The Goodest i7 model

The Goodest i7 model


UPDATED October 15, 2009!!!!

Top of the line everything! This machine kicks ass and takes names! This is the best of the best, coming to you for $2,000!

New Specs include:

  • NEW core i7 chipset and gigabyte motherboard!
  • 12 Gigs of DDR3 RAM!
  • 300 GB 10,000 RPM Hard Drive
  • 1 terabyte secondary hard drive
  • GeForce GTX 285 Video Card with 1 Gig of VRAM (for kicks our shopping cart actually includes 2 of them!)
  • The incredibly sweet COSMOS 1000 Case!

Get it all now! Click on the following link (You’ll need a account):

Click on the individual links to purchase components separate, or grab the entire cart by clicking here!
New Egg Shopping Cart:

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
2 BFG Tech GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 285 01G-P3-1180-AR Video Card

Item #: N82E16814130480
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy

1 GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 ATX Intel Motherboard

Item #: N82E16813128362
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant $298.99
1 CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready  Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W Power Supply

Item #: N82E16817139009
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
1 Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 3.5″ SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Item #: N82E16822136322
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
1 LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner – Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04

Item #: N82E16827106289
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
1 Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920
Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

Item #: N82E16819115202
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
-$9.00 Instant $288.99
1 OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory

Item #: N82E16820227365
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$12.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
1 XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler

Item #: N82E16835233029
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
1 COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 Silver Computer Case

Item #: N82E16811119138
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Item #: N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Standard Return Policy
We’ll work to update this table often as newegg’s inventory frequently changes. Components such as the DVD-ROM can easily be switched out with no effects on your hackintosh system.

Want help getting started on the install? Check out these links:

How-To Build & Install Video DVD with Custom Boot Disc

12 Step Program for core i7 bliss


Gigabyte Installer script for 10.5.7

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  1. Djonli Says:

    Hello … Please let me know once you have a core i7 boot disc and DVD tutorial on installing snow leopard using the components listed above: Gigabyte x58 extreme, two GTX285 video cards.


  2. admin Says:

    Hey Djonli,
    We’ll definitely update the site when we have something. Right now, a lot of the problem is with the 64bit kext files that need to be updated. We want to ensure that compatibility is available on as wide a range of systems as possible before releasing anything. Stay tuned!

  3. mitul Says:

    Will the GTX 285 run OSX using the bootdisc and dvd guide for i7 at this time?

  4. admin Says:

    Sure will! We have one up and running now using just that! Just remember that this is for Leopard. Snow Leopard is not supported – yet. Thanks!

  5. mitul Says:

    i purchased a dvd tutorail and i7 boot dics from you (under, however the tutorial is all centered on dual and quad core processors not the i7 chip. Is there anything fundametally different in my approach using i7? Also you mention some use of a flash drive but no info on how to create one. Could some one advise me before I do this please?

    Thanks a bunch!

  6. admin Says:

    The boot disc provides all the files you need. The video shows an older install method that required a thumb drive, but now everything is included on the disc. Once Leopard is up and running, simply look for a folder on the boot disc labeled “Hackit” and run the software included in this folder.
    If you need further support email us at gethackintoshed[at]gmail[dot]com

  7. Richard Tran Says:

    Hi guys!

    I’m located in Canada, but at the moment, your google checkout still does not allow me to purchase an i7 Quadcore boot disc.

    Any luck fixing that glitch? It says you guys wouldn’t mind sending to Canada…

  8. Rashad Says:

    Hey! I was checking out these builds you had listed on the site..
    I found this listing, I live in NYC. I was wondering if you could tell me a mobo that would be compatible with it:

    Either that, or would it be cheaper to just buy it from them than to try to recreate it? It looks like a steal to me, but I’m not so sure.


  9. Rashad Says:

    Actually I just added everything up, and think I can do it for a few hundred less, I know I can reduce HD space, but would I be able to use this graphics card instead of the dual 285’s?
    or this one:

    Thanks for your help!

  10. Rashad Says:

    So sorry for the repeated posts.. I wish I could edit/delete them.

    I found this processor for the same price, higher clock speed, will it be fine?

  11. admin Says:

    This chip will do nicely and is a fantastic price. The GTS 250 has mac “drivers” available out on the web. I’m not sure about the GTX 260, but you could also build your own. Look for the gtutil online, it’ll help you get the custom info you need to get it working (works with Leopard, not sure about snow leopard yet).

