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Hackintosh Build: Build a Mac OS X capable computer in a few easy steps…

Feb 15, 2011   //   by admin   //   Blog, Internet Marketing, Video Production  //  53 Comments

Hackintosh Build for Videographers and Editors

So you want to build a powerhouse of a computer that runs Mac OS X but don’t want to spend $6k+ for the new Mac Pro’s? You’ve come to the right place! With all the resources that are out right now, it’s easier than ever to build a powerful, fast, ridiculously clean Hackintosh computer (did I mention reliable?)!!

You can watch the video below for a walkthrough of how you can do this easily, plus all build lists! Let me just say, you can build a very capable Hackintosh for under $1,000. How does that sound?! Atleast $2,000 cheaper than buying a base line Mac Pro.

I am making this guide mainly because I am a video editor, motion graphics designer and I dabble in the 3D animation world and I needed a computer that could handle my everyday wear and tear without shedding an ounce of sweat. This guide is meant for the enthusiast, someone who NEEDS a powerful computer, not just a hobbyist who wants to try their hands at having a Macintosh system without spending the dough (there are a ton of guides that walk you through this).

Here is a list of the components I used. Below the list will be an explanation of each and why I chose them. This exact system costs $2336.57 on Amazon: (prices may have changed since this posting)

Just to get it out of the way: this system is FAST, runs flawlessly and is just a DREAM!

My Hackintosh Build

Are you saying to yourself: “But, I REALLY want to save money!!!” Okay, throw out the SSD, get a cheaper video card, a cheaper case, and a less expensive Power Supply and you can get a VERY nice system (WITH the 6 core processor) for just under $1,800.

Now if that’s still too much, throw out the expensive processor and get a Quad Core i7 (or better yet an i3 or i5) and the price will drop to under a grand!!!

Whew! Now onto the nitty gritty. So you want to build a machine like this for yourself?

Who wouldn’t?

There are a few simple steps to follow in order to do this right.

PICK THE RIGHT HARDWARE

I can’t stress this enough, this is the single most important part in building your Hackintosh.

Motherboard:

The easiest way to build a Hackintosh is with a Gigabyte mobo running an Intel Processor. The best version is X58. I can’t speak for the other types they offer since I don’t know anything about them (P55, H55, etc) If you have questions about other boards, you can find a multitude of information on the web (and in my resources section at the end!)

I went with the Gigabyte X58A-UD5 because it had the most success out of any board I have seen in the Hackintosh community, plus it’s a great board!

Processor:

i3/i5/i7 will work. Plus there have been instances where CoreDuo and Core2Duo have worked. Be advised: AMD processors will NOT work.

I went with the i7-970 processor because it’s a POWERHOUSE! All the i7′s are generally Quad Core, but I needed something more, so I opted for the 6 core. Definitely stoked I did. Make sure the processor you get has the same socket as your motherboard.

Hackintosh Intel i7-970 Processor

Graphics:

Man, now this is a topic of “Mac or PC”, “Chicken or the egg”, “Ford or Chevy”. It doesn’t end. In this case it’s “ATI or Nvidia”. I can’t vouch for Nvidia because I went with ATI. I didn’t even research Nvidia, but I’ve heard that you can build a great system with a few Nvidia cards out there. I chose ATI because it is what comes in the new 2010 Mac Pro’s. You can find hardware lists (in my resources) to see which versions work with Hackintosh, but I can tell you that 5870 and 5770 definitely work.

Sapphire HD5870 Radeon

Ram:

I recommend a very reputable, well known company for your ram. As you know you will want to pack this thing in with ram to get the system up to par. I went with Mushkin’s Blackline 1600MHz PC3-12800 3 x 4gb pack for a total of 12gb. When you are searching for your ram, make sure that it is compatible with your processor, they are the speed you want, and ultimately will fit in your motherboard. I recommend DDR3 ram and 1600MHz. The amount you go varies on what you want to accomplish. 4gb is just fine for photographers, 12gb is good enough for me. Just remember, your motherboard has a certain amount of space for Ram and my philosophy is always have more headroom then you need. I went with 3 x 4gb sticks that way I can add more (up to 24gb in my motherboard) with another 3 x 4gb kit from Mushkin.

