Building a Hackintosh The Easy Way

By Julio Franco ยท 26 replies
Oct 29, 2013
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  1. treva1990

    treva1990 TS Rookie

    I like the idea but maybe apple should create a basics range of a standard Intel Motherboard that you can change the other parts and doesn't require a special case. You then pay the same money you would pay for a windows machine say from HP or Acer But is made by apple. The case will not have the fancy design that apple incorporate into their designs but would be a basic Cheap mac that you can upgrade in the future.
  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,666   +1,951

    99% of all Apple customers buy their product because they like the hardware look & feel, and being a famous brand. Hackintosh, or whatever they call it, would only be of interest to those who need high-performance hardware to develop software, for half-price. I don't think any end-user would be interested.
    Steve and St1ckM4n like this.
  3. Ahh, it'd be nice if the Thunderbolt's were 2nd-gen. Besides towers, imagine someone made a custom all-in-one mackintosh with an extremely amazing 4k display.

    Oh, I'm just being unrealistic.
  4. As mentioned in the article, the more high end you go, the more savings you get. Apple doesn't really have anything between the iMac and Mac Pro. The Mac Pro is too expensive and overpowered for most while the iMac with it's mobile GPU and all-in-one form factor might not be to everyone's tastes.

    I run a desktop system with a fully functional Hackintosh (all ports, sleep etc work). The only thing I need to worry about is audio breaking on point updates (just requires a replacement AppleHDA.kext) and updating to major versions (like a few days ago I went from 10.8 -> 10.9) is best done as a full reinstall. Getting it all to work is pretty easy even on stock parts these days, just need to choose them carefully.

    That said, if I didn't already have a desktop PC and a 30" 2560x1600 display, I'd probably just get a 27" iMac because they're a pretty good deal.
  5. I ran a Hackintosh for about 7 months before I finally relented and bought an actual Mac. The experience was mostly painless but that's only because I made sure I bought a motherboard that was very well supported. I used the MultiBeast / UniBeast solution.

    My only tips would be to make sure you buy well supported hardware - don't waste your time trying to get existing, incompatible hardware to work.. you'll only get angry, and bored. And once you find the right combination of drivers that work for you when running MultiBeast after an installation of OSX, NOTE THEM DOWN - I always forgot to do this, then it was always a gamble every time I did a point release update and had to reinstall drivers.
  6. First off, the audio on this board is not "Mac compatible". The audio codecs on Mac logic boards are exclusive to Apple, so you still need to use a AppleHDA patch (or VoodooHDA) to get working audio.

    Also the boards were made to spec by Gigabyte but they ship with a stock Gigabyte BIOS. To be clear, Gigabyte didn't build a hackintosh motherboard. In order to get that functionality you have to flash a custom third-party BIOS. This is presumably to avoid any legal hassles for Gigabyte and Quo.

    It's definitely a brilliant use of UEFI. While hackintoshing has gotten easier with every OS X release, this basically allows you to have all you need baked into the BIOS.
  7. Do you see a 50% savings somewhere?
  8. Has anyone ran OSX on VBox? I've been interested in doing so, I've got a few different VMs to mess around with but I never got around to putting OSX on one just for kicks. Mostly I have different Linux distros.
  9. That article says that Radeon cards may take extra effort. My HD 7870 took absolutely no extra effort in OS 10.9, but I do suppose YMMV. The Intel HD4000 on my Ivy Bridge laptop is actually much more problematic, and I would say that if you want a portable Mac OS, you really should just buy from Apple. The traditional reasons for buying a desktop mostly still apply to building a Mac OS workstations.
  10. It works perfectly fine on Vmware ESXi and is officially supported, presuming ESXi is installed on a real Mac. However there's a simple patch to unlock the OSX option if your ESXi host is not a real Mac:

    Install and use basically, no messing about. Updates work fine too. Not sure how you would get on with Virtual Box as I don't believe OSX is officially supported.
  11. Builds a Hackintosh then boots into Windows.
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Yeah, I have. Works fine.

    From experience, the only point of a Hackintosh is:
    a) if you need to mess with app development and don't want to spend money on a Mac yet.
    b) you're helplessly in love with OS X but are strapped for cash
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah, the only reason people like Apple products is that they look good and are "easy to use". I would rather build a pure PC with that money instead of making a hackintosh.
  14. AnilD

    AnilD TS Enthusiast Posts: 39   +23

  15. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Looking at those price comparisons it's totally not worth the effort, especially when you consider resale values. Not to mention you're getting a much sleeker design with an actual iMac.
  16. Great article, one that might have been written during the mid-1990s, when building a computer was daring, exciting and, most of all, a lot of fun for the technically adventurous.
  17. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Good article. Best for a while maybe :)
  18. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    I have a feeling they didn't look too hard for cheap parts. You could easily find cheaper for the hackintosh, but not for apple...
  19. Big thanks for this article. Exactly what I needed know.
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I would like to see this updated with some Geekbench scores :)

    There is some discussion in the article and comments about being able to upgrade (because you are really limited on real Mac upgrades, esp with price). But, I think your real upgrades (CPU and GPU) are going to be pretty problematic...
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,020   +2,548

    Couldn't the new generations of Apple computers with Intel CPUs, be considered "hackintoshes" anyway? After all, they pre-hacked by Apple when they started installing decent CPUs, right from the jump...:confused:
  22. Noy Anthem

    Noy Anthem TS Rookie
    This is the genuine project pages.
  23. Many if not most Kickstarter backers have not received their product, including full systems for thousands of dollars. Quo has, however, sold over 200 boards to online buyers and is now sold out.

    What this means I don't know, but I don't have my board after 240 days since payment on April 1st.
  24. DAMMIT I wish this article had been published 4 months ago. I'm one of the lucky ones that got a Project Q board early - I didn't option wifi/bluetooth so there was no holdup. I couldn't find anything about the BIOS flashing you mentioned, online support is just not there for this. At least I never found any. Posting on got me strongly warned by moderators that QUO-AOS motherboard discussions would get me banned. I have painfully figured out how to get the board to boot over the course of 4 months and probably 60 hours of experimentation, using Unibeast and Multibeast and Kextbeast and DSDT editors and all the other things. HDMI audio still doesn't work, sleep is problematic, and today, TODAY! was the first day I managed to migrate my files over from my Mac Pro 1,1 and successfully boot. I've given up on HDMI audio. And now I find that if only I'd been able to find some mysterious unsanctioned BIOS flashware somewhere, I could have just swapped out the hard drive, booted straight into Mac OS, and made a few tweaks. DAMMIT!

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