So, My parents just got a new TV, so that means the living room flat panel goes to their bedroom. I figured it’s holiday season and to present them a HTMC hackintosh that’s light on their wallet. The budget is low as possible but with some of the most recent specific hardware. I.E. must have USB 3.0 (eSata optional), Optic Audio out, and HDMI (with or w/o audio out). Preferably they want it small and hidden out of view behind the TV. They need WiFi, no ethernet connection in their bedroom. Also to save money and performance, I suggested an integrated video processor. So with all that in mind, I bring to you: the list of hardware I purchased and a bit of info with regards to why I bought what I bought:
This is more or less what TonyMac suggests for a mini Custom mac build.
$98 — GA-H61N-USB3 (There is a DSDT for F1 and F2 out) ** I am worried about this board. Can’t find a decent tutorial on it. I see it is an alternative board recommended by Tonymac on his custom mini build page, though I can’t find any definite success stories.
$134 — Sandy Bridge i3 2105 HD 3000 (for integrated graphics) Apperently HD 2000 is not supported with a vanilla install, so this is the cheapest processor is this for now. Alternitivly since I really don’t need much processing power, I could have gotten a Core duo of sort, or the lower end pentium with LGA 1155 socket and a cheap old supported video card. The only thing I see wrong with that is future compatibility… I stuck with the safe choice (I Think…)
$35 — miniITX Case This comes with a power supply. Apparently as I was shopping for cases, there was a huge issue of Loud cooling fans. Keep that in mind when browsing. I need a quiet one because this hack is going to be in a bedrooms where people sleep.
$30 — Ram 2x4GB DDR 1333 GSkill The on on my hardware page, the ram from my previous hackintosh is going into this one…
$16 — Asus Optical Drive On a second thought I went ahead an DIDN’T order this. I am going to try and install lion without any disk method. If I need an optical Drive I’ll just pop in my spare….
$0 Harddrive I had one laying around. 120 GB. I’ll buy a TB when the time comes. for now…. no.
$7.25 — miniPCIe Wireless adapterThere is no real guarantee this will work…. It is mono price after all but says support for Mac OSX. It even comes with Mac Drivers on a mini cd……… uh o. guess I might need an optical drive then. Nah ill just mount it on a USB from another machine. heh… Just need an adapter and will see soon if this wifi chip works with mackintoshes. If so, a Great cheap alternative to other methods of fabricating your own wifi card from Apple laptop mini cards on sale on ebay.
$12.12 — miniPCIe to PCIe wireless card adapter (kinda pricy, I was too scared to buy the $5 on on amazon…… some random guy was selling a bunch)
Grand Total: $316.37
I plan on setting it up to the flat screen, control the hack via Wifi apps on their iPads and iPhones. Apps like Touchpad elite or other iTeleport products. Obviously I’ll have a spare mouse and keyboard mini all hidden away for emergency and set ups that can’t be done over Wifi.
Tell you more as the actual build gets closer, probably after finals. Right now things are just coming in, latest by Monday. Like always please leave comments.