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As the title suggests, these are all the components inside the PC that I spent my hard earned money on and spent my precious time on. I had high hopes to build a computer that would be able to do some light video editing, play some lower end games, and dual boot Windows with Mac OS X, which would make it a Hackintosh. I succeeded in doing everything that I had hoped to do. I didn't really have any issues actually building it, and for a first time builder, I have to say it was fairly easy to build. I did run into initial problems when I learned that OS X did not support APU graphics, so this caused me to go out and buy a dedicated graphics card so that OS X would run smoothly. Although the graphics card listed is a Gigabyte Geforce 210, I was only able to get full resolution in safe mode on OS X, and even then there wasn't any graphics acceleration, and I strongly expect that to be the AMD chipset's fault. My main Windows disk which was formatted as NTFS was a Seagate Barracuda 500 GB drive. My OS X disk was a Seagate Barracude 250 GB Drive. I had had inital plans to set up the two drives as RAID, but I decided against it in the end because if one of the drives failed, I could have a serious problem on my hands. When I played the older Hitman games, as well as Team Fortress 2 on low settings, I was able to play smoothly, thanks to the APU graphics provided by the A6 7400k. In the parts list, it shows 4 GB of RAM, and I would just love to upgrade it to 8 or 16 GB in the future. The Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-DS2H is an excellent Micro-ATX board, featuring things like USB-3, which makes it future-proof. Wrapping up the build is the Rosewill R363-M-BK case with a bundled 400 watt power supply. A lot of people don't trust bundled PSUs, as they have been known to fail, but it seems to work fine for me. My only gripe was there was no 6 pin connector for a video card, but this proved to not be a problem as I had APU graphics and my video card for OS X takes power from the mobo.

This build was meant to be a budget build and just that, as I did not want to mess up while building an expensive extravagant computer that would cost thousands of dollars. Now that I am a little more experienced, I feel that I am ready to step up in terms of prices to possibly a $500 or maybe even a $1000 dollar PC build. I have never worked with water cooling, so that would be nice to learn.

Anyways, thanks for checking out this build, and feel free to leave a comment or ask a question!

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice Budget build, And well done for getting the hackintosh on a AMD Build. How hard was it to get the Hackiintosh on AMD build ?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I would rate the difficulty about a 6.5 out of 10. My first initial issue was finding the proper boot flags. My second issue was that OS X doesn't support APU graphics, so I needed a dedicated graphics card. Once I got all the kexts working, I had a functioning Hackintosh.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Finding that correct boot flag for Intel was hard for me. After so many research i managed to find the correct boot flag for my laptop. But overall its good. What version of MAC OS X are you currently, using. OSX 10.10 or 10.11 if not Niresh Distro since its an AMD Hackintosh Build. ?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm currently using a Niresh distro, aka Yosemite Zone.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

why get a 250gb hdd when a 500gb is about the same price? I would have gone with 2 x 2gb memory just to use up all memory bandwith or you plan to add 4gb more later on? LOL that you had to get the GPU just cos of OS X

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering I pulled the 250GB HDD from another computer, I technically got it for free. I also plan on adding 8 GB of RAM later.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

you can get a refurbished 210 for 10 euros... They are really bad and useless

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Not so bad and useless when it'll work with OS X, but some certain high end Radeon cards and any APU graphics from AMD won't work.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I love this build and would you check this one out I'm making? http://pcpartpicker.com/list/8jXD3F

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty nice, i suggest you change the motherboard out with an asus a68hm plus, as it has usb 3.0 headers and only costs $5 more, and also change the hard drive out for a 1tb wd caviar blue, which has around 700gb more for only around $30 more. overall, nice super budget build that should last a couple years. FUTURE RECOMMENDATIONS: first of all, replace the gt 210 with a 2gb xfx r7 360x, 2gb zotac gtx 750 ti, or a 2gb asus gtx 950. second of all, get 8 or maybe even 16 gigs of 2x8 ddr3 2133 ram. third, pair the hdd with something like a 256gb samsung 850 eve ssd. and last, replace the built in power supply because built in power supplys have been known to fail A LOT and they can usually take down your whole build, so replace it with a 430w evga 80+ power supply.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

this was an older version, you can go to my profile and look at my saved lists, i do change my mind a lot so an ssd and (this) graphics card is not necessary.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

a <$250 Mac OS machine? Good job!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it, have you moved on and how is it performing?

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

A few tips for this good build, so it can get better:

  • Change the PSU ASAP; it could harm one of your components.
  • The GPU is redundant; the CPU iGPU is better than the Geforce 210.
Apart from that, nice build! +1
  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

OP said he/she needs the GPU to properly run OS X, as it does not support APU graphics.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

he has the 210 for OS X

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I will switch to the iGPU when I want to run Windows. The whole reason the graphics card is even in this build is because the iGPU doesn't work with OS X.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I would personally run windows with 2 monitors (gpu and mobo) and OS X with 1 on the gpu.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on switching to the iGPU when I want to run Windows. When I want to run OS X, I'll switch to the dedicated GPU.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This GPU is also a placeholder until I can upgrade to something like a GT 750 TI.