Workstation Build (Part Time Hackintosh)


May 12, 2016
First let me start by thanking you all in advance for your insightful responses.

I am planning to build a workstation at the office where I work so I have been given a budget of around 3.2K. Including the monitor. With that in mind the following is my list of components.

So what am I going to use it for?

1. I would like to either dual boot OSX or ideally run OSX via a virtual machine on the desktop.
2. I would use it mainly for photography & videography. Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects (occasionally). But may also run some AutoDesk software like CAD 2D and 3D. Rendering.
3. General office tasks
4. I want an all around workhorse that can handle just about almost anything I throw at it.
5. Some gaming

As far as system design I was thinking about doing the following.

A: Have the OS and programs installed and running off the M.2 SSD. Which is why i chose the Samsung 950
B: Use the 850 pro (or any recommended SSD) to hold my most recent files that I may work on.
C: Use the 1 2TB HDD as a back up to both of those drives.
D: Use the 2nd 2TB HDD to archive RAW files.

My job is weird I can be tasked with very different things. One minute I might be working on proposal, the next I might need to edit 4K video from a drone. I get called out for the Fire Dept when they have a working fire so i have to download those files quickly and the next I might be helping an engineer with design work. So you get the idea.

My personal computer is a 15" Macbook so that is why I would also like to run OS X on it. For some tasks it is just easier for me.

With all that in mind. Can you guys provide me with some feedback on both the components as well as how to implement them.

Is the X99 system better for this build than the Z170. Should I go with the newer 6700K should I buy a Xeon E3 instead? What would be your recommendation regarding the storage?


Not very familiar with Hackintosh compatible hardware. My understanding is Gigabyte boards tend to be Hackintosh friendly, last I knew. Not sure why you picked a M-ATX board, when the case is a standard ATX case. Also, X99 is getting its next gen CPU, soon, and Nvidia is releasing their next gen graphics, as well. Made some changes to your build, like gigabyte board, faster clocked 980ti, and faster ram.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($369.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG A80 128.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($124.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X99P-SLI ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($249.95 @ B&H)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($207.92 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($317.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.88 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB FTW ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($499.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($118.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($161.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM (64-bit) ($139.00 @ Adorama)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Dell U3415W 60Hz 34.0" Monitor ($757.88 @ B&H)
Total: $3238.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-12 15:41 EDT-0400



May 12, 2016
Thank you logainofhades. I like that motherboard too. I was trying to get the Asus X99 Deluxe. not sure why i saved that M-ATX in its stead.

So do you think I should wait for the newer chips? I want to wait for the 1080 GTX but what about the Broadwell-E won't it be much more expensive?

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