Building a Hackintosh Computer - Step by Step Guide and Hardware Suggestions
Before writing up this guide, I was still sour from my last attempt at building a Hackintosh. While it was only a few years ago that I tried with a P55 based motherboard, the process was much more difficult and I never really quite got things working quite right despite all of the hardware we have at the office that I had at my disposal.
This time the experience was actually quite pleasant, and I got a well working configuration on my first install attempt. Using new software from sites such as tonymacx86, a large selection of fully supported hardware from vendors like Gigabyte (who seem to have the most boards with full Hackintosh support from what I can tell) and Apple’s adoption of modern parts, such as Kepler GPUs, and Ivy Bridge CPUs, building and using a Hackintosh nowadays is relatively easy.
While I have not had this Hackintosh running long enough to see a new revision of OS X, all of the information I can find makes me believe it will be a painless Software Update experience when that day comes. Since all of the hardware we chose is supported natively by OS X, I don't forsee this changing either.
While this certainly isn’t a budget minded PC build compared to what you can build with Windows, by pairing this with a high resolution 27” display (such as the Korean monitors have reviewed in the past) you can build yourself a system that outperforms even the new 27” iMacs for about $600 less (not including the SSD) due to their use of laptop spec parts in the official machine.
Overall I am extremely impressed with the current state of the Hackintosh experience, in particular the great community over at the tonymacx86 forums, who are extremely helpful and knowledgeable about a wide array of components. This guide is meant as an introduction to the hackintosh experience, and your results may vary. If you do happen to have a problem, simply swing by the tonymacx86 forums and it's likely someone on the fourms will have already experienced the same thing and already has a solution.
I hope this has been an educational guide for you and didn’t scare anyone off from diving into the whole Hackintosh scene. I certainly had a blast, and I'm sure you will too!
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