Four months ago it started, I got frustrated, day by day with my new toaster, my Macbook Pro 16". I bought the Pro because of work, to have a computer on the go which is powerful, which I can take with me to meetings and on business travel. However, now I am working from home, doing video calls, running Microsoft Teams (30% system load all the time), running VMs, pushing two 27" screens …
The Macbook was running hot, the fans working on full blast, that most of the time, and my biggest frustration is with it that Thunderbolt is not working right.
I got a Caldigit dock, the one everyone recommends, plugged in my two Displayport screens and all the other stuff you need when working from home, too. Long story short, a kernel panic a day. This all with a machine which cost me over 3400€. I hate Thunderbolt.
So, I figured, wrong use case for this machine, the new iMac generation is what I need. Fast processors and good graphics options. I checked the specs and the the one to get is over 4000€. Thank you Apple for the SSD spec options. I am not willing to invest 8000€ in the course of one year into new Mac hardware which is obsolete in two years because of Apple Silicone.
OK what to do? Let’s have fun and build a Hackintosh I thought. I was following the scene already since some time ago. The new hot stuff is OpenCore, together with a great video tutorial on Youtube it was rather easy to build my own machine specced to my personal needs:
- Intel i7 10700K Processor
- Gigabyte Z490 Gaming X Motherboard
- Crucial Ballistix 32GB of Ram
- Sapphire Pulse 5700 XT
- Sabrent Rocket 1TB NVME SSD
Here the link to the pcpartpicker website with my build.
Some careful spectator will notice that there is no Thunderbolt. Yes. No Thunderbolt. When I plug in Displayport, the screen talks Displayport with my HackMac, if I plug in an Ethernet cable, the net is talking directly with my Intel Ethernet chip on the motherboard, if I plug in USB, I have real USB chips on the board talking to my devices. I have even an USB 2.0 port, and my keyboard is directly connected to it.
The machine is stable, quiet, and even wake up works better than on my Macbook. I like it very much. I can recommend it.