- Feb 4, 2018
- GA-Z270X Ultra Gaming
- MSI Radeon RX 560
This was my first Hackintosh build, and it was done primarily using the build guide here, and a bit from the TM site (getting iMessages to work). It worked essentially the first time, save for discovering I had an incomplete boot USB that froze on the installation process. Once I figured that out, it was smooth sailing.
Word to the wise if I may; DO NOT use software, drivers, etc. that you may have downloaded previously unless you are absolutely sure they are in working order. The "Install High Sierra" copy I had was actually bad (see above) and once I downloaded a fresh copy from Apple, all was good. I actually discovered this on a couple of other utilities and such when I tried launch them and, again, a fresh download solved the issue.
I have included ALL the bits I purchased so as to represent a total cost to create. I did have two HP 23" displays, but I've found a current spec that equates to those for costing purposes.
I have gone a bit of the rails in that I wanted to try an NVMe drive, and also a bit different WiFi & Bluetooth combination simply because they we readily available and it was fun. J
I also wanted quiet. No fan or any other type of noise. This thing is dead silent, except for the occasional “I’d swear that’s a spinning disk drive sound” that is actually the CPU resonating through the cooler fins. No big deal, it happens at boot time under heavy load.
- USB-C Port
- USB3 Speeds
- AMD HDMI Audio
- AMD Graphics Card
- AMD Sleep/Wake
- App Store, iBooks, iMessage
- Nothing i've found
Here are the parts I used for this Hackintosh. - *NOTE: I used two (2) displays. One HDMI, one DisplayPort, and I actually built it from boot time using these. No need to use the internal GPU.
Price at time of build: $1688 w/displays x 2
Mac OS Higher Sierra 10.13.3
Amazon: Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Ultra-Gaming
Newegg: Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Ultra-Gaming
Amazon: Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K (BX80677I77700K)
Newegg: Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K (BX80677I77700K)
Amazon: Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED CPU Cooler with PWM Fan, Four Direct Contact Heat Pipes
Newegg: Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED CPU Cooler with PWM Fan, Four Direct Contact Heat Pipes
Amazon: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz (PC4 21300) C16 Desktop Memory Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2A2666C16)
Newegg: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz (PC4 21300) C16 Desktop Memory Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2A2666C16)
Amazon: Samsung 960 EVO Series - 250GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E250BW)
Newegg: Samsung 960 EVO Series - 250GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E250BW)
Amazon: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)
Newegg: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)
Amazon: MSI GAMING Radeon RX 560 2GB GDDR5 128-Bit DirectX 12 ITX Graphics Card (RX 560 AERO ITX 2G OC)
Amazon: Corsair VS Series, VS500, 500 Watt (500W), Active PFC, 80 PLUS White Certified Power Supply
Newegg: Corsair VS Series, VS500, 500 Watt (500W), Active PFC, 80 PLUS White Certified Power Supply
Amazon: Corsair Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition Quiet Mid Tower Case
Newegg: Corsair Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition Quiet Mid Tower Case
Amazon: TP-Link Archer AC1900 WiFi Card PCIe Adapter with Beamforming and Heatsink Technology (T9E)
Newegg: TP-Link Archer AC1900 WiFi Card PCIe Adapter with Beamforming and Heatsink Technology (T9E)
Amazon: Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard for Mac
Newegg: Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard for Mac
Amazon: Kensington Bluetooth 4.0 USB Adapter
Newegg: Kensington Bluetooth 4.0 USB Adapter
Amazon: Logitech Z200 with Stereo Sound for Multiple Devices
Newegg: Logitech Z200 with Stereo Sound for Multiple Devices
Displays (Used two!)
Amazon: HP 23er 23-in IPS LED Backlit Monitor
Newegg: HP 23er 23-in IPS LED Backlit Monitor
This was built on 1/14/18, and it has been relatively problem free. I did attempt to enable FileVault a couple of days ago, this trashed the system. I will look into this going forward.
Here are the steps I followed to create this build; some of them are links to existing docs on this site, and where I didn’t have available information, I’ve simply outlined what I did. Hopefully, this will be an end-to-end how-to!
Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Ultra-Gaming Hackintosh Guide
Step 1 – Creating the macOS Installer
How to make a USB flash drive installer for macOS - Hackintosher
Step 2 – Configure EFI Boot Partition
- Download Clover Configurator
- Open Clover Configurator
- Select Mount EFI under TOOLS
- Click Mount Partition for Install macOS….
- Click Open Partition (This is your EFI Folder)
- Delete the existing EFI folder if it’s in the partition
- Download Hackintosher’s High Sierra EFI.zip
- Unzip High Sierra EFI.zip
- Copy & Paste the unzipped EFI folder to mounted partition or /Volumes/EFI
Before running the macOS installer change these settings.
Restart your computer and press the DEL key to enter BIOS upon your computer posting.
BIOS settings for the install:
- Save & Exit → Load Optimized Defaults
- M.I.T. → Advanced Memory Settings Extreme Memory Profile(X.M.P.): Profile1
- BIOS → Fast Boot: Disabled
- BIOS → Windows 8/10 Features: Other OS
- BIOS → LAN PXE Boot Option ROM: Disabled
- BIOS → Storage Boot Option Control: UEFI
- Peripherals → Super IO Configuration → Serial Port: Disabled
- Peripherals → Network Stack Configuration → Network Stack: Disabled
- Peripherals → USB Configuration → XHCI Hand-off: Enabled
- Chipset → Vt-d: Disabled
- Chipset → IOAPIC 24-119 Entries: Enabled
Based on the GPU you’re using change the following settings:
Dedicated graphics card:
- Peripherals → Initial Display Output: PCIe 1 Slot
- Chipset → Integrated Graphics: Disabled
- Peripherals → Initial Display Output: IGFX
- Chipset → Integrated Graphics: Enabled
- Chipset → DVMT Pre-Allocated: 96M (if this setting isn’t showing then: 1. Set Integrated Graphics: Enabled. 2. Save and Exit BIOS by pressing F10. 3. Reenter BIOS upon computer restart and it should be there.
- For DVMT Pre-Allocated to show in BIOS you may need to save & reenter BIOS after setting iGPU Multi-Monitor: Enabled
- Advanced \ System Agent (SA) Configuration\Graphics Configuration → DVMT Pre-Allocated: 128MB/192MB
Setting Boot Device:
You’ll want to be using the USB Flash Drive as the primary boot device until your hard drive becomes bootable at the end of Step 6. There are two ways to go about doing this:
Option 1: Press F10 on startup each time to select a temporary boot device until the boot partition on the drive you install macOS is configured. If you want to do temporary booting you will select the version of your USB Drive starting with UEFI: in its name. (For example I used a SanDisk flash drive so I would select UEFI: SanDisk, Partition 1)
Option 2: Enter BIOS and set Boot → Boot Option #1: UEFI : XXX (For example I used a SanDisk flash drive so I would select UEFI: SanDisk, Partition 1) This is easier if you don’t want to hammer F10 on startup every time to boot macOS.
Step 4 – Installing macOS
Hackintosh High Sierra High Sierra 10.13.3 Update Guide
Don’t worry about the “Update” part of the title, the current MacOS release on the App Store will be a full release and the guide has the links for any other changes.
If you’re nervous, there is always GUIDE TO FRESH INSTALLING MACOS HIGH SIERRA ON A HACKINTOSH (10.13 UPDATE). This outlines ALL the steps.
Step 5 – Post Install
- Open the Settings App
- Click Energy Saver
- Uncheck Wake for Ethernet Network access
- Uncheck Enable Power Nap
That’s it, you should be good to go!
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