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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
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I'm going Hackintosh because I want an expandable, upgradeable Mac but can't afford a tricked out cheese grater Mac Pro / don't want a used box / don't want to rely on four-year-old hardware.

I paid $1500 for my used 12 core 2009 mac pro because it was cheaper than making a 12 core hack.
 

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My 2013 iMac just doesn't have the power I need for 3D modeling, painting and rendering. Heck, just rendering a basic scene in Blender causes my fans to wind up and it takes so damn long. It just plain bugs me. I also want better Unity3D, Substance Painter, and Affinity performance.

I also have no desire to spend a king's ransom on a Mac Pro.

Besides, it's been a very long time since the days I built my very first 286 DOS computer. Been using Macs ever since then. Time to have some more of that type of fun.
 
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I paid $1500 for my used 12 core 2009 mac pro because it was cheaper than making a 12 core hack.
Fair enough. I don't know how well the value calculus scales with core number, but I just can't see myself spending that much money on older, used hardware unless I had no other choice.
 
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In the 2011's, I had always wanted a Mac, and finally, I got one! It was MacBook Pro 13''. I was hooked.

5 years later, it started getting slow. So, in January 2016, I got a shiny new MacBook! (Retnia, Late 2015)

I had always wanted to build a computer, but I thought it took serious manufacturing and such. But then I saw 9to5Mac's Hackintosh videos and I wanted to build one, now that I knew I could.

I started off with a Pentium and no graphics card. (No OSX on it at the time) I used Ubuntu and it rocked. But I still wanted macOS...

Until 4 months later, during Christmas...
I got a GT 720 and I started Hackintoshing! I will say it's a wild ride but it's amazing! Much better than the MacBook, and $700 less!
 
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Fair enough. I don't know how well the value calculus scales with core number, but I just can't see myself spending that much money on older, used hardware unless I had no other choice.

Think of the 2012 Mac Pro as a semi truck. You don't want to race it with the MBPr Porsches, but if you need to do a lot of enterprise level concurrent crap, its hard to beat. Only 10% or so slower than the current 12 core mac pro.
 
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If anyone is curious about how fast drives can be running in a 2010 Mac Pro over the internal SATA II bus -- Copying 12 TB using SuperDuper from external USB3 RAID 5 array (Using SoftRAID), 4 independent ports, each with their own USB3 controller (Allegro Pro) to the internal RAID level 5 -- 4x4TB SSHDs from Seagate on the drive sleds

Effective copy speed is 108 MB/s 8.4 TB copied so far, Elapsed time 21:40. I'll spend most of tomorrow rifling through this crap. Eliminating duplicates and deleting non-essential files.
 

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I think that the first two reasons are related. I was on the market for a mac mini but I realized that for the price I wasn't getting the hardware I wanted.
 
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Very hard to pick between 1-2. I need a mac only for xCode, otherwise Windows would be fine. iMac 5k does not have the specs + flexibility I need (storage and GPU), thus Hackintosh.

But then, if they made a decent Mac Pro, it would have the specs I need, but it would most likely be too expensive for the performance you get out of it, so I expect I'd fall back on a hackintosh again.
 
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