  12. John Says:

    Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

    Don’t forget that that Lynnfield processor is a 1156 socked not a 1366 socket. It only has 2 way memory instead of 3 way, if that’s any concern to you. The 1156 family is the “less expensive” i5 family of processors compared to the i7 processors (1366) Make sure you purchase the correct motherboard to match the CPU chip.

  13. Fireman Says:

    I bought all the components above and bought the ยข14,99 digital download guide (great guide i must say :)). My question now is: can I now use my GTX 285 on snow leopard? (I Bought the latest guide, wich included a plist file of it).. I followed all the steps with an original snow leopard disk so i tought that must do the trick.. will it?
    thanks for the help ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Fireman Says:

    Cant get the videocard to work :s.. do i need to make my own keyx file for this?

  15. Jonathan Says:

    Can you please update the cart with items both snow leopard compatible and still available on newegg? Your link to the cart does not work and many of the items are no longer available for purchase on newegg. I would like to purchase your guide but I need to get the parts first!!

  16. Jonathan Says:

    Waiting for my shipments from amazon. =) I noticed your link for the how to build is down. I’ve never put together a PC before. I’m not worried or anything, but is there anyway you could update that link? Thanks.

  17. Asmith Says:

    is there another top of the line graphics card you recommend since the GTX 285 appears to be discontinued?

  18. Asmith Says:

    I should say the particular GTX 285 you link to is discontinued. What is the best hackintosh compatible graphics card you can recommend for this build?

  19. gethackintoshed Says:

    Thanks for letting us know. Sometimes we totally miss these details. There are a couple out there now made by different manufacturers but we went with EVGA. They seem to have the best price. The link in the shopping cart is now taken care of. Thanks again for the heads up.

    -The Hackintosh Team

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  21. Derrick Says:

    Hey guys, have you tried any ATI HD4850 or higher series of cards with the i7 and GA EX58 mobo? LIke the HD 5770. Also what about the nVidia GeForce GTS250 for compatibility.

  22. gethackintoshed Says:

    Hey Derrick,

    Currently we haven’t tested out any of those graphics cards on the machines, but what i’ve seen so far is that they aren’t really compatible with the OS. Check out this website: click. This guy does a lot of work with ATI cards and that stuff. I haven’t checked it lately but there are posts about your graphics card there. Hope this can help you.

    Have a great day,
    Aaron @

  23. Derrick Says:

    Thanks for the quick reply Aaron,
    I cannot access the website you suggested. Currently the Mac Pro is shipping with the ATI HD4850 as an upgrade option. So I guess 10.6 might support it.

    So, without having to spend $369 for the nVidia GTX285, what other nVidia cards are plug n play with 10.5?

  24. Flavo Says:

    2 question?
    1- gtx 285 is the only one that have mac drives? I goggle about gtx 260 or anyother and nothing. Since I use for audio with Logic, I really dont need an expensive card. I use a GT9500 with dual video but I have a lot of trouble with.
    2- If I buy a 3x 4GB or a 6x 4GB ddr3 ram, I will have less performance with overclock? Some motherboards have diferente performances when I use all the slots of ram.
    Thanks for the great site and for the attention. Hugs from Brazil.

  25. gethackintoshed Says:

    Hey Flavo,

    Many (any) graphics cards will work with leopard. We specifically support the GTX285 and other cards mentioned on this site. The only issue you will have is finding the right drivers. These can often be found through a google search. As to your second question if you are overclocking the CPU you may experience system instability. As to the question of the ram this can vary depending on the mobo. Which mobo are you using for your system?

    Best of luck,

  26. Flavo Says:

    I work with leoparda on a PC more than 2 years, first I used a Asus P5B wifi deluxe and it burn (without OC), now I am with p45 UD3P, but my question are for the ex58-ud5 with xigmatek (already ordered).
    I know that many card work with, but with p5b I have a lot of trouble, every turn on or reset was a surprise and I had a trible boot system for fixing. I know how to change the 3 kext to achieve 2 monitors. The main problem was work with 2 monitors and I think I have tested all programs and kext. I will search more native mac-nvidia drives again, but I alrealdy googled a lot.
    thank again in advance

  27. Dallas Pool Says:

    Your wishlist is broken, it should point here…

    Which is the public shared wishlist. Your link points to *your* saved wishlist. When you make one, be sure to select it in the “My Saved Wishlists” view and share it.

  28. gethackintoshed Says:

    Thanks Dallas,

    I believe i understand what you are saying about the broken link; but however, unless Newegg has changed their viewing policies you must have an account and log in to access the wishlist and view it.