Also, ALWAYS match your ram. What I mean is, don’t go and buy Mushkin ram, then 5 months later buy another 2 sticks of Crucial ram. Always match the ram to the same company, speed, rating, etc…

Mushkin Blackline Ram 12gb

Everything else: Choose any other hardware you want.

Power supply:

This doesn’t make a difference as long as it is powerful enough to run your computer (I went big with the 1000 watt). I chose the Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000 watt PSU because it received many certifications and awards. Plus it is 80 PLUS Gold certified. I spent the extra dime on this PSU versus lesser ones but it was worth it. It’s quiet, modular (meaning you only plug in the cables you need which makes case organization a breeze), and sexy!

Hackintosh Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold PSU

Hard Drive:

If you are in the video field, audio field, or photography then you know you want to go with a hard drive that offers atleast 7200 rpm’s. If you want to go all out, go with Solid State (as I did). They are a lot cheaper these days and are QUICK! (watch my video below to see a comparison).

I went with a 120gb OCZ Vertex 2 drive because it got fantastic reviews and I can see why. This thing is tiny, light, and quite honestly, very sleek. After reading through a couple hundred reviews on various SSD’s I decided on the Vertex 2.

Just keep in mind that if you want to dual boot say…Windows 7 and Mac OS X, you will have to use 2 separate hard drives OR partition a single hard drive for each OS.

I also read that your boot drive should only be 1TB AT MOST. Your secondary drives can be any size (though just to be safe I am going with 1TB drives).

Case:

This is purely aesthetic and your own opinion. Things to keep in mind: airflow, fans, possible watercooling, space for motherboard (ATX, mATX, etc), space for HDD, etc.

I went with NZXT’s Phantom. Why? Just look at the thing! It’s sexy as hell, doesn’t look like anything else on the market, and has insane versatility. Just look at the specs!

NZXT Phantom

Okay, let’s get a move on!

What you’ll need:

  • iBoot + Multibeast – courtesy of TonyMacX86
  • The DSDT for your motherboard found on TonyMacX86 as well: DSDT downloads (you don’t need this but it makes it easier)
  • Latest update for OS X (found on Apple’s site)
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard install disk – a whopping $29 at the Apple Store
  • A flavorful cocktail to get you through this

Burn iBoot.iso onto a cd and put Multibeast, your DSDT, and any other hackintosh related files (kexts, install packages, etc) on your trusty thumbdrive and put both aside.

Build your system. If you’ve never built a system, please PLEASE PLEASE read up on how to build a PC. It will make a huge difference in a clean fast build and a terror.

And just to be clear: RTFM!!!!!!! (Read the …. Manual!!!!)

IMPORTANT:

  1. Connect only 1 hard drive (your main boot drive)
  2. Only have a MAXIMUM of 4gb ram for the install (you can add the rest later)
  3. Only have 1 video card installed to the topmost PCI-e slot
  4. Only have 1 monitor connected
  5. Don’t have any other expansion cards installed yet (they may not be compatible)
  6. Do not connect any USB devices EXCEPT for mouse and keyboard (I strongly recommend a wired keyboard and mouse for the install but not necessary)
  7. Double Triple Quadruple check all your connections…

Now the moment of truth…plug in your power supply, cross your fingers and bring your beast to life…

Did it turn on? WOOHOO!

Now if everything went well you just need to follow these 8 steps to have a successful Mac OS X install!

Step 1:

Edit your BIOS. Once you turn on your computer edit your BIOS. Make sure all SATA drives are set to AHCI, Boot priority to CD-Rom, Hard Drive secondary (MOST IMPORTANT!), Sleep Mode to S3 Only, HPET to 64 bit, and set to Optimized Defaults (if your motherboard gives you this option). Save changes and exit BIOS

Step 2:

Boot into iBoot – Put iBoot into your cd-rom drive and restart the computer. If you set boot priority to CD-ROM then it will boot straight into iBoot, which will give you a “login” type of screen that says “iBoot”.

