My friend is doing a film major and asked me to build him a hackintosh with 10.9 Mavericks, and so I did.

Honestly, this project was pretty disgusting. In short, I had to install Leopard, use that to install snow leopard, then upgrade snow leopard to Mavericks. Since this is a relatively new motherboard and Mavericks was released the week that I was building it, there wasn’t much documentation on how to do this. I also had to flash the bios with a patched version of the MSI bios because of a power management bug that doesn’t let you install Mavericks.


Parts List

Intel i5-4670k

TPLink PCI-e Wifi adaptor

Generic Sata DVD drive from Microcenter

MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate

Seagate Barracuda 1TB

Rosewill RP600V2 600W power supply

Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1600 8GB

Asus BT211 bluetooth dongle

Thermaltake Snow ATX Case

Case fan (blue leds YES!)

Grand Total: Under $600

Hackintosh Geekbench Score: 3170

iMac (21.5-inch Late 2012): 3160