HoboMac – The Cheapest Hackintosh
If you’re looking to build cheapest Hackintosh possible, HoboMac is the build for you. HoboMac comprises of the cheapest Hackintosh-compatible parts that I could find on the internet, merged into an awesome combination of savings and value. Even though Hackintoshing is supposed to be a money-saver, a lot of Hackintosh builds still cost upwards of $800, so I’m hoping that HoboMac will be a fresh breath of air.
LATEST UPDATE (August 31, 2012): Though HoboMac has not been officially tested for OS X Mountain Lion, the system requirements between Lion and Mountain Lion are almost the exact same. So in all likeliness, HoboMac is compatible with Mountain Lion.
|CPU||Intel Celeron G530 Dual-Core 2.4 GHz||Newegg | Amazon||$51|
|Motherboard||Foxconn H67S||Newegg | Amazon||$60|
||Graphics Card||ASUS NVIDIA GeForce 210 1 GB||Amazon||$35|
|DVD drive||Sony Optiarc||Newegg | Amazon||$19|
|RAM||Crucial 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz||Newegg | Amazon||$19|
||Hard drive||Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB 7200 RPM||Newegg | Amazon||$75|
|Computer case||Antec Two Hundred V2*||Amazon||$50|
|Power Supply||Antec Basiq BP350 350W||Newegg | Amazon||$30|
*For this case, you may need to purchase a power extension cable in order to connect the motherboard to the power supply.
Total Cost (February 17, 2012): $339
All prices are taken from the American websites for Newegg and Amazon. If you buy everything through Amazon and take advantage of their Super Saver Shipping program, you can get all the parts shipped for free.
- Graphics support: Yes
- Dual display: Yes
- Sleep mode: No
- Internet (wired connection): Yes
- Audio: Yes
- HDMI audio: Requires extra work
DOWNLOAD: Foxconn H67S BIOS (patched)
Download the BIOS update file from the link above (provided by samisnake). This BIOS file has been patched, so that your Foxconn H67S will work with CPU power management on Mac OS X by default. Using the downloaded file, follow this basic guide on updating the BIOS of Foxconn motherboards.
Once you have confirmed that your motherboard has the right BIOS version, boot the computer, and open the motherboard’s BIOS by pressing the delete key when the computer starts. You will have to use arrow keys to navigate the BIOS. Change the following settings:
- SATA Mode: Change to “AHCI”
- Primary boot device: Set this to “DVD” if you are following the iAtkos method, or “USB” if you are following the Unibeast method (both methods are detailed below). Set the hard drive as the second boot device, if possible.
Once you’ve set up the BIOS, you can install Mac OS X Lion.
Installing Mac OS X
Post-installation (Multibeast, etc.)
DOWNLOAD: DSDT (Standard)
DOWNLOAD: DSDT (HDMI Audio)
And that’s all there is to it. If you want to enable HDMI audio on your Hackintosh, then you’ll also have to do some advanced kext editing. However, as far as basic functionality goes, everything should be up and running rather quickly.