First of all , before i get into the details. I would like you to take a look at this video. Credit goes to netkas for posting it up in his blog. In this blog post , I’ll be talking about the secrets of bulding the right hackint0sh. What exactly do you need. I am not going to post a bunch of hardware components like other guides that you may have read . Trust me , this one is going to be a bit different (more after jump)
So you want to use OSX , but cant’ afford to buy an expensive Mac. Fear not , Hackint0sh is here to help you. In this tutorial or basically how-to. I’ll be sharing you some tips and tricks on picking the right hackint0sh. Bear in mind , I am not going to cover for laptops and in fact I am not going to recommend any laptops as laptops and hackint0sh , they can be either hit or miss. We’ll be focusing here on building desktops over laptops.
Rule of Thumb
Let’s take a look at 5 simple rules when considering building a hackint0sh
- Intel processors (make sure they are not the latest and greatest but the ones which work with OSX , i.e Intel Core 2 Duo , Xeon , core i7. Supposedly Intel Core i500 was released today , do not get it – just wait till Apple officially supports it)
- Nvidia graphics card (I do not recommend ATi due to number of reasons – its pretty hard to get it up and running , requires patching. Nvidia on the other hand goes pretty well with it. However I do not recommend to get the latest one. Suppose if GeForce 6 series is out , always buy one or two generations behind (i.e GTX220 for instance). OSX drivers aren’t part with Windows. It generally takes apple a year to catch up
TIP from aschar “ prasys nice info – but for the nvidia – id recommend definitely older ones like 8800gt or 9800gt used – at least 8xxx above – and dual dvi”
I am not going to talk anything about DVD-ROM , Hard Disks , Monitor as any ones out there in the market would work. Hard Disks and DVD-ROM must be SATA , would work if you’ve paired them up with the above combination. The only thing you should be worried about is Keyboard/Mouse. I do recommend you getting an Apple keyboard , if you can’t get an apple keyboard – consider at least getting a USB Keyboard/Mouse.
Next question a lot of people would ask , could you cite an example of a working build :-
I could dare to say that , you could get an Intel Pentium E6600 (USD 83.99)+ Gigabyte G31 board (49.99 USD) + Nvidia GeForce 8400GS card (29.99 USD) , would give me a working Hackint0sh. Its just an example , obviously you could pair up with an i7 , Gigabyte P55 board , GTX 260 for instance.
What I am saying here is that stop following blindly on guides , the important thing on getting a hackint0sh to work is processor , motherboard and graphics. The rest isn’t much of a problem.
If you have comments or suggestions , feel free to post !
Gigabyte motherboard (The reason why is because you could find DSDTs , and the BIOS do have tons of options which we could tweak instead of having a crappy locked down BIOS)