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First Time Hackintosh Build for audio engineer/casual gamer

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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX LGA1151
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Hello,

I'm going to be building a mid range PC for audio engineering. I'm at a phase where I want to start taking things more seriously than a MacBook Air can offer. I'm also a casual gamer and will do some video editing and want my computer to stack up well in both regards, without increasing the price by an insane amount. I want the reliability of macOS, and aggregate recording interfaces (most importantly). I plan to expand to over 35 inputs after this so you can see how processing power will be very quickly required.

I did research on the parts that are compatible for a hackintosh on this site and made a build that was compatible on PC Part Picker as well. I was told by a local computer person that hackintoshs are relatively simple to do thanks to recent innovation/changes. I'm quite good with computers and am familiar with both Windows and Apple software. Most importantly I'm eager to learn.

I plan to approach this in a couple months as plans are I will be more financially stable and able to make the investment. In the meantime I will be doing my research on the installation process. I don't want to sound like I'm asking someone to do the work for me, I've done some research. I'm mostly trying to avoid the whole Dunning-Kruger end of things, especially with an >$2000 investment.

If you have familiarity with a different component in a similar price range that will give me better results, or if you have a cheaper component that will give similar results please let me know as I really want to get the most for my money.

Thank you so much for your time and have a wonderful day/night,
Robie Hillier
 

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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX LGA1151
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Intel Core i9-9900k 3.7 ghZ 8-Core Processor
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Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8 GB
Mac
  1. MacBook Air
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Just to add I found my first D-K moment already. Will be installing a Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard instead, along with changing to a Corsair 860 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply for compatability.
 

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Hello,

I'm going to be building a mid range PC for audio engineering. I'm at a phase where I want to start taking things more seriously than a MacBook Air can offer. I'm also a casual gamer and will do some video editing and want my computer to stack up well in both regards, without increasing the price by an insane amount. I want the reliability of macOS, and aggregate recording interfaces (most importantly). I plan to expand to over 35 inputs after this so you can see how processing power will be very quickly required.

I did research on the parts that are compatible for a hackintosh on this site and made a build that was compatible on PC Part Picker as well. I was told by a local computer person that hackintoshs are relatively simple to do thanks to recent innovation/changes. I'm quite good with computers and am familiar with both Windows and Apple software. Most importantly I'm eager to learn.

I plan to approach this in a couple months as plans are I will be more financially stable and able to make the investment. In the meantime I will be doing my research on the installation process. I don't want to sound like I'm asking someone to do the work for me, I've done some research. I'm mostly trying to avoid the whole Dunning-Kruger end of things, especially with an >$2000 investment.

If you have familiarity with a different component in a similar price range that will give me better results, or if you have a cheaper component that will give similar results please let me know as I really want to get the most for my money.

Thank you so much for your time and have a wonderful day/night,
Robie Hillier

Just to add I found my first D-K moment already. Will be installing a Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard instead, along with changing to a Corsair 860 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply for compatibility.

Your build with the Gigabyte motherboard in place of the MSI motherboard should be compatible with MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 / Mojave 10.14.6 / Catalina 10.15.6.

However, since you want to run a dual boot Windows / MacOS system, I strongly recommend you get a second SSD so that Windows and MacOS will reside on separate SSDs.
 
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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX LGA1151
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Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8 GB
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  1. MacBook Air
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Your build with the Gigabyte motherboard in place of the MSI motherboard should be compatible with MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 / Mojave 10.14.6 / Catalina 10.15.6.

However, since you want to run a dual boot Windows / MacOS system, I strongly recommend you get a second SSD so that Windows and MacOS will reside on separate SSDs.

Thank you, that makes sense. Should the Windows SSD be Mac compatible too? I wouldn't think so but it doesn't hurt to ask.

I appreciate you taking the time to help, have a nice day/night!
 

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Thank you, that makes sense. Should the Windows SSD be Mac compatible too? I wouldn't think so but it doesn't hurt to ask.

I appreciate you taking the time to help, have a nice day/night!
no, keep them separate

macOS can read a NTFS drive but not write

there is software out there, but can cause issues
 
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no, keep them separate

macOS can read a NTFS drive but not write

there is software out there, but can cause issues

Hello, thanks for taking the time. What do you mean by keep them separate? It looks like the best option for me price wise would be to get the same 860 Evo, will that cause issues?
 

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Hello, thanks for taking the time. What do you mean by keep them separate? It looks like the best option for me price wise would be to get the same 860 Evo, will that cause issues?
No, those drives will work great for both software choices.
Before you install the Windows drive erase it and use GUID partition format (APPLE default setup). That way it will show up on the Mac system and Clover will recognize it.
 
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Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8 GB
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No, those drives will work great for both software choices.
Before you install the Windows drive erase it and use GUID partition format (APPLE default setup). That way it will show up on the Mac system and Clover will recognize it.

Thank you very much! Its quite easy to stress about dumb things when you're new to something. I appreciate everyone who takes time out of their day to help a young hackintosher in need, cheers!
 
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