A Hackintosh is a computer that runs an Apple Macintosh operating system on computer hardware not authorized for the purpose by Apple. This passage is to introduce using intel G41 series motherboard hackintosh on a low budget.

# Showing

Glance

# System Configuration

Parts Type
Model in Clover Config iMac14, 2
CPU Intel Xeon L5420 2.5Ghz with 4 Cores 4 Threads
Motherboard AUSU P5G41T-M LX V2
Graphics Pegatron GeForce 310 512 MB HDMI/DVI
Disk Teclast SSD 128GB SATA
Memory 1333MHz DDR3 2x2G
Display Philips 32PFL3040 1360x768 HDMI
Audio SANSUI with Green Rear Line-out

# Performance

  • Geekbench 5: Single-Core Score 380 / Multi-Core Score 1283
  • Browser website and Code fluently with 2 x 6MB L2 Cache
  • Can not be used as video-editing or render

# Build

# About Boot

Attention: if you can have a mac in any way you should install MacOS on your PC through Unibeast

The way I'll introduce worked successfully in any old MBR PC

boot workflow

MBR simulate UEFI ( EFI in Disk ) > enter UEFI Boot > enter Clover Boot ( ESP in MacOS ) > MacOS

MBR simulate UEFI achievement

  1. Part 500 MB FAT32 disk0 as EFI Partition from boot disk
  2. Active the EFI Partition to allow MBR Boot
  3. Use BOOTICE to simulate UEFI
    1. MBR Repair disk0:usr/standalone/i386/boot0af to your boot disk
    2. PBR Repair disk0:usr/standalone/i386/boot1f32alt to EFI Partition
  4. Until now your MBR PC is able to simulate UEFI

# Install macOS

Known

  • The macOS version is decided by your PC parts, mostly decided by Graphics
  • U Disk is more realiable than writing to disk directly
  • ccmac is a great tools to install macOS but need for tailor made dmg

Install important points

  • Xeon CPU ( Particularly 771 socket trans to 775 socket ) need to add boot args: npci=0x3000
  • Nvdia GT 210/GT 310 ( 512 MB / 1024 MB ) is able to be drived by macOS natively and it's the cheapest Graphics
  • If macOS Catalina are wished to be installed, the Kepler Nvdia Graphics is a good choice
    • Recommanded Graphics Dell Nvdia GeForce 640 1024 MB with DP/HDMI/DVI
  • G41 series motherboard or inetl 775 CPU only support 1333 DDR3 4G double-sided Memory and maximum 8G Memory
  • Motherboard from Gigabyte/AUSU/MSI match the macOS better ( Gigabyte the best )

# Ending

echo "Thank u guys who've read patiently, hope u hack successfully!"

# More info about hackintosh

wiki: what is hackintosh
Github: hackintosh model collection
tonymacx86: guide and forum of hackintosh
Opencore: brand new boot