It turns out that building a powerful Hackintosh workstation could be a relatively easy and straightforward process these days. Naturally, with every new iteration, hardware components become more and more powerful and efficient thus allowing not only to flawlessly install the latest Mac OS on board but also get stable and seamless performance afterward.
Apparently, putting together such a system isn’t rocket science by any means, yet you still need to pick the right components along with the most suitable drivers to be able to skip the trial and error and eventually get working machine. The insightful 9to5 Mac video below will guide you throughout the entire process of building a modern and powerful Hackintosh system while starting the assembly from scratch.
Before you tackle the building process itself, you should be well aware that like every other custom build machine, Hackintosh also has its shortcomings. It can take you many hours to sort things out before you get the expected results and achieve stable performance.
As Jeff Benjamin points out, you might face certain issues if you choose to take the AMD road by picking any of the latest AMD GPUs since they require an iGPU to be active along with some other advanced KEXT modifications, and often cause Final Cut Pro X to crash.
Nvidia GPUs, on the other hand, could save you much of that technical hassle, plus they are a lot easier to get going on most occasions thanks to easy-to-install Pascal Web Drivers. With all that said, here’s the complete list of the required components you’ll need to put together this particular build.
Hackintosh 9to5Mac Build April 2017 Components:
- Corsair Carbide Series 330R Case (B&H, Amazon)
- EVGA SuperNOVA 750W PSU (B&H, Amazon)
- GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 Motherboard (B&H, Amazon)
- Intel Core i7 6700K 4.00 GHz CPU (B&H, Amazon)
- Noctua Quiet CPU Cooler (Amazon)
- EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (B&H, Amazon)
- Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR4 DRAM (B&H, Amazon)
- 802.11AC Desktop Wifi Card (Amazon)
- SanDisk Ultra II 960 GB SSD (B&H, Amazon)
Additionally, here’s the step-by-step companion video showing the exact steps for putting together this Mid 2017 Hackintosh machine.
All in all, the suggested video editing workstation by 9to5Mac is another powerful 4K video editing workstation that will allow you to install the latest Sierra 10.12.X MacOS along with your favorite creative iOS apps. At the end of the day, you can always switch back to Windows or get the both systems working on the same machine.
Either way, you’ll be able to rely on another blazing-fast computer packed with all the bells and whistles while being significantly faster in many aspects than any professional Mac that Apple currently sells on the market, which is still a considerable advantage for a computer costing less than $2,000.
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