Building an Ivy Bridge Hackintosh with Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H and Intel i7-3770k

With Ivy Bridge based Apple computers and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion out, it’s time to build an Ivy Bridge Hackintosh! Below is my walkthrough for building a capable workstation that can run both Windows and OS X. But first, meet the components of this build:

Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H-WB WIFIIntel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM FanCorsair Vengeance 16 GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz DIMM MemoryCrucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/sPowerColor ATI Radeon HD6850 1 GB DDR5 PCI-Express Video Card

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How to create an OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion USB install drive

As you probably know, Apple is not going to provide an official USB install disk for Mountain Lion. However, you can still create one using the following simple procedure.

You’ll need a spare 8Gb USB flash disk (they’re dirt cheap starting at $6 on Amazon) or a SD card (SD cards are cheaper, starting at $5 on Amazon, and you use them with your camera later) and the OS X Mountain Lion Install App purchased ($19.99) through the App Store.

First, prepare the medium by launching the Disk Utility and selecting 1 Partition and Mac OS Extended (Journaled) options.

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