Hackintosh Components Guide- How to Get Started

Do you want to install macOS on your computer? Find out what components are ideal for keeping your PC running smoothly. Try your hand at Hackintosh!

Today first article on the hackintosh, with the choice of components you will need if you want to embark on the adventure.

Here we go!

Choice Of Components

I) The hackintosh : What is it?

First of all, the word comes from two different terms: hacking and MacIntosh (the famous Apple computers), so you get it; is it hacking a Mac? It’s almost that: you thought that Apple’s OS was closed and that it was impossible to install it on another computer like you would with Windows or Linux? This is false, for a few years, it is now possible thanks to several developers to install versions of OS X (or macOS more recently) on a computer not manufactured by the Cupertino company.

Want to buy yourself a Mac but think it’s too expensive for what it is knowing that a PC with the same components costs half as much? You are right, this is why the Hackintosh alternative has become more and more democratized in recent years, and it is not over (which is why I too want to contribute, especially in France). It is becoming quite well known in the United States, but very little in France, where only a few media are interested in it (cf. Canard PC Hardware n ° 8 which devotes a complete guide to it).

Legal level, do we have the right to install a proprietary OS on a computer that is not of the same brand? Well the doubt is present, since it is prohibited in the TOS of Apple, but for a few years, they seem to let it go, without encouraging it. But this practice remains profitable for them because installing their system allows them to bring money that they would not have had if they did not let it happen, since they earn it by selling software from their Mac App. Store (some professional software costs several hundred euros).

II) Can I install it on my current computer?

So yes and no, indeed the question may arise. You already have a computer (under Linux or Windows) and you would like to try the adventure without changing your components. It is possible, but in very few cases. Your components must indeed be compatible with the installation of Mac OS. If you have a computer with an AMD processor, you can already abandon the idea because only Intel processors are natively supported.

However, if you have an Intel processor, your motherboard must be supported (I’ll let you do a search on the frHackintosh forumor Tonymacx86 for your motherboard model) since it will be necessary to change parameters in the BIOS (basically the mini operating system of your motherboard) which allows you to adjust certain preferences, such as the boot order of your hard disks, the fan speed, overclocking etc.

Note that Nvidia graphics cards are only supported up to version 10.13.6 of macOS High Sierra. If you want to install a later version (Mojave, Catalina …), you will need an AMD graphics card (natively recognized).

III) How much will it cost?

You still want to try the hackintosh even if your computer is not compatible, so you must purchase components that are. Each month, on our site, the components are updated to have all the latest compatible components. The latest guide is available here .
You will think that assembling a computer yourself is expensive and complicated, while no it is quite the opposite, I will put you at the end of the article on the configurations that I have concocted for you at different budgets for different uses. You will tell me that it is expensive, yes, but compared to Apple computers with the same powers, no, we easily earn several hundred euros (or even thousands for the most high-end).

What if you are not sure if you can successfully assemble a computer on your own? There are a lot of tutorials on YouTube to help you out, and if you really don’t want to, sites like TopAchat offer a “mount” option that you have to select in their Config’o’Matic tool that lets you get your computer already mounted. at home for around forty euros more.

IV) External devices

It’s all well and good to have your computer, but you also need a screen, peripherals (mouse, keyboard, wifi card, bluetooth card etc.).
For displays, you are spoiled for choice (as long as they have a VGA, HDMI or DisplayPort output), so be careful when purchasing your display to have one of these three connectors. I recommend at least 22 “to have a nice display at 1080p minimum. If you have more, it’s better.

Note: If you have a graphics card (AMD or Nvidia), choose DisplayPort and HDMI. If you are not using a graphics card, plug your display directly into the VGA port on your motherboard.

Then for the mice, you can take whatever you want (think about buying a bluetooth dongle if you take an Apple mouse), here you are spoiled for choice, wired, wireless, right-handed, left-handed, you can take absolutely no anything (like keeping your current mouse for example).

For keyboards, it gets complicated, you will preferably need a keyboard with macOS mapping (the arrangement of the keys) which is not the same as on Windows for example. If you don’t have more than 100 euros to spend on an Apple keyboard, there are similar ones, other brands with macOS mapping for around 25 euros ( this onefor example). Also be careful to have a bluetooth dongle if you take a wireless keyboard from Apple.

Speaking of which, the cheapest bluetooth dongle (if you don’t want the hassle of an internal bluetooth card which is very expensive) the cheapest, compatible macOS is this one, it costs less than 25 euros and will allow you to connect your bluetooth devices to your Hackintosh (mouse, keyboard, speakers etc.)

Then for Wi-Fi (if you don’t like ethernet, go find out why) there are few compatible dongles (or not), you will have to buy an internal Wi-Fi card and connect it to a PCI port of your motherboard. The cheapest model with high performance and fully compatible is this one from TP-Link.

V) The prerequisites for part 2

Once your components have been purchased, and your configuration installed, all you need to do is modify the BIOS settings and install the OS, which we will see in part 2 of the Hackintosh guide which will be released soon.

