Well, there was some instability with my old Fatal1ty mother board and the version of Leopard 10.5.3 I was running. It would occasionally lock up and I could only run with 1 CPU. So, I stepped up and purchased a new motherboard.

A GigaByte GA-EP45-UDL3 from Newegg. That way I could use all of the  same components from my old system. The Duo-Core CPU, Memory, etc. It was just a straight motherboard swap. Plus I could run the video card at PCIe 2.0 speeds, use both cpu’s, and more than 3GB of RAM. All limitations with Leopard on the Fatal1ty board. (Nforce chipsets we’re never really good for hackintoshes).

I actually went out to the local Apple store and purchased a full version of Snow Leopard 10.6.3. $29 plus tax. So, I’m semi legit now. (-:

I downloaded iBoot vanilla and Multibeast, grabbed a EP45 style DSDT then followed TonyMAC’s tutorial on installing a retail OSX on an Intel system based on Gigabyte motherboards. Found here.

Turned out to be fairly straightforward. Some simple bios settings, boot on iBoot, switch in the Snow Leopard DVD and install. Once installed reboot on iBoot, update to 10.6.4, run multibeast with the DSDT on the desktop and reboot. Boom and I was almost done.

Seems the update from 10.6.3 to 10.6.4 broke the sound so I found a KEXT for the ALC888 style audio system, installed with Kext Utility and rebooted. Done. No muss, no fuss. An hour from closing the case to looking at a 10.6.4 Snow Leopard screen. World of Warcraft took another 3 hours to download, install, and patch. Sheesh.

System Hackintosh part Deux.

  • Gigabyte GA-EP45-UDL3
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 ghz
  • 4 GB Gskill memory (800 mhz)
  • Nvidia 9500 GT 1GB RAM (PNY Verto)
  • 250 GB SATA HD
  • DVD-RW SATA (HP DVD1170)
  • Generic Case and Pwr Supply.
  • Dell 22″ LCD Monitor.
  • Logitech Speakers

FYI. We now have World of Warcraft running in 1920×1080 Ultra mode at about 30-40 frames per second. Not too shabby for an older 9500GT card.

Total cost to upgrade. $102 for motherboard, tax, and shipping. $29 plus tax for OSX. So, $130 to upgrade to a stable release and system.