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My Hackintosh Build

A couple of days ago, Rujaun Fourie asked on Twitter, “Could you maybe do a blog post on your hackintosh hardware?” To which I replied, “I can do that”

Here are the hardware details:

Processor:
Intel Core i7 i7-4790K CPU (Quad Core 4GHz, Socket H3 LGA-1150)

Graphics:
EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 Superclocked ACX 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

Motherboard:
Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H Intel LGA1150 Z97 ATX Motherboard (4x DDR3, 6x USB3.0, 8x USB2.0, GBE, LAN, HDMI, DVI-I, DSUB)

Memory:
Crucial Ballistix BLS4C8G3D169DS3BEU Sport XT 32GB (8GBx 4) 240 Pin DIMM DDR3 PC3-12800 Memory Module

Drives:
2x Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive + Seagate ST1000DM003 3.5 inch 1TB Barracuda Hard Drive

WiFi:
TP-Link TL-WDN4800 450Mbps Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter

PSU:
Corsair CP-9020054-UK RM Series RM650 80 Plus Gold 650W ATX/EPS Fully Modular Power Supply Unit

Case:
Corsair Carbide 500R microATX Midi PC Tower Black

I ordered all the parts from Amazon UK on the 28th January 2015 and they all arrived exactly a year ago today. So, this time last year, I was actually putting all the components together and building my first Hackintosh.

The parts cost £1,032.53. Not cheap, but still considerably cheaper than an equivalently spec’d Apple machine. Having used the machine for a year, I can say it was a good investment. I use the machine daily and it serves as both my desktop development machine and our entertainment system — my wife and I don’t watch regular TV, but stream everything via the Hackintosh. Also, the hardware is quite powerful and it has plenty of RAM, so it should be a useful system for a good number of years.

Regarding hardware and compatibility with OS X, it just works. I have had no problems with it at all (famous last words) and I have not had to install any special Kernel extensions. In fact, I seem to have more issues with my MacBook Pro. That said, I have read some horror stories from users who have borked their machines when upgrading OS X, so I made sure to purchase 2 SSDs and I do clone my working drive, before I perform any OS updates.

Everything considered, I’m really happy with my Hackintosh. Would I recommend building a Hackintosh? If you’re the type of person that can follow instructions, loves building stuff and you’re willing to be your own tech support person, then yes. If not, pay the Apple tax and be happy :)

P.S. I’ve purposely not mentioned the OS X installation method or bootloader that I’m using. These are beyond the scope of this post and well documented elsewhere on the web. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

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