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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: 334 26.2%
  • Apple does not sell systems with the specs I want.

    Votes: 509 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: 261 20.4%
  • Other.

    Votes: 46 3.6%

  • Total voters
    1,277
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I want a quiet, do it all HTPC mini tower that Apple does not make. The Mac Mini is not a good option as it can be LOUD and is a mess of cables and extensions due to almost no internal options, such as a quiet DVD or Blu-Ray drive. I also like the fact that I can build one FAR cheaper than a new Apple Mac make and VERY reliable for my purposes. A chance to tinker with the computer is also a big plus for me.

I am waiting for Apple to introduce Mac OS 11 that will work on all modern X86 platforms from Intel and AMD so that all of this can be done legitimately. Wishful thinking, I know, but I can always dream.

 
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Gigabyte Z170 HD3P
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6700K @ 4GHz
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Pascal Titan X
Mac
  1. iMac
  2. MacBook Air
Classic Mac
  1. iMac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
I built my Hackintosh because I needed a good NVIDIA GPU and a Pro box with current specs. The Mac Pro was (and still is) outdated when I built my Hackintosh.
 
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Gigabyte GA-170-HD3 DDR3
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Intel i5 6500 3.2Ghz
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GeForce GTX 1050ti
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  1. iMac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
I wanted to build a video editing PC which would have RAID 1 drives for storing our customer's files on. A fast SSD and fast GFX card. There simply wasn't an Apple machine that was capable of this without compromising on something, somewhere.
 
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Motherboard
GA-H87N-WIFI
CPU
i3-3225
Graphics
HD 4000
Mac
  1. Mac mini
Classic Mac
  1. Apple
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
  2. Other
The first Hackintosh i built because of my GF back then, she was having a white macbook when I realized that OS' similarity is huge to linux, so I started to read about, and then I saw that actually I could build my own, so it was a small step from her macbook to my own hackbook. However the learning curve did decreased with the years, as install and configuration methods for fine-tuning and bootup on different hardware specs do vary and change a lot. But as a conclusion for me it was interesting to see that for the price of a mac mini I could put together a more performant HTPC that can run 3OSes then buying one mac mini and struggling with the limitation (memory/hard drive/graphics card etc).
 
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Dell Inspiron 5490
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i5-8350
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HD 620
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  1. iMac
  2. MacBook
  3. MacBook Pro
  4. Mac mini
Classic Mac
  1. LC
  2. Power Mac
  3. PowerBook
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Truth is, I am a long term Mac owner. Probably upwards to ten in home and office over the years. Last home desktop was a mini, core-2 duo and it was adequate except for games. (I also have a Haswell macbook pro, and an iMac Ivy bridge in my office at work). I wanted to update the mini to the skylake era with built-in 530 graphics and will buy a new mini when something like that comes out. But I am pleased to have built a machine with that capability, for little more than what I was able to sell my old machine for.
 
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Gigabyte GA-X99P-SLI
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i7-6850K
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GTX 1080
I would switch back to buying Macs from Apple if (and only if) they release a truly modular Mac Pro. One that can be customized with PCI-e cards, NVIDIA graphics, and lots of internal storage and RAM capabilities. Basically, I want something like the old 2012 Mac Pro tower, but with new hardware (and Thunderbolt).
 
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100
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Intel DZ77RE-75K
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Intel Core i7 3770k
Graphics
Nvidia GTX 970
Mac
  1. MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
  1. Power Mac
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
I got tired of buying Apple hardware and all of the specs were outdated with the current software on the market. I got tired of paying 3X the amount for 1/4 the machine. Durability is nice...but I'd like to be able to play the latest games and encode video with decent performance.
 
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GA-Z370M-DS3H-F4
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i5 8400 2.8 GHz
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Intel HD 630
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  1. iOS
My answer is both Cost and Learn/Tinker, so I selected other. I've had many Macs over the years, starting in 1986. After getting immersed in the iOS ecosystem, I had less money for a new Mac laptop, and thought I might not need it since I was able to use my iPad when I wanted to be portable. In 2011, decided to try building a Hackintosh with the same power as a loaded iMac, and did it for half the cost thanks to this site. The machine is still running almost 6 years later with RAM replaced (and expanded, $100) a failed hard drive replaced, $87, a failed graphics card replaced, $30 and an SSD added, $187. The SSD was added after 1 1/2 years. The hardware failures happened after about 4 1/2 years, one after the other. I have a larger SSD ready to replace the older one this weekend $149. I went on to build another more powerful Hackintosh for my husband 1 1/2 years later (at about 1/3 cost of a similarly equipped Mac Pro). I just replaced that machine's RAM (random panics), $89, and upgraded that SSD too, $149.

Neither of us really need a faster machine yet, and it leaves us with more money to update the iPads and iPhones when they start getting long in the tooth.
 

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Asus Z370-G Gaming (Wi-Fi AC)
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i9-9900K OC'd @ 5.0GHz
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RX 6600 XT
Mac
  1. MacBook
  2. Mac Pro
Classic Mac
  1. iBook
  2. Power Mac
  3. PowerBook
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
To be really fair - if MacOS had so much users like Windows has, ransomware would 100% exist for MacOS. And any other viruses for that matter.

Wrong. Security through obscurity is a myth made up by Windows sympathizers. It has been proven time and again that Mac users tend to be more affluent and would make far better targets for anyone looking to profit from.

macOS simply doesn't have nearly as many security holes as Windows.
 
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