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Hello fellow pcpartpickers!

I'm a 15 year old high school student that loves all things tech. My dad was using an old dell desktop which was extremely slow, so I decided to build him this bad boy. Now the name of the game here is upgradability. You may be wondering why I am using hd 4000 graphics with an overclockable i5. That's because sooner or later I will add a graphics card, and the hd 4000 are great for now (plus the microcenter price was good for the processor). So I ended up scouring the web for the parts I got for about 2 months. I thought they turned out pretty awesome for the price. I realize cable management is sort of a mess, but the case I got won't allow for any room behind the mobo area, so I did the best I could. The reason I gave the hard drive a 4/5 is because it is not easily hackintoshable, the bootloader won't install out of the box. Any tips, questions, and comments will be greatly appreciated and accepted. Thanks!

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 4 points

now that is a budget hackintosh!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks man, appreciate it!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, does your monitor turn back on after sleep? If not, download chameleon wizard and enable darkwake=0. Also, I assume you already performed the boot0:error fix for the 1tb hard drive. Other than that, very nice budget for a hackintosh, although I would have went for a haswell architecture for just a little more. Check out my recent hackintosh build if you want, i finished it yesterday!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

All of my power modes (don't know the right word for them) work perfectly including sleep. And yes, I got the boot0: error but after copying the boot1h file and using the terminal to mount it on my hard drive, it worked fine. Also thanks, and your build is great! I especially love the prodigy. How is that build treating you?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I know nothing about hackintosh's, but I do know how little you payed for the quality parts here, and i applaud you for it!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Rebates and daily deals are your friends...

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! I might actually be doing something very similar for my gf. I'm waiting for her to give me a budget!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Great! It was a really fun experience although it does come with its challenges. Good luck!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

lol, I laughed at the "27-inch iMac" part.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah haha, you need to pick a profile when setting it up and iMacs look pretty cool.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That hard drive should work, did you follow the tonymac guide?

I used a samsung ssd in my last hackintosh build, no issues.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I got it working after I got the boot0 error. I followed tonymac all the way, those guys are great.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if it's just me, but I don't get why people do such beautiful builds just to put that crappy apple OS on it?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

because its free?

why pay more for a shittier os....

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. Although I don't have anything against Windows (I use it on MY laptop), Mac is just really quick and looks nice. AND IT'S FREE!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

and you dont gotta deal with random software updates when you want to shut down.. You know windows has a problem, when it has updates every two weeks. I rarely have any updates in OSX.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey do you mind me asking how many fans the case comes with? Because I plan on getting this for my first pc build and I was wondering if I needed to buy fans.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It comes with one led fan in the front of the case. Sorry for the late reply.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure I can figure it out, but what would you suggest for a hard drive that doesn't have the problem? Doesn't need to be 1TB either. Just looking for a cheap way to get a foot into Apple-land.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Just look for any drive that has a default block size of 512 bytes, versus the newer 4096 byte hard drives. The Western Digital Black series seems to work according to tonymac, not sure about any other drives.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks buddy, really appreciate it!

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