My first ever hackintosh.

My first ever hackintosh.

This article is requested by @ss1271 , and WIP with stability test and more components adding in.

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The key element to build a hackintosh successfully yourself is finding the right components, here is my current build, which is designed to do lots of video editing, e.g. FCPX & Motion. So, choose the specs fulfil your requirement.

  • CPU: Intel Haswell i7 4770K (choose K for better OC)
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5H (great build quality)
  • RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance DDR3 1600 8GB (CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10) (other brands/options should work)
  • HDD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB (MZ-7PD256BW) (Best performance on MacOS X apart from PCIe SSD, get the 512GB one if you can)
  • Graphic(option): Sapphire Radeon R9 280X Toxic OC 3072MB (This is the fastest one in AMD family work out of the box, otherwise choose Nvidia Family, e.g GTX770 or below. )
  • Case: Antec P280 (support long size graphic card)
  • Power: SUPER FLOWER 80PLUS Platinum (choose wisely, consider lifecycle, CPU OC & Graphic card SLI/CF power consumption, choose the highest watt possible for better upgradability)
  • WiFi:netcore NW770 750M 11AC (client mode)
  • Bluetooth: ORICO BTA-406-WH (most CSR8510A10 should do, no hack required, detected automatically by MacOS X, but not able to discover Apple Mouse & Keyboard. Not recommended)

Installation process is pretty straightforward,
Hardware you need:
MacOS X running machine(MBA/MBP/iMac/Hackintosh)
8GB USB flash drive or any usb hard drive

Software you need:
Mavericks installation.app, get it free from AppStore or 3rd party
MultiBeast, get it free from here

Tutorial:
here

Feel:
I haven’t finished the full set up including dual boot with Windows 7, and need to test FCPX performance, stability of the entire build.
It had reboot automatically once when I was editing in MS Word with Chrome opened, not sure what was going on.

Bug:
USB Mouse & keyboard will not work after the screen off followed by the screen saver, need to unplug & re-plug them.
If the screen is set to always on, which means screen saver never stop, the machine will freeze after a period of time, this might caused by the Intel HD Graphics 4600 from i7, not 100% sure, will test again when I get my hands on the AMD 280X graphic card.

 

Update:
Don’t update to Mavericks 10.9.2 just yet, since people have reported a couple of issue generated since the update, so if your current set up is fine, then wait for better solution available before any further action. ;-)

To be continue……

2014.11.05: Everything is great on 10.9.5, except the RAM problem, many users report there are RAM issue on Gigabyte motherboard causing random freeze, so either avoid Gigabyte or just use 2 slots of RAM instead of 4 slots(full).

 

 

As always, feel free to ask if any questions exist.

4 Replies to “My first ever hackintosh.”

    1. As far as I am aware, you don’t need a driver for that in Mavericks, however, will check out if it works perfectly or not later.

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