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Old March 13, 2011, 09:04 PM
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So my friend and i (along with his bro) are toying of building my friend a hackintosh. His main uses are processing RAW images, encoding a few videos.

He wanted to get a Mac pro but, its pretty steep and he can save that cash for something else. Ive read about using hackintosh on some notebook and ive seen the article from lifehacker.

Lifehacker, tips and downloads for getting things done

Now granted that was last year's build. But, did someone know of a hackintosh using SB platform? His budget is between $1000-$1500.

Any mac gurus that can shed a light?

Edit:

Ive found someone that did a very first hackintosh build on SB.

Hardmac.com : Le "Macbidouille" in English - The first Hackintosh built on Sandy Bridge
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Old March 13, 2011, 10:07 PM
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Quick question...

What's wrong with the iMac line? The next refresh of the iMac line is expected soon and they are very very competitively priced computers for what you get.
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Old March 13, 2011, 10:25 PM
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insanelymac.com

Look on the forum and the wiki.
Ignore the "compatibility database" on the website.
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I built a hackintosh for my wife with an i7-865k, and it works great now. Be prepared for the potential of spending a weekend getting everything working. I had booted into OSX fairly quickly, but getting networking, audio, mic, and everything else all working as it should took a bit of work.

Another "gotcha" that I don't recall being well documented is that you might not be able to use the automated OS updates. To do an update you might need to format and reinstall everything. OS updates tend to overwrite your customized driver files.
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Quick question...

What's wrong with the iMac line? The next refresh of the iMac line is expected soon and they are very very competitively priced computers for what you get.
They did the refresh and I'm unimpressed.
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Old March 14, 2011, 08:44 AM
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I built a hackintosh for my wife with an i7-865k, and it works great now. Be prepared for the potential of spending a weekend getting everything working. I had booted into OSX fairly quickly, but getting networking, audio, mic, and everything else all working as it should took a bit of work.

Another "gotcha" that I don't recall being well documented is that you might not be able to use the automated OS updates. To do an update you might need to format and reinstall everything. OS updates tend to overwrite your customized driver files.

Hmmm, we figured as much. I dont mind getting down and dirty. Although, not sure if my friend is willing to go such lengths when there's an update involved.

Do you have a how-to guide you followed and a list of the parts you used?

Was it worth the headache?
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Look before you buy if * is compatible:
- GPU
- CPU
- Motherboard audio chipset
- Motherboard internet chipset
- Mouse (no kidding, my G5 don't work on Mac)


It shouldn't be too hard, the hardest is probably the GPU.
I was able to make an Hackintosh on my old computer, AMD AM2 x2 4200+ 2.2Ghz, wierd Acer computer motherboard and my 4850 512m.
The GPU is fully supported since you can find it on real mac and the rest just took me some time to set correctly.
The reason why I don't use it, my G5 mouse is not compatible with real mac, and I love my mouse.
http://i40.tinypic.com/219dt2a.jpg

Look at insanelymac.com on the forum, and use google to know the compatibility of your piece.
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They did the refresh and I'm unimpressed.
Last Release: July 27, 2010 - no they did not just refresh the iMac line.

Still, if you want to make a hackintosh, you want to make a hackintosh.
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