|Budget Hackintosh PC Build Project|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 10 April 2013|
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Building a Budget Hackintosh
Full Disclosure: The product samples used in this article have been provided by the vendors listed.
Why would you want to build a Hackintosh, when Apple's various Macintosh computers are masterpieces of industrial design? Well, for one thing, those sleek aluminum sculptures are kinda pricey. But even if cost isn't a factor, Apple's aggressive move towards non-upgradeable, non-serviceable hardware annoys the geek in all of us. A 21" iMac looks like a prop in a science fiction movie, but it's glued together like an iPad, and if you want to add more memory or replace a failed hard disk, that's just too bad. While such construction techniques are arguably defensible for laptops and tablets, where the fractional millimeters saved result in lighter, smaller devices, it's disheartening to see Apple apply them to desktop machines.
Of all the machines Apple builds, only the Mac Pro is completely serviceable and as expandable as any desktop PC, but it's a very expensive computer whose current decade-old design is becoming dated. We'll see a new Pro this year, but it's unlikely to be any cheaper.
For readers of this web site, the appeal of a Hackintosh is that you can design a Mac work-alike machine exactly as you want it, and can easily upgrade it to boot, since it's just a PC hardware-wise. I've written three previous Hackintosh articles, covering the original X58-based machine in October, 2010, and the updated Sandy Bridge version in August, 2011. In between these two articles I covered the Hackintosh Experience in November, 2010.
Today, I'll show you how to build and configure a modern Intel Ivy Bridge based machine using a mini-ITX setup. But first, let me make a couple of things clear:
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Let's take a closer look at these components in the next section, before diving into the build.