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    Hey.
    I have just discovered this forum after searching how to install OS X on a PC,
    as I have just had some major problems with my last Mac (Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 1.83).
    and am searching for a cheaper alternative to buying a new Mac (as they are over priced!!!).

    I discovered one of Hackintosh's earlier tutorials on how to make a Mac Mini (2005)
    which I thought was very good.
    This tutorial got me thinking.

    I now have a question with regards to compatible hardware for a Hackintosh.
    I am wondering if when building a Fake Mac (with minimal hacking/alteration to bios etc.)

    do you need to match the complete technical spec for one of the Mac models as closely as possible, or is it possible to create a Fake Mac using hardware that has been used over the years for the various different models of Mac.

    For example, you could have a mobo / CPU / Ram that almost matches a Mac Mini from 2008, while having a Graphics Card that has been used with a Mac Tower from 2009.

    Would doing such a thing mess everything up or would the OS be able to figure out what's hardware is plugged in without any conflicts?

    I am presently creating a simple spreadsheet populated with the main component parts for the Mac Desktops for the past couple of years, which, shall give a good starting point for configuring a workable configuration.

    Will upload if anyone thinks that this would be of use.



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    I have abstracted the following information on Graphic Cards Used by present and previous Mac Desktop models for the past 3 years.

    I would imagine that these Graphic Cards would be compatible with OS x, although I am not a programmer and do not know if there are any implications with using such devices instead of using the original Graphic Chips which may or may not come embedded in the mobo.

    I have posted to help but do not guarantee that these devices will work out of the box, so. would be grateful if no one holds me responsible. I would also be really grateful if someone who has the knowledge and experience would post a reply to clarify whether these cards would or would not be compatible and if not, why. Or if further alterations is required before they will work with Mac OS X, then also please clarify. Thanks. I will also upload other data on other spec as it is available.
    Perhaps a table with price of components and retailer would also be of use to those shopping.

    Anyway, Here is the details on the Graphic Cards taken from the Apple Website detailing spec for desktops for the past couple of years:

    ATI Rad-eon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, PCI Express 2.0, two Mini DisplayPort outputs, and one dual-link DVI port
    ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB of GDDR3 memory
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB
    ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
    ATI Radeon HD 4870 with 512MB of GDDR5 memory, PCI Express 2.0, one Mini DisplayPort, and one dual-link DVI port
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
    ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
    ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, PCI Express 2.0, two Mini DisplayPort outputs, and one dual-link DVI port
    ATI Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 SDRAM
    ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (two dual-link DVI)
    Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT with 128MB GDDR3 SDRAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB (two dual-link DVI ports)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 128MB or 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory2
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory3
    NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB (stereo 3D, two dual-link DVI)
    NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 1.5GB (stereo 3D, two dual-link DVI ports)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, PCI Express 2.0, one Mini DisplayPort, and one dual-link DVI port
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory4

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    Technical Spec on Processors taken from Apple Website on Spec for Apple Desktops for past couple of years:

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 1.83GHz 2MB shared : 667MHz

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.0GHz 4MB shared : 800MHz

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.0GHz 4MB shared : 800MHz

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.0GHz 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed : 1066MHz frontside bus

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.26GHz 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.66GHz 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache : 1066MHz frontside bus

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.66GHz 6MB shared L2 cache at full processor speed : 1066MHz frontside bus

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.8GHz L2 cache 6MB shared : 1066MHz frontside bus

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 3.06GHz 3MB shared L2 cache

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.26GHz 3MB shared L2 cache at full processor speed : 1066MHz frontside bus

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.4GHz 4MB shared : 800MHz

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.4GHz L2 cache 6MB shared : 1066MHz frontside bus

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.4GHz 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache : 1066MHz frontside bus

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.53GHz 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed : 1066MHz frontside bus

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.66GHz L2 cache 6MB shared : 1066MHz frontside bus

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.93GHz 6MB shared L2 cache at full processor speed : 1066MHz frontside bus

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 3.06GHz 6MB shared L2 cache at full processor speed : 1066MHz frontside bus

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 3.33GHz 6MB shared L2 cache

    Intel Core i3 processor 3.06GHz 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading

    Intel Core i3 processor 3.2GHz 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading

    Intel Core i5 processor 3.6GHz 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost

    Quad-core Intel Core i5 processor 2.66GHz 8MB shared L3 cache; Turbo Boost dynamic performance up to 3.2GHz

    Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor 2.8GHz 8MB level 3 cache; supports Turbo Boost

    Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor 2.93GHz 8MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost

    Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor 2.8GHz 8MB shared L3 cache; Turbo Boost dynamic performance up to 3.46GHz; Hyper-Threading for up to eight virtual cores

    Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5620 “Westmere” processors 2.4GHz 12MB of fully shared L3 cache per processor

    Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 2.8GHz 12MB of L2 cache per processor (each pair of cores shares 6MB) 1600MHz, 64-bit dual independent frontside buses

    Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors 2.8GHz 12MB of L2 cache per processor (each pair of cores shares 6MB) 1600MHz, 64-bit dual independent frontside buses

    Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors 3.0GHz 12MB of L2 cache per processor (each pair of cores shares 6MB) 1600MHz, 64-bit dual independent frontside buses

    Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors 3.2GHz 12MB of L2 cache per processor (each pair of cores shares 6MB)

    Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3530 “Nehalem” processor 2.8GHz 8MB of fully shared L3 cache per processor

 

 

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