Build­ing an Ivy Bridge Hack­in­tosh - The Build

Building an Ivy Bridge Hackintosh - The BuildAf­ter hav­ing re­ceived all the parts that I needed for build­ing my Hack­in­tosh, I im­me­di­ately started build­ing it to­gether with my good friend Moritz Gunz. The case was the first thing we un­boxed and then laid on the table to in­stall the other com­po­nents into it. First, we in­stalled the moth­er­board and the lit­tle IO shield that came with it. In­stalling the IO shield is easy as you just have to snap it into the back of the case. For in­stalling the moth­er­board, we had to in­sert some golden place­holder screws into the pre­de­fined ATX holes so that the moth­er­board does­n't touch the case's metal. When we in­stalled the moth­er­board, we had to in­sert the screw near the IO shield first as we had to push it so that it's cor­rectly aligned with the place­holder screws. The next things we in­stalled were the proces­sor with its fan and the mem­ory. This was one of the eas­i­est parts as every­thing just snapped right into where it should be. Then we in­stalled the Blu­Ray drive and the hard dri­ves. The metal hold­ers in the drive bay al­ready had holes for every type of hard dri­ves and it was about the same thing with the Blu­Ray drive. When we in­stalled the PSU, things be­came a bit dif­fi­cult as it in­cluded many ca­bles that we had to arrange in the case. Luck­ily, it is pos­si­ble to hide some of the ca­bles be­hind the moth­er­board so they don't get in the way when in­stalling other com­po­nents. We tried to put as much of the ca­bles as pos­si­ble be­hind the moth­er­board and group them us­ing laces that came with the case. Then we con­nected every­thing to the moth­er­board. There were al­ready some ca­bles in the case for the ports on the front panel and the in­cluded fans that we con­nected first, fol­lowed by the power and SATA ca­bles. The last thing we in­stalled was the graph­ics card. The in­stal­la­tion of this part was also easy as it just snapped into the first PCI slot, just like the mem­ory did. As the card needs some more power than the one pro­vided by the slot it­self, we con­nected two graph­ics card power ca­bles of the PSU. Now, that every­thing is in­stalled, my new Hack­in­tosh looks like this. The completed HackintoshIf you don't know where to keep all your case ac­ces­sories, just put them in­side the case it­self. That way, you al­ways know where it is and have it handy, when you need it. Now I'm go­ing to in­stall Mac OS X and Win­dows 8 on the Hack­in­tosh. When every­thing is up and run­ning, I'll post the next ar­ti­cle: The In­stal­la­tion