Building a Hackintosh Computer – Step by Step Guide and Hardware Suggestions – PC Perspective

hey everyone welcome to PC perspective I am Ryan shrout we are here with a special project for you today joined by Ken who's normally sitting behind the camera today is coming on the other side to help us with our new project we are going to walk through the process of building a hackintosh this would obviously be a a Mac based OS computer but built with your own components and that kind of stuff something that I think is is gaining in popularity recently yeah there's several reasons why that is the case I think maybe most importantly and not as easily discernible is that there's this gap in the Mac hardware lineup in kind of like this mainstream area right so you have the Mac Pro yeah which is expensive and kind of on older hardware yeah it's Nehalem Exe on parts got really the newest and greatest GPUs still high performance but not nothing you know so you don't have USB 3 necessarily don't have thunder bowl you don't have any that kind of stuff and then you step down to the imax which are competent computer still but all-in-one designs you know that they're using mostly mobile based hardware yeah low voltage stuff low voltage processors MXM based graphics cards and that kind of thing and there's no real in between if you wanted to buy a desktop computer with a Mac OS so I think that's one of the reasons one of the major reasons why hackintosh is are becoming very popular now also of course is the price talk about Apple tax all you want we don't only have to get into it but the truth of the matter is is that it is more expensive to buy one directly from Apple if we go ahead and take a look at the Apple Store here what you'll see is this is the highest in 27-inch iMac yes right so this is a core i7 Ivy Bridge base part up to 3.9 gigahertz you can see there 8 gigs of memory it has a one terabyte serial ata hard drive it has the nvidia geforce gtx 680 MX which is very it's a quick almost equivalent to a standard desktop 680 but it runs at lower clocks mouse keyboard all that kind of stuff and obviously the 27-inch 2560 by 1440 built-in panel now the costs on this is 23:49 what we have what we are building is a totally different system obviously using standard PC parts and what you see here is our configuration link through PC part picker you'll see the link to this you can see right here if you want to type it in right now or it'll be linked in our full story yeah and we have equivalent parts here we have actually a sandy bridge based part but the same clock speeds essentially Ivy Bridge you could you could use as well but because we're using discrete graphics it doesn't really matter one way or the other we have a gigabyte motherboard z77 motherboard that has not one but two Thunderbolt ports on it we have our Corsair Vengeance memory we have an SSD that the other system the iMac system did not have we have a desktop 680 card case power supply and we have even added in a custom selection here for the $400 or so probably little bit less than that yeah it's a little that's a little high for one of those 27-inch 2560 by 1440 display it's use the same exact panel as the 27-inch IMAX right total on that is seventeen hundred and sixty something dollars so we're talking about a six to $700 yeah savings plus $30 from m9 plus $30 in for the operating system there but I mean you can see just looking at the hardware specs you're gonna save some money it's not as easy but but you're definitely gonna save some money like I said before in terms of our hardware selection they're really the main components that you want to focus on or the motherboard and the graphics card those are the things that you want to pick certain ones up so that you're not gonna run any kind of compatibility or issues with installation and that kind of stuff we are we are going with a it's essentially a reference to geforce gtx 680 this one happens to be from ZOTAC but it's running in all the reference speeds and in particular you don't have to go with the 618 go to six seventy or sixty TI right it all has to do with compatibility with the drivers yeah so Mac OS uses Mac computers or for the majority of the time when they're using discrete graphics they're using nvidia based cards yeah with the current generation they've moved out to exclusively Kepler GPUs no what do you P use so while you can use AMD Radeon graphics it's not as easy cpu platforms as well yeah not as easy yeah people have gotten an both AMD CPU and GPU of platforms to work it just requires a little more effort which isn't really into right we're also using this gigabyte z77 Xu pH u P 5 th motherboards you can see here this is a z77 motherboard obviously two thunderbolt ports if we actually look at the board here you can see that it's got you know multiple PCI Express slot so they were only going to use one discrete graphics card we can see we've pre-populated it with our processor and we're just using the standard heatsink obviously can go with whatever you want and we've got our eight gigs of memory and then if we look on this side you'll see our two Thunderbolt ports here an additional USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet audio and all that kind of stuff we're not going to worry about the integrated video output on it so you know using a board like this gigabyte boards we picked the gigabyte board for very specific reason yes and and that is it's the most popular choice for hackintosh a community and one of the one of the one of the best outlets for information about building a heck of house we didn't mention before yeah it's Tony Mac x86 if we switch over to this page here you'll see this is if you're gonna build a hackintosh this is a site you need to be