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First off I have been using this site for about a year now, and i have completed 3 builds using this site(this is my first build i have taken the time to post). I really want to thank the people running this site, you really find the best deals if you watch price drops (i've kicked myself a couple of times because of the deals I've missed).

What I decided to do with this rig was build it into a hackintosh. The reason I decided to do this is because I purchased a 13' retina macbook pro about 2 months ago, and even though most of you probably hate apple, the battery life and build quality of the machine is worth the price. The operating system is the best thing about a mac and i loved it so much I wanted it on my desktop. After I seen the prices of the mac pro, this seemed like the best decision because of the price/performance ratio and my budget could accommodate this over a mac pro. I am 16, but before you say I'm spoiled, my parents did not help me with any of this. I am an avid ebayer and have been saving for about 3 months to complete this.

Part choices: CPU: I chose the 4770k because I plan to major in Computer Aided Design (CAD) in college, and the hyper threading should really help. I also like to derp around in photoshop and after effects a good bit and those applications really take advantage of hyper threading (4physical cores and 4 logical cores = 8). I also got a good deal on it from staples price match (yes, they still price match these with micro center which is crazy since i do not live near a micro center).

Motherboard: I chose the gigabyte motherboard because they are pretty much a standard if you are going to be running mac osx. The only downside is the intel card that comes preinstalled does not work with OSX so i ordered a fully compatible wifi card for $30.00. If i ever plan to use a magic mouse or magic trackpad (which i never will since they are terrible) then i will have to buy a bluetooth dongle.

Memory: I bought this memory off of craigslist for a whopping $80.00! It was still brand new in the pack and i had never seen ram that cheap for 16gb. This is probably the best money saver out of the whole build. Not pictured is the second stick of ram, computer down clocks to 1333mhz if i install it and i notice window lags when it is installed. Can anyone help me with that?

Storage: Hard drives have never bothered me much. (I used a 5400rpm laptop drive with my gtx 770 build). This 7200rpm is very fast and i am getting about 170mbps read speeds from black magic disk test. I just do not see the price/storage ratio for ssd's at the moment, but the samsung evo ssd's have a pretty good value.

Video card: I chose the gtx 650 just to get me locked in the evga step up program for the new maxwell cards that are coming out. Hence my power supply, I am going to step up to a 750 ti. The 750 ti is good enough in the applications I use and I am not much of a gamer.

Case:I overpayed for it, but it really is a sweet case. If you are looking for a small itx build, I would stray from it but in expandability terms it is a real bargain.

Power Supply: This is probably going to get upgraded if i go past a gtx 750 ti for the mean time i can settle. It took a longtime to get cable management looking nice but i think i did a pretty good job. What do you guys think?

Monitor: Nice monitor for $99. 1080p, 60 hz, nice color reproduction. May end up buying another one!

Apple keyboard: I only bought this because i had a $10 dollar best buy platinum card. It is actually a really nice keyboard, and the chiclet style keys are great for words per minute.

Mac OSX installation: Had a little trouble getting it to boot after installation, but i found a multi beast configuration online and loaded it in. Voila, everything worked perfect!

Wireless card and gpu: Both natively supported in OSX, so no Kext edits or driver installs.

Upgrades in the future: Bigger PSU, gtx 750 ti or gtx 770 through evga step up, 2nd AOC monitor, bluetooth dongle, better mouse, corsair h105 (to over clock).

Thank you pcpartpicker community!

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

thats a nice low budget hackintosh you got there

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks like a very nice build. I have always wanted to build a small-sized hackintosh like this one, but I would go for the Prodigy M myself since I can put mATX motherboards without increasing the size. Great work!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a nice point, my OCD does kick in at times with how big this case is. I have my eye on the Lian-Li PC-Q03B, and the Lian-Li PC-TU200B, but Lian-Li cases are just so expensive. You really can get a small itx case if you decide to go with a small graphics card like a 750 ti, 670 direct-cu mini, or the 650 i have in my build.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

why you don't use intel xeon?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Why you got the harddrive the wrong way round

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

To cut on the slack of the hard drive cables. I plan to mount a couple ssd's on that mesh part and i need room for their cables. Besides, you can't see the hard drive when the side panel is on anyway and if i was to get the windowed prodigy sidepanel it also hides that part of the case.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

that mobo only has two slots