A Journey with Hackintosh - Part 1

I have been using a Hackintosh for about a year now and I love it. I'm on it now running OS X Mavericks 10.9.

The computer I am running is 4.8GHz Quad Core, Raid 0 SSDs, with 16GB DDR 1800 and 3 monitors. Excluding the monitors, I probably only have $1500 into it. And it's fucking fast. It really excites me how far your money will go with hackintosh... if you're willing to get your hands a little dirty.

This is part one of a multipart journey with Hackintosh. I hope to share some of my experiences so you can save time and money if you decide to build your own.

First, I'll tell you about one of my favorite resources for hackintosh. http://www.tonymacx86.com

The buyers guide is the best there is for building a hackintosh with hardware that won't require a lot of maintainence and "hacking."

My hackintosh has these specs:

  • Powermac G5 Aluminum Case
  • Mountain Mods Modular Removable Motherboard Tray
  • Gigabyte Z77-X-UD5H Motherboard
  • Intel 3770K i7 Processor (OC'd to 4.8GHz)
  • Noctura NH-D14 Heatsink
  • 2x Samsung 840 Pro SSDs (In Raid 0)
  • 16GB DDR3 @ (OC'd to 1800MHz)
  • Corsair Enthusiast Series 650W Modular Power Supply
  • Light/USB/Audio/Firewire custom front IO cable from ptchan5@gmail.com ($40)
  • Sans Digital HDDRACK5
  • Zalman fan controllers
  • 2x 80MM Noctura Fans
  • TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Wifi Card

Here it is!

Monitor setup:
Monitor Setup

More to come!