Building My $1,200 Hackintosh(medium.com)

over 4 years ago from Mike Rundle, Designer, Engineer, Writer @ Flyosity

  • Martin Velchevski, over 4 years ago

    Great writeup, you almost rekindled my desire to build another one! I ran a hackintosh as my main machine for 2 years before actually pulling the trigger on real Apple hardware. Even if you buy the most compatible parts, it's not uncommon to boot into random kernel panics, resulting in hours of frustrating troubleshooting. It's also frustrating not to know if a specific update would ever become available for your current setup. As much as I'd like to believe that you can be 100% productive on a Hackintosh, I fear that this is far from possible. Hackintosh is an excellent option for people who work primarily on Windows or Linux and sometimes dual-boot into Mac. I wouldn't feel safe if this was my only machine for sure.

    8 points
    • Tom GantzerTom Gantzer, over 4 years ago

      100% agree with Martin, I had the exact same issues around 2012-2013, before buying genuine Apple hardware.

      1 point
      • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

        An ex-colleague built my then-girlfriend a hackintosh.

        Disaster.

        Now you've got someone owning a hack of a computer that keeps dying without the person operating it (or the person she live(d) with) knowing how to fix it.

        Gghhh. My bad.

        0 points
    • Pete Sadler, over 4 years ago

      For balance I run a Hack' (for the last 5 years) and have never had any issues whatsoever. Can't say the same for my MBA....

      1 point
      • Martin Velchevski, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

        Honestly, I was running a lot of custom kexts (I had a clocked 2600k with speed step working), my setup was quite dangerously balanced. I know that if you go kosher and don't go overboard with the customisations it can be a solid machine. However there was always this fear on the back of my head that something just might go wrong. Especially if you're deep into a project, last thing you would want is to spend a day re-setting up your machine. But yeah... in the end if Apple fails to release a solid update to their current hardware line by the end of the year - I'll be forced to go Hackintosh once again. I'm won't be paying premium money for a mediocre machine.

        0 points