Eject iBoot and insert your fresh new copy of Mac OS X (Snow Leopard). Hit F5 to refresh the screen. You will see it take the place of “iBoot” on the screen. Hit ENTER.

Step 3:

Format your hard drive: Utilities -> Disk Utility

If you want to Dual Boot Windows: create 2 partitions: Windows partition – Format MSDOS (FAT), Mac OS X partition – Mac OS Extended Journaled. Go to Advanced Options and choose “GUID Partition Table” – THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!

If you want to boot Mac OS X only: format your hard drive to Mac OS Extended Journaled. Go to advanced options and choose “GUID Partition Table” and skip to Step 5.

Click Apply (which will Format and Partition your hard drive) and close.

Step 4:

Insert your Windows 7 disk and install as you normally would. Choose Custom install. When it asks for which partition to install on, choose your Windows partition (duh!) and format the drive (under Drive options). Installer will reboot the system a few times and you will have successfully installed Windows!

(Disclaimer: Some of the instructions in step 4 might be different depending on OS, I didn’t dual boot so this is just a broad example of how to do it)

Step 5:

Insert the iBoot disk again and follow the instructions to boot in to Mac OS X (insert Snow Leopard disk once it gets to the iBoot screen and hit F5 to refresh and Enter to boot from it).

Now install Mac OS X on the partition you created for Mac OS X as you normally would.

PLEASE NOTE: I have heard and seen instances where once OS X is done installing, it gives you an “Installation FAILED!” notice. Don’t fret, just restart your computer as in Step 6. For me, it didn’t give me this error.

Step 6:

Put iBoot back in your CD-Rom drive and restart. Select your new Mac OS X install from the bootloader screen and launch it.

Insert your thumbdrive and copy the Multibeast folder to your desktop and move your DSDT file to your desktop (if applicable). Now open Multibeast but DON’T TOUCH IT!!! Just open it.

Now, update your Snow Leopard install with the update on your thumbdrive.

IMPORTANT, DO NOT RESTART ONCE THE UPDATE HAS FINISHED!!!!

Just leave it on the “restart” screen and open up Multibeast in the background. If Multibeast quit, go ahead and reopen it.

Install Multibeast as your system calls for. For my system I chose:

(and this might sound like complete jargon until you actually do this…You can skip this next little part if this goes over your head until install time of course!)

MultiBeast selections for Hackintosh

  • UserDSDT Install
  • System Utilities
  • Audio ->ALC8xxHDA and AppleHDA Rollback
  • Disk -> IOAHCIBlockStorageInjector and JMicron36x (AKA GSATA) I chose all (After research I found that you should only select one of the options. Read the description for each and choose the best one that supports your situation!)
  • Misc -> USB 3.0 – NEC/Renesas
  • Bootloaders -> Chameleon 2.0 RC5 – ATI Experimental (so 5870 will work fully accelerated)
  • Customization -> Boot options -> 32-bit Apple Boot Screen (to start with until system is running stable, then switch to 64 bit Apple Boot Screen)

That’s it! Hit continue and install. Once Multibeast is finished, Restart your computer!

Step 7 (sometimes not necessary):

Before restarting – Install extra kexts (which are basically little “things” that make your hardware compatible with Mac OS X) for your hardware.

I installed: RealtekRTLnetwork.pkg which is for your network (new Multibeast release has this built in), PXHCD.kext which is for USB 3.0 (if the MultiBeast one didn’t work).

Step 8:PRAY your system restarts!!!

Hackintosh and Dell Monitors

Don’t fret – if your system hangs up (which mine did because I chose 64 bit first and the wrong video driver – OOPS!). Just throw your iBoot disk in and restart. Boot into your Mac OS X install. Find your “~home/Extras” folder and delete it. Open MultiBeast and try again!

It’s seriously that easy.

