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Well-known member
Dec 9, 2006
Calgahree, AB
I built my 1st one the week OSX came out and put it in the Kitchen (iMac style) so everyone could try it. About 6 months later I purchased from Apple online a new late 2009 Mini running SL using the education discount which was 100$ off at the time. Although we have no lack of computer around here, the Mac was for me but my kids used it a lot for iMovie mostly for school projects and Garage Bands.

Recently I was shopping for a new Laptop for my daughter's 18th birthday ... what happened to all the netbooks, they seem to be extinct :shok: Anyways looking at these 600 to 1400$ laptops running Windows 8 was just not going to happen. I started looking at the Macbook Air 13.3", what a nice machine! I purchased at the Apple store since Bestbuy had no stock and Apple price matched Bestbuy and got it for 999$.

I used to think I was saving $$$ but in the end its nice to own such beautiful hardware. That touchpad is awesome and the speed with the Haswell cpu and new ssd is great. So in the end she is happy with her computer for school and me well ... I am typing this on an old Dell Latitude D630 that I just resurrected today with a fresh install of Linux Mint 15 XFCE.

Netbooks aren't worth their weight in any money to be spent. They are all sub par specs which are useless and very slow machines. If anything goes wrong with them its just a throw away unit.

Keyboards and screens are too small for most people to be productive even if you use a 10" screen.


Well-known member
Aug 29, 2013
US - Massachusetts
It all really depends on what you're trying to do with your netbook. The general population didn't know how to treat them. I run an Asus with Mint 13 (Mate) / 2GB RAM and it's quite usable for websurfing, writing letters and video chatting with friends.

For what I paid for it, It wouldn't be the end of the world if I lost it in a coffee shop. For me it's more useful than the iPad I owned.


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Folding Team
Oct 4, 2013
Arctic Canada
I'm waiting on New brixx by gigabyte to build a Hackintosh. Have a friend at staples who let me build my is and other parts on a 27" iMac Display so all I need now is the hardware I want in it.


Active member
Oct 26, 2013
You can build a hack with almost any motherboard, just takes a ton of time and effort.
I have a Asus Maximus VI Impact with and i7-4770k, GTX780 running off an SSD with 0 issues...
All components work Bluetooth WiFi and over clocking just took a ton of time to find the right guide to get me going but it works flawlessly.... I am running OSX 10.9.1 will be upgrading to 10.9.2 later today

Tonymacs is a great site but there are a few other sites as well
the one i use the most is


Great info and very helpful people

Happy Hack!



Well-known member
Aug 8, 2011
Vancouver, BC
The only reason I keep referring to Tonymacs and the golden build machines is because I need it to work from day 1. I don't have the time, money, and energy to fiddle around with it. Of course if you want to play with it, Insanelymac is also a good resource.

For example, I got a used i7-3770 and MSI mPower combo. While the mPower board will eventually work, I'll just swap a Gigabyte B75 board in there so it will work OOB.


Well-known member
Apr 6, 2013
I personally don't follow Tonymac's hardware recommendations exactly. I tend to use their references to determine what hardware is compatible, ie lan controllers, audio chipsets and everything else and then I'll search for components as I normally would and then narrow them down according to the parts that use compatible chipsets.

my current hackintosh is running an i7-2600k on an asus p8z68-deluxe gen3. I had to flash a modded bios to unlock the msr (iirc) for power management to work out of box. I just upgraded it from OS X 10.7.5 to 10.8.5 a couple weeks ago and move my old GTX 660 in the box. Right now everything works though with little issue as far as usb3, onboard bluetooth, audio, sata, graphics, etc. Havent tested my eSata though.

I have another hackintosh running a cheaper gigabyte board and a core 2 quad in my DJ booth for audio production. it's running 10.6.8 though so it's been there a while. I've thought of upgrading it but right now it just works so why try ruining a good thing

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