After some motivation from a colleague about this game I’m after, I decided to build myself a PC. That idea got me thinking, why not build with parts that are Hackintosh compatible. Further more, since this is a PC, I can build lean in the beginning and upgrade along the way. Used parts are the best way to go I thought.
It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t find used parts for the GPU and SSD. I had to buy them new. So before anything else, here are the specs:
CPU: [Used] Intel Core i3 6100 - 3.7 GHz Motherboard: [Used] Biostar H110MH-PRO-D4 - MicroATX RAM: [Used] 1 x 4GB 2400 MHz running in 2133 MHz Hard Drive: [Used] 1 TB Toshiba 7200 RPM Casing: [Used] Infinity Keyboard & Mouse: [Used] Logitech PSU: [Used] Enlight 430W SSD: [New] Western Digital Green 120 GB GPU: [New] Gigabyte GV-N730D5-2GI Geforce 730 2GB GDDR5
The used parts set me back Rp. 3.030.000 while the new parts was Rp. 1.775.000. The grand total being Rp. 4.805.000 or US$ 370 in today’s rate.
It’s easier if you already have any mac available to this. I did all this using my Macbook.
- Unibeast 7.1.1, here
- Multibeast Sierra 9.1.0, here
- Nvidia Web Drivers - I’m installing Sierra 10.12.1, more about it here, download the appropriate driver for your Sierra version
- macOS Sierra from App Store
First thing you’d do is to use Unibeast to copy all the macOS Sierra installation files to a fresh 8GB USB stick and install Clover bootloader. Follow the instructions here.
After the USB stick is ready, don’t unplug it yet. Copy Multibeast and Nvidia web driver to the USB stick. Then unplug it.
The H110 chipset supports Kaby Lake Intel CPUs but when I got the motherboard, it was still using its factory BIOS. I updated my BIOS not because of Kaby Lake but because the newer BIOS has a lot more settings I can play with.
Go here to download the latest version which is
H11RRA26.BSS as of this writing.
- Prepare an empty FAT formatted USB stick
- Copy the BIOS file to the USB stick
- Plug the USB stick in
- Turn on Computer
- Press F12
The BIOS will show a screen to update itself. Follow the instructions.
Start by loading
\Advanced \\IT8625 Super IO Configuration\Serial Port 2 Configuration\Disabled \\USB Configuration\XHCI Hand-off\Enabled \\SATA and RST Configuration\SATA Mode Selection\AHCI \Chipset \\PCH-IO Configuration\ErP Control\Enabled in S4-S5 \\System Agent (SA) Configuration\VT-d\Disabled \Security \\Secure Boot\Attempt Secure Boot\Disabled \Boot \\Fast Boot\Disabled \\CSM Support\Disabled
Installing macOS Sierra
This is pretty much straight forward. After finishing up installing Sierra, keep the USB stick plugged in, will need it to boot since we don’t have a bootloader yet.
Booting up, select the freshly installed partition to boot.
Welcome to your new Hackintosh.
Note: I don’t use the onboard audio, I have a really good USB sound card I usually use for music recording. Opting to use that since I’m pretty sure the onboard audio is crap.
UEFI Boot Mode.
Graphics Configuration/Nvidia Web Driver
Will prompt for
sudo and the config will be injected into Clover. Don’t restart yet.
Run the package and afterwards the installation will ask to restart the system.
Welcome to your second boot. Now the GPU should accelerate all drawings and the wallpaper for Sierra should show.
You need this so the CPU can go to proper power management steps. Ex: it won’t run at full frequency all the time.
Open up a terminal and type this:
$ sudo trimforce enable
If you wanna know why this is important, read here.
Pretty straight forward considering that my last experience building a hackintosh involves patching kexts. Now Clover has done it for you and best of all, the patches will survive OS upgrades.
As I said, now I have hackintosh I can upgrade whenever I’d like to. Cheers!