Now I want to admit one thing. My build actually cost much less then the above. My full build cost me $2,134. The reason it is much lower is because I found deals. Get out there, find deals, and make it worth it! My price of $2,134 also included 2 Dell Ultrasharp 2408 24″ monitors. I found deals on Craigslist, eBay, etc…

Okay, I like what I’m reading, now LET ME SEE HOW IT PERFORMS!

Check out the difference between SSD and your typical HD

Ever seen 40 applications open at once???

Photoshop CS5 Opening demonstration between SSD and Macbook Pro:

The Real Numbers – Benchmarks:

This isn’t too fair of a battle for benchmarking SINCE I am comparing with a Macbook Pro (which is my only basis for comparison). But I will show you what typical Mac Pro’s got in comparison. These numbers are using GeekBench.

Mac Pro (Mid 2010 2.66GHz 12 core) – 20002
Mac Pro (Early 2009 2.67GHz 8 core) – 14232
Mac Pro (Early 2009 3.33GHz Quad core) – 10304
My Macbook Pro 2.6GHz 4gb ram 17″ – 3915

My i7-970 Hackintosh – 14332

Now keep in mind the 2010 Mac Pro 8 core (1. see below) would cost $5,399 and my Hackintosh cost me $2,134! The Mac Pro also didn’t come with two 24″ monitors and a Blu-Ray burner. But it does come with quad core processors so it might be a tiny bit faster…but is that worth the extra $3,265?

EDIT: 3/3/11 – Had a few kernel panics this morning, but I want to just respond to this post and say that I changed one of my DVI connected monitors to an HDMI cable and I haven’t had a problem yet! I have 1 monitor connected via DVI and the other through HDMI. I said in my comments that one of my problems was a flickering monitor on start up – that problem is now gone! I also haven’t had any kernel panics since I changed this. I’ll post back in a few days if something does happen. Running smoothly again!

1. 2010 Mac Pro 8 core with two 2.4GHz quad core processors, Solid State hard drive, 5870 graphics and 12gb ram.

Resources:

TonyMacx86

NoFilmSchool

iBoot + MultiBeast Download Area (TonyMacx86)

DSDT Database for your motherboard

Hackintosh Hardware Compatibility Lists

53 Comments

  • FREAKING AWESOME!!!! I’m going to do this!

  • Hey! This looks brilliant. Im considering putting together pretty much the same computer after seeing this post. Ill probably drop the SSD and settle for a Quad core though as its main function will be music production.

    Can you give me an update on how its running? Any glitches so far?

    I noticed you dident include bluetooth and Wifi in the components list. Are these working for you?

    Did you run into any other complications since the build or is it really as easy as it looks?

    Sorry for all the questions. This will be my first hackintosh build. It would be very cool if you could get in touch via email and let me pick your brains about stuff as I put mine together. ;)

    • Hey!

      An update… The system is running 98% FLAWLESSLY! I say 98% because there are a couple very small things that aren’t working properly
      1. My second monitor flickers ONLY when I first start the computer and get into Mac OS X. My remedy is to disconnect the DVI cable from the monitor and plug it back in. Solves it immediately. Another solution MIGHT be to use 1 DVI and 1 HDMI. I haven’t tried that yet though.
      2. Another hiccup is that it is very easy for installations and set ups to cause kernal panics. This is because they could be changing some of the “kexts” in the system which causes the system to become unstable. Remedy: Run “Kext Utility” (*from TonyMacX86) ALL THE TIME! I run it everytime I shut down my computer (which is once every 5 or so days…) and whenever I install something new (like an audio processor, audio program like Logic, etc). This just helps to reorganize the kexts in the system folders and makes it more stable.
      3. I had some issues on my first installation and lost the whole thing. Formatted and did everything again (with my new instructions on this blog) and it has been working greatly.

      I did not install WIFI because I connect it directly into my router. I did not install bluetooth because I don’t use any bluetooth parts. The remedy for this is very easy: pick up a USB bluetooth dongle. I’ve heard it works wonders. Same with WIFI, there are many solutions for it, I just didn’t have a need for it. I do music production also on this computer and it runs great. You definitely don’t need a 6 core for music. My dual core Macbook Pro did just fine :)

      Sure you can email me at anytime. matthew[AT]matthewmintun.com

      Good luck with your build!

