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Has anyone here built a Hackintosh?


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#1 VincePolston

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 12:11 PM

I sold my MBP a few months ago and miss the UI. Thought about building one after watching this video. Do any of you have experience with building a hackintosh? Thoughts?

 

 



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Posted 24 June 2016 - 12:23 PM

I have built one. IMO it's not worth the hassle. Just install Linux and find a Window Manager you like.

 

 

If you choose to go forward with a hackintosh, you will have the following issues:

  1. Updates are a pain. Don't even get me started here.
  2. You have to choose very specific hardware components when building. This tends to drive build costs up a bit.
  3. Not everything works and bugs abound on what does work.

It's possible, but is definitely not for the faint of heart.


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Posted 24 June 2016 - 10:59 PM

Thank you for the advice. Just thought I may save some money and learn in the process. Might be better if I just save up and purchase another mac. Shoot. A used mac mini would suffice for what I do.



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Posted 25 June 2016 - 05:14 PM

A hackintosh is probably a better choice than buying a pre-built mac. (It's certainly a lot cheaper.) However it does have a bit of a learning curve.

The place I learned about hackintoshes was http://www.tonymacx86.com/ It has plenty of suggested builds and explain what does and doesn't work on each.
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Posted 25 June 2016 - 06:14 PM

Thank you for the advice. Just thought I may save some money and learn in the process. Might be better if I just save up and purchase another mac. Shoot. A used mac mini would suffice for what I do.


Personally, I would just buy a Mac (new or used). While you might save money by going the hackintosh route, keep in mind that your time and hassle is an indirect cost. So, unless you really like to just "tinker" or play with stuff, it makes more sense to me to just buy a Mac, especially if you actually want to use the Mac for productive things.

For me, the only way that I would do it is if I wanted to "tinker"/play with it. But, I frankly have more than enough other things to tinker/play with...and since I actually have several Macs, I have no really need for some kludged Mac that would likely be a pain to maintain.




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