hackintosh from off the shelf PC - possible?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Deepshade, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Deepshade macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    OK - I don't know anything about hackintoshes. Used Macs for the last 20 years. But I've seen plenty of threads now with PC parts being mentioned. And the fact you can purchase the equivalent MacPro performance wise PC from Dell for under half the MP price.

    Be gentle!! - Can someone please explain the difference between a HT and the Buying the Dell (or whatever) equivalent and installing OSX. What's the grey area in between?

    An education would be very much appreciated.

    Edit: Didn't mean to pick Dell specifically
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    A Dell is likely not to work as Hackintosh's only work with certain computer components. Take a look at osx86project or view the forums at InsanelyMac.
  3. Deepshade thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    Will do - thanks
  4. gaspra macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2008
    Can't really tell which dell computer is hackable but most cases you can install OSX if you choose intel CPUs. I put OSX on my Thinkstation but had to try for many times to make it fully working.
  5. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Build your own instead, Dell is also overpriced for what you get. As stridemat said, take a look at InsanelyMac, there are great guides and recommended components. The downside is that an update might broke it so do your research before updating or just don't, if everything works, there is no reason to.
  6. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    OP, have a look at this and that. No need to dig through long compatibility lists.
  7. sgunes macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
    How about building a dual-socket beast (EVGA SR-2) with overclocked X5650/60/70/80 and then use VMware or virtual box 3.2?




    http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=400316 Message#5

    I would love to know if dedicating 14 or 15 (out of 16) physical cores and 46 (out of 48) GB memory would give you a killer machine or would you lose a lot of speed through the virtualization?

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