      • Fixed monitor and hopefully kernel panic issues – plugged in one monitor through HDMI (1 through DVI and 1 through HDMI). Monitor doesn’t flicker at ALL anymore! No Kernel Panics to note as of yet.

        -Matthew

  • It is too bad that it is not working 100% and that you have to run the Kext Utility…. For a moment I was all excited and ready to purchase an identical system.

    Let us know if you are able to make it work 100% (I have a Dell Mini 9 which works 100% with MAC OS installed).

    Another question – did you explore the possibility of getting a silent (passive) graphics card like the Powerplay HD 5770?

    • Yeah, I only say 98% because of the hiccups I had in the past. Hackintosh is by no means a system that should be made by itself (or relied upon completely in my opinion). I wouldn’t make a Hackintosh if I didn’t have my Macbook Pro as a back up. But that is because this is my business. If I was a hobbyist, this wouldn’t matter as much!

      I will say that I am happy with dealing with a couple small hiccups and dealing with small workarounds to save $3,000 on a comparable Mac Pro. The workarounds are 1. Kext Utility 2. Back ups (which I’ve never needed to use, but in ANY system Mac or Hack this should be your workflow)

      If they have a passive 5870 for graphics, I would definitely be interested.

  • Thanks for the update Matthew! Very cool to have some inside info on how its working out for you.

    Im almost definitely going to build something along these lines and this guide has been really helpful!

  • Hi Matthew, really great guide you have here. Thank you for sharing your experience with the community. Silly Apple and their overpriced Foxconn hardware… Thank goodness for the hackintosh community.

  • Brilliant, if I wanted to run 2 of the I7 970 processors, What motherboard do you recommend using?

    • I was actually going down this route (2 Intel Xeon Processors though). There are no 100% reliable hackintosh builds with a dual processor set up. None that I have seen. I was going to use the EVGA Classified SR-2 mobo for housing 2 Xeons…but the cost would have gone way up to about 3k-3.5k range!!

  • Multibeast is continuously being upgraded. The current version March 25 is 3.4. It has different choices and different recommendations for checking the boxes. Perhaps you could try out the latest version and update the fine tutorial.

    Also there is a version of Multibeast for folks who cannot get their Hackintosh booting without using iBoot. I haven’t tried it. I could remove a lot of folks frustrations. Then they can work on trying to use a regular Multibeast for a more vanilla-like OSX86.

    I think it will be helpful to mention that folks have not be routinely successful using the on-board video that comes with certain H55 motherboard and i3 & i5 & i7[maybe]

    FYI I picked components that were much less expensive than yours. I picked those that folks had OOB[out of the box] success with.

  • Hey, do you still answer users problems or not? If yes, may I ask you something about my x58a ud3r with intel i7 920 and ati hd5870 ?

    • Ask away. I’m sure I, or someone else will have the answers for you.

  • The DSDT doesn’t work on my rev 2.0 mobo…..(picked up from the website you linked) but the screen becomes black with no input signal from the gpu … what can i do?

    • The first thing I would do is check what BIOS version your mobo is. To do this, boot your computer and go into set up (I believe it’s F12 or Delete key) and then find your BIOS version. If the DSDT is for a different BIOS version, it could cause major issues. If the versions differ, you will need to flash your BIOS with the correct version. I would then boot from iBoot disk into Mac OS X and re-run Multibeast with the new DSDT. Make sure you always check “System Utilities”. I’m unsure if a new MultiBeast is out now but if there is a new one, I would download it and run the newest version. I have noticed that with these GPU’s sometimes there is a problem showing the display (I had this problem running two DVI connected monitors). My fix was to unplug and plug back in the DVI cable. A better fix was to run one monitor on DVI and the other on HDMI. But from the sounds of it, you are only running one monitor…

      If you have any further questions I strongly recommend registering in the TonyMac forum. Everyone on there are geniuses!

