- Dec 13, 2014
- Gigabyte z97x Gaming 5
- i7 479k 4Ghz
- EVGA Geforce GTX 750 ti
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
alvarus's Build: i7-4790k, Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5, EGVA NVIDIA Geforce GTX 750 ti 2GB - Yosemite 10.10.1
All components are new, most of them purchased from Newegg and Microcenter.
Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1150
EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600
2 x Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" SSD
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower
Corsair 600W ATX12V
Monitor Acer H236HLbid 23.0"
Keyboard Logitech K360
Mouse Logitech M310 Wireless Laser
Speakers Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch
ASUS USB-BT400 USB 2.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter
- I normally use mac for work: design (indesign, photoshop), presentations (word), budgets and schedules (MMB, MMS) and some easy editing and format changing (Final Cut, Compressor).
- For the last 4 years I’ve been running on a Macbook Pro and I wanted to have a desktop that I could also use to play in my spare time, so I bought the computer with dual boot in mind (2 separate SSDs and one 1TB HDD for common storage).
- I picked all the components after looking in tonymacx86 for compatibility.
Power supply and graphics card are pretty quiet. I’ve never used SSD . The only thing I would have changed is probably the keyboard and mouse (I was in a rush when I picked them). They get the job done and the keyboard design is actually pretty nice and compact, but I’m very used to the texture of mac keyboards and I should have looked for something a bit closer to it.
This was my first time and I had a lot of fun doing it. I used this video as a guide (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bUghCx9iso), it was pretty straight forward and I didn’t have any issues. I put everything together pretty fast, the only time I had to stop to think was to figure out cable management. In this case the SSDs face to a different side than the DVD or HDDs… so I ran one SATA power cable through both SSDs and another SATA power cable for the DVD and HDD.
Installing Windows first
I installed Windows 8.1 first in one of the SSDs and formatted the 1TB HDD to ex-FAT so both systems can read/write on it. I checked that all the hardware was working fine and then I proceeded to do the hackintosh. I did this because all the components were new and I wanted to check that they were working in a more controlled environment.
Note: When installing Windows I had that SSD on the SATA port 0 and when I decided to start with the hackintosh I removed that SSD data cable for the meantime and plugged the other SSD on port 0. Once I was done I reconnected the Windows SSD to port 1. So the final order is Mac SSD on port 0, Win SSD on port 1, 1TB HDD on port 2.
Doing the hackintosh
I used Tony’s guide step by step (http://www.tonymacx86.com/445-unibeast-install-os-x-yosemite-any-supported-intel-based-pc.html). It all works perfectly, there are just a couple of issues that I encountered.
My board BIOS is F3, I didn’t change anything on it apart from the VT-d setting that I had to disable.
Note: at this point is important that you are using a keyboard and mouse that go through USB (either wired or wireless). I was using a magic mouse linked to a Bluetooth dongle and it doesn’t get automatically recognized in the install. You can do the Windows install with just a keyboard, but on the mac install you won’t be able to access the disk utility menu if you don’t have a mouse.
When booting from the USB to start the install, I couldn’t get pass from the Apple logo loading screen (got always Kernel Panics). I solved this by adding the command “nv_disable=1”. The install completed correctly and then I booted once again from the USB to download and run MultiBeast (I still needed to use the nv_disable modifier).
In MultiBeast I had to choose EasyBeast (I couldn’t do DSDT Free because it wouldn’t pass the loading screen later with constant Kernel Panics that I couldn’t solve).
After MultiBeast, I rebooted from the SSD, but I encountered the boot0 error and had to follow this guide (the solution listed as #1) to fix it: http://www.tonymacx86.com/articles/65706-article-boot0-error-official-guide.html
I still had to start with nv_disable=1 until I managed to install the nvidia drivers from here: http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/80070/en-us After using the drivers from that link I was able to reboot from the SSD without any problems.
Note: you need those drivers if you are on Yosemite 10.10.1 (I was trying a different link first for CUDA drivers -that aren’t no appropriate for this- and I was also confused because I tried another drivers that were for 10.10 and couldn’t be installed on the system either).
You'll be booting from the mac SSD and you'll be given the option to boot from another drive before the OSx starts loading. I see the options Yosemite (mac SSD), Windows and System Reserved (both from the win SSD). If you want to boot in windows, you need to choose System Reserved (choosing just Windows results in an error message).
Most things work out of the box (ethernet, power management, sleep, wake up, keyboard, mouse, webcam).
What doesn’t work
- [Solved] Bluetooth (USB-BT400) works after you follow the instructions here: http://forum.osxlatitude.com/index.php?/topic/2925-bluetooth-firmware-uploader/
- [Solved] GFX card (EGVA NVIDIA Geforce GTX 750 ti 2GB Superclocked) only works after installing the drivers here (until then you need to start with modifier nv_disable=1): http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/80070/en-us
- Sound only works through the front headphone line (haven’t tried to figure it out yet).
I’m going to investigate about the sound (Realtek ALC1150) and will update with results.