Cheap Hackinosh in 2020 – $300 Catalina Desktop PC Gigabyte B365M DS3H

With hackintoshing it’s possible to install macOS Catalina or even Mojave on a brand new PC that only costs around $300 – $400 price range. Check it out.

I’m using the following compontents:

Part Name Purchase
Total $299.45
CPU Intel Core i3-8100 Quad-Core Processor $107.99
CPU Cooler Intel Stock Cooler (Included) $0.00
Motherboard Gigabyte B365M DS3H $69.99
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 2400 $41.48
Storage Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD $79.99
Power Supply Dusty old case and sketchy power supply $0.00

B365M Hackintosh Build

Intel i3-8100 CPU — I went with an i3-8100 is because its the cheapest CPU I could get with integrated graphics. The newer i3-9100 will also work with this build, but I was able to get the i3-8100 awhile back for less.  I went with a CPU over something like the i3-9100F because the i3-8100/i3-9100 both have integrated graphics and since I patched my drop files which are available below a graphics card isn’t required. I was using a Cryorig M9, but since it was so loud I’ve since switched back to the Intel stock cooler. If you want more power something like the i5-9600k will work I actually have an i5-9600k build here.

Gigabyte B365M DS3H Motherboard — All this motherboard requires is some BIOS settings to be changed to be able to boot macOS and because I got integrated graphics working over the HDMI/DVI/VGA ports on this motherboard there was no need for a dedicated graphics card allowing me to save $$$ and hover around the $300 price range. USB3 ports are working with a USB-SSDT included in my drop files.

I only got to this $300 price point because I was able to recycle an old case and power supply. If you need a decent budget power supply I recommend the EVGA BQ 600W because the fan is near-silent and doesn’t make the clicking noise most PSU’s make when they switch on. Also check out Amazon’s Best Selling Cases if you don’t already have one.

 Budget Gigabyte B365 Hackintosh

I’ve seen quite a few people struggling to get their B360 and B365 motherboards working so I present you my own cheap hackintosh build with the most popular budget motherboard the Gigabyte B365M DS3H. Everything is working even with just the standard EFI folder the important thing with these motherboards is just setting the correct BIOS settings and having a config.plist that has the display ports patched so that there is no black screen.

EFI Drop Files

  • Catalina-EFI-Folder.zip (Placed in the EFI partition of a flash drive and hard drive works for both macOS Catalina and Mojave)
  • config-Gigabyte-B365M.plist (Replaces config.plist in EFI folder. Contains a IGFX device patch that enables HDMI, DVI and VGA over integrated graphics instead of blackscreening )
  • GB-B365M-D3SH-USBMap.kext (Adds missing ports and enables USB3 speeds in macOS)

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Download a compatible version of macOS from the Mac App Store
  2. Create the macOS flash drive Installer
  3. Adding an EFI Folder:
    1. Download Catalina-EFI-Folder.zip
    2. Mount EFI Partition
    3. Copy+Paste/Move the EFI folder over to the EFI Partition of your flash drive and then open /Volumes/EFI/EFI/Clover/
    4. Modify EFI folder for Gigabyte B365M Support:
      1. Download Gigabyte B365M-DS3H Drop Files.zip
      2. Replace config.plist in /Volumes/EFI/EFI/Clover/ by copy & pasting the one from Gigabyte B365M-DS3H Drop Files
      3. Copy SSDT-USBX.aml to /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/ACPI/patched
      4. Copy GB-B365M-D3SH-USBMap.kext to /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other
      5. Move USBInjectAll.kext to /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/kexts/off
    5. Add EmuVariableUEFI.efi for NVRAM support
      • Copy EmuVariableUEFI.efi from:  /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/drivers/off
      • Paste EmuVariableUEFI.efi into:  /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/drivers/UEFI
    6. If using an AMD Navi GPU like the RX 5700 XT add agdpmod=pikera as a bootflag by opening config.plist with Clover Configurator  and adding it under Boot -> Arguments
  4. Configure BIOS Settings for Hackintosh Compatibility
  5. Walkthrough:  Mac OS Catalina Hackintosh Clover Walkthrough 10.15 Install
  6. Post Install 
    1. If you are using a dedicated graphics card you may want to  change AAPL,ig-platform-id to 0300923E  under Devices -> Properties Tab -> PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x2,0x0) to headless mode so the graphical driver works correctly in certain macOS Apps.
    2. Either install RC scripts in Clover to complete emulated NVRAM support with EmuVariableUEFI.efi or add native NVRAM with an SSDT here.

Restart your computer and spam the DEL key to enter BIOS as the computer boots.

Change the following settings for the install:

These the are the BIOS settings you will need to change after creating the macOS flash drive bootloader and before you begin installing.

  1. Save & Exit → Load Optimized Defaults
  2. M.I.T. → Advanced Memory Settings  Extreme Memory Profile(X.M.P.) : Profile1
  3. BIOS → Fast Boot : Disabled
  4. BIOS → LAN PXE Boot Option ROM : Disabled
  5. BIOS → Storage Boot Option Control : UEFI
  6. Peripherals → Trusted Computing → Security Device Support : Disabled
  7. Peripherals → Network Stack Configuration → Network Stack : Disabled
  8. Peripherals → USB Configuration → Legacy USB Support : Auto
  9. Peripherals → USB Configuration → XHCI Hand-off : Enabled
  10. Chipset → Vt-d : Disabled
  11. Chipset → Wake on LAN Enable : Disabled
  12. Chipset → IOAPIC 24-119 Entries : Enabled

Notes

  • BIOS settings need to be changed on this motherboard otherwise you’ll get stuck at the Apple logo.
  • My config.plist contains a display patch that corrects the bus id for HDMI + DVI + VGA ports over integrated graphics. May also get these ports working on different motherboards if the bus ids happen to be the same.

