Here's the deals I found for some OSX/Hackintosh-compatible hardware:
1) MOTHERBOARD - Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L Retail Motherboard (retail comes with SATA and IDE cables, etc): mwave.com[mwave.com]
2) PROCESSOR - Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 Retail (retail comes with heatsink): On the motherboard page above, add the CPU COMBO above ADD TO CART and select this processor.
The total will be $116. Shipping is FREE when you buy this motherboard/cpu combo. Use coupon code: "BK2SCHOOL" for another $10 off. New Total $106. (Alternatively, you can get this at newegg.com for $122 minus BING cash back.. but this is cheaper and you don't have to wait for bing).
Video card is $17.99 after rebate and bing cash back, free shipping.
$124 is your total for your OSX-compatible MOBO/CPU/VIDEO.
Here are my notes:
a) With Hackintoshes, OSX only works with certain motherboards and video cards. This motherboard is SUPER compatible (if you read the newegg reviews, there's people who specifically cite Hackintosh. Also, google will show you guides people have created for this SPECIFIC board to install OSX. Even the on-board sound works right out of the box for OSX!
b) The processor is retail and comes with a heatstink. No need to buy another.
c) The processor is a great overclocker. I have mine up to 3.0ghz on stock voltage and stock heatsink. I could probably go up to 3.2 on stock heatsink, but I'll just leave it. Most people are getting 3.5ghz on aftermarket coolers.
d) Again, the video card selected is only one of a few lines of video cards that will work with OSX.
e) I have only posted the deals for the OSX-specific hardware. You will need memory, a case, power supply, input devices (keyboard, mouse), monitor, hard drive, optical drive, operating system, etc. I will not post deals for those, but I can quickly reference some: Newegg is having a sale on the 1TB Hitachi SATA drives, and also the $25 Rosewill cases. Take a look on the slickdeals forum for those.
Hackintoshes require quite a bit of research, but narrowing down the hardware was the biggest challenge I had (since only few specific parts have been tried and are compatible).
By the way, I'm running this exact set-up right now (except the 9500GT instead of 8500GT). I'm triple-booting Mac OSX 10.5.7 (my toy), Windows 7 x64 (my main OS), and Windows XP x86 (in case there's some old software/hardware that isn't 64-bit or Windows 7 compatible).
Good luck and feel free to use this post for discussion of Hackintosh.
very cool. repped & thumbs up.
do you think the following case would work for this project:
Rosewill R115-P BK Black SECC Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
I understand that the BIOS of Windows motherboards is a problem for Mac Operating Systems. What I have read is to use a device that creates a full EFI environment. Do you have to buy a $235.00 "EFI-X" USB dongle device to boot OSX? I read the article on Hackintoshes in the June 2009 issue of Maximum PC. It is indeed interesting.
In general, Gigabyte boards seem to be very compatible with OS X. I've used this little board for a Windows build (not for myself) and was very impressed with it for the price. Nice overclocking features. Got a E2180 to 3 Ghz with little work. Stable as a rock and still going strong.
I know you're new, but in the future let's not quote the OP's entire post
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What is the point in building this? I don't get it.... Is OSX really that good? If you don't like windows there are other operating systems out there that you don't have to pay for. Besides, doesn't installing this OS on non-apple hardware violate the license agreement?
Anyways, the hardware itself seems like a good enough deal.
Yes, it is! I've used Windows on the desktop many years. Last year I bought a Mac Mini for iPhone development. It soon became my main system and I haven't had the desire to use my Windows machines since. I never realized how much time I wasted day in and day out in Windows. The workflow in OS X is just so much smoother and you're able to accomplish a lot more with a lot less effort. I've also noticed the level of quality of 3rd-party Mac applications is much higher than 3rd-party Windows software. You do pay more for 3rd-party Mac software on average, but IMO it's usually well worth it for the level of quality and time it saves me. In summary, using OS X over Windows has made my time at a computer much more productive and less stressful. For that, It was well worth the $599 I paid for the Mac Mini.
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