    Have a great one,
    Gethackintosh team

  29. Ramthrax Says:

    Hi peeps.

    I’m running a home-built machine (Intel E6750@3.2GHz | Gigabyte X38-DS5 | Patriot 4 GB DDR2 | 2 x 1TB F3 | 1 x Raptor 150GB | 8800GTX), I need assistance with getting Leopard up and running.

    Any advice/links/Info would be much appreciated.


  30. Mike Says:

    I’m looking for some advice???
    I want to build a kick a$$ hackintosh… In fact the Goodest i7 looks pretty good but I want to know if anyone can recommend a different video card? One with HDMI ports… Also looking for a Blue Ray burner/reader instead of the LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner… And lastly in the newegg list of components I only see one Hard Drive, the Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB but where is the 1terabyte secondary hard drive?
    Any information and advice would be great, thanks for all the research and help.

  31. Brian Says:

    Any thoughts about using the Intel X25 SSD?


  32. gethackintoshed Says:

    Hey Brian,
    Sounds like an amazing piece of hardware. The reviews are very positive and it seems to be the best deal for that amount. ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. KP Says:

    I’m building an i7-920 on gigabyte motherboard. What are my wireless card option? Is it complicated to install?

  34. gethackintoshed Says:

    Hey KP,
    In general Macs have had trouble with wireless cards. We have tested d-link usb adaptar with sucess! ๐Ÿ˜€ Check the wiki for more info. osx86 wiki

  35. Mike Says:

    What Kext files do I need to put on my system for the Ex 58 UD5. I have the system up and running but not sure what all the kexts are. There’s repository folders full of more. Not sure how this works.

    Good Luck!

  36. gethackintoshed Says:

    Hey Mike,
    Thanks for the question. If you purchased one of our digital downloads please refer to the included reading file for step by step instructions.

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  38. Luca Says:

    Will any brand of graphics card work well on this machine?

    For example, instead of EVGA could i use BFG Tech? or Galaxy? or MSi? I suppose, either way, the drivers will function normally right?

  39. aaron Says:

    Hey Luca,
    The best thing would be to check osx86. It’s a wiki that states each mac os compatability with that hardware. It’s pretty straightforward. Hope that helps.

    Good Luck
    Aaron @gethackintosh

  40. JR Says:

    Hi Guys, fantastic site you have here. I’m highly considering to create one of these bad boys and just wanted to get your feedback on the specs I have chosen. They are as followed;

    Case –

    MB –

    CPU – or the 975

    Ram –

    Video Card –

    Would this set up work well with Leopard or SL? I’m looking to build something that will last a few years from now. My main use would be for music and some graphics. The specs in the board give me all that I need.

    Thanks for your response and I hope I didn’t waste your space here.



  41. aaron Says:

    Hey Jr,
    It looks good…but you might need to do some custom work for the gfx card. The mobo and cpu all check out though. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck with the build and if you want we’ll post a story if you want to write it and include pics.
    Aaron @gethackintosh

  42. JR Says:

    Hey Aaron, thanks for the response. I have been searching the net for the having the simple things in this build and I see the mention of a EVGA GeForce 9600, 9500GT, 8400GS being capable video cards without much tweaking. Is there any suggestions you may have. You mention custom work for the 220, would that be on the programming side or the physical installation?

    Nonetheless, thanks for taking the time to respond.


  43. Luca Says:

    One last thing,

    I’m looking at a USB 3 enabled motherboard from gigabyte and was curious if anyone could shed some light in terms of compatibility. I cannot find any info on this on osx86:

    it appears to be very very similar to ex58 but was just curious if anyone had any experience.

    will snow leopard even understand it if i buy a usb 3 external drive?

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  45. Lawrence Says:

    Hi Admin,

    I was wondering if I want to use Leopard instead of now leopard, can I use the Leopard reinstall that came with my imac instead of the the snow leopard upgrade disk? Also do you have a kext or driver for a gigabyte ATI Raideon 5850 video card that I’m using with my i7 hack?

    Thanks a bunch!

  46. gethackintoshed Says:

    Hey Lawrence,
    We have software for the Leopard bootloader if you would like. I haven’t found any compatibility that matches that gfx card but that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there.

    Best wishes,

  47. Andreas Says:

    I was wondering if the following MSI MB is compatible for a hackintosh:

    All the best,


  48. gethackintoshed Says:

    Hey Andreas,
    We only support the hardware we use on this site. However, here is a sight that gives you all the information you need to know on any hardware. OSx86

    Best wishes,
    Aaron @gethackintosh

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