Hackintosh Motherboard

I'm looking to build a hackintosh computer in the next couple of months. I'm looking to buy a core i7-930 processor and was looking for a compatible motherboard. Has anyone here built a hackintosh recently? All of the info I've found about the most compatible motherboards seems to predate Snow Leopard.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm not really sure what to even be looking for.
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  2. It's easier to get an older motherboard for it to become a Hackintosh.

    Any chipset than Apple has used themselves should do the trick.

    If not, head over to the Insanely Mac forum because, quite frankly, you're not going to get much more than this from here.
  3. Fair enough, thanks fangirl. And in answer to SAAIELLO's question, I agree. I plan on dual booting Windows 7 and OS X. 7 would be my main OS, but I need to be able to have OS X (for sharing video projects in Final Cut, mostly.) Since I need to have Final Cut (I prefer Premiere, but c'est la vie) and was planning on building a new computer anyway, this is cheaper than buying a mac, and doesn't involve giving Apple my money. Or at least not as much of it.
  4. The easiest way, and most expensive way is to buy a efix usb dongle and a motherboard that is on their compatibility list, I have built them in the past the free harder, manual way, and I would rather pay the money for it to just work.

    There is a new free way called Kakewalk, I might give a go before I buy efix.

    Good luck!!!!
  5. chiddy22 said:
    Fair enough, thanks fangirl. And in answer to SAAIELLO's question, I agree. I plan on dual booting Windows 7 and OS X. 7 would be my main OS, but I need to be able to have OS X (for sharing video projects in Final Cut, mostly.) Since I need to have Final Cut (I prefer Premiere, but c'est la vie) and was planning on building a new computer anyway, this is cheaper than buying a mac, and doesn't involve giving Apple my money. Or at least not as much of it.


    Just double check that a person has already bought the motherboard you intended to buy and that everything works perfectly.
  6. Chiddy,

    I recently built 2 hackintoshes as follows:

    Both systems run OS X 10.6.3 and 10.6.4 flawlessly but require audio and network kexts which are readily available. Some BIOS tweaks are necessary but easy to perform. for this one I used TonyMac's iBoot to get the boot started and then MultiBeast as a bootloader after install.

    MEM 4Gx2|CORSAIR CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 R 3@164.99
    CPU INTEL|CORE I7 950 3.06G 45N R 1@299.99
    MB GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R 1@209.99
    FLDRV 4G|OCZ OCZUSBDSL4G R 1@8.99
    CASE FAN|ANTEC PRO 80mm 75000 RET 5@5.99
    CASE FAN|ANTEC PRO 92mm DBB 75002 2@10.99
    PSU OCZ|OCZ700MXSP 700W RT 1@84.99
    HD 1T|WD 7K 64M SATAIII WD1002FAEX 1@89.99
    VGA GIGABYTE | GV-N285UD-1GH GTX285 1@259.99
    HTPC CASE SILSTNE|LC17-B BLK RT 1@114.99

    For this one I used Empire EFI's 1.085 R2 (linux bootloader) to get the boot started and as a bootloader after install.

    MEM Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 2@114.99
    CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Processor 1@169.99
    MB Gigabyte EP45T-UD3LR 1@99.99
    HD Hitachi 1TB Serial ATA HD 7200/16MB/SATA-3G 1@84.99
    PS Ultra LSP450 450-Watt Power Supply 1@49.99
    KBD Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave - Wireless Keyboard & Laser Mouse Combo 1@79.99
    VGA EVGA 01G-P3-1236-LR GeForce GT 240 1@109.99

    FYI, both systems are super fast.
  7. If you look at my {Member Configuration} the ONLY reason I kept (1) GA-X58A-UD3R is for a Hackintosh build - http://www.hackint0sh.org/f133/127446.htm

    Info - http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?t=4701

    Good Luck!
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