To proceed to step 2 you will need:

  • A Mac * to create the bootable USB key (or a preinstalled USB key available here )
  • A blank USB stick of at least 8 GB (skip this step if you buy a preinstalled USB stick )
  • A copy of macOS High Sierra (for example) previously downloaded from the App Store (skip this step if you buy a preinstalled usb key )
  • Unibeast and Multibeast software (which will depend on your version of macOS) available on the Tonymacx86 site

(* if you don’t have a Mac or you don’t know anyone who has a Mac and you don’t have a computer to create a virtual machine in Mac, you can get an installation USB key from our store ).

How to Installing macOS on your PC?

Prerequisites for installation

  • A Mac * for creating the bootable USB key (or a preinstalled USB key available here )
  • A blank USB stick of at least 8 GB (skip this step if you buy a preinstalled USB stick )
  • A copy of macOS previously downloaded from the App Store (skip this step if you are purchasing a preinstalled usb key )
  • Unibeast and Multibeast software (which will depend on your version of macOS) available on the Tonymacx86 site
  • Your Mac’s language in English , otherwise Unibeast software will not work.
  • A compatible computer ( see part 1 ) which will host macOS.

(* if you don’t have a Mac or don’t know anyone who has a Mac, we sell USB drives with macOS pre-installed on them to begin the installation).

Note: We will install this hackintosh with the latest version of macOS available: macOS High Sierra (10.13). If you want to install Mojave, be careful not to have an Nvidia graphics card. Indeed, at present, no graphics driver is available.

II) Preparation for installation

    1. Download macOS High Sierra (optional if you have a USB drive already prepared )

  • Open the Mac App Store (on whatever Mac you have)
  • Sign in with your Apple account
  • Download macOS High Sierra

Once the application is downloaded, it will appear in your Applications folder

2. Create a bootable USB key  (optional if you have a USB key already prepared )

  • Insert your USB key (8 GB minimum)
  • Open Disk Utility
  • Select your USB key in the left column
  • Click on the Erase button
  • Put the name you want
  • For the format choose Mac OS Extented (Journaled)
  • Click on Erase  then Done                                      
  • Download and launch Unibeast
  • Install it by clicking on Continue 4 times then Agree
  • At Destination Select , select your USB key and Continue
  • Arrived at Select OS Installation , select macOS High Sierra  and Continue
  • In Bootloader Options , select UEFI Boot Mode
  • In Graphics Configuration , install the Nvidia drivers (or do not touch anything, we will install them later) and Continue
  • Check your configuration and click on Continue , enter your password and Install

Unibeast will then create your USB key, do not unplug it and wait about twenty minutes (this may depend on the speed of your computer and your key)

  • Once the installation is complete, slide Multibeast in the USB stick.

    3. BIOS setup

The BIOS is the graphics part of your motherboard, its operating system if you prefer.
Start your computer where you want to install macOS, press and hold Del or Delete  to boot into BIOS. You should end up with an interface that looks something like this (this may change depending on the brand of your CM):

  • Load Optimized Defaults
  • If your processor supports VT-d , disable it
  • If your system has CFG-Lock , turn it off
  • If your system has Secure Boot Mode , turn it off
  • Put the operating system (OS Type) on Other OS
  • If your system has the IO Serial Port , disable it
  • Set XHCI Handoff to Enabled
  • Save and exit

III) System installation

  • Turn on your computer
  • Keep pressing F12 for Gigabyte cards, F8 for Asus and F11 for Asrock
  • Choose your USB stick                                          
  • Choose Boot OS X Install from Install macOS High Sierra (as above)
  • Once on the installer, select your language
  • Click on Utilities  (top left in the bar) and Disk Utility
  • Select the drive you want to install macOS on (your SSD) in the left column
  • Click on Clear
  • Give it a name ( Macintosh HD for example or High Sierra )
  • For the format, choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) 
  • Click on Clear
  • Close Disk Utility
  • Follow the installer, and when it asks you to choose an installation disk, choose your disk ( High Sierra for example)
  • Once the installation is complete, the computer will restart automatically
  • Keep pressing F12 for Gigabyte cards, F8 for Asus and F11 for Asrock
  • Choose your USB stick
  • At the boot screen, choose your disk ( High Sierra )
  • Complete the installation of macOS, the system will restart automatically after

IV) Post-installation of the system with Multibeast

We will now install the drivers so that everything works correctly, the audio drivers, ethernet and those for the graphics card)

  • Keep pressing F12 for Gigabyte cards, F8 for Asus and F11 for Asrock
  • Choose your USB stick
  • At the boot screen, choose your disk ( High Sierra )
  • Complete the installation of macOS
  • Open and launch Multibeast (we put it on your USB stick, remember)
  • Click on Quick Start and UEFI Boot Mode              
  • For the drivers, I let you look on the forums of Tonymacx86 (by searching for your motherboard)
  • Choose the appropriate drivers for Network and Audio
  • Click Customize for more options                
  • Click on Print and Save to save your configuration
  • Click on Build and Install                                         
  • For Nvidia GTX 1050, 1050 TI, 1060, 1070, 1070 TI, 1080, 1080 TI or 750, 750 TI, 760, 960, 970, 980, 980 TI and Titan X cards, Nvidia drivers are not natively supported. you have to download them here (choosing the version corresponding to your system) and install them.
  • For AMD cards : They are natively supported without installing any driver or driver.
  • Finally restart

Normally your installation is complete, you can now get the most out of your computer with the latest version of macOS!

If you have any questions or problems, comment them out and don’t hesitate to share the article if it has helped you!
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