Lifehacker publishes a guide to building a bootleg Mac

The $600 ‘Hackintosh’ Mini

Lifehacker has published a guide to building a Mini ‘Hackintosh’ Mac compatible computer using just $600 worth of parts.

While Apple only officially supports the OS X operating system on the firm’s own Apple computers, since the Mac-maker moved to Intel processors its been possible to modify standard PC hardware in order to run Apple’s Windows alternative OS.

Lifehacker’s Adam Dachis said that the job of creating a hackintosh computer had become easier following the work of enthusiast tonymacx86 and a range of software utilities.

The Lifehacker guide sets a solid specification, based on a Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 motherboard, Intel Core i3-540 3.06GHz CPU, nVidia GT240, 4GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and a decidedly non-Apple looking SilverStone SG05BB-450 Mini-ITX case.

Armed with an installation DVD of Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and an array of tools such as iBoot and MultiBeast, Lifehacker described the installation of the Apple OS on the beefy Mini PC.

"The nice thing about putting together this Hack Mini right now is that you’ll end up with OS X 10.6.8 likely the final update to Snow Leopard," said Dachis, hoping that the bootleg Mac will not be rendered unworkable by a Snow Leopard update.

"If you want to update to Lion in the future, keep an eye on for updates," he added.

Dachis said instructions for a Mac OS X Lion-based hackintosh would be published later in the year.

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