Building a Hackintosh OS X 10.9.1 machine

Recently I have build a Hackintosh OS X 10.9.1 machine (stats for a normal MacPro4,1)


It contains the following hardware:

  • Z77MX-QUO-AOS Motherboard (link)
  • Asus GTX660 TI-DC2OC-3GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti Graphic Card – 1006 MHz Core – 3 GB GDDR5 SDRAM – PCI Express 3.0
  • Intel Core i7 3770 / 3.4 GHz – 4 cores – 8 threads – Retail Box
  • Crucial CT120M500SSD1 2.5-inch 120GB M500 SATA 6Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive
  • 2 x 8Gb Corsair Value Select 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
  • WD Black WD4003FZEX 4TB
  • BitFenix Shadow – Midtower
  • Corsair Builder Series CX430 power supply

Install everything in a case.
Flash the BIOS with a file from this source
I used this one Z77MXQUOAOS.H3A.820M.

I installed OSX like normall (from USB stick). Note that you don’t need any Hacktintosh tools like tonymacx86 or others. All the special stuff is done with the BIOS and the motherboard. It fakes to be a MacPro3,1 and therefore allows OS X to be installed.
All the updates can also be installed directly because of this. On other Hackintosh computers it is always a gamble if it will work.

After adding some final tuning like:

  • Enable TRIM support with Chameleon for the SSD
  • Fix onboard audio with drivers
  • Adding Bluetooth and an WiFi USB dongle

I was able to run my system, and it has been stable for a week.
The one thing that hasn’t worked out is getting the 4TB drive to be 1 partition ExFat.
Once I have created it and OS X sees it it behaves normal but after a reboot the system halts on BIOS.
I worked around it with dividing the disk in 3 ExFat partitions.

Benchmark NovaBench:

I think you can’t go wrong with this setup. The cost without the two monitors is around 1.000 euro and dropping rapidly.
The motherboard is hard to come-by but there are other options (untested by me).
Read this article by TechSpot, it has been a great help.