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Catching Up & Hackintosh

September 3rd, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

So, as usual, I fell behind with blog posts. On the bright side though, I finally have some things WORTH talking about! Developments since my last post include:

  • My new job
  • Adopting kittens
  • Building a hackintosh machine

Since I am going to refrain from posting too much about my job (the people I work with are pretty cool and the development I do is a lot of fun), that leaves kitties and hackintosh machine. They have both happened around the same time (the last few weeks), but while the kittens have only given me scratches and continued to be ridiculously adorable (and obnoxious little brats), my hackintosh build has consumed a LOT of my free time for the last 2 weeks.

In this post, I’ll go over the specs and how I decided on them. In the next post I’ll go over HOW I went about installing everything and the ridiculous number of headaches I ran into in the process.

The Build

My initial choices were to build a computer from scratch by purchasing the pieces from Newegg.com and other computer part sellers, buy a prebuilt machine (for much more money) from someone like HP, Dell, or your choice of a typical gaming rig builder. Fortunately (and unfortunately) I found the site cyberpowerpc.com¬†who allows you to customize a build’s parts with Newegg prices. As an added bonus, I was able to catch their back to school special (which I’ve learned this weekend is not QUITE as good as the Labor Day Weekend discounts, but oh well), knocking off 5% with a bunch of mail-in-rebates (which I will be sending in this week now that the machine is working). I knew that I didn’t want to deal with the hassles of a water cooling setup (accidentally melting your CPU because you have an air bubble in the lines doesn’t sound like fun to me), so I started by finding cyberpower’s lowest priced package so I could get my hands on their heat sink cooled machines. Now, be aware that cyberpower caters to the gamer market, so all the builds were slated for the latest in processors and graphics cards. After doing a lot of research (though apparently not QUITE enough, as will be discussed in that later post), I decided on the following build that would be hackintosh + windows (dual boot) compatible.

  • Gigabyte X58A-UD3R motherboard
  • Intel i7-960 (3.2 GHz, LGA 1366) processor
  • Nvidia GTX 560 (1 GB) video card
  • 750 GB Western Digital hard drive
  • 6 GB of memory
  • Coolermaster 700W power supply
  • Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 full tower gaming case
Additional packaged items:
  • Thermaltake headset
  • Thermaltake mouse
  • Thermaltake keyboard
  • Surge protector
  • A couple game coupons
Suggested add-ons:
  • Normal shipping
  • Professional wiring
  • Enhanced packaging solution (foam inside the machine to better secure the components during shipping)
Additional purchases from Newegg:
  • Kingston 96 GB SSD
  • 6 GB of memory (totaling at 12 GB of memory in the machine)

Yes, this did not come out to any cheap shopping list. It’s a good thing I was buying this as a birthday gift for myself!!!

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  1. Helio
    February 15th, 2013 at 06:27 | #1

    Hi Aaron,

    I was in need of some help on how to install cx_Oracle in windows and your post about it helped me, it simply worked with your directions. Thanks a lot.

    Then, a glance in the “Recent Posts” got me here. Did you manage to install Mac OS X on that machine? I’m very curious about it.

    Regards,
    Helio

  2. February 17th, 2013 at 11:11 | #2

    @Helio

    Hey Helio,

    Yeah, I was able to install OS X on it in the end. Unfortunately the NVidia isn’t supported by OS X 10.6.x, so the resolution is still wacky on it. I’ve considered upgrading it, but have had lots of difficulties doing so unfortunately.

    I am right now in the process of trying to setup a second Hackintosh, but unfortunately seem to be having some hardware issues. Thinking that a blog post might be in order for that so I can write everything up in one place and then just disseminate the link across multiple forums to try to help me troubleshoot it.

    Hopefully I’ll get off my ass soon and do that!

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