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Used for neuroscience research (OS X), home office (OS X & Windows), and gaming. Installing OS X went smoothly with a couple minor issues. Everything works as expected.

I needed a computer right away so I couldn't wait for amazing component deals but there were some good deals. The prices below are after rebates but before cash back (will take off another $8 or so). I was trying to keep the build close to $750 (no more than $800), including the monitor.

Most components were picked based on TonyMacx86 guides: http://www.tonymacx86.com/building-customac-buyers-guide-december-2014.html

After testing, I can play all my games (modded Skyrim, Tomb Raider, Anno 2070, etc.) at high/ultra quality at 1080p. I'm not looking to overclock, I just wanted something stable that would give me at least a couple years of work and gaming before needing upgrades. I'll probably throw in another SSD at some point as prices come down.

3DMark Skydiver at 15997 and Fire Strike at 5657.

Here's how to get OS X working:

I followed the standard Tonymacx86 guides (http://www.tonymacx86.com/yosemite-desktop-guides/143976-unibeast-install-os-x-yosemite-any-supported-intel-based-pc.html) - the only changes I needed were with the boot switches.

To install OS X via the Unibeast USB I had to use the -x -v -no-zp boot switches. If I didn't, I'd end up with a panic and have to reboot the computer.

After OS X installation but before Multibeast tools were installed I set Mode=1920x1080x32 (and also booted with -x -v -no-zp).

In Multibeast I selected DSDT-Free. The audio codec for this board is ALC892. I also added the recommended 1080p mode and hibernate desktop. I set the computer as an iMac 14,1. I selected SSD Trim Enabler (with 3rd party SATA support checked) and GenerateCPUStates. Apple IGB was selected under network. Also, I made sure USB 3.0 support was selected.

That should be all of the Multibeast options I used.

I had a boot0 error but that was fixed using the instructions in the boot0 Error: The Official Guide post (http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-help/65706-boot0-error-official-guide.html)

Specifically, all I did was the following: dd if=/usr/standalone/i386/boot1h of=/dev/disk0s2

My ethernet isn't working in OS X but I'm never planning on using it since I purchased the excellent TP-Link adapter.

Let me know if you have any questions. The process was quite smooth. I also installed Windows 8.1 on a separate hard drive (installed Windows (disconnect HDD) then OS X but OS X then Windows works well - just rerun Multibeast after installing Windows to make sure you can choose to boot either drive).

Edit 08/06/15: I recently upgraded to Windows 10. I had to disconnect the OS X SSD to get Windows 10 to install but it was otherwise flawless. I've had a couple minor issues with the build - when shutting down from OS X the computer will occasionally turn back on within a few seconds (but it doesn't do this all the time). Weird but not something I've bothered to fix yet. Also, the computer will occasionally turn on at random times (e.g., I'll turn it off overnight and once in a while it will be on in the morning). There's probably a motherboard setting I need to modify to fix that. Again, not really an issue and it only happens on occasion. Other than those minor annoyances, it's been flawless.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build MAN! I was wondering if the hardware you use matters in a hackintosh, I know an i5 and a 760 is a common combo. However I am going to buy an i5-4440 and an R9 280 and I was wondering if the hardware will be compatible with the OS?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

OSX only supports nVidia cards

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah on a 5k imac running the r9 m295x on yosemite, not sure about every card but this one runs amd

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

NVIDIA cards are generally recommended for easiest compatibility but an R9 280 should work: http://www.tonymacx86.com/buying-advice/112526-what-about-amds-r9-series-280x-290x-our-hackintoshes-further-explanation.html

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

tonymacx86 website lists all the compatible hardware.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Always great to see a hackintosh/windows dual boot.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How did u install Mac OS X, I'm planing to build one so i would like to know how you installed it. Nice build btw.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Google 'hackintosh how to' and you'll get some guides.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.tonymacx86.com/yosemite-desktop-guides/143976-unibeast-install-os-x-yosemite-any-supported-intel-based-pc.html

All info is in there.

This helped with this board but I didn't end up using any of these modifications in the end: http://www.tonymacx86.com/yosemite-desktop-support/147167-asrock-z97-pro4-failure-kernel-panic.html

I needed the -no-zp boot switch when installing: http://www.tonymacx86.com/yosemite-desktop-support/144074-yosemite-bootscreen-stuck-cpu-panic.html

Also setting boot switch of Mode=1920x1080x32 helped.

I had a boot0 error at first (after install) but this fixed it: http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-help/65706-boot0-error-official-guide.html

Then to dual boot, after installing OS X (order doesn't matter but if I did it again I'd do Windows first), I disconnected the SSD that OS X was on, installed Windows, and then hooked the OS X SSD back up. I re-ran Multibeast (OS X configs) just to make sure I could see the Windows drive on boot. Works great.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

My problem is that i don't have a MAC to create a USB installer. I will have to figure something else out. Thanks anyway

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats exactly the guide i was going to use. Thanks anyway

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How u get windows for 15 bucks?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably from Reddit

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Or from a university's store.

Personally, I just use an OEM Windows 7 Home Premium .iso with a friend's laptop's COA.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Education discount.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that cpu

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been great so far. I've put it through its paces and can't complain. I would have liked a i5-4690k but I couldn't justify the price increase for what I need.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking the monitor?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the delayed response. The monitor is great. No backlight bleeding issues, colors are pretty accurate (using my iPad and iPhone as comparison since they have nearly perfect screens), and I haven't noticed any lag on gaming. It's really a lovely screen. My only issue is the weird placement of the USB ports on the back of it (not too different from an iMac).

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Rock solid. An AC adapter would have been better but this adapter has been used solidly since the build and never misses a beat. Well worth the money.