Build Recommendations for older versions of OS X using older Chipsets

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  1. macnb

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    Aug 7, 2017 at 1:28 PM #31
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    I have a few OLD hacks.

    On my Dell Inspiron 530 (G33 chipset), I converted the socket 775 from Core2Quad Q9300 to Xeon E5450 and still have & boot 10.6.8, 10.9.5, 10.11.4, 10.12.6, Ubuntu 16.04 and Windows 10.

    Good old Snow Leopard is still snappy and responsive as ever...even more so than Sierra.
     
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    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:16 PM #32
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    There is no problem on installing any Mac OS (OS X before) since 10.5 on a Core2duo or Pentium D CPU, I have a Core2quad with Sierra (in fact, I´m typing with that machine right now)
     
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    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:00 PM #33
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    That was a typo on my part. Meant to say 10.4.11 which was OS X Tiger.
     
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    Report my Gigabyte G31 and G41 run El Capitan fine
     
  5. VioletDragon

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    Aug 13, 2017 at 4:46 AM #35
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    There quite a few Z77 boards on Ebay. Maybe try looking for a motherboard bundle chip and motherboard together may work out cheaper in a long run. Ive been looking at a few for the backup server I'm building.

    If USB 3 doesn't bother you theres a few LGA1155 Series 6 Boards on Ebay and other sites such as Amazon.com etc. The Intel DH67BL boards are quite cheap and works perfectly fine with OS X/macOS.

    I wouldn't bother with LGA775 only because they're being fazed out by Apple.
     
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    Ivy Bridge and the Q/H/Z77 chipsets were probably the most OS X / macOS friendly series ever. It's a really good choice if you don't need the latest cutting edge features in a build. :thumbup: Everything except iTunes DRM content just works like on a Mac.
     
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    One of the reasons why I'm still with my Z77 Desktop it just works like a official Mac. Although DRM problem works perfectly fine with Series 6 Sandy Bridge boards.
     
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    Have 2 CustoMacs using Sandy bridge. I have being using them non-stop since 10.6.8. Extremely pleased with them, early challenges were minimal and since I switched to Clover they have been feeling like real Macs. Can't wait to put HS on them. Will drive those babies to the ground :clap: :lol:
     

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