outside my reach. A big waste of time. If it had not been for a polish guy with an ebay shop and a webshop called fototip.pl.

They have a brand called Quantuum that produces very sturdy aluminium studio flashes, very good specs. And they have a little four pin socket on the belly that connects to a battery pack. Reload times are a couple seconds on full and instant for less than half.

I paid £300 for the 300WS unit with battery and a 70cm Beauty Dish. 

 

Quantuum Dual Power R300ws

Quantuum Dual Power R300ws

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Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 EX DG Macro

This is a very expensive lens, or it used to be when it was still made. I got the last one I think, of the DK stock. It was the last holdout of the last batch imported and I think it has been sold a few times and sent back. I would have sent it back also, had I paid the full price, about £900, but I found it at £250 so that was a nobrainer. It suffers from zoom crawl pointing it upwards it cannot hold the zoomed out position and it is, I think a bit softer at the wide end at a couple meters than it should be. But the overall quality of the image this lens produces is very likable. It renders a warm tone, good contrast, creamy bokeh and it looks good so what is there to complain about. A little AF adjustment on my K5 and I am very happy.

 

Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 EX DG Macro

Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 EX DG Macro

10-20mm, 24-70mm, 85mm

10-20mm, 24-70mm, 85mm

Sigma 85mm 1.4 EX HSM BokehWonderMonster

I got this little nifty half KiloGram chunk of optical glass steel and rubber. It is a very nice lens, very very very nice indeed. With the purple fringe remove dropper tool in Lightroom there is is no downside tothis feat of optical ingenuity. My preferences when I buy glass is:

  1. IQ - all the qualities must come together nicely to produce pleasing results
  2. Resolution - I like contrast & sharpness
  3. Size - I like big lenses, they demand respect and they look cool
  4. Feel - I apreciate the sturdy feel of good mechanics

This beast gets a big fat checkmark slapped across each single bullet point. There is so much glass packed into this baby it is a joy to open the 9 bladed aperture with a finger and looking through.

 

Up Up & Away

 

In sweden they have real forrests. Not the scrawny stamp sized wannabees where you align your eyes to the lines of trees that where planted in neat rows just like mother nature never ever does.

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Gear

The Boom

Wallimex makes a boom swivel adapter that takes 35mm boom poles. To get this inother brands you would have to go for the much much more expensive Manfrotto boomclamp 123 and the correct stand for that adapter.

Wallimex Boom Clamp Mounted on pole

Wallimex Boom Clamp Mounted on pole

The 35mm Boom Clamp is made from aluminium with rubber inserts to get a grip on the 220cm pole. It isadvisable to get a sturdy stand to use with this setup as both the pole and clamp are strong enough that you would only find it out of balance when you let go of the stand.