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Parts for my hackintosh build should arrive today. I might not get to it until the weekend, but here's the parts list.
note, this isn't being built to do much work on, a little photoshop and web work on occasion. it's replacing a pc I built about 10 years ago. to be used mostly for the wife's school work, web, email, music and netflix streaming. I like macs but don't want to drop the cash on one... and just to say I did it.
used case: $0
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA - OEM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
EVGA 01G-P3-N959-TR GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Acer G215HAbd-1 Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
i also ordered a few new case fans, sata cables and a cheap external enclosure for my old IDE hard drive.
total from newegg $665.49
still need to get a mac keyboard and a snow leopard upgrade cd, so the total will be about $750 total.
I'll let you all know how it goes soon. I'll be using this install method - http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/2…
- kalkal 0
Not bad, the only part that's a bit shitty is the DVD burner, the optiarc drives aren't actually made by sony, only branded and tend to be unreliable, breaking quite frequently.
If that happens, get a decent panasonic. The screen won't be too hot either.
- the forums I've read said to use the sony optiarc because some burners cause sleep issues somehowjohnny_wobble
- and the optiarc doesn'tjohnny_wobble
- I dropped this thing on the concrete floor with only a thin layer of bubble wrap on it and it still worked fine. :)johnny_wobble
- pop in a sony blue-ray. ;-)akrok
- fadein11 0
yeah was gonna say i would have spent some of the dosh I saved on a decent screen
- doesn't need to be great. it's replacing an old CRTjohnny_wobble
- Colour reproduction on the CRT will be much better than on the new TFTkalkal
- CRT for the win tbh.
0ms response time, and the best colours you can get!
wish they made thin CRTs!Hombre_Lobo
- (like kalkal said :))Hombre_Lobo
- scarabin 0
keep us updated, i'd love to see how this turns out so i can do it myself
- dirtydesign 0
more importantly....what will it look like?
- georgesIII 0
I may try this too,
- monospaced 0
Do hackintoshes fare well with Software Updates?
- Hombre_Lobo 0
Id suggest posting this on the hackintosh forums before buying it, they can tell you which motherboards are problematic.
The main issues with hackintosh being wireless and audio, but i think most desktops are fine.
- Funny, I've only ever had issues with my GPU! If it weren't for that, I'd be running a hackintosh now.kalkal
- ATI HD 4850kalkal
- Well, actually I've got all AMD stuff now which is even worse :Pkalkal
that sucks dude. Did you want to game on the mac?Hombre_Lobo
- ha, what AMD set up you got? x4? x6 maybe??
- phenom x2 555 BE OC'd to 3.6ghz. Couldn't unlock the extra cores :/ still does it's jobkalkal
- Not bothered about gaming, but none of the UI is accelerated with out GPU thus openCL and quartzkalkal
- all parts have been researchedjohnny_wobble
- johnny wobble = machine?
lol at that cold reply! :DHombre_Lobo
- :) hehe. just sayin' I checked all the parts for compatibility.johnny_wobble
- cool dude! enjoy! :DHombre_Lobo
- Hombre_Lobo 0
nice looking spec.
gigabyte motherboards are solid and as a company they are pretty good. that mobo seems a bit expensive, but maybe thats the currency difference (im in the UK).
The I3 is a decent chip, pretty underrated and it can overclock (like the i series chips, very well.
Saying that i would have paid the difference and got an i5 760 - its the best value for money chip, i dont think it costs much more than that i3 and is an excellent performer. But if you dont need the extra performance no worries :)
Enjoy your getting your favorite OS at a decent price! :)
- johnny_wobble 0
I'm posting this from my shiny new hackintosh! it was a bit dodgy getting everything running right, but I've got it now. just one little bug to work out still. getting audio and network took some trial and error, but I know the right combo if anybody uses this motherboard. :) I had a power supply problem at first. the 500W either wasn't good or not enough power. it would run the system with 1 sata drive, but not both hd and dvd. replaced it with a 700W and all is well.
I'll report back after living with it for a few days, but at this point, it's been a fun challenge and well worth the effort. total spent was under $800.
- moldero 0
nice man, hope it holds up.
- utopian 0
- prophetone 0
This is cool, good work.
- mydo 0
Now all you need to do is get parallels running and you're good to go!
- Hombre_Lobo 0
Nice work dude :)
did you have to do bios changes before install?
- Boz 0
damn abettertomorrow is gonna lose it :)
- moldero 0
- johnny_wobble 0
it wasn't a perfectly smooth install. it froze a couple of times, it rebooted when it wasn't supposed to once and caused problems, a couple of times it's had no keyboard or mouse control after rebooting...
the power supply problem was like this:
I put everything together, plugged it in and pushed the power button. the lights on the motherboard flashed and then nothing. so I start unplugging things and seeing if it'll run. first with no sata drives hooked up and only 1 stick of ram and it runs fine, got video, bios screens, keyboard, etc. hooked them both back, nothing. hooked only the sata dvd drive up and turned it on, it runs and is ready to boot from my iboot boot disc, but no hd to install to. hooked up just the sata hd, runs fine and sees the hd, but no OS. so it's gotta be the power supply, but is it bad or too small? according to research, it's big enough. I unplug everything, plug it all back in and the fuckin' thing runs! both drives. ok, boot from iboot, swap out for retail cd, it's starting to install... then I get the gray screen that says "you must turn your computer off" or whatever. I'm still thinking it's gotta be the power supply, so I go buy a bigger one today, plug it in and everything powers up. it didn't take long to install after that.
i'm not sure if sleep is working or if the mouse and keyboard problem is gone yet or if it's only after restarting or powering down or a hard reset with the power button? I only have the power button hooked up right now, so I need to hook up the rest of the front panel wiring before closing it up, hopefully the front usb ports work. I need to research opening up stuff on the motherboard like usb3 and sata 6gig ports for the future.
if this thing stays stable, I can always stick an i5 or i7 cpu in it and some more ram.
apparently the way to see if you have full video acceleration is by adding a new widget in dashboard, if you get trippy wripples around it when adding, your video is good. mine does that, so I guess video is all good. looks good to me.
- and that's why it's so cheap...betelgeuse
- and the cheap part makes it worth the trouble to me. *shrug*johnny_wobble
- Not cheap. But smart In the future will by the blueprint and build it themselves.VikingKingEleven
- Sounds like a pain in the arse. Alright though if your time isn't worth muchanimatedgif
- vaxorcist 0
For my hackintosh (Q6600, made almost 2 years ago)
I have found that I had to get a USB sound stick on ebay for $5
and a USB wifi reciever, both worked once I got the right drivers for the wifi reciever...
- akrok 0
i remember i heard something about that i5 was faster then a i7, which is funny cause it's cheaper too. it that right? Hombre_Lobo.
- That's right dude!
The generation i5 2500 is faster than the old i7's and as you said is cheaper!Hombre_Lobo
- The new gen i5 is a different socket (1155) so it uses differen. Motherboards which cost a bit more than old gen CPU moboHombre_Lobo
- thank you. :-)akrok
- ...good info.akrok
- That's right dude!
- VikingKingEleven 0
I want to upgrade my imac 2ghz intel core to duo drive to 1 or 2 TB.
Is western digital the model of the drive?
Where can I find this information? I read somewhere if you upgrade the drive you should stick with the same brand because of the cooling sensors?
What drives do you guys suggest?