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    I want to build a hackintosh, basically as cheap as I can - for the most part, I'm following this guide, but I'd like to hear suggestions from you guys: Best (fastest (for gaming) for the price) setup for a hackintosh?
    Guide: Build a Cheap Hackintosh - MOBO/CPU/VIDEO for $124 shipped! Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L and Pentium E5200 Dual-Core RETAIL combo ($106 FS), PNY 8500GT Video Card ($17.99 AR/Bing) - Page 2 - Slickdeals.net
    Here's what I'm looking at ATM:

    Graphics Card: Newegg.com - ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Radeon HD 5450 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card (Is that compatible? I want to be able to run snow leopard)

    Motherboard/CPU: Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard from mwave.com (Add-on-CPU, model E5400 2.7G )(And should I add on that $20 for 2GB of RAM?)

    Things I still need:

    Power Supply
    Case
    Hard Drive
    CD Drive

    I already have a monitor/mouse/keyboard/USB Hub.

    Anything I'm missing, anything I'm doing wrong, anything you would suggest that would be better?

    Thanks!



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    The gigabyte mobo will work, not sure about your Radeon video card, you better look in the HCL for it. 2GB will be nice ;D

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    OK, I went through and looked at everything I wanted to get, here's what I came up with: I think everything is osx compatible, but I'm not 100% sure. Can anybody verify for me?


    Motherboard (GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard): Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    Video Card (ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Radeon HD 5450 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card): Newegg.com - ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Radeon HD 5450 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

    CPU (Intel Pentium E5800 Wolfdale 3.2GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E5800): Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E5800 Wolfdale 3.2GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E5800

    PSU (Diablotek DA Series PSDA500 500W ATX Power Supply): Newegg.com - Diablotek DA Series PSDA500 500W ATX Power Supply

    CD/DVD Drive (ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM): Newegg.com - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners

    Case (Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case): Newegg.com - Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Hard Drive (Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive): Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    2X Ram (Newegg.com - Suggested Products Newegg.com - Rendition by Crucial 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model RM12864AA667


    Total is looking like (including shipping): $310.83, so not too bad.


    Now, I'm very new to building computers, so I have a couple questions:

    1. Will all this hardware work together?
    2. Will this hardware be capable of running 10.6.7?
    3. Is there ANYTHING I'm missing (except for a keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, and (optional) USB Hub)?
    4. Where's a tutorial for putting together a computer? The best one, in your opinion, for a beginner?

    Thank you!
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    Nice combo so heres a guide for your mobo: Vanilla Snow Leopard Install for GA-G31M-ES2L - InsanelyMac Forum this guide is old but it will work, you can always update it and post a thread in our tutorial section.

    and heres a guide for your video card: ATI Radeon HD 5450 Working On Snow Leopard - InsanelyMac Forum
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    Like I said, rather new to hackintosh, building my own comp, etc - How exactly can I see what I'm doing if I haven't installed the driver for the graphics card? No graphics card = no video, right?


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    The installation will run in low resolution you'll need to install the proper driver for your video post installation
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    Hello, if i use MoBo Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L, which fully compatible with OSX 10.6.X Server!, but the cheapest CPU can i use(can be older type/i will buy used one/?
    RAMs can i use anyone?
    And which compatible, same as CPU extremely cheap, but fully compatible 10.6.X graphic card?

    And, please, where can i find step-by-step manual, how to install 10.6.X SERVER?

    Thank you very much for everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h4wk3y View Post
    Hello, if i use MoBo Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L, which fully compatible with OSX 10.6.X Server!, but the cheapest CPU can i use(can be older type/i will buy used one/?
    RAMs can i use anyone?
    And which compatible, same as CPU extremely cheap, but fully compatible 10.6.X graphic card?

    And, please, where can i find step-by-step manual, how to install 10.6.X SERVER?

    Thank you very much for everything.
    Try with this guide to install Snow Leopard
    [GUIDE] Retail Snow Leopard DVD install for G31M-ES2L - InfiniteMac OSx86

    We dont have a guide for this mobo so if you get it working and you wanna help others please open a thread for us, it will help tons of members of this community.

    Now about ur hardware: go with any core 2 duo you can get, in ur case the cheapest one. For Video you can try nvidia 8600/8800 GT, 2GB of RAM will be fine.
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    thank you very much.

    But if for this mobo is here no guide, can you advise me some another, low price, mobo, which is tested (the best with some step-by-step guide)?

    I was looking into Hardware combos thread, but there are not low price configurations...

    Thank you very much...

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    I've changed my setup a little (a lot) because my budget changed. I can now spend more! Here's what it's looking like right now:

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    GIGABYTE GA-P43T-ES3G LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

    GIGABYTE GA-P43T-ES3G ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #:N82E16813128467
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $79.99
    1

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    Item #:N82E16820231253
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $39.99
    1

    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C

    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C
    Item #:N82E16827151192
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $17.99
    1

    SAPPHIRE 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 100287VGAL Video Card
    Item #:N82E16814102871
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $74.99
    1

    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #:N82E16822148697
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    $64.99
    $59.99
    1

    HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case w/ Front Blue LED 120mm Fan & Top 120mm Fan

    HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case
    Item #:N82E16811121096
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$25.00 Instant
    $64.99
    $39.99
    1

    Intel Core2 Duo E7500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80571E7500

    Intel Core2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
    Item #:N82E16819115056
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    $124.99
    1

    RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply

    RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W Modular LED Power Supply
    Item #:N82E16817152036
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $79.99
    $59.99
    Grand Total: $497.92

    So, pretty dang sweet. I saw the compatibility page for that mobo, doesn't look super easy, but not too hard, either - the graphics card is supported natively under 10.6.7, so that makes things easier. Everything look good to you guys?


 

 
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