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Hackintosh for Music Production

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Motherboard
Dell Optiplex 780
CPU
Core 2 Duo E7500
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS
Mac
iMac, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
Android, iOS
Hi All,

I have a budget of under $1000 AUD and looking to build a reliable Hackintosh.

Here are the specs:

CPU - Intel - Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor - $254
Mobo - Gigabyte - GA-H270M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard - $138
RAM - Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory - $249
Storage - Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - $58
Power Supply - Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply - $95
Case - DIYPC DIY-F2-O Black/Orange - $45

I am thinking of using Integrated Graphics as I don't plan any gaming of GPU intensive tasks. Also, I am considering adding a Corsair H60 water cooler if the CPU is running too hot. Please let me know if there are any parts that I should change.

Kind Regards,
Matt
 
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Jamesbond007

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Z390 Designare
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i7 9700KF
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RX 580
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Mac mini
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iOS
Hi All,

I have a budget of under $1000 AUD and looking to build a reliable Hackintosh.

Here are the specs:

CPU - Intel - Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor - $254
Mobo - Gigabyte - GA-H270M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard - $138
RAM - Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory - $249
Storage - Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - $58
Power Supply - Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply - $95
Case - DIYPC DIY-F2-O Black/Orange - $45

I am thinking of using Integrated Graphics as I don't plan any gaming of GPU intensive tasks. Also, I am considering adding a Corsair H60 water cooler if the CPU is running too hot. Please let me know if there are any parts that I should change.

Kind Regards,
Matt
This system should work with MacOS Sierra 10.12.6 and High Sierra. Integrated CPU graphics should also work.
 
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Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5
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i5-6500
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GTX 745
I would suggest going with an SSD for your OS and using an HDD for your storage. SSDs nowadays are cheap and much faster than HDDs. On the liquid cooling I am unsure. Your stock cooler should be fine but you can get yourself an air cooler instead because your not overclocking. Get a CoolerMaster Evo 212 or look into a Noctua cooler.
 
Joined
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Messages
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Motherboard
Dell Optiplex 780
CPU
Core 2 Duo E7500
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS
Mac
iMac, MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
Android, iOS
Thanks for the recomendations! I will look into the SSD for the boot drive. How stable would the system be for day to day work? What are you expiriance with the hardware?

Thanks,
Matt
 

jyc

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Sandy Bridge
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Graphics
HD3000
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Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
Hey matt,

I have this setup. Same CPU, but a Gigabyte Z270-UD5 because I needed thunderbolt. It works fine in Logic/Pro Tools. I have a RX 560 GPU tho, but before that I used the integrated graphics without much issues.

I get about the same amount of freezes compared to the 2013 imac I was using before, so it's pretty stable day in and day out.

Though I would really wait a little bit for the budget intel 3xx series chips so you could get the 8500 instead. I do run out of power with the 7500.

Good Luck.
 
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