1 What is a Hackintosh?
A Hackintosh is an Intel based PC which is capable of running Mac OS X either by modifying (hacking) the OS itself or using a special boot procedure which allows the Mac OS X install DVD to run and install the OS on the hard drive. The term Hackintosh, is a portmanteau of the word hack and the name of Apple’s main brand of computers, Macintosh.
2 Can any PC be made into a Hackintosh?
No, only those capable of running OS X can be used. This generally means later generation PC’s with Core based CPU’s. There are exceptions, depending on which distro you use, which will allow even older Pentium 4 based systems to run OS X. Latest macOS requires a processor with SSE 4.2 Instruction set.
3 Does Apple care if I run OS X on my PC?
Yes they do, the Apple EULA (End User License Agreement), states that OS X is only to be run on Apple computers. However, the legality of this agreement is in dispute in both the courts and by the community at large.
4 How difficult is it to build a Hackintosh?
A Hackintosh can easily be put together from available parts with the system up and running in less than an hour. As always, the amount of time it will take any individual depends on their skill level. If you can put together a PC you will have no problem building a Hackintosh. If you don’t know what a motherboard is you might be better off asking someone who does know to build it for you. Most people who build systems will do it just for the fun of it. 🙂
5 How much does it cost to build a Hackintosh?
This varies depending on what type of system you want. I’ve personally built Hackintoshes for as little as $200 and some costing nearly $5,000. But the bottom line is, whatever system you decide on will cost much less than a Macintosh of similar performance.