familiar with they have all kinds of information this is where a lot of our tools and downloads that we have when we built this yeah I can Tasha actually came from and they have these buyers guides they put one out I don't know maybe once or twice a year or something with the new platform releases they try to kind of see what they can do the action so here you'll get suggestions like okay you want to build a a mini like like a Mac Mini compatible type device you'll see some suggestions for processors motherboards memory case that kind of stuff and what you'll notice is all the motherboards or gigabyte boards here and if we go down to an Ivy Bridge custom Mac Pro kind of like what we're building here they're using these same motherboards aswell gigabyte motherboards nvidia graphics cards nvidia graphics cards oops oh they're not using discrete up there but Nvidia graphics cards and discrete down here and then if you get into the the sake of 2011 you know they're using a gigabyte motherboard and Nvidia graphics cards so Tony Mac x86 has a lot of forums they have a what else what they have on there that that's it's important for people to know they just have access to a lot of support that you're going to need that will detail in how we do the builds and that kind of stuff throughout this video but it's definitely something you want to pay attention recommended system guides edibility lists the forums will have tons of people that have tried almost every piece of hardware that you're gonna want to try yeah and they can give you kind of reports on how that worked out yeah when new boards come out people are immediately buying them and trying to see if they can make a hackintosh out on it's just a huge community at this point and so like we said you can use AMD graphics it's a little bit harder you can use AMD CPU platform it's a little bit harder if you want to use a not gigabyte motherboard you can yeah but this is what people have been building hackintosh is on for years and years now and this is what there has been I don't say standardized but most widely accepted yeah are there any particular reasons why the gigabyte motherboard like the z77 Xu pH RUP 5 th yeah what what do what do you think makes them more reliable for this type of build well for most of my research it seems that the way gigabyte implements a CPI power management stuff is closely related to the same way that Apple does ok so you have functions like sleep which just work out of the box which is normally a pretty big hurdle for hackintosh is let's say if you have a msi or an asus motherboard it can be a little bit of work to get done okay so it's just closer to out-of-the-box easy configurations for for building hackintosh so I mean that's pretty much it in terms of what hardware you select I'd say when building hackintosh your your hardware selections are a little bit more constrained yeah if you want it to be easy if you want to build your own hardware you want to use your own specific hardware you can do that just be prepared for more complicated setup and configuration the stuff that will walk you through there's really relatively painless yeah this it's and compared to when I built my first akatosh which was probably five years ago yeah I tried I tried three years ago again I think and I don't even think I got something fully functioning and then and on this one when we built it you got it up and running first try yeah just worked cool yeah if you aren't really interested in to thunderbolt ports there's the gigabyte z77 xup 48 which has one okay and then the you p3h I think it is often double check that has no Thunderbolt ports but should be the same compatibility level okay so just again kind of work yeah out of the box so the product stack is pretty compatible with yeah I mean we saw on that guys how it lists a lot of gigabyte haven't even x79 stuff which isn't a supported platform under OS 10 yet right interesting interesting so we'll go ahead and put all this stuff into a case and then we'll walk you through the software side of setup after the break and we're back thanks to the magic of editing we now have put all those components into a system right here and yes we picked the white case just because we had to come in if you're building Macintosh you might as well do it so building the computer I just wanted to point out that putting together the components is no different than you would be building a normal PC but your motherboard and graphics card SSD and hard drive memory all that kind of stuff hook up the same way you would normally hook up a system now before we get into the operating system install there's a couple things we have to go over one how do you get a bootable Drive with the operating system to what BIOS changes might you need to do to prepare for a hackintosh install let's go to the first one first now this gets a little bit grey this is why it's a hackintosh instead of an official device yeah to build to get the USB installer for this you actually have to have a friend or you have a Mac to download the mountain outlined dot app file again technically what it is that you then use to make this drive what's the process to to make the thumb drive well basically once you purchase mountain line from the Mac App Store you download a program from the Tony Mack forms called puny beast okay and that will automatically detect the Apfel that pile the Installer and make a bootable thumb drive with the proper bootloader necessary and all this happens on a Mac yes it already existed yep easily you have to have a friend with a Mac if you have the mountain lion installer there are certain ways to do it on a PC I'm not sure um they seem overly difficult as compared to OS n but and we're also we're trying to keep this as argument