I meant software related.
My first Hackintosh I built in 2005 as a test when I was thinking about shooting a film on Andromeda. As simple as making sure the hardware matched or came close to the original Intel spec as possible. Now its really simple to build these systems. Why do it? Everything I own is hacked in some way. From my car, to my cameras. For computers, its a no brainer for me. I'm obsessive about building them and spend countless hours testing, benchmarking, overclocking, managing heat vs noise, and comparing stability vs speed. While doing this certainly isn't for everyone, I'm glad there is the freedom now to run the Mac OS on custom computers.
If you want a fully functioning Mac with all drivers and functionality supported, then a hackintosh is not for you. If you're running a business, a hackintosh is probably not for you. If you're not particularly tech-savvy, a hackintosh is probably not for you.
Some people build hackintoshes to save money on a Mac. Others do it to "stick it to the man." Still others do it for the challenge, or because they have $200 lying around for OSX and want to play around with another operating system. Others do it to have an OSX partition on their otherwise primarily Windows system (running MacDrive), enabling very quick cross-platform work.
Is it perfect? No. Is it for everyone? No. Is it doable with a reasonable amount of homework? Absolutely. Is it worth it? Depends on your situation.
I am not happy with Apple's Hardware, plain and simple. Like I said before If you understand how Mac OSX works, this kind of thing is a piece of Cake. I use the Hardware that works best, That's why Its reliable. I dont go installing it on some random computer or big Server and then wonder why it doesn't work... Duh...
The Main reasons to run this are within Customization, But this all comes at a Price... Being knowledgeable enough to build your own computers and troubleshoot them. When I buy hardware, I usually spend a Day and a 1/2 installing and building, then creating an image to automatically restore an OS <--- in the event something actually happens. Installing this is not as hard as it used to be, and is no longer outside the realm of Building a PC or setting up a computer in general. But you still have to be tech-savvy, I always say if you can read your motherboard manual and build the computer this is a piece of cake,
Here are my reasons,
•ANY operating system,
•Simple upgrades (instead of a whole new computer)
•Cheaper Quality Parts,
•Motherboards that match your needs,
•Legacy Hardware, (if you need it, I dont really)
•Stability in Harsh conditions
•5 year Hardware warranty on most items, (Especially Motherboards, I use ASUS)
•Apple sucks at Hardware, (They want an Arm and a Leg to repair something they get a 5 year warranty on from intel...)
To me, there IS no difference other than the Gucci case and the Apple Logo on the side.
And I'm with you all, THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE...
The only thing I can agree with you on the idea of a "hackintosh" is that it's not for everyone and I would never ever recommend it to any professional environment.
Sure if you love to tinker, want to save some money, and are not afraid of having no Applecare tech support- then hackintosh might be for you. Frankly I don't see anyone in a work for hire production environment going for this.
What do you tell the client when it craps the bed? Well it's a hackintosh and we saved some money..... er... oops. Please hire us for your next show.
I dont want exact hardware anyway, Thats the whole point!
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