Budget Hackintosh

Budget Hackintosh

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You asked for it, you got. This budget system will cost you less than $300 (before operating system & monitor) but still does quite a descent job of running whatever you’re thinking of throwing at it!

Highlights include:

  • 80 Gig Hard Drive
  • 2.5 Ghz Intel Dual-Core Processor
  • GeForce Video card with 256MB of RAM
  • 2 Gigs of RAM

If you grab this thing up, be sure to include the power cable adapter and extra fan – or don’t – but then you can’t say we didn’t warn you! 😉

Wish List:

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1 GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Item #: N82E16813128357
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$52.99
1 SYBA 8
SYBA 8 inch Male to 15-pin SATA Power Cable

Item #: N82E16812186043
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$2.49
1 MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Fan
MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 Case Fan

Item #: N82E16835150007
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$1.99
1 3D Fuzion GeForce 7600GS 3DFR76256GSE Video Card
3D Fuzion GeForce 7600GS 3DFR76256GSE Video Card

Item #: N82E16814143054
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$29.99
1 G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-2GBNT
G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory

Item #: N82E16820231203
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$21.99
1 SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A

Item #: N82E16827151175
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$25.99
1 Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 350W 20+4 pin connector Power Supply
Rosewill R103A Black Computer Case

Item #: N82E16811147010
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$39.99
1 Western Digital Caviar SE WD800AAJS 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 80GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive 3.5
Seagate Barracuda 80GB 3.5″ SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Item #: N82E16822148528
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$34.99
1 Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200
Intel Pentium E5200 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

Item #: N82E16819116072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$66.99
As always, we’ll try to keep these systems up to date but newegg changes their inventory constantly and some items may be out of stock. You can exchange basic things like fans, adapters, and DVD-ROMS, and RAM for others without affecting the hackintosh compatibility. As always though, your mileage may very.
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  1. Jon Says:

    Nice! Will this budget setup run Snow Leopard?

  2. admin Says:

    The budget setup is technically powerful enough to run Snow Leopard. Getting it installed is kinda the trick right now. If you’re wanting something rock solid I would stick with Leopard right now, but technically you could use a script like DigitalDreamer’s or BlackOSX to get it running. There’s no Boot132 method at this point. Good luck!

  3. den0220 Says:

    i am having a beast of a time with a ga-ex58 extreme and SL – cant get any of the discussed methods to work. most of the time the installer fails. i even unchecked all other items like print drivers languages etc and i have had one successful install but even still had kernal panic.

  4. DK and Pals Says:

    I am a complete novice to building a computer but want to take on the hobby. Is there a guide for the construction of these parts? And what instructions do I use to install Snow Leopard on the machine after I build?

  5. admin Says:

    The DVD available on this site provides a guide for assembling the different parts. For Snow Leopard their is no boot disc yet available. Some people have had a good experience with scripts by DigitalDreamer and BlackOSX, but YMMV. You also must already have a working Intel OSX install to use these scripts.

  6. lu Says:

    can i use this processor leaving all else the same

    Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor – Retail

    ???

  7. admin Says:

    sure can!
    -james

  8. lu Says:

    does this require an additional card for wireless? thanks.

  9. admin Says:

    Hiya,

    Yes, you’d need to purchase a separate USB wireless card. I’d go with this one as I’ve had success with it. Wireless dongles on the mac in general aren’t the best thing so YMMV. Additionally, if you’re looking for bluetooth, I’ve succcessfully used this one.
    -james

  10. Dean Says:

    I ordered some parts and should be getting this board and processor this week.
    Was wondering if I could use an old G4 case for this?(grey and silver .. quicksilver i think).
    Not sure if it would fit.
    Anyone try this?

  11. admin Says:

    Hiya,
    You’d need to do some serious modding for this to work. We’ve played around with some old G4 and G5 cases and it’s not a quick or easy process. Nothing will fit correctly so you’ll have to rework/hack/mod the case all around to fit in the “generic” components. Can it be done? yes. Yes it can.

  12. Thomas Says:

    Can we have this list updated for Snow Leopard? Thank you!

  13. Charlie Says:

    Hey, I’m having real trouble. I can’t get the ethernet to work for the life of me on this, and every time I turn of the computer, it immediately turns back on, any advice? And I couldn’t make it work with the Boot132, I ended up having to use a prepatched iAtkos. Any chance you’re going to put up a detailed guide for this?

    Thanks for your time!

  14. admin Says:

    Hiya,
    Sorry you’re having trouble. Did you use the system specs from this post? Specifically which motherboard are you using?

    -Get Hackintoshed

  15. Mark Says:

    Hi, I purchased your product, and built a custom system. I can get it to boot into Linux, so I know everything was put together correctly. When I use the thumb drive to boot snow leopard it just freezes before it goes into setup. The boot disk I made using your method works works on a Mac. I got the following mobo and graphics card. Do they look like they should work? The Newegg item number is the first number:

    N82E16814125242 VGA GIGABYTE GV-NX84S512HP 8400GS R
    N82E16813128388 MB GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L 775 R 1

  16. Charlie Says:

    Hey, I’m using the GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L, all the other components are identical to that of the guide.

    Any advice?

    Should everything from the DVD work just fine?

  17. david Says:

    hi i’ve never built a pc before, but am wanting to make a media center around plex, will this buget system work and could i buy a more compact case for this to work

    cheers david

  18. gethackintoshed Says:

    G’day David,

    This system should work for Plex. Plex is just a program that you download that works for the Mac OSX, so as long as your running Mac OSX on your computer you should have no problem. However keep in mind that you’re going to want a video card that has either HDMI outputs (if your tv supports HDMI or DVI) or some kind of component output that will hook up to your tv. As for the case, just make sure that everything will fit and most important, the motherboard has enough room. Other than that you should be good to go.

    Have a great day,
    The Hackintosh Team

  19. david Says:

    thanks for the quick reply

    cheers david

  20. drew Says:

    Is it possible to install more RAM into this system…say, around 4 gigs?

  21. gethackintoshed Says:

    Yes Drew,

    It is possible to install more RAM. In fact you can do as much as you want AS LONG AS 1.) you can afford it and 2.) you have slots left open on your mobo for RAM. The only reason we use 2 gigs is to keep the cost down.

  22. Cody Says:

    What install method do you use to install Leopard(Any Version)… and can you install it Vanilla style?… I want to know before I buy the parts. You should make a detailed guide on how to setup to computer and install leopard to this machine.

  23. admin Says:

    Cody,
    The install method we use for this machine is available for purchase as a digital download. It includes a video (also for download) that you can watch that shows how to build the computer. The kit also includes a step-by-step guide to walk you through the software install. Good luck!

  24. tony Says:

    Can you update this list? The graphics card isn’t available anymore. Also, what ethernet card should we use since the newer mobo rev doesn’t work?

  25. Chris Says:

    I got a geforce 9800 gt that says it requires a min. Of 350 watts and a 26 amp 12v rail. The psu I have is 450 watt, but had 2 12v 18 amp rails. Are these going to work together?

  26. tony Says:

    The ethernet on the motherboard does not work. Nor does adding a PCI ethernet card. 🙁

  27. Tony Spencer Says:

    Adding this card worked perfectly out of the box:
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156139

    If it doesn’t appear in System Preferences/Network, try moving to another PCI slot, make sure the wire is plugged in, and reboot.

    I still can’t get the on board sound card to appear.

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