and arguably legal as possible so if you already have a Mac and you download mountain lion you pay your $30 and you download mountain lion then whatever everything else is up up for Question and Debate so that's how you make the boot drive uni beast yes Yap for that now what about inside the BIOS on this motherboard even though we picked the gigabyte motherboard because it was supposed to be more simple yeah to get to let's go ahead and power it on and see if I jump into the BIOS here there are a couple of things you want to change and make sure that are functioning or working that make just the setup installation a little bit easier so we should be able to switch between both of these here just a second once this comes up once we actually have our system up so we're in the BIOS now we're in the UEFI of this gigabyte motherboard and what things do we need to make sure that you change before you start the installation so in our configuration we're only worried about using the 680 and not the Intel HD 3000 graphics of our 2016 okay okay so what we do is we go to the peripherals menu and the BIOS and we've already done this but if you can see the init display first is set to PCI Express graphics and then we disabled the integrated graphics on the processor okay one more little tweak yet make is in the power management settings if you you have to disable wake-on-lan it causes some weird issues on reboot and it's just easier if you disable it what that should be about it so we'll go ahead and save and exit this will go ahead and put in we'll plug that in a little Drive front ports up here we will don't you go ahead and turn it off and turn back on oh there goes so now if we hit f12 on our gigabyte board to bring up the boot menu mm-hmm go ahead and select C and y USB Drive that we have there yep and that loads the boot loader that we created with the you know beast application yes so this is the chameleon boot loader and as you can see we have the existing partition on this SSD just a brand of Windows partition and then we have the USB key and Mac in HFS+ which you can see the Makah over there gotcha and if we go ahead and go if we go ahead and boot to the USB device here we should be in the OS 10 installer there we go okay so this is actually the installer that you would get on any Mac yeah yeah it's the sure that you re resetting and redoing all that kind of stuff so we'll go ahead and let this just looking around for a bit yeah and in the installation process is fairly simple ya know it's it's as easy as installing Windows if not more so yeah just because they tend to give you fewer options that can figure anyway so wait for them alright so this is the beginning of the Mac OS 10 installer right this is yeah nobody no my go through let's go ahead step through this process it's really relatively simple ok I will go ahead and select our language here English today a choice I appreciate it and then so the first step before we actually install OS 10 is to format our SSD in a Mac compatible format lookup so do that we'll go up to utilities go to disk utility select our SSD in the right hand side here go to the partition tab and then select one partition and we will name this partition mountain line and then we will hit apply well if I hit the right button that should work there we go quick quick format process yeah so it drives off format here so we will just quit out of Disk Utility and then go through the OS n installer instead see our mountain lion hard drive SSD and now we wait now we should point out that if you're if you're doing this as like a secondary hard drive in your system you're doing this in addition to Windows that it may make sense to disconnect your Windows hard drive during this process to make sure you don't accidentally blow away the partition on your drive in that while you can install both operating systems on the same hard drive it we think it's safer and a better idea to you know install Windows on your drive have that separate and then build this system or you know in your system put in another hard drive or another SSD and install Mac OS 10 to that yeah and then the when we get to the bootloader configuration it will actually detect the other hard drives and will let you select which drive you want and food everyone is to fall down and that kind of stuff so that way you have it separated if if the hard drive on for the Mac dies you still have your Windows PC or vice versa yeah go back to the Installer here okay now if we go ahead and boot to that thumb drive again it's the computer pops up here right and we should explain why that why we're doing that right so we installed the operating system to the hard drive but when during that installation process it actually doesn't install a bootloader so we're still have to use the bootloader from the USB thumb drive to boot to the SSD one more time and then once we get in the operating system we can we can do the bootloader that way and we won't have to use a USB drive anymore yeah we'll just go through our initial OS 10 configuration here and then install some some of our hacked boot loaders and all that fun stuff as we wait go ahead here and give into the initial configuration setup this is the standard thing when you boot any Mac for the first time and it's really not all that important we'll go through here just like a keyboard our internet connection doesn't work yet because we did not have the drivers for this motherboard installed but we'll let that timeout eventually okay we do not want to transfer any data to this Mac accept the terms and conditions we're probably breaking but you know such as life create a user account go ahead and go here I want to select time zone and then we're in Ellis time okay so now that we're inside of OS 