  • Thanks for this guide, very well put together! Upgraded my desktop based on this guide and easily got a dual boot with win7/osx working with 10.6.7. Final cut pro and Logic 9 both work VERY well :)

  • Great bit of work just got my system running with much the same set up
    X58A-UD5, I7 970 HD 5870 but unable to get 64bit running did you get yours to run if so any tips
    Steve

  • Thanks for the guide!

    I’ve only got one problem that i haven’t been able to solve yet, which is the bluetooth.
    I have got my USB bluetooth dongle (cheap generic one) plugged in but somehow it doesn’t get recognized in system profiler under bluetooth or USB. I have tried all the USB ports but still the same.

    Just wondering if you or anyone has a solution that may fix the problem, suggestions are welcome.

    Thanks again.

  • Hey, purchased the same set up, i select the language but it freezes up at the next screen when i try and click continue.. any suggestions?

  • nevermind! restarted and it worked fine! thanks for the tutorial, i am also a video editor that does motion graphics and 3d animation. this is the perfect box for me considering my low budget!

    • Glad you got it all to work! Hope the computer works well for you! Definitely saves you quite a bit of dough… Where are you based out of?

  • Michigan, i actually make 1-800-law-firm commercials. but my system is not fully working yet, i got an failure running multibeast yesterday during set up.. i have the 5770 V.C. is there any difference in setup for that? and i used 10.6.7 to update.. but it gets stuck at the apple logo when i try and restart, also i didnt use a dsdt, which one out of the 3 do i download? same MOBO as u..

    • Hey Andrew, you’ll notice that with the hackintosh it’s a lot of back and forth to get it running properly, but in the end it is definitely worth it. For the DSDT, you’ll need to know which BIOS version your mobo is. You can do this by starting the computer and going into BIOS setup (I think you hit DEL). Peruse the menus and you’ll see “BIOS Version”. Then head over to the DSDT database and search for your BIOS version. The first one I used worked alright, hung up a bit, so I flashed to a newer version (found on Gigabytes website – FD) and it worked much better. http://bit.ly/eLM11q

      Make sure you also read the Multibeast instructions (PDF that comes with it) since a lot of settings change between versions. Your GPU should be a lot easier to install than mine was. If you need anymore help, email me.

  • youtube.com/drewwenner1 – a few things ive done

  • thanks alot!

  • So i went ahead and built myself a hackintosh largely in part to this post!

    I built myself a Customac power build 2 as seen here. I stuck to the parts list to the letter…
    http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/search/label/CustoMac

    Its a BEAST! Im extremely happy with it.

    The only 2 things that dont quite work properly are that there is a slight buzz from the graphics card that comes through my studio monitors even when the volume on my NI soundcard is all the way down. I have no idea how to fix it but the audio works and its not noticeable enough to bitch about really .Just slightly annoying.

    The other minor issue is with my dual displays. One day I started it up and both screens defaulted to the secondary display mode. i have to unplug 1 of the displays and plug it back in and then it detects both monitors properly. I have to do this everytime I boot up now.

    Apart from those 2 things this think kicks ass! Runs Logic Pro 9 very smoothly and doesnt break a sweat even when you throw the heaviest plugins at it.

    Thanks for your guide! Its been hugely helpful. :)

    • Glad it worked out! I had that same monitor problem too. I finally fixed it by connecting one monitor with DVI and the other through HDMI (this only works if your monitors/video card have this option). No more unplugging/plugging in at restart!

  • Any idea whether this’ll work with Avid MC 5? What about Pro Tools? Video Out? USB 3.0? RAID configuration?

    Will this same setup work with the Westmere 6-core 3.33Gz (the $1,000 version)? Is it worth forking out the extra cash? Less problems with the i7?

    Thanks for this! Seriously considering building one.

