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What was your primary reason for building a hackintosh?

What was your primary reason for building a hackintosh?

  • Cost. Apple hardware is just too unaffordable.

    Votes: 332 26.1%
  • Apple does not sell systems with the specs I want.

    Votes: 508 39.9%
  • I already owned a PC and wanted to try macOS.

    Votes: 107 8.4%
  • I've been burned by Apple hardware failures and have no faith in their reliability.

    Votes: 20 1.6%
  • I like to tinker and learn.

    Votes: 260 20.4%
  • Other.

    Votes: 45 3.5%

  • Total voters
    1,272
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Upgradability should be mentioned.
 

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Upgradability should be mentioned.

Upgradability would require PCI-e slots. No PCI-e slots = not having the specs you want.
 
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I Built mine for music production , I can't afford the £2000 for an iMac or Mac Pro. I've got a 2012 MacBook pro but I wanted a permanent workstation at home dedicated just to music production. Plus I like to upgrade my computers.
 
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I would like to know what your PRIMARY reason was to build a hackintosh.

I wanted an expandable Mac to replace my 2008 Mac Pro with capable CPU and 4K display. I see now that a top of the line iMac would have sufficed, since it can go to 32GB, but I can expand mine to 64GB later if I want. Of course, the iMac would cost $3599+tax at apple.com, and I paid less than $2000 for mine including display. The only issue with mine is occasional crashes that I've never isolated in the last year. Can stay up for 1-3 weeks.

Of course, my MacBook can crash on occasion coming back from sleep.
 
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I'm still running a mid-2012 system (which still works great, btw) and at that time there was no Mac Pro. When the new trashcan Mac Pro came out, it was (and remains) ridiculously expensive. So I answered [2] but it's also [1]. Same as most, it seems.

Onwards and upwards.
Back when I bought the 2008 Mac Pro, the price was very competitive for what you got. Wasn't any more than equivalent hardware from companies like Dell or building for myself. And got native Mac support with it. I need to find a use for it, it has been unused for nearly a year now.
 
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Back when I bought the 2008 Mac Pro, the price was very competitive for what you got. Wasn't any more than equivalent hardware from companies like Dell or building for myself. And got native Mac support with it. I need to find a use for it, it has been unused for nearly a year now.
you can hack it and put it onto the latest os.
 
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The specs are def. my main consideration, after that I think price comes next. Spending 4K - 5K+ for a mostly non-upgradable 'pro' machine is madness imho.
I built my first Hackintosh end of last year... I was planning on selling my completely beefed up 2013 iMac and didn't want to get a new one. I want to add HD's to my machine, replace my gfx card and add extra monitors. The iMac limited me too much.

Before the iMac I had a mac pro 5.1 which probably has been the best mac I ever owned. Loved the way it looked and all possible ways it could be expanded. The build quality was phenomenal. Non-Apple using friends I showed it to still talk about it :)
The iMac was nice and fast, but somehow I never really loved the machine I did like the other Apple products I owned. I had a beefy PC for gaming and looked if it would fit the bill for a Hack. It did and so when I got it working I sold my iMac. I do still have a new 13" Mac-book pro, but for daily use / multi monitor I want a big rig which I can adjust to my desires.
If the new pro comes out and it is as good as the pro 5.1 (without it being ludicrously expensive) I'll certainly consider it... until then I'm driving a custom build macOS / Win10 machine.

In the end macOS feels so much better than Win 10. Win 10 isn't bad, Microsoft came a long way, but if there would be a good mac pro in the Apple line-up I'd not look at Windows for one minute. Ah well... We'll see :) the Hack fulfills my needs for the time being. I may even build a new one to bridge the gap to late 2018!
 
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I've always been into tech and knew it would end up being my career, I was also about 99% on the windows platform. So when MS released Vista it scared the crap out of me because I felt like I had all my eggs in a sinking ship. Build my first hackintosh and since then I've actually bought two of their laptops and a mac mini. I still use PC and even starting to dabble more in linux now. Just never want to be all-in on one single platform ever again. I honestly don't build hackintoshes anymore but do like to read up on it.
 
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