Computer Bundle: Mac OS X 10.6.6, 2.6GHz Dual Core, 1TB, 2GB DDR3, DVD-RW, HDMI/DVI - £203.70 delivered @ Ebuyer,Scan,7dayshop,Base - HotUKDeals
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Here is a bundle of components that will build a 100% Apple Mac compatible, or "Hackintosh"

A £200 Mac has got to be a bargain! Upgrade to 4GB RAM for only £11.49 more!

The deal is that, if you bought these items at 1 place, it would cost around £220...I've found a package that uses free delivery at a number of shops to bring the cost to a minimum. Save more money by reusing old case/power supply, etc.

The hardware listed is all compatible, though I would only recommend embarking on building a hackintosh if you are fairly competent at searching for information and asking questions on forums.

If you have any questions or want some help, send me a message.

I've hunted for the best prices for an entry-level computer...spend a bit more, and you can have some nicer things.

I've built 2 of these (one running at 2.6GHz and used for family use...the other overclocked to 3.5GHz and used as an Audio Workstation)...both lovely and fast to use with Mac OS X. The overclocked one uses memory with heat-spreaders, which is a bit more expensive.

(links in 1st post)

£35.12 Intel Celeron E3400 2.6GHz 800Mhz FSB 1MB Cache Retail Box Processor
£38.86 Gigabyte GA-G41MT-ES2L Motherboard
£36.99 Hitachi Deskstar 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM
£26.92 Gigabyte 8400GS 512MB GDDR2 HDMI DVI Out PCI-E Graphics Card
£12.49 Simmtronics Desktop PC Memory - DDR3 1333Mhz (PC3-10600) - 2GB - 8908001305303
£11.99 Sony AD-5260S-0B 24x Internal DVDRW SATA Black
£9.99 Casecom KB-7760 Beige ATX Midi Tower Case - No PSU and No Case Fans Included
£7.98 Casecom 300W ATX PSU Power Supply - 20+4pin
£23.36 Mac OS X Snow Leopard (Mac) (2009)
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#1
Links to Components (eBuyer, Scan, Base and 7DayShop):

CPU
Motherboard
Hard Drive
Graphics
Memory
DVD Drive
Case
Power Supply
Operating System

I recommend the "IBoot + EasyBeast" method of installing a retail version of snow leopard, which uses free software and no piracy.




Edited By: Lupeto on Feb 26, 2011 08:49: edit
#2
+1

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#3
Don't let Apple see this post after what they did to Psystar. I love the fact that you chose a beige case.
#4
Your memory link just goes to the graphics card again btw.

How well do these update? Do you have to repair after Apple issue updates or do they just work?
#5
This is not the full version of Mac OSX, It is only an upgrade. You will need a full version to upgrade.
Voted cold as HUKD should not be used to promote illegal use of software!!
#6
Rick - get a life.
#7
windwoo
Your memory link just goes to the graphics card again btw.

Fixed!

windwoo
How well do these update? Do you have to repair after Apple issue updates or do they just work?


It depends...if the apple update didn't touch any kexts that are vital to your hackintosh (audio, wifi, etc.) then you can update safely.

if a kext was replaced, you may have to roll-back the kext before rebooting.

t's just a case of:
- download and install combo update
- roll-back any updated kexts
- reboot

Applications update fine from software update.

Personally, I wait around 3 days for the community to build some experience with the latest update before updating my own computer. And do a bit of reading in osx86 forums, to know what the update is doing.


Edited By: Lupeto on Feb 26, 2011 08:41: fix
#8
Rick Ward
This is not the full version of Mac OSX, It is only an upgrade. You will need a full version to upgrade.


Not true. A full installation can be performed without copying any software.

You may not be complying with every letter of the EULA, but there is no piracy or copying of software for the installation.
#9
Interesting post but not sure on the legitimacy of it
2 Likes #10
Many hackintosh, end of the day you are paying for OS X! Bargain machine for a brilliant OS.
#11
Like the look of this - can anyone advise if this would need to be overclocked to use for audio projects?
#12
How is this a deal its just a bunch of parts.

Cold from me.

If you want an Apple Machine pay the Apple Tax and buy it this is just a con and I hope Apple find out.
#13
phatbhoy
Like the look of this - can anyone advise if this would need to be overclocked to use for audio projects?


It would be fine at normal speed...I overclocked it for a bit more umph :D
#14
If I have a 500gb hard drive (3.5 sata) with snow leopard and other software on it from a dead Mac, can I just slot it in and it run (so saving me the money on the s/ware here and the hard drive?

If it does, what processor would be a good upgrade for Final Cut Pro 7?
#15
bigpappa

If you want an Apple Machine pay the Apple Tax and buy it this is just a con and I hope Apple find out.


