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[Newbie] Hackintosh help for new build

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June 9, 2014 3:22:53 AM

Hey guys!
I'm going to be building an ITX machine for LAN parties with my friends, but I thought I might take the opportunity to try and make it into a dual-boot hackintosh as well
Here's what I'm hoping to use:
What I want to buy:
Gigabyte H97N WiFi mITX motherboard
Intel i3 4150 3.5GHz CPU

What I already own:
1x 500GB 2.5" HDD
1x 640GB 2.5" HDD
ASUS DCUII GTX 670 2GB
8GB DDR3 RipJaws C9 1600MHz RAM

This is somewhat of a budget build, hence why I have chosen the i3
Will any of these parts be incompatible with Snow Leopard, which is my intended OS (But I can use other versions if need be, I'll just buy a copy)
WiFi support is a requirement, as it'll be used as a home server when its at home
I will be using Windows 7 on the 'normal side' if that makes sense, and Bootcamp is nothing new to me (But I'm guessing it won't be that simple)

Any and all help and advice is greatly appreciated :) 
Thanks in advance

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June 9, 2014 10:40:59 AM

When using any GPU in the 6xx or 7xx series, it's usually suggested to go to Mavericks. Due to updates in Lion/Mountain Lion, many graphics cards had drivers added so that Mac Pro users had OOB (Out of box) support for additional graphics power. If you have access to a Mac currently running Snow Leopard, Mavericks is 100% free. Use a tool like Unibeast or myHack to make an installation disk.

Also, with the i3. That will most definitely bottleneck your GPU. Using some of the money that you'll save by installing Mavericks for free, buy an i5 for sure.

Your motherboard (at the time of this post) is a very hit-and-miss board for hackintoshing. Great OOB support, but very inconsistent with successful boots.

Wifi is not recognized on any hackintosh-able board to date: you will have to get a USB adapter. A quick google search will turn up thousands of forum posts, you just need to find the one that meets your requirements and price range.

Don't use bootcamp if doing dual boot. Simply set your bios to boot to your Mac harddrive, and then install Windows on another drive. Avoids issues with kernel panics.

Hope that helps!
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June 10, 2014 1:16:33 AM

adumbbird13 said:
When using any GPU in the 6xx or 7xx series, it's usually suggested to go to Mavericks. Due to updates in Lion/Mountain Lion, many graphics cards had drivers added so that Mac Pro users had OOB (Out of box) support for additional graphics power. If you have access to a Mac currently running Snow Leopard, Mavericks is 100% free. Use a tool like Unibeast or myHack to make an installation disk.

Also, with the i3. That will most definitely bottleneck your GPU. Using some of the money that you'll save by installing Mavericks for free, buy an i5 for sure.

Your motherboard (at the time of this post) is a very hit-and-miss board for hackintoshing. Great OOB support, but very inconsistent with successful boots.

Wifi is not recognized on any hackintosh-able board to date: you will have to get a USB adapter. A quick google search will turn up thousands of forum posts, you just need to find the one that meets your requirements and price range.

Don't use bootcamp if doing dual boot. Simply set your bios to boot to your Mac harddrive, and then install Windows on another drive. Avoids issues with kernel panics.

Hope that helps!


Thanks for the reply
WiFi isn't really important on the mac side, I probably should have clarified that, so no worries there. Why is that though, if I may ask?

I'm aware the CPU isn't ideal for the GPU, but I already have the 670 as a spare, and being in Australia, components cost a metric [omitted]-ton of money compared to for example, America (I saved $200 on a 780ti by buying it off of Amazon, just to give you an idea in case you're not based in Australia)

When you say the mobo is hit and miss, could you clarify a bit? ie Having great out of box support but unreliable boots seems fairly contradictory to me, but I know nothing about this so please forgive my ignorance. Also, could you recommend an alternative motherboard? It must have built-in wifi, ITX form factor and be x97x chipset

No Bootcamp. Okay thanks for that

And Mavericks sounds like the way to go then. I'll get a copy off of my macbook like you recommended(Which is a pile of arse so that's why I want to build this)

Once again thanks for your help with this :) 
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June 10, 2014 5:46:07 AM

Mac simply doesn't recognize anything beside a handful of wifi chips on motherboards, and only has those select drivers. Wifi can always be added later.

Ahhh I see. Being in Canada, prices are super cheap as well. Having a backup is good, you will probably need some external drivers/kexts (the basic operating system files) to get it working.

Due to the relative "hot off the press" style of the Z97 chipset, external hackintosh programs such as Multibeast (tonymacx86) and myHack (sojugarden) still haven't rewritten and recoded many of their own files. The new gigabyte BIOS introduced with z87 is the one I'm talking about: they take no fiddling to get them working. The z97 chipset is just an issue for now (Will be fixed soon)

Yep! Just make sure to disconnect your Mac drive when installing windows, I accidentally wiped my Hackintosh drive the first time I installed windows :p 

Perfect! It'll help everything seem more streamlined and faster
Trust me going from 16GB of RAM and a dual core i5 to 32GB and an i7 on my hackintosh was insane, you'll see some huge performance upgrades!

Not a problem! Feel free to send me a direct message if you need help with the nitty gritty
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June 11, 2014 1:42:17 AM

adumbbird13 said:
Mac simply doesn't recognize anything beside a handful of wifi chips on motherboards, and only has those select drivers. Wifi can always be added later.

Ahhh I see. Being in Canada, prices are super cheap as well. Having a backup is good, you will probably need some external drivers/kexts (the basic operating system files) to get it working.

Due to the relative "hot off the press" style of the Z97 chipset, external hackintosh programs such as Multibeast (tonymacx86) and myHack (sojugarden) still haven't rewritten and recoded many of their own files. The new gigabyte BIOS introduced with z87 is the one I'm talking about: they take no fiddling to get them working. The z97 chipset is just an issue for now (Will be fixed soon)

Yep! Just make sure to disconnect your Mac drive when installing windows, I accidentally wiped my Hackintosh drive the first time I installed windows :p 

Perfect! It'll help everything seem more streamlined and faster
Trust me going from 16GB of RAM and a dual core i5 to 32GB and an i7 on my hackintosh was insane, you'll see some huge performance upgrades!

Not a problem! Feel free to send me a direct message if you need help with the nitty gritty


Thanks for all the help man!
I may message you when I eventually buy the parts but I'm still considering what parts to get (Although I'm pretty much decided on the motherboard)
Tom's Hardware: Best forum ever, best community ever :) 
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June 11, 2014 8:05:12 AM

Glad you've decided to join it :) 
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