Description

Well as you have gathered from the title this is a mini-itx hackintosh build! I hope the photos I have added are of reason quality, I am using my phone but lighting can be problematic at times!

Adding more images over the next few days guys! Hold on ;)

Uses: I intend to use this rig for Xcode development, I am quite new to swift so I am picking it up as I go but this computer will certainly enable me to do this. I am aware that to run Xcode you definitely dont need a computer this powerful however I opted for overkill this time.

I am also going to use it for general use such as iMessage, web browsing and some Python projects that I work on in my spare time.

Why hackiontosh? Personally I am an avid OSX and Windows user, need to make that clear before I start ;) I have never really attempted making a hackintosh before and I felt it could be a nice adventure you could say. Luckily I had the help of tonymacx86, A fantastic website for all hackintosh related questions. I carefully picked my parts around an El Capitan guide I found through a YouTube user named Snazzy Labs. Please watch the video and follow the link in the description if you want to know how I installed OSX on the rig, its quite lengthy but a great write-up!

Check the video out here, all the links and guides are in the description: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRX-6rWkuzk

The build! Well damn, the case was not as easy to build in as I would of liked! There are some very small screws in rather annoying places. But I ventured on and I am so happy with the final result.

As you can see from the photos everything is very packed in which means next to no space for cable management. Please excuse the attempt I made at cable management but the case doesn't have a window let alone thumb screws so I will live with it. My main consideration was making sure it did not impact airflow!

Sadly I didn't realise the Corsair SF450 only came with one pata cable, I mean why couldn't they simply include another? Luckily I was able to connect my three drives but in future I may need to contact them for another as I dislike using Molex adapters.

The final build is actually nice and quite, however the only audible sound is that damn 500gb WD drive. I will be replacing this in some way soon.

Future plans: As I said IO intend to replace that loud hard drive. But I am also going to install my GTX 960 as the case is basically half empty without a graphics card. The small problem is that card is currently occupied running my main X99 rig but I am picking up a new shiny GTX 1070 soon!

In conclusion: I am very happy with the results, it is a nice portable rig that should be powerful enough in the long run. Did you like my build? I would appreciate it if you wouldn't mind hitting that +1 ;)

Part Reviews

CPU

What a great cpu for the price! I have worked with a couple of these now and the temperatures and power usage is very solid for the performance!

CPU Cooler

This was my first ever Noctua product and I was firmly impressed! From the packaging to the screws it was perfectly presented and has a very solid build. Its supposed 100% compatibility with mini-itx board and ram sounds boastful but I could believe it. Only thing is it is best to put the thermal paste on the cpu, then flip the board and align it with the cooler rather than turning the mobo and cooler over in one hand.

Motherboard

One of the most compatible hackintosh builds around I seem to hear. It has great IO with Bluetooth, wifi, dual gigabit Ethernet and USB-C. Of course one of the most important points to me is it includes a foam IO shield, preventing me from destroying my fingers any more ;) I have a habit of cutting myself on those pesky metal ones!

Memory

What can I say, fast DDR4 memory for a good price. It has good OSX compatibility but I would of preferred to be able to buy the grey instead of the white.

Storage

Damn, I picked these up for £40 each on Amazon the other day. Considering I payed close to £100 for my first 120gb Samsung 840 Evo then this is a killer deal in my opinion.

Power Supply

Small, powerful and high end. Great packaging, nice build quality and I like the fact that the fan rarely even spins up!

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 hackintosh

(i just wish it wasn't so difficult)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried an el capitan hackintosh on an old Lenovo w520 laptop and the nvidia quadro just wouldnt cooperate so I abandoned it. Keep us posted on your progress getting your video card installed and any magic you do to get it working :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I have tried before with my main rig but no success! That's why I specifically bought parts I knew would work well this time ;)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Nicely done

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

NP

Hows the case?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Your PC is very similar to the video! :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm yeah! I wanted to be original with the case but I knew what worked with OSX

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the negative comment but you buy Windows 10 oem but then get OS X Elcapitan why did you buy Windows 10??

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

He likes both as stated in the write up...

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I read the write up but must have missed that

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I am very sorry, I didn't realise they were against Microsofts Qos. I was quite happy with myself finding a good deal (first time I have ever used them actually) but it clearly was a poor choice, in future I will avoid them :) Apologies again for endorsing them!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build dude!! The pictures are great!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

With that cooler and CPU, you should overclock some. With a decent cooler on my 6600k, I'm able to go up to 4.3 gigahertz

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Sexy build, sexy price. Good job!

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  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah jipster! Thank you, we have a conversation about this specific GTX 960 dating back to my first build! And holy **** there is a matter of hours between our accounts ;)