How is this a con? Buying components, buying a retail operating system and installing it yourself, using no copied or cracked software.

Doing this for commercial gain would break all sorts of laws...doing this for personal use is more of a discussion about the imposition of unreasonable EULA on the software...Apple seem undisturbed by the hackintosh scene, as people aren't doing it for commercial gain.

Apple come down like a ton of brick on those that try to package it up and sell it....but buying the components personally?

There'll be a 30,000 strong class-action lawsuit against Apple if they tried :)

Edited By: Lupeto on Feb 26, 2011 10:44
#16
Deltongo
If I have a 500gb hard drive (3.5 sata) with snow leopard and other software on it from a dead Mac, can I just slot it in and it run (so saving me the money on the s/ware here and the hard drive?

If it does, what processor would be a good upgrade for Final Cut Pro 7?


You're going to have to install from scratch, and then use time machine to copy your apps and settings from the old hard drive.

For video editing, I'd recommend at least a Core 2 Quad and 4GB RAM.

Personally...i'd go for a i5 Quad/H55 motherboard combo with 8GB RAM, for a nice powerful computer.
i5 Quad 2.8GHz
Gigabyte H55 motherboard






Edited By: Lupeto on Feb 26, 2011 11:13: edit
#17
hi there, totally agree with the poster, can you recommend a supported gpu i have a evga gt 430 1gb and cant get it to work and now due to a conflict neither does the sound alc889a!!
#18
johnwilliamson4321
hi there, totally agree with the poster, can you recommend a supported gpu i have a evga gt 430 1gb and cant get it to work and now due to a conflict neither does the sound alc889a!!


I'm no expert, but I think you'll be better off with a ATI 5570 or 5770.

High-end graphics cards seem to be a bit quirky to get working cleanly!
#19
High end graphics are tricky because Apple rarely uses high end cards. Even the Mac Pro offers mid range cards.

Have you tried using the onboard graphics on that motherboard? Earlier Macs used Intel graphics so I was hoping there would be good driver support. This could save a few bob.
#20
On the subject of the software, even though you are paying for it, this is still a dodgy issue. The reason Apple can offer the software so cheaply (compared to Windows) is because it is assumed you have already paid for a Mac. The cost of your Mac subsidises any software upgrades through its lifetime which is why new versions of OSX tend to be cheaper than Windows.

Having said that, **** Apple. Their markups are enormous. Their hardware is bog standard parts in a nice case. It's debatable that their software is easier to use than Windows and yet their fans worship them as if they are some sort of computing deity.

When I built my first hackintosh I did a geekbench on it and it was faster than anything Apple were providing below the Mac Pro. Much faster. Macs have got more powerful since then but I'm sure I could do the same trick again.
#21
Would the suggested Gigabyte graphics card work with Front Row, i.e. would it support the OS X graphics accelerated mode (QECI ?)
#22
well at the moment, it doesnt work at all, but im using ubuntu linux as my main os and think its fantastic but its an interesting project to get osx to work!

i built my pc and at the time cost a lot, including a gigbyte p35-ds3r the one who ddr2 and ddr3 ram slots, and it never had an onboard gpu!

I mean unless i find a better card than my exisitng one, mac os x isnt that good for me to justify a downgrade in my gpu.

Ive used it before its nice and all that but compiz on linux is just as nice and windows 7 has a lovely ui too, i just dont see why people buy them, as i found as soon i installed leopard, snow leopard was out and a lot of hardware for people with actual macs, g5s etc non-intel won;t even run them, im suprised apple can treat their customers like that!
#23
spockie
Would the suggested Gigabyte graphics card work with Front Row, i.e. would it support the OS X graphics accelerated mode (QECI ?)


Yes....full QE/CI acceleration with a GS 8400
#24
windwoo
Have you tried using the onboard graphics on that motherboard? Earlier Macs used Intel graphics so I was hoping there would be good driver support. This could save a few bob.


No. You won't be able to get onboard grphics to work.

May be possible for Sandybridge graphics in the future, but otherwise, no.
#25
I like the post. Great bargain mac. I reckon Win 7 is actually better that OSX now, but it's each to their own!
#26
Rustyk1
I like the post. Great bargain mac. I reckon Win 7 is actually better that OSX now, but it's each to their own!


Cheers. Some things will be better on OS X, like syncing an iPod/iPhone with the computr...smooth as silk on a Mac, but horrible on Windows. :D

But an OEM disc of Windows 7 is over twice the price of a Retail Mac OS X disc!
#27
Any better spec systems for video/photo manipulation?
#28
bigpappa
How is this a deal its just a bunch of parts.

