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First Hackintosh!

by aquila34


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Date Published

April 13, 2014

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Build went really smoothly, the Prodigy has some great cable management features.

I mostly waited until things were on sale minus the processor. It was the last part I needed and I grabbed it for regular price. These might seem like a lot but that's how it works in Canada :(

Kept one of the drive bays open in case I wanted to install Windows down the line. Wanted to put the SSD on the floor, but I couldn't get it to work. Impossible to connect the SATA power cable. Mounted it on one of the side bays instead, which was a huge pain in the ***!

Haven't done much testing with it yet, but will sometime soon.

Got a K CPU with the intention of upgrading my CPU fan to a Corsair H100i sometime in the near future.

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Comp69 5 points 42 months ago

The fan a bit close to the face ay?

aquila34 submitter 1 Build 3 points 42 months ago

Yeah haha, I have to work with a fan pointing at me or else I never get any work done. It's weird. I'm weird.

matsamilla 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

That is beautiful! I'm looking to build a hackintosh for a friend & I LOVE the mini ITX thing you have going on! Question for you: He won't ever need/use the potential of a good graphics card, should I put a cheaper one in for him or just use the onboard graphics?

Also, I laughed really hard when I saw that the box for the case is smaller than the graphics card box...

aquila34 submitter 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

I love smaller cases. I move around a lot so it's much more convenient. They're also a lot nice looking on the eyes IMO. I love the Prodigy because it has some great cable management. You can just tuck unused cables to the side/front of the PSU.

Intel integrated graphics is really good, much better than cheaper GPUs IMO. If he's not gaming, I don't see why not! It will save money and there's still a PCI-E slot in case he wants to upgrade in the future.

The Asus 660 box was really big in comparison to the size of the GPU but I guess it protects it better. The GPU's box was the nicest one I've ever opened.

matsamilla 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

After seeing your build I emailed him with pictures of the case & an updated price/part list because I loved what you did. He's all kinds of stoked on the small size build, and he wants to go with the same color as you as well. I'm hoping he will start buying parts soon so I can start putting it together for him. So excited to work with this case, I've been wanting to do a ITX build for a while.

aquila34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Glad I could be an influence! :D I can't recommend the Prodigy enough. Good on cable management, fits big coolers, fits full size GPUs, I'm very happy with it. Only disadvantage is having the front ports on the side of the case. A little bit awkward to work with, but I just took my time with it.

RenegadeDamon 2 points 42 months ago

+1 for tml

bigapplepietart 1 point 42 months ago

Are hackintoshes simple to install OSX on? And where did you get the parts? From Montreal myself! :) Nice man!

aquila34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Really simple! Just go to tonymacx86. You need another mac to download 10.9/8/7, though.

I got the parts from a plethora of places.

SSD/Mousepad/RAM: Direct Canada

CPU/GPU/Mouse/HDD/Mobo/PSU: Canada Computers (there's one near me, don't have to wait for shipping)

Case: NCIX (was on sale)

Monitor: Staples (another sale + I have a friend that works there. Yay discount!)

Only price I wasn't happy with is the CPU, but oh well. At least it's done! :D

polarbehr 4 Builds 0 points 42 months ago

just follow the guides here

Hellvaguy 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Why not the 760 gpu for the same price? Faster and runs cooler.

aquila34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

More-so because I really want to upgrade to a 780 sometime in the next few months. I plan on getting a Corsair H100i, another HDD for Windows or Linux, a better PSU (should've gotten a better one from the start but oh well) and a GPU. I just couldn't afford the extra parts at this time.

Hellvaguy 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Oh I c. I used to own a H100i and unless you do some very extreme overclocking where you need that unwieldy radiator, let me recommend looking at the H80 or this little number with a build in neon light. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214055

aquila34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

The H80 would be good too, it's arbitrary at this point. I'm going to see the temperatures I get on the CPU. Might get a Noctua cooler as well, a big advantage of the Prodigy is the crap-load of space they give you for cooling!

ThePersonDotCom 1 point 42 months ago

Does the gigabyte wireless card work fine on the Mac OS? My brother is considering a Hackintosh mITX build and when I showed this to him he said it wouldn't work, but I didn't see you saying there was any problem with it.

aquila34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Haven't tested it so I'm not sure. I just plug in straight to my modem. I know the bluetooth works though.

JaneGoodall 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

On-board wireless usually doesn't work so you need to buy a wireless daughtercard for which someone has written Hackintosh drivers. tonymacx86.com lists a couple.

aquila34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

He's probably better off getting a wifi card anyways.. I'd imagine it would be better. Problem is, he wants a mITX so there goes the potential for a GPU. He's probably better off getting a mid-tower

matsamilla 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

There are only 2 listed on that website, both of which use the PCIe slot (which he can't use because he only has 1, which has the video card in it)

core_dump 1 point 42 months ago

I believe that particular card included with the GA-Z87N-WIFI does not work with OS X, though you can replace it with another particular mini wifi card which will work (I forget which one). That way it does not consume a PCIe slot.

jaketredy 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

How easy was it to put OSX on it? What did you use? Thanks in advance, I was planning something similar except with an i3.

aquila34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

It's actually a really simple process! Hardest part is getting all the drivers setup to your system IMO. TonyMacx86 has some amazing guides on the site that show the best compatible parts, how to install, what to do after install, etc.

Basicially, you just have to download OS X from the App store on an existing mac, and prep it on a usb using a tool called Unibeast. Then it's pretty much like installing an OS on any other build.

jaketredy 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Ya I found that website. Boat load of resources :D Wow its that simple! So you didnt have an trouble with that mobo in terms of drivers?

aquila34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Nope! I went with Gigabyte because it works so natively with OS X according to TonyMac