    • Avid: not sure (I’d assume it works), Pro Tools: haven’t tested but Logic worked beautifully. USB 3 is supported in MultiBeast: haven’t tested though. RAID: Apple offers software RAID (haven’t tested). I believe it will work with Westmere 6 core since that is what comes with a new Mac Pro…I would have done that set up but I didn’t have the money for one of those bad boys! If you are going that big, you should seriously check out the EVGA SA-2 mobo: houses 2 of those Beasts (12 core!) Not sure how Hackintosh compatible/reliable it is…but I’ve seen a couple run on it. Check out TonyMacx86.com forums!

  • Aloha from Maui, Hawaii…

    Awesome!!
    I bought the same component that you used, but some of my Multibeast Drivers choices are different….
    Audio choices, network choices…
    Maybe I have different vesion?

    Did you use any special DSDT for the X58A-UD5 Ver. 2.0?

    Cory Robinson
    cory@captaincory:disqus .com
     (808) 870-5000

    • Hey Cory, the Multibeast version disclosed in this video is from February 2011, I’m sure the choices are majorly different, however the concepts are still the same. With some research (and reading your manuals for your mobo and MultiBeast) you’ll know what to pick for your configuration. Yes I did use a custom DSDT for my ver 2.0 and BIOS version.

  • Hello, actually even i wanted to build a system like one of yours. actualy i am a video editor and i will be editing Full HD videos on this system using Final cut pro. will it work fine. please help. because only thn i will buy this config. and what if i use Ati 5770 instead of 5870.

    • Hey Andy, FCS will work perfectly on this system and will work extremely fast! You can definitely go for the 5770 video card (comes in the base Mac Pro’s) but I recommend spending the extra few bucks for the 5870, it does make a huge difference. Good luck!

  • Love this guide. I was thinking about doing a dual boot system. So you think that a partitioned 120 SSD would be big enough for both or should I get a bigger one?

    • Hey Chris, thanks! It really comes down to how hard you are going to run Windows 7. Windows is a big install and takes up a lot of space. If you will be doing a lot of work in Windows with a bunch of apps/games, I’d go bigger. Right now my Windows install is taking up my whole 120gb SSD.

  • Hey Matthew: Amazing set-up! I was only a pure Apple mac user until someone told me about the Hackingtosh world>> I recently found your blog and video, which was so impressed bought and built a similar system. The operating system works great so far except: I mainly edit on FCP 7, when I upload FCP Studio fine no issues. When I then upload my first upgrade to FCP Studio 2 (FCP6), it goes to load then crashes out. I thinking I need extra ‘kexts’ uploaded? I know u mentioned you had a few minor issues, can you advise me on “kexts u recommend or used? Any help would grateful, from CED UK.

    • Hey, Glad you’re liking the system so far. You don’t have install disks for FCP Studio 3? I never went through the upgrade process but I was able to install FCP Studio 3 with out any issue. I’m unsure what kexts would be needed for FCS 2 since I never installed 2. The issues I had were with my displays flickering (which I fixed by using 1 DVI and 1 HDMI) and my ram causing a TON of kernal panics – turns out I had one bad stick. Threw a new one in and new issues.

      Good luck! If the whole system is running flawlessly without hiccup, it’s safe to say that the kexts you installed with are fine. But I’d double check your video kexts and possibly firewire (if you have a firewire drive).

  • Hello
    can help:

    Installed it on my Hackintosh Sapphire HD 6850.
    U2312HM have 2 Dell monitors with DisplayPort DVI, VGA. has no HDMI connection.

    A monitor was connected by DVI.
    how can I connect the second monitor?
    Thank you.

  • I like your build and one of the best I’ve seen. I was wondering about your fan noise. How loud is your machine and does it compare to a current mac pro? Also, does osx control the fan speed automatically or do you have to use Istat to control it yourself? thanks

  • Thanks for the help; everything is working fine now; it turns out FCP 6 & 7 needed the ethernet to to be working showing as (en0) in the system preferences to work. Fixed by installing extra “kexts”. System works a dream. Thanks. £2500 Powerhouse system; equivalent to a £6500 Mac Pro. So far so good. Been editing all day, super fast render. Further tests to come. Will keep you posted. Boots up with no iboot disc first time, everytime. Thanks again.