Other Catalina Builds:

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chin-Hai
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chin-Hai

Is 9100f working ?

gold mirror
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gold mirror

Thank you for your posting.
I’m a new hackintosher.( knew about hackintosh last week.)
After reading your post and referring some other posts, i hackintoshed successfully.

Display, network are solved.
But still SOUND problem remained.
Please help me!

My device spec:
GIGABYTE B365M HD3
Intel Core i7-8700 Coffee Lake-S

Audio (onBoard rear) : Realtek ALC 887 codec

Of course, i tried all the layout ids…but…

– And when awake from sleep, display awake, but keyboard and mouse frozen.

How can i solve this?
Thanks.

gold mirror
Guest
gold mirror

Fixed!
My sound works well.
Thank you, Hackintosher.

But I have still another problem.
– When awake from sleep, display awake, but keyboard and mouse frozen. System halt.
So I can’t sleep my hdd. 🙁

– when boot, text console screen appeared, not Apple logo

Could you help me?

Linkk
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Linkk

How does this compare to recent MacMinis ?

Zeylan
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Zeylan

Great guide, thanks. I have followed it exactly with the hardware you used (other than a i-9100).

For some reason I can’t see my network card in MacOS…. any ideas?

Thanks.

zeylan
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zeylan

Added kext for the Realtek ethernet and all good.

Mihiku
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Mihiku

Hi Zeylan.
I had same issue with the network, and adding RealtekRTL8111.kext under Clover EFI solved the network problem, even if i think something is working wrong in thte whole CLOVER and boot injection.
The USB are not all working, some are off…i thought GB-B365M-D3SH-USBMap.kext would have corrected the whole stuff…is it working well in you case ?
By the way what is your BIOS Version, I am with F5 thinking in updating to F6c

Thelam92
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Thelam92

Hello. My mainboard is MSI B360M, so are there the differences? Thanks.

Chris Ian Fiel
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Chris Ian Fiel

When using this is it stable?

Bojann
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Bojann

I have similar build,but I have Asus Prime H310-R R2.0 motherboard, do I need to do something different with the config,because I followed your guide for g4560 with different mb but it worked perfectly.Thanks

ACME Computer
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ACME Computer

Thanks for your efforts! I’m getting ready to put one of these together. With the exception of the i3 processor, everything else will be the same. Since the i7 processor that I’m using has built-in graphics, it should work shouldn’t it?

daavee
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daavee

Great guide, thanks. I have installed mojave on my b360m-ds3h i5 8400 but only the vga output is working properly. HDMI is black screen and DVI flickers. I’m not sure what to do?

hariman
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hariman

Hello,

I plan to sell my current hardware
i5 4570
1050 ti
8gig ddr 3 g skill 1600
ZEBRONICS H81 LGA 1150 Socket Motherboard
seasonic 550watts power supply.

Would the build you suggested be super stable? i plan on getting the i3 9100 (non k)
since it has in built graphics.
Would i be able to run itunes,i-message, facetime like its a mac? Also, what about WIFI? currently i use a dongle not eternet port. i plan to shift to an iphone this year, so i was wondering if i can make it all work.
Or should i just save my self the headache and wait and buy a macbook?

Please advice.

Thank you.

Albert
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Albert

Hi.
Thanks for posting your build. I am looking at building a hackintosh though its been years since I last fiddled with hardware stuff. Can you please tell me if a i5-9600k would work? Also would having an M2 drive be an issue? Thanks.

benzie
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benzie

would this build work with theIntel® Core i3-9100F, 3,6 GHz ? sorry my first time thinking about building hackintosh

Orrin
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Orrin

I just got this setup running but I added a Powercolor RX 570 to beef it up a bit.

The OS detects it out of the box, but after booting into Mac the fans stop spinning – Is there anything I need to do to get fans spinning or is it just not up to temp?

TAEK YEON LEE
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TAEK YEON LEE

I installed catalina successfully with your instruction. It worked very well in 1990X1080 resolution. But very unstable in 2560X1440 resolution with HDMI. Is there any answer to fix?

Mihiku
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Mihiku

Hi all,
I did the install as the guide mentioned to do
with Bios in F5 version
i3 9500
2x8go ram 2666 (but runs at 2400)
no LAN (solved by putting Realtek 8111 kext under CLOVER)
I’m still having the issue that many USB ports are not working (the 2 motherboard F USB1 and F USB2 are not working and some from the hardware panel behind)
not sure if the GB-B365M-D3SH-USBMap.kext should have solved this issue, but not here in my case)
I used CLOVER r5107

any advice would be welcome 😉 thx

Honza
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Honza

Hello, nice tutorial, would it work with i5 – 9600K ? seeams as reasonable CPU and I believe that it runs in iMac as well. (I dont want to overclock but the base and turbo speeds are significantly higher than for example i5 9400). Thanks for comments… 🙂

Noice
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Noice

What’s the best CPU and GPU can I pair with this setup? I am interested to build one as soon.

Raili
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Raili

Using this guide is not working for me on 10.15.4.
Do to have any updates?
Thanks!