Build a Portable Hackintosh for 4K Editing Without Breaking the Bank

If you’ve ever wondered whether you can build a portable editing workstation that fits in your backpack and is also on par with a regular Mac Pro in terms of size and performance, the custom portable 4K video editing PC that US-based cinematographer and educator Max Yuryev has built from scratch might be a viable option for your workflow. In the video ahead he talks about the way he has put together a custom Hackintosh PC costing just $1,200.

Furthermore, it even turns out that this custom configuration performs better than his previous computer, which was a $5,000+ Mac Pro which he actually sold after building this machine. It also beats the 5K iMac Retina in many tests delivering exceptional performance for a quarter of the price of a new Mac Pro and about a third of the price of the 5K iMac.

Without further ado, let’s dive in the video below and see what is all this hype about.

To start off here is a full list of components that you will need to build this system on your own.


It seems that this custom built machine is a little bit bigger in comparison to a Mac Pro, but it’s still small enough to fit in your backpack along with a 21-inch monitor and a handful of accessories.

From the tests conducted in the video, we can easily see that the Hackintosh machine performs in a similar way in terms of rendering of multiple video files ranging in size and resolution. It also worth noting that this Hackintosh PC runs a lot cooler and even quieter in comparison to the iMac in certain situations.

Ultimately, this custom built proves that you don’t need to invest $5,000 for a Mac Pro to be portable enough and have all the bells and whistles your primary editing workstation provides. If you don’t mind carrying a little bit more weight with you when you are travelling around you can actually get a twice faster machine with you in comparison to a MacBook Pro that is also twice less expensive than the latter.


When you add the fact that you can easily turn this custom built into your primary workstation there is really no other solution available out there that gets even close to this one in terms of performance, flexibility and efficiency it provides.

[source: Max Yuryev]

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  • Garug Garuson

    I am really surprised of the results, that GTX 960 beats the super expensive dual graphic card on the Mac Pro?

  • André Gamelas

    I built my first hackintosh but I have a problem…
    In da Vinci resolve 4K vídeo stutters….

    I have gtx970 4Gb
    I7 6700
    16gb RAM
    SSD 240gb

    But I read files through USB external disk

    Can you please help

  • Al Smith

    My local microcenter does not offer the motherboard. Instead I see a Gigabyte GA-Z270N-WIFI. The specs seem the same. Will this work? Also I see you added a WIFI card. The mother board you chose is WIFI so why is it necessary.
    Last, Thanks for a great article.

    • Nihal Warawdekar

      Im actually in the same boat as you, I have no idea whether the z270 is as compatible with a hackintosh build. But I do know that it is difficult to run continuity and handoff features on MacOS on the wifi chip that comes with most motherboards.The Broadcom B​CM94352Z i think, is the one apple uses, and would allow all the above mentioned things.