I don’t want to waste your time. This article is about my experience on choosing and creating a powerful stable computer(perfect
I started building my perfect hackintosh for few reasons:
- There’s no way in hell I could afford spending $5k on an iMac +
- I want to be able to upgrade parts and make sure that everything runs according to my specs, through the years.*
- If something breaks I can’t wait 5 weeks until Apple fixes my device.
*Basically, in my opinion Apple forces you to buy a new machine, in order to upgrade.
Build the perfect Hackintosh for a tester’s workstation
Yes, you heard well. I’m building a hackintosh for QA purposes. I want to test with this system.
My reason because I decided to build a perfect Hackintosh fully for QA Engineer purposes is because I’m an Automation QA Engineer – more on that, here. A fully working Hackintosh that overpowers
By “Perfect Hackintosh” I mean
I wanted to build a hackintosh that is super stable and it’s quite easy to install.
And I decided to build this, as a workstation(for me), fully compatible with mac os X. My goal is to install, and set up a fully working mac os system and keep it as a daily use workstation for my QA engineering.
I wanted to build a computer that can use all the power that it can harness.
It is possible to install mac os on AMD and create a hackintosh, the only drawback is that the only components that are fully working are the CPU and the GPU. And maybe the ram memory. The motherboard the motherboard chipset(that basically does all the work) it works in the auto mode. Ergo that one has no drivers.
Intel hackintoshes on the other hand uses same motherboard chipsets as iMacs.
Drivers that are missing are for audio, ethernet which are very common, these days, and there are kexts developed for these.
Drawbacks and advantages of owning a hackintosh vs a real iMac or MBP.
- Apple computers are expensive.
- Apple computers are not using the newest PC components, and if they do they are expensive.
- you get swappable parts and it’s easy to upgrade
- OS X, comes with Homebrew a package manager. It would be awesome if Windows had this.
- It’s super compact.
- Draw OS X is sexier than anything else.
The biggest advantage of using a real apple computer, that you can just recover your OS, and boot right up, without installing an app, and copying a single folder. Yes, you read that very well. Using the right computer parts, you get a hackintosh with all apple ecosystems up and running in no time, with minimum effort.
I always liked Apple computers. Heck, I own a MacBook Pro early 2015 -13″. However, this is not in line with the newest technologies out there. It does not perform as good as a Desktop. As a QA Engineer, I need lots of computer power.
I rarely get lots of work done on the 13″ screen, therefore I need to hook up my 24″ display. And then, I need to get some distance between me and the display. Therefore the magic
Let’s speak about computer parts that help us getting the perfect hackintosh fully working.
WHY I CHOSE THESE SPECIFIC COMPONENTS TO RUN THE HACKINTOSH
I’ve chosen this CPU, because if features native support. This CPU can be found in
I’ve chosen this graphic card for
Motherboard is the most important part of the hackintosh, because it’s chipset. There are some boards that are working with fairly easy customization, but I wanted something that has a chipset that is mainstream, (allowing me to upgrade fairly easy in the future) and something that has genuine support from Apple. Like z370 chipset from Intel.
I’ve decided to give a try to Asus Prime Z370-P for running my hackintosh. (if this part is not fully working, I can swap it out and change it with another in the 30 days warranty – another beauty part of running a hackintosh. Swap parts out if something gets broken)
I’ve decided to upgrade my storage capabilities
Power Supply. I’ve decided to go with Corsair (even though they have not have the best reviews, I can swap the thing of in 36 months and get a better one later on the warranty)
The components that I already owned for the hackintosh, where the 24’ curved display, a SSD, a magic keyboard 2, and a magic trackpad 2. And of course, my 13’ MBP.
As a rig for an automation Quality Assurance engineer, it’s perfect. It uses almost the newest CPU out there, it has dedicated graphic cards, with lot of processing power.
I ordered every piece of hardware in 30 if December 2018. I’ve successfully build my Hackintosh in 14 January 2018.
A hackintosh for quality assurance engineer.
Short summary for my perfect hackintosh components:
This is a complete list with all the components that I have chosen to use for building my workstation with links:
Intel – Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz 6-Core Processor
Asus – Prime Z370-P ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Corsair – Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
Samsung – 970 Evo 250 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Kingston – A400 120 GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive – for windows (or backup)
Sapphire – Radeon RX 580 8 GB NITRO+ Video Card
Corsair – VS 650 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply
Thermaltake – Versa H22 ATX Mid Tower Casw
Total, $850, for a perfect hackintosh.
The process of building a
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