Cold from me.

If you want an Apple Machine pay the Apple Tax and buy it this is just a con and I hope Apple find out.


Haha you busy body. Got shares to protect?
#29
ash.connor
Any better spec systems for video/photo manipulation?


See this post. Video editing is all about the CPU...the basic graphics card will be fine.

I'd also go for a better power supply...the best quality budget PSU is an Antec Earthwatts, from about £35 for 380W.
#30
Lupeto
ash.connor
Any better spec systems for video/photo manipulation?


See this post. Video editing is all about the CPU...the basic graphics card will be fine.

I'd also go for a better power supply...the best quality budget PSU is an Antec Earthwatts, from about £35 for 380W.


I was thinking i7 860 and a GA-P55-USB3.

I'm bothered about updates killing the machine though.
#31
My two pennyworth: I have a hackintosh Dell Mini 9. Think you have to assume a lot of hassle for updates. Generally it wont go smoothly. If you have hackintosh experience then no big deal but if you're from Windows world its gonna be a PITA. I don't bother updating my mini 9. It works as is so why bother?
That said there's a pretty strong community (www.osx86project.org) and tons of help available if you can be bothered.
#32
I recommend that you NOT buy the Simmtronics memory recommended by the OP.

I bought two sticks and they were faulty. Replaced it with similarly priced Crucial budget memory and all of the problems evaporated.
#33
There are a good few combos you can make, best parts to use are Gigabyte motherboards, Intel CPUs and Nvidia GPUs but the ATI will work as well but double check before purchasing, top of my head 5770 and 5870 series should be fine. You will need a SATA optical drive would recommend the Sony drive AD-7 version. Be aware though Lion will be out this year and you'll need a minimum Core2Duo to run that but whether it'll work etc we'll find out when released as Apple have changed something relating to booting but hey the community are pretty good at sorting these issues!
#34
ash.connor
Lupeto
ash.connor
Any better spec systems for video/photo manipulation?


See this post. Video editing is all about the CPU...the basic graphics card will be fine.

I'd also go for a better power supply...the best quality budget PSU is an Antec Earthwatts, from about £35 for 380W.


I was thinking i7 860 and a GA-P55-USB3.

I'm bothered about updates killing the machine though.


Go for whatever you can afford.

Updates don't kill the machine.

Updating and not winding back kexts that are updated may stop you booting normally...you can boot in verbose mode (using -x at boot prompt) and fix the kexts that way.

If you don't need the things in the update and are not sure, you don't have to update.
#35
Lupeto
Rick Ward
This is not the full version of Mac OSX, It is only an upgrade. You will need a full version to upgrade.


Not true. A full installation can be performed without copying any software.

You may not be complying with every letter of the EULA, but there is no piracy or copying of software for the installation.


Exactly. This is not *illegal* it is simply against the terms of the EULA. The EULA is a license agreement, not a law.
#36
Voted hot - because it's a great way to get all that's good out of apple (OS X)
without having to pay apple's massively overpriced hardware.

(Owner of MBP,3GS,ATV2 and desktop hackintosh - similar to this)

I'd choose a different components though, especially the case!


Edited By: mikerr on Feb 28, 2011 09:49
#37
mikerr

I'd choose a different components though, especially the case!



So would I. (_;)

I just wanted to present the lowest cost solution for a Hackintosh.

Personally, I would have a better case and power supply, but it would be a fine budget computer as is.
#38
hi there, ive found problems with hdmi cards if your using vga and not that interface, can you recommend a cheap gpu which will work with a vga monitor running res at 1680x1050.

i was looking at this, http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189234?


Edited By: johnwilliamson2011 on Feb 28, 2011 12:15
#39
johnwilliamson2011
hi there, ive found problems with hdmi cards if your using vga and not that interface, can you recommend a cheap gpu which will work with a vga monitor running res at 1680x1050.

i was looking at this, http://www.ebuyer.com/product/189234?



Should be fine...however, you'll notice that the DVI port is the primary port (nearest to where the card plugs into the mobo).

When first installing Mac OS, you need to plug your VGA monitor into the DVI port using an adapter.
Something like eaBay item 320556140055 would be fine.

It would then allow full resolution and QE/CI acceleration. If you plug into the VGA port (the secondary port), only 1024x768 an no acceleration will be available.

Edited By: Lupeto on Feb 28, 2011 12:42
#40
Thats great, i mean id ideally like to keep my existing card GT 430 1GB it features hdmi, vga, and dvi nice card, but its connected via vga and i can only get 1024x768 no matter what i do with efi strings etc, and weirdly my sound which worked fine before via alc889a stopped working.

Any advise would be great, you have been very helpful.

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