My Z77MX-QUO-AOS has arrived.
Shipping took just 8 days (including weekend) to Europe! (According to some Facebook / forum posts I had expected 6-8 weeks!)
I've done a lot of research so far because I'm totally new to the "Hackintosh" topic (but quite familiar with Linux). So any hint / help - especially regarding hardware selection (see below) - will be highly appreciated.
What do I want ...
- Mac OS X and Linux (after release: SteamOS) installed side by side on the same PC
- music applications on Mac OS X and games on Linux running stable
- no additional drivers required for Mac OS X
- Auto-configuration of system memory by BIOS (SPD/XMP) appreciated (I just don't want to waste several days figuring out DRAM timings/voltages to get my system stable.)
- Auto-configuration of SSD, HDD & ODD by BIOS (SATA AHCI, S.M.A.R.T., ...) appreciated
- LG 34UM95-P 21:9 (3440x1440) monitor @ dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 7XX GPU
- Auto-configuration of dedicated GPU
1.) System memory:
Unfortunately I couldn't find any system memory QVL neither on the CD coming with the AOS motherboard, on Quo Computer's website (currently) nor elsewhere.
Quo Computer itself is offering ADATA XPG V2 DRAM modules.
So I shouldn't run into problems if I pick an ADATA XPG V2 DDR3/1600 rated 16GB kit. Right?
A NVIDIA Kepler based graphics card that supports UEFI GOP is recommended. My favorite brand is EVGA - one reason: some of their cards (still) feature DHES coolers. Their 7xx series cards are said to be fully UEFI supported out of the box.
Is the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 (P/N: 02G-P4-2770-KR) a good choice or is there a card that matches the motherboard & Mac OS X better?
I have problems to understand the passage "Notes on GeForce 7XX" in the motherboard's wiki:
Notes on GeForce 7XX
(From the OZ): Check your 7xx GFX for full compatibility per your OS
How can I check for full compatibility before bying a card?
What's the benefit to do the "7xx installation with IGPU (Integrated Graphics) Enabled" described in the wiki?
If I don't want to use the IGPU at all (disable it in the BIOS) and intend to connect the monitor to the GeForce directly (somethig I have to do anyway because of the monitor's resolution) can I skip this procedure?
I intend to disable onboard sound in BIOS and use HQ USB audio instead (I guess the onboard sound wouldn't meet my audiophile requirements anyway.):
Any solution based on Texas Instruments PCM2900/2902 USB stereo audio codec is said to be working without additional drivers on Mac OS X (and Linux).
Has anybody had a positive experience with this or another USB audio solution?
Intel SSD 730 Series 480 GB (just because "Intel" is my favorite brand for SSDs)
Good choice? Better alternatives available?
5.) Installation preparations:
- I've already set up Mac OS X in a VM on my PC. The only thing I need to do here is to prepare an USB flash drive for a clean Mac OS X install. Right?
- I can simply use the Mac OS X shell for USB flash drive preparation or "DiskMaker X" - not any special "Hackintosh" tools. Right?
- What is the recommended bootloader for my Mac OS X / Linux dual boot configuration? GRUB 2, Mac OS X bootloader, ...
Any advice would be most welcome. Thanks in advance.