|Budget Hackintosh PC Build Project|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 10 April 2013|
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Hackintosh Components Continued
If you're building a Hackintosh, there are really only two motherboard vendors to consider: Gigabyte and ASUS. This is not to say that others won't work, but in general people have had the most luck with these two. I have previously built a mini-ITX Hackintosh with ASUS' P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard, and while that worked well, it was really overkill since the case I used didn't permit a cooler large enough for overclocking. Since we're not going to overclock this build (indeed, we can't with the Core i3-3220 CPU), it makes more sense to use ASUS' P8H77-I motherboard, which is much less expensive.
Since the Cooler Master Elite 120 case has a full-sized 5.25" bay, ASUS provided a full-size Blu Ray combo drive, model number BC-12B1ST:
If your CPU has Intel HD4000 integrated graphics, you can always elect to use that. But if you have any gaming aspirations at all, you should have a discrete video card. That said, gaming on the Macintosh platform lags far behind PC gaming, and we're aiming for a budget build, so we don't need a high end card. A generic NVIDIA GTX650 fits the bill here:
Last, Crucial supplied 8GB of memory in the form of their low-profile Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP BLS2K4G3D1609ES2LX0:
Here's a table of the parts I used in this build, with prices (current as of the time of this article) and links:
Sharp-eyed readers might notice that the GEMIN-II M4 CPU cooler isn't on the list above. Read on for the reason why.