A Step-By-Step Guide To Building Your Own Macintosh Computer
Everyone wants an Apple computer but not everyone can afford it. Some people are just in denial about their liking to Apple products but the fact is that they are the best built tech products in the market today. The price is the only factor that keeps people skeptical over Macintosh based products, especially computers. But all that may be about to change.
By following a few simple steps that anyone who has used a computer could follow, you could build your own Macintosh computer. Do-it-yourself Mac computers, aptly called Hackintosh, can be built on your own. Jesse Guardiani from YouTube channel create this has a pretty good walkthrough on how to make your own Hackintosh with a clear and useful step-by-step guide.
The parts he used are of his own choice and that’s the beauty of it. You can choose exactly how much you want to spend on your Hackintosh by choosing different types of hardware but the procedure remains the same. Just make sure that the parts are compatible with Apple’s OS X operating system. You can visit www.tonymacx86.com to check which parts are compatible and which are not.
For his Mac Pro Hackintosh, Jesse used the following parts that he purchased from Amazon.
Case: Corsair Vengeance Series Black C70 Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011016-WW)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 LGA 1150 Z97 HDMI 2-Way CrossFire ATX CPU: Intel Core BX80646I74790K i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz)
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800)
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E120B/AM)
Hard drive: Seagate 3TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST3000DM001)
Power supply: Corsair RM Series 650 Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply – CP-9020054-NA RM650
Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GT 740 Superclocked Single Slot 2GB DDR3 Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2742-KR
To add all these parts, just open the case and start placing them inside it. First of all, the motherboard must be screwed in after opening the side panel of the case. Then goes the processor (CPU) which is installed at its designated spot on the motherboard. It is followed by the CPU cooling system because things will get HOT in there.
Next up, make sure to put in the RAM. A computer is only as good as the amount of RAM it has installed. Then install the power supply at the required spot. Wire up the motherboard with the newly installed hardware and then place the SSD drive for storage on which all your data will be stored. Then make sure to install the graphics card (GPU) on your Hackintosh which will give your graphics a boost. Make sure that the model you use is compatible with OS X. The last part is the external WiFi card as most motherboards do not have WiFi pre-installed on them.
Now that you are done with hardware, it is time to move on to the software part which is a little trickier than the hardware part. To install Mac OS X EI Captain, you will need an external hard disk or a USB drive with at least 16GB storage. If you don’t own one already, be ashamed and borrow one from your friend.
On a Mac, go to website www.tonymacx86.com and click on “Installation Guide”. The steps that need to be followed are a bit tricky so we suggest you watch the video at the end of this article. After following those instructions, go to the OS X setup screen on your Hackintosh. You can visit the aforementioned website if you run into any sort of trouble for troubleshooting. You must disable sending diagnostic information to Apple because they might not like the fact that you are building your own Macintosh.
Keep following the guide for drivers and card installation and there you have it. You have just built your own Hackintosh. Congratulations! Give yourself a pat on the back because you deserve it.
Take a look at Jesse’s hardware installation video:
And also, the more complicated, the software installation video: