Introduction: Hackintosh

About: time passing when in mood, do crazy stuff with friends and occasionally with gaming stuff and arduino and beagle bone

Well some people have a small feeling in their heart to buy a imac to do their day to day work and for recreational activities like playing games. And everyone who owns a mac wishes that it could be a little more powerful, for the hefty price tag. This is where Hackintosh comes in which is powerful than a mac, runs OSX and is less costly.

Step 1:

We are actually going to build a gaming hackintosh


1. More powerful

2. Less costly compares to any mac's in the same specifications

Step 2: Required Things

>CPU = Intel Core i5-4590 BX80646I54590 Processor : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J2LIFBY/ref=a...


and if u go for an auction in eBay u can get all these for as less as $20 each.

>CPU cooler = Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

: https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-...


>Motherboard = MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

: https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Z97-Intel-Gaming-Mother...


>Max memory 32GB


Seagate Barracuda ES 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32 MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST31000340NS-Bare Drive: https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200RPM-I...


>Now the most important

Video card: Asus GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card



>power supply

>EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply



>wifi adapter

TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter



total: $818 + maybe shipping charges + additional ram

well that almost 1/3rd of an imac or almost $200 less than a mac mini or one 1/6th of a mac pro

speakers, keyboard and mouse so not mentioning them

Step 3: BIOS Configuration

Before you start, you’ll need to adjust a few settings in your computer’s BIOS. You can read a bit more about the BIOS in our computer building guide, but here are the basic steps.

If you’re installing on a recommended CustoMac desktop with AMI UEFI BIOS, the options are simple. For other systems, make sure to set your BIOS to Optimized Defaults, and your hard drive to AHCI mode. Here are standard AMI UEFI BIOS settings for Gigabyte AMI UEFI BIOS, Gigabyte AWARD BIOS, ASUS AMI UEFI BIOS, and MSI AMI UEFI BIOS.

To access BIOS/UEFI Setup, press and hold Delete on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up

Load Optimized Defaults

If your CPU supports VT-d, disable it

If your system has CFG-Lock, disable it

If your system has Secure Boot Mode, disable it

Set OS Type to Other OS

If your system has IO SerialPort, disable it

Set XHCI Handoff to Enabled

If you have a 6 series or x58 system with AWARD BIOS, disable USB 3.0

Save and exit.

Step 4:

Assembling is your work or if your scared give it to nearby computer shop.

Now it’s time to actually install macOS. We’re going to use UniBeast, a tool that creates a bootable installer out of your downloaded version of macOS for your hackintosh.
Our recommended bootloader is called Clover. Clover is a new and exciting open source EFI bootloader. Developed over the past 2 years by a group of developers at Project OS X led by Slice, Clover aims to solve problems inherent in existing macOS installation methods and legacy bootloaders.

Remember, you’ll need an actual Mac for the first part of this process—so borrow one from a friend if you don’t have your own. If you have absolutely no way of borrowing a working Mac, you can install Snow Leopard from scratch with the actual DVD.

required software.

UniBeast, available from the Downloads page on tonymacx86.com.

MultiBeast, also available from the downloads page on tonymacx86.com.

Step 5: Software


Start from your mac, cause the OS is free to download : Mac os Sierra

1.Open the Mac App Store on your borrowed Mac and download macOS Sierra. Make sure it appears in /Applications.

2.Insert your 8GB+ USB drive and open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.

3.Highlight the USB drive in the left column and click on the Partition tab. Click Current and choose “1 partition”.

4.At the Clover boot screen, choose USB and press Enter.

5.Under Format choose “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)“.

6.When it’s finished, close Disk Utility and run UniBeast.

7.Follow the wizard on screen, choosing your USB drive when prompted, and selecting Sierra when asked what version of macOS/OS X you are installing.

8.Finish clicking through the wizard to create your USB drive. This should take about 10-15 minutes.

9.Drag MultiBeast to your new flash drive so you have it for later.

10.Insert your new installer flash drive into your soon-to-be hackintosh. Boot up the system and press the hotkey to choose a boot device (usually F12 or F8). Choose your flash drive when prompted.

11.At the Clover boot screen, choose USB and press Enter.

12.Choose your language on the welcome screen, then head to Utilities > Disk Utility.

13.Highlight the hard drive you want to use for macOS in the left column, click the Partition tab, then choose “1 partition” in the dropdown menu.

14.Click the Options button and select “GUID Partition Method”.

15.Give your drive a name, choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the Format dropdown, then click Apply and Partition. Close Disk Utility when the process is finished.

16. Go through the rest of the installation wizard to complete the process.

Step 6:

This is a somewhat condensed version of the installation process, which should get you through everything you need. For a complete walkthrough with step-by-step screenshots and additional troubleshooting information (in case you run into problems), see my full guide at tonymacx86.com.

Step 7: Step-2

installing drivers

Now that you’ve got Sierra installed, it’s time to make all your hardware work properly. MultiBeast is an all-in-one post-installation tool designed to enable boot from hard drive, and installs support for Audio, Network, and Graphics. It also includes System Utilities to repair permissions and a collection of drivers and config files.

Start up MultiBeast from your USB drive and follow these steps:

1. If this is a fresh installation, click Quick Start. If you have a newer UEFI based system, choose UEFI Boot Mode. Legacy Boot Mode is recommended for older desktops with BIOS based systems.

2. Next, choose drivers from the Drivers tab. This will depend on your build but you’ll likely need drivers for audio. Find out the chipset on your motherboard and choose the relevant driver for it. You may also need Ethernet drivers. Most everything else will be determined by whether or not you chose other natively compatible hardware like your GPU. Some GPUs require special drivers, and others work by default.

3. If you have Intel integrated HD 3000 graphics or an older AMD or NVIDIA video card, click Customize and choose the relevant Graphics option.

4. Click Print or Save to back up your configuration.

5. Click Build, then click Install. Let MultiBeast do its thing.

6. Restart your computer to complete the installation.

7. MultiBeast is meant to be used as a post-installation method for UniBeast, and is therefore an easy way to get up and running.

Step 8: Graphic Drivers (alternate)

NVIDIA releases alternate graphics drivers separately on the web for each macOS build. These are different from the drivers Apple ships as standard, and should be considered experimental. In the past, the drivers have been known to solve OpenCL issues with certain applications, as well as providing better native GPU power management for certain devices. They also will enable the latest “Maxwell” cards to work with full acceleration, including the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, and TITAN X. You can read more about these drivers and download them here.

Step 9: Updating Your Hackintosh

In past versions, updating usually requires you to reinstall any graphics, network, and audio drivers with MultiBeast that you installed in step three. Stay tuned to the tonymacx86.com front page for Update posts, where we outline what workarounds, if any, are necessary for each Software Update Apple throws at us. (For example, here’s what you had to do for OS X 10.11.6).

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    6 years ago

    I think you would post a few pic's of your project. It will help get better recogni