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First Hackintosh Build

by ohhh07



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Built my first fully functional Hackintosh for intense video editing. It is currently running OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. I also have it duel booted with Windows 7 Ultimate for some gaming. Overall this build was a huge success and a great learning experience!

Update June 2014 I started running out of space with my Samsung 120gb ssd on my Mac OS so I bought a 250gb Samsung ssd. I started editing some projects with Premiere Pro CC and I felt like I need more display room. I Picked up an Asus PB278Q 27" monitor to go with my 27" LG. My workflow is way better with two monitors. The last thing I updated was my GPU. I went with a EVGA GeForce GTX 780 TI. At the time i first built this rig I intended to get this card from the get go. But at the time Mavericks 10.9.1 was not yet compatible with this card. I am now on 10.9.2 and the card works flawlessly. The CUDA cores in this card makes huge difference in editing and render time.

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xx116xx 3 Builds 21 points 44 months ago

770 for light gaming. Seems legit.

LuxDeluxe 2 points 43 months ago

I think it's more for the intense video editing. ;-)

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 4 points 44 months ago

Kudos for going the hackintosh route.

Only gripes are the h80i/ expensive mobo.

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

770 for light gaming. Seems legit.

zSyzygy 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

If it was me, I'd get a cheaper motherboard to use the money for SLI 770s on that gorgeous monitor. But a great build nonetheless.

Bladedrummer 4 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Ditto on crazy overpriced mobo.

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I wish i could SLI but OS X does not support it :(. I got the modo because it has no issues with running OS X Mavericks and it has Thunderbolt 2.0

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Are the two top fans set as intake?

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago


vlad007 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

That's some expensive motherboard! Is it for the Thunderbolt ports?

Liam81 1 point 44 months ago

I wondered the same thing but then I wondered if it was for the PCI slots and possible future SLI? Or maybe his research showed this mobo had minimal issue with Mavericks. Gigabyte is known to be Hackintosh friendly but ASUS is right there too. No matter, there must be a reason but I think if $3,000 is the budget then I would have spent in the $250 range for a Thunderbolt capable board and used the extra money and got a 770 with 4GB or maybe a 780 where you get more cuda cores and 3GB. I would also move away from the H80i.

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Gigabyte mobos are very compatible with OS X. I think the price of the mobo is so high is because of it has Thunderbolt 2.0. I really like the high transfer speeds. I would of gotten a GTX 780 ti but Mavericks does not fully support it yet. Once it is i will upgrade asap. I got the H80i because i saw that that a lot of other hackintosh users have. People here have been saying negative things about it. I'm curious why is that what should i have gone with? Obviously i didn't do enough research on it

mallocunbounded 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

The H80 is between the H60 (which is equivalent to a good air cooler), and the H100, which has a dual 120mm radiator and is better for cooling at overclock speeds. There is noticeable improvement going from the H60 to the H100, but from the H60 to the H80 not so much.

I originally thought about getting a Gigbyte for my Hackintosh build, but ended up going with an Asrock z87e-itx.

Liam81 1 point 44 months ago

I appreciate your reply as I hope to make a Hackintosh with/ for my nephew. I too would envision a dual boot system for him. I did give your build the +1 I feel it deserves and in hindsight wish I had justified my H80 remark as mallocunbounded did below.

Bladedrummer 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I kinda like it. =)

ZacDaMan72 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Fractal Design Arc cases look sooooo good, I got an Arc Mini R2. How much of a PITA was OS X, I use an ASUS board so i couldn't do sleep and such...

phusionplus 1 point 44 months ago

Very nice build. Were you able to get the onboard THbolt ports work?

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Sort of. The hackintosh community (tonymacx86.com) still has not figured out a way get it fully working. It is not hot swappable. However if the thunderbolt device if plugged as the computer restarts it will appear and can be accessible.

alextargaryen 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

It's a pretty good build. I don't know why you chose that MOBO, probably fitted your needs. But why in a $3000 build would you use a CX series PSU? They are not bad PSU's but the're at a lower tier. You could've at least used an HX series or above. All that aside, very nice looking build. +1

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks for the comment! This is my first build in a long time. The last computer i built was back in 2006 and i have been using a iMac since 2010. I didn't really know how to go about buying the PSU. Please enlighten me

alextargaryen 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

This is a list of most PSU models available(list gets updated often)


CX Series as you will see are in tier 3, "Power supplies fully able to meet ATX specs, although closer to the edges of the limits than higher tier units. Still solid units. "

Personally, i think they should be used more in low end gaming builds, or general use PC's.

polarbehr 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I am in the process of building a machine very similar to this, for half the cost.

NagaSadow 1 point 44 months ago

It's a solid computer, but I do have a few little issues.

The motherboard price is crazy, the cooling system, and the two SSD's. Unless you're using the SSD's in a particular way that you didn't mention, you could have gotten a 240GB for less. But, regardless, it's a solid computer...just a tad expensive.

polarbehr 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

one ssd for OSX the other for windows

NagaSadow 1 point 44 months ago

Not exactly necessary, but it's his choice. It would have only saved him $20 or so, but it'd be more practical.

Kbur215 1 point 44 months ago

Good Lord that motherboard has everything plus a piano and kitchen sink. 2 Thunderbolt ports, has dual-band wifi connection 2.4/5 ghz, blu-tooth 4.0 (need the blu-tooth for wireless mac peripherals I assume), a ~$90 built in sound card, built in raid support card because it has 10 6gb/s sata ports, and a bunch of extra **** for high-end overclocking, and 9 fan support adapters (which you know, why not at this point if you put all the other **** in it).

