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First steps for hackintosh and configuration advices.

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Motherboard
Z77MX
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i5-3570K
Graphics
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
- Case: Bitfenix Prodigy White
Love it !


- Motherboard: - Option 1: Motherboard socket 1150 MSI B85I GAMING
- Option 2 : Gigabyte GA-H97N-Wifi
- CPU: Processor socket 1150 Intel Core i7 4790K
[/QUOTE] We have a mismatch here. your CPU is overclockable but your motherboard choices do not support overclocking. Giagbyte boards are more hack-friendly.
Option 1 : Overclockable GA-Z97N-WiFi + Core i7 4790K ..if you overclock your CPU be aware that the cooler supplied in the box was not made for this usage
Option 2: Non overclockable : GA-H97N-WiFi + Core i7 4790 (non-K)

- Graphic card: - Option 1: MSI Geforce GTX 970 OC - 4Go
- Option 2: Asus Geforce GTX 970 STRIX OC - 4Go
- Option 3 : EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ - 4Go

My preference goes to MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G .. Thw Twin Froven cooler is worth the extra $10-15
Note MSI, EVGA, ASUS are all solid performers. I prefer the MSI one because it is thinner (helps with airflow) and has a better power distribution system (helps for stable overclocks).


- Battery: Corsair CS550M series Modulaire - 550W
Is is called a Power supply..it is not a battery.


- RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 2 x 8 Go 1600 Mhz CAS 8
- Drive: SSD Samsung Serie 850 EVO - 500 Go
Nothing usefull to say here .

- Does any of you know if all these elements are fully compatible with OSX ? (some of them couldn't be found in the buying guide) ?
All the above will work. You will need Nivida's Web drivers for the GTX 970 (or any Maxwell based card)

- Except the recommended Wi-Fi cards shown in the buying guide, do you know some Wi-Fi Usb keys that could work ? (I actually have a Sweex wireless 150N but don't know if it would work).
- Same question for keyboard (Logitech Comfort Keyboard K290 and Gigabyte GM-M5100).
Sweex Wireless --> Very doubtful
Logitech K290 --> Will work to some extent, special features might not work
GM-M1500 --> Looks like a generic USB mouse, should work as a 2-button mouse with scroll wheel



Have fun
 
Joined
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Messages
350
Motherboard
Z77MX
CPU
i5-3570K
Graphics
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
By the way if I understood well the buyer's guide, I may need a Wi-Fi card because GigaByte GA-H97N's WiFi may not be always compatible, do you know if it is true for Yosemite ? I will test it as soon as the build is ready :).
Still true for Yosemite

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