10 we need to install some additional software to help finalize our hackintosh so we'll go ahead and plug in a USB Drive of software that we've downloaded earlier now this is software that we've downloaded from Tony Mac x86 comm and where else some from Apple itself some from the forms and then we have one utility that Tony Mac distributes okay on their site themselves okay so the first tool we need to run we'll go ahead and copy all of this stuff to the desktop just so we're not running it off the USB key before the first tool we're going to run is called multibeast ok and it's a combination utility as you might expect that has a bunch of different drivers and configuration options for hackintosh systems so this is actually what we'll go through here is telling it what hardware you have in the system and it kind of installs the right drivers and packages and settings exactly this will install the drivers the bootloader and some additional tweaks that we might want to do the operating systems ok so we're gonna go through this configuration it's gonna be a there's there's a lot of stuff that needs to happen here but we have a screenshot screenshot in our article with a lot of all these great options of rain catcher here we will select the user dsdt or dsdt free install and that's actually where the benefits of using a platform like the gigabyte motherboards that yeah you know most of the hardware has already no that's I mean we didn't have to do any particular interesting settings yeah in order to boot into the operating system look now is installing things like USB 3.0 support GPU support network controller right things we'd have to do in Windows anyway yeah so we'll go down here and the drivers audio we have a real tech chipset on this board and it's the ALC 8 9 8 so now we have audio support checked so we'll move on to disk now this board has a Marvel controller right as well as the integrated Intel static controller so we'll go ahead and install support for that just in case and another interesting thing is that Apple OS 10 supports trim however they block it so only the Apple branded om SSDs will use trim however with the trim enabler patch it'll work on any trim compatible SSD oco-2 nice sure then we'll go down here into miscellaneous and install the fake SMC plugins so this this plug-in actually allows software to communicate with the hardware so you could do things like Hardware monitoring temperature monitoring monitoring frequency monitoring that kind of stuff exactly yes it's just an interface between the hardware monitors on the board and OS 10 one of the tools will install later we'll take advantage of yeah so then we'll go ahead and install the Intel Network driver easy enough and then we will go down into customization and dig into the system definitions so this is a unique area where you are essentially telling the operating system what to report is the system that you're building right so we're gonna select what the highest end iMac yeah since our hardware is closest in iMac and an iMac supports a lot of the consumer level features like airplay we will we'll go ahead and then pick the latest iMac definition in the late 2012 edition and this is actually something you can change back for yeah you can change as long as you can boot into your OS 10 on your hackintosh you can change any of these but just rather have the multibeast installer again okay so we'll go ahead and go through and install this and go ahead and type in the password wait for this installer to finish it shouldn't take too long another thing about these OS 10 kind of community drivers is they're they're not very big whereas we see hundreds of Meg's of packages on windows these are a little more reasonable yes I did download at 280 Meg Network driver the other day exactly snap that we have that installed our machine if we reboot it from the thumbdrive there well not from the thumb drive it will function perfectly okay so at this point you could reboot the system and use it but there's a couple more tweaks we're gonna do yeah I'd like to do a couple more tweaks and the initial setup just be a little to make sure we have everything going smooth okay so the next thing we're going to do is change one of the configuration files for the boot loader we we're providing a pretty distant file that you can just download and overwrite the the configuration file it builds yeah so we'll go ahead and go into the folder where that's held you get a finder and get a folder and type in slash extra know if you type it correctly there we go and we will see the same RG chameleon dot boot dot P list file will drag the one from our USB Drive and overwrite that so that's done that's easy enough the next step is getting OS 10 to a more recent patch level well we already have OS ten point eight point two which is technically the newest release on this machine we're gonna go ahead and install the supplemental update from Apple just to make sure it's patched up all the way so we can make sure we don't have any little weird issues and this file you can download directly from yes directly on Apple's website okay I'm gonna go ahead and then type in our password here and it'll warn you about wanting to restart after this finishes and that's fine now when this finishes it will prompt us to restart but we can ignore that so we can install the final sort of update here yeah that we go the last thing we're gonna install is actually kind of strangely the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro update version 2.0 from Apple however this this is a patch version so run on other machines so this is something we got from the Tony Mac x86 yeah and we'll also be whole length in our view ok so the purpose of this update is to increase compatibility with