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I also bought this mobo because the Thunderbolt is the new 2.0.

SomeBlueGuy 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

There has been a lot of Gigabyte 770s lately...

KrunoslavH 1 point 43 months ago

where did you get that table?? nice build:D

BioOrpheus 1 point 43 months ago

I noticed that your power supply does not support C6/C7 state for the new Haswell chip. Did you just turn it off via Bios?

marbahasa 1 point 43 months ago

well, this a great rig. seems the motherboard is a quite pricey, but if there is a reason for upgrading the rig later, its the good decision with this motherboard.

maybe with a better cooling, just say kraken x60, this rig looks awesome.

thekasafist 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Don't worry people drop $430 on Asus Rampage IV Extreme's why can't you!!? If it meets your standards and you use the motherboard to spec then its money well spend. I plan to use everything I can that my motherboard has to offer of course (except RAID) and I must say the fact that it accomodates so much is kind of nice! I plan to max the RAM on mine and SLI at some point this year! I like your build oh and btw did you have any trouble installing OS X at all? Also when it comes to updates any problems there?

leveluptuts 1 point 41 months ago

Did you get the Motherboard Wifi and Bluetooth working with OSX? I have this board and am right about to build my 2nd hackintosh with it.

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I did not get the wifi and bluetooth to work on OSX. I had to get the wifi card and bluetooth usb plug. Both worked right out of the box no problem

Wallysburg 1 point 40 months ago

Hey ohhh07. Awesome Build! I'm actually trying to make a Hackintosh with very similar Parts: Corsair Carbide Mid-Tower CaseP Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD7 TH MotherboardP Intel Core i7 4770K 3.5 GHz ProcessorP EVGA GeForce GTX 780 TiP 16GB Crucial Ballistix 1600 MHz DDR3 16GBP 256GB Samsung 840 Pro Solid State DriveP Corsair Carbide RM 650 Modular Power SupplyP TP-Link PCI Express Wi-Fi CardP4

But I'm having trouble getting to the Install page for Mavericks using Unibeast. Did you use Unibeast to install? If you could send me any kind of hint to get this working, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks Again

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago
untmdsprt 1 point 39 months ago

What route did you go to install OS X? I've seen a few sites on installing onto Virtualbox and it wasn't pretty.

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago
nwcitizen 1 point 38 months ago

Very nice build. I have the same case and would like to know where you got the little cart with wheels on it? Also, are you satisfied with the CPU cooler you chose after living with it for awhile? Lastly, I'm about to build a similar system for audio production and am wondering if you over-clock the 4770k to a great extent or would you have been just as happy with the 4770 without over-clocking. I'm asking this in terms of stability.

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago


The cart i got here from newegg. It's awesome and makes it very convenient to quickly get to the ports in the back.


As far as the CPU cooler i have no problems with so far. I plan on upgrading it to the Corsair H100i sometime down the road. I haven't done any over-clocking to it yet. Haven't got around to it, but it is a very stable system and i have not had any problems thus far.

cliffhanger 1 point 37 months ago

hey, thanks for the lots of info you're providing. I'm in the process of moving to the pc (after 20 years of mac) and I'm of course looking deeply into running OSX on the pc instead or alongside Windows. Reading the last sentence of your description (can't copy-paste it), can you confirm that CUDA is now working on the 780 Ti? It would be the only party pooper for me right now if CUDA is not (or not yet as most sources say) working through OSX. CUDA for me is one of the most important reasons to switch. I'll be needing it to 3D-render, preferrably in Octane Render. There's more reasons (steep price, cumbersome expandability, silly shape) to not move to the new MacPro. Now that the much fatter and faster Nvidia cards come in reach, I want to switch as soon as possible. With CUDA. Thanks if you can share some thoughts and experience.

bytesize 1 point 34 months ago

Any reason for 3.69 GHz?... lol

marvin0 0 points 44 months ago

Should have gone with the 780 for the price of the build.

Electrospeed 1 point 44 months ago

wat. the 780 starts at $500.

marvin0 1 point 44 months ago

For the price of the build...my bad on that one.

Electrospeed 1 point 44 months ago

ah lol

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

The gfx card i would of got was the Geforce GTX 780 Ti but it is not fully supported with OS X Mavericks yet. Once it is i fully intend to upgrade

mallocunbounded 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Why wait if you have Windows right now :)

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Hakumisoso 2 Builds 5 points 44 months ago

:0 just noticed the motherboard price. That is ridiculous.

Electrospeed 1 point 44 months ago

I will explain:

That mobo has Thunderbolt ports. The cheaper Gigabytes do not.

EcoMCG 1 Build -1 points 44 months ago

no one notices the ram? Ok.

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Well it is for "intense" video editing.

EcoMCG 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I know hence the description. I've just never seen 32GB ram that much before XD. But overall good build.

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PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago


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ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

2 Thunderbolt 2.0 ports. I really wanted that lol

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

He paid $420 was what I was saying. I misinterpreted your comment. :P But I do agree with you on the target price. Thunderbolt doesn't seem justifiable for $200-ish dollars

ohhh07 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

tonymacx86.com has everything you need to know about building a hackintosh. It's not hard as long as you do enough research. Getting the right parts is the most important thing.