Building a Hackintosh Pro – Dan Counsell

If Apple made a mini tower that was upgradable and could take a full sized graphics card (or two), I’d have purchased it in a heartbeat. However, they don’t. There’s no doubt that Apple has a refresh for the desktop market in the works, I just don’t know if it’s going to be enough to satisfy the creative market who seem to be slowly migrating to Windows.

Maybe Apple have been waiting for the recently released Ryzen CPUs from AMD? Or maybe they are just waiting for WWDC to announce their new pro desktop machines, either way, I really hope they get it right this time. A modern cheese grater Mac would make a lot of professionals very, very happy.

I’ve used Macs for the last 20+ years, and in recent years I’ve also had a gaming PC at home. This is nice, but having to find room for both machines, along with juggling separate monitors, keyboards, and mice is a pain. Especially when you consider they are both running off of the same architecture. Wouldn’t it be nice to have just one machine that could do everything…

So yeah, building a Hackintosh means I’ll be able to have just one kick-ass machine that can boot into either macOS or Windows. Perfect.

Lots of people have been talking about this recently. Dan Counsell presents the entire process, including which components he bought. Dan Benjamin also recently wrote a similar article; Dan Counsell is in the UK, so he focuses on components available in that country, and Dan Benjamin is in the US. (What’s with all these Dans…?)

As tempting as it is to think about building a hackintosh, I doubt I’d do it. I’d be entrusting my business to a computer with no support, which is a big risk. And it’s not like these computers are that much cheaper than a Mac. They’re cheaper than a Mac Pro, but I don’t need that kind of speed, or such fast graphics. And I wouldn’t buy such a big SSD; I need 256 GB, and use external drives for everything else.

But it’s worth considering that Apple is driving people to this, which isn’t a good sign for the company.

Source: Building a Hackintosh Pro