    i7 6 core
    Motherboard : GA-X58A-UD5
    Graphics : ATI HD5870
    Power: Slient Gold Pro 1000w cooler master
    x27″ Dual LG screens
    HDD Drive 1TB
    x2 Bluray/DVD Rewrite Burners
    Slient Gold Pro 1000w cooler master (Power)
    extra Cooler fan added
    Cooler Master Cosmos Case (Silver)
    snow leopard 10.6.8 software

    “kexts info”

    fakesmc.kext
    LegacyHDA.kext
    OpenHaltRestart.kext
    PlatformUUID.kext
    RealtekRTL81xx.kext

    some more which are based around a 10.6.8 operating system

    • AWESOME!!! Glad you got it running. It truly is a great system and for the cash, it hits homeruns all day long!! Thanks for the extra info!

  • Another question if you don’t mind. You mention DLding the SnowLep update, would that be that last OS update? There are a bunch of updates there, security, server, etc.

    Is this the one I want or is it another? http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1400

    • That’s it! When I say update to the latest update, I mean the update going from say 10.6.7 to 10.6.8 (or 10.6.0 to 10.6.8) which this file you notated will do both. It’s the main update for the software.

  • Great guide… wondering.. It’s been almost a year since you built this system. How’s is it running? Are you still on Snow Leopard or you upgrade to LION yet. Let me know please, I’m interested of getting the same set up you have. I’ll be using it for an extra video editing system.Let me know if you have any suggestions, thank you.

    -Chris Carlo

  • Was wondering if you have any input on the newer cpu’s that are out like the i7 2600k and motherboards chip sets like the P67 if they will work?
    Thanks- Dean

  • I just wanted to give a bump to the latest question. I’m wondering the same thing, a year in your realtionship with the hackintosh, how are you finding everything? Found some tech savy guys in my hometown that do shit like this, already ordered one pretty similar to yours, gonna use it ofr FCP a lot. I know its gonna be fast, no worries there. But I care a lot about stability, after you got everything running, how often did you find yourself reaching out for your Iboot CD, or searching for new kexts? Do you do updates normally like on any mac?
    Thanks in advance.
    Also, Love your article and the amount of information in it. Its as it should be.

  • I have a GA X58A UD5 [rev 2] MB and a nzxt phantom tower. I cannot link up the towers top mounted usb ports [usb 2.0 & 3.0]to the motherboard. I have attached the usb internal cables from the tower to the MB, that will fit. However there is another thicker blue end USB cable which I cant fit a connection point on the MB. the result of which is te none of the top mounted ports work.

  • Hi Matthew
    I Have couple question.
    1 can i install lion on this?
    2. is i7 970 will be faster then i7 2600 or 2700 with overclock
    3 is there any update hardware which you can recommend as of today
    such as another MOBO or Processor?
    Thank you so much
    Sam

  • If you were to build a box over again today, what parts would you use?

  • i am running leopard with chameleon v2 and using the iatkos v7 install.

    my curent tech specs are
    -4gb ram ddr2 kingston (the original ram was 512 mb ddr2)
    -intel celeron D Processor 341 (2.93 GHz, 256K L2 Cache)Kumar
    -intergrated intel GMA 900 Graphics (128 mb)
    -7200rpm Serial ATA Hardrive (80 GB)
    -2.0 slots
    -The mother board is of a HP Pavilian a1200a

    Going to get i7 when i have the money and can’t change the video card as it is built in (is there another way).

    Thanks

  • I love what you guys are usually up too. This sort of clever work and coverage! Keep up the fantastic works guys I’ve added you guys to blogroll.

  • Hello Matthew, I watched your instructional video and great job by the way. My concern is with the DSDT files. I am trying this with an ASRock Fatality Z77 M-board. I can’t find the DSDT file for this particular board. What is involved in configuring this board if I can’t locate the correct DSDT file?

    • Hey Jim, You can get custom DSDT’s made if you request them from TonyMac. I’m sure someone would be willing to help you out! Good luck!

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