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About johnny5k

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  1. I made a spreadsheet comparing all the available Haswell & Skylake Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs. My goal was to find the best low-power processor for use in a low-profile HTPC. I thought I'd post it in case anyone else finds it useful. Let me know if you do! https://goo.gl/LKckKP
  2. I did some figures, comparing the i5-4690 to the i5-4690T. Intel reduced the clock speed by 30% to get from 3.5 to 2.5Ghz, and the voltage by 13% to get the TDP down from 84 to 45W. Can I make similarly sized changes to the non-lettered processors? Or would changing the values that much make the system unstable? The last thing I want is an unstable system. Ideally, I'd like to go down to 35W, which would take a 37% underclock and 19% undervolt (or another similar combination w/more underclock & less undervolt). Does that sound doable?
  3. Thanks for the response! I looked at NUCs but I really want to include my existing 6TB 3.5" drive, and a 2.5" SSD boot, both internally. If NUC boards had 2 sata ports it could work, but they only have one, and I don't want to use USB3 or an external case. I could use one SATA and one mSATA/M.2 drive on a NUC board, but I've seen that they can be a pain to get working with OS X; and this being my first hackintosh, I don't think I want to deal with that. There's also a mSATA to SATA adapter, but I imagine that would have the same (or worse) issues.
  4. I'm planning my first Hackintosh build, in a slim Mini-ITX case, primarily for watching (1080p) and converting video. Low noise is a top priority, and a small cpu cooler is necessary to fit the case. I was looking at using a i5-4690T (it's only 45W), but I've read that the "T" versions are just underclocked versions of the un-lettered CPUs, and I should instead underclock the regular CPU (i5-4690 is 84W). Will this work for a OSx86 machine? I plan on using an ultra-low-profile cooler (ID-Cooling IS-25i) and no case fan, if I can get away with it, with the GA-H97N-WiFi motherboard (GA-Z97N if need for changing clock speed). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Introduce yourself.

    Hey everybody. I've built systems before, but never tried a OSx86 build. And since I'm primarily a Mac user, I thought I'd try it for my next HTPC build. I joined the forum years ago, but haven't been looking at OSx86 again until recently.
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    WD My Book Icon?

    Hey-- I wanted one too so I made one from an image from WD's site. I included green and blue versions, in both Mac & Windows formats; as well as the Photoshop PSD if you want to mess around with it some more. Hope you like them! Here's a preview: I used Photoshop, and then Iconographer to make the icons. Make sure you reverse-out your masks when pasting them into Iconographer. --J5k