the Kepler GPUs that we have installed the intermedia gtx 680 right and also the Intel USB 3 chipset we'll be utilizing ok so go through this installer just like the others don't warn us again and looks like it's also patched not require a password which seems kind of strange yeah you know and after this update applies will reboot and we'll be in a full fully functioning OS 10 environment fully updated up to basically the most most recent updates yeah as well okay so now if we go ahead and restart the system that'll yell at me for a second because they both want to restart but if we restart we should we don't have the USB drive the install drive attached any longer so wait for the machine to reboot here I was 10 sticking it's good old time applying those updates hmm just like Windows they just don't give you the same screen I have these computer reboots here we won't hit f12 to go into the boot menu this time just let it will just boot directly to the bootloader and then directly into the operating system so that bootloader screen if you had other hard drives installed would if they had an operating system on like Windows would then gonna give you the option to yeah you said you could easily really select a Windows drive another OS 10 Drive even maybe like a Linux Drive whatever operating system you wanted really that's a pretty fully function bootloader all right so there we go we are inside a fully patched and ready to use Mac operating system are there any additional pieces of software or tweaks or tools that maybe people should look at installing right when they get to this point though yeah from first installing the second Tasha I notice there are a couple of things a couple of tweaks you might want to make the first thing is that by default the apple drivers do not support CUDA for some strange reason all right however Nvidia makes it pretty easy so easy and they have they have CUDA drivers available for the Mac on their website which seems like a strange thing but useful so we'll go ahead and download these well that's waiting we will download an app called CUDA Z which will allow us to verify that and song it actually worked go here I did old SourceForge downloads here well sounding twice but well go ahead and install ku disease since we're still waiting on the driver download I'm sure I could just drag it the desktop it should go in the Applications folder but you know for brevity oh this is a fun thing about OS 10 you have to change the settings so you can install software from unidentified developers so anything anytime you install software not from the App Store the Mac App Store uh no it's you can start like Creative Suite and there are a lot of identity identity obviously this isn't one okay so we'll go ahead and go into security and privacy click the lock here so we can authenticate and then change allow applications downloaded from to anywhere which of course you want to do that's just crazy now if we launch crew to Z it will give us a warning saying CUDA not found okay kind of weird alright we'll go ahead and install the Nvidia driver now to fix that package file as you could tell all of the installers on OS 10 look pretty much the same I'm not quite sure what prolapse support CUDA on OS 10 but there are I know there are some like high-end video stuff rendering stuff in some scientific applications so if you if you have an Nvidia card it's worth enabling and it's it's yeah it's got a bsd backbone so a lot of the scientific stuff should run with minimal changes now if we run the application again okay so it doesn't give us that error and we can see gtx 680 installed these information exactly who diversions that customer so what about if we're used to doing things like monitoring our computer's health status temperatures fan speeds clock speeds that kind of thing there's actually a great app on OS 10 called ISTAT menus for this okay it's if we go ahead and find it here it isn't free I think it's like 14 dollars but there's a sixteen dollars but there's a free trial but we'll go ahead and install the trial here so you can see how it works huh wait for it to change go ahead and launch this then if we hit install authenticate of course we will now see a series of menus in the top bar which display things like temperature we can see CPU clock speed DPX be down here memory voltage and then network connectivity memory usage hard drive space CPU load a bunch of cool stuff really I don't know even though they default to Fahrenheit which yeah yeah I don't like that too much but it's a neat collection of metrics and information for sure yeah it's it's very useful for the everyday operation of your Mac to diagnose stuff so at this point we basically have a complete system yeah you can install Final Cut Pro you can install anything you can stole any Mac applications that you want to get now and you have a fully functional fully featured hackintosh sips system you saved money built it yourself you know a little bit more about the operating system how all this kind of stuffs work all this kind of stuff works there's all kinds of things that you learn about if this is your first Mac which you know if you don't have a lot of experience with it it's it's a learning curve but it's fairly easy to get a hold of so that's that's gonna round up the video for us today if we have any more questions we have a lot more details on our full written review that Ken posted that has all the screenshots all the files you need to download that we used for this build are going to be accessible through that so check that out at PC / comm or the URL that is listed here so Ken thanks for helping us out with this who's fun we'll see you next time on PC perspective see ya

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