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i7-950 + Sabertooth X58 + AMD HD 5850 Hackintosh Guide

UPDATE November 6, 2011: This guide is now obsolete. There is now an official, working DSDT you can get from tonymacx86.com. All you have to do is follow this guide and use the new DSDT (make sure you're on the latest BIOS, 1304). I have successfully followed that guide for my Sabertooth X58 with i7-950, 12 GB 1600 MHz RAM, AMD Radeon HD 5850, and 1304 BIOS. I will be keeping the guide posted here because I spent a lot of time making it and I don't just want to delete it and break a bunch of links. Also, it brings a bunch of traffic to the site. ;)

Note: Make sure you only have 2GB of RAM installed when you install OS X. After OS X is installed, you can put your RAM back.

Note 2: When I set this up, my BIOS was 0602.

  1. Buy a Mac OS X Install Disk.
  2. Get iBoot & MultiBeast
  3. Get the DSDT.aml file. You need to be logged in to the tonymacx86 forums to do that. It's at the bottom of the linked post.
  4. Boot the computer using iBoot.
  5. Once iBoot is booted, eject the disk and insert the OS X disk, then press F5.
  6. Select the Install disk.
  7. The installer will run. Click Utilities->Disk Utility and format your HDD to Mac Journaled FS. Make sure to click options and set it to GPT.
  8. Once that's done, quit Disk Utility and resume installation.
  9. Finish the installation.
  10. Reboot, again booting with iBoot.
  11. This time, select your new OS X HDD.
  12. It will boot.
  13. Put the DSDT.aml file on the desktop.
  14. Download and install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Combo Update, but DO NOT REBOOT.
  15. Use MultiBeast with these settings on your OS X HDD: MultiBeast Config
  16. Remove the iBoot disk and reboot, this time booting from the OS X HDD.
  17. Success!

Updated Sabertooth X58 Files

I updated the files to what I'm using now. You can use the same link to the modified files as in the previous post. For the updated files.

If these files don't work, you can always use the ones made by other people. There are a few more DSDT's for this board floating around now.

What I've Been Doing Since Christmas

If you've noticed that I haven't been posting much recently, it's because of all the cool stuff I got for Christmas. First, I got an Apple TV (2010). This, as you may or may not already know, runs iOS 4 and is most electrically smilar to the iPad. For a $99 device, it sure packs quite a punch. It has a 1GHz Apple A4 processor, 8GB of flash storage, and 1080p hardware decoding and output, not to mention that it's running iOS 4 (yes, I already said that, but it's important). I'm still waiting for an untethered 4.2.1 AppleTV jailbreak, but once that's available, I want to see what I can do with it. Hey, since it's an iPad on the inside, maybe it can use USB keyboards... Hmm...

Among other things, of note were the ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard and the Corsair 6 GB 1600MHz DDR3 Triple Channel Memory Kit. The RAM is great (and fast!) and the motherboard is really easy to use to overclock. The Intel Core i7 950 I bought is great and I got it at a great price, too. Normally, it sells for over $300. Online, it usually sells under that. At Micro Center, it was listed at $229.99, but on Boxing Day in the store, it was $199.99. Of course, it was a long drive in the snow to get there, but for the price it was more than worth it.

I already posted about my heatsink problem (emphasis on "my" and "problem").

Team Fortress 2 runs quite nicely on my upgraded computer (which I'm using with a 380W "80 Plus" PSU, further proof that no one needs more than a 500W PSU unless they're using two CPUs) even with all the settings turned on max. I even have "Wait for Vertical Sync" turned on, which means I get a max of 60 fps, but because of my awesome setup, I get 60 fps consistently and there's no "tearing" of the image.

As usual, my server is slow. I still have the parts that I took out of my computer from when I upgraded it, but they won't fit in the highy-proprietary Dell case that my current server resides in. I would love to buy the Thermaltake A60 Computer Case for my i7 parts and hand down my current case to my server, but I have other purchasing priorities at the moment. If anyone wants to buy that case for me, let me know ;D

Hopefully, once I start using the new server parts, I'll be able to simultaneously run a Team Fortress 2 server and the webserver.