Hackintosh: Should you build one?

“If you’re curious about how to build your own Hackintosh, Kirk McElhearn and I recently built Hackintoshes and wrote about our experiences,” Rob Griffiths writes for Macworld. “These articles are great starting points for researching your own Hackintosh.

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Griffiths writes, “But there’s a lot of detail in those two articles, and if all you’re trying to figure out is if you should build your own, there may actually be too much detail.”

“Should you build a Hackintosh?” Griffiths writes. “It’s hard to generalize a yes/no answer here, but I’ll try anyway.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s a time-consuming project. If you can wait, wait to see what Apple comes up with for their “modular” Mac for pros.


  1. It’s geekdom, baby!

    A hackintosh is a proven benefit, and maybe even a life-long interest and hobby, for tinkerers and fiddlers, not for professionals who can’t afford to configure and reconfigure a computer.

    1. Yes, it’s a definite thing, and favours dextrous males unafraid to spoil their nails. I settled for administrative work and to this day lament the loss of adventure and cameraderie that could have been mine. Money is a faint consolation, but oddly seems sufficient. *sigh*

      1. Some people really consider configuration to be as important as use just as some artists rent an art studio and organize their paint supplies rather than make art. Not I.

  2. My answer: no. Not for my use. I’ve seriously considered it, made a parts list and all, but just think for me, I’d be better off buying a used Mac Pro. But, I won’t even do that because of the trash can model mess.

    1. How does a person know when the Hackintosh is built up optimally? The uncertainty would knaw at me constantly when I have stuff to do. No, that hobby is not for me.

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