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Cheap Hackintosh Computer Build

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Hey everyone,


First of all thank you for all your input and suggestions!


I have about $350.00 to spend on a hackintosh. Can someone please compile for me a build that WILL run a leopard hackintosh disc. I currently have iATKOS/Kalaway Leopard discs ( Pre patched ).


I want a build that will pretty much be ready to go once installed. I know you have to do some work ect to get it going but I want something that pretty much is good to go after installation.


So if anyone can help me get some parts picked out I would appreciate it either AMD or INTEL.


If you want you can add newegg links to the parts you choose =P.


Again thanks very very much!



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i have


Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R

Intel 2160 1.8GHz

2GB ddr2 800 gskill ram

Nvidia 8600gt fatal1ty

sata hard drive

pata dvd-rw


after install with kalyway 10.5.1, i only need to install drivers for graphics card and audio, which is easy to do (i already keep the files, they have auto-installers :blink:)

everything works really nice, sound is only 2.1 (at the moment) but i can live with that.


the prices...

you don't have to get the exact ram or gfx card that i have, so go for the cheapest you can get


gigabyte goes for 115 dollars

e2160 for $75

ram for $50 (depends on brands, could be more, could be less)

gfx card for around $100 (estimate - not sure of market prices now)

hard drive for $50

dvd for $25


thats a total of 415 dollars, but i'm not sure if you need all the parts (maybe you have an older computer to spare parts).

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For a really tight budget hack, I'd recommend:


CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819116064 E1200 Dual core 1.6ghz $58.99

RAM: 2GB DDR2 800(about $50)

MOBO: GA-P35-DS3L($99)

GFX: Geforce 7300GT ($38)

DVD drive ($30, sata or ide)

80GB hard drive: (sata preferred) ($36)



It's pretty low end, but allows for future upgradability.

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Thanks so much buddy!


What hackintosh cd would you go with for this build? Kalaway or iATKOS or maybe something else? Also I am far away from where I can get any connection to an ethernet plug/router. Do you know of any wireless dongles or wireless pci cards I can add that will work with this?


Thanks mucho!



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I know this is not going to be great system but it seems like it will outperform a mac book since it has a 7300 video card! This will be quite a nice little system to play hackintosh with!


One last thing before I order this stuff!


1. Is there any motherboards in the 50ish-60 range. I thought I saw somewhere there was on some post.

2. Is the ATI cards not as good as the 7300? Or maybe its just the 7300 work better. Was just checking b/c I have never had a ATI card and thought it might be cool to try it!

3.I don't need a Ethernet card right b/c the onboard Ethernet should work just fine on this gigabyte mobo?


Thanks for your smart advice buddy! I got everything on newegg ready to roll!



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I can do it el cheapo.

ASRock Wolfdale1333-D667 LGA 775 Intel 945GC Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 49bucks

OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)19 bucks after rebate(30)

Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail 70

EVGA 128-P2-N431-LX GeForce 7300GS 128MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail 40

200 dollars flat leave you 150 for sata drives, power keyboard mouse ect. it can be done cheaper but could not find a board with intel video and did not want to give you a celeron chip


Good luck to you

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