Shortly after writing my post on the changes I'd made to my Hackintosh, first built in 2015...it is dead.
- CPU is fine
- PSU is fine
- GPU is fine
- RAM is fine
- Motherboard is dead.
Unfortunately, due to the age of the motherboard, replacing it also means replacing the CPU. Wanting to replace my Intel Core i7 4790K with an equivalent today, is £500 (Core i9-9900k). Motherboard another £200.
If you're already looking at spending £700 on upgrading, then in my opinion you may as well look at the entire system and start again. Admittedly, any computer going over 5 years is in my view, doing very well.
This led me to looking to spend ~£2,000 on components:
- CPU: i9-9900k
- GPU: AMD Radeon 5700 XT
- RAM: 32gb Corsair 3200
- MOBO: Aorus Pro WiFi
- PSU: Corsair RMx 750
- CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro i115 Platinum RGB (who doesn't like a bit of colour?)
- Case: Fractal Define R7 (to replace my R5 which has some dents)
This is still on my list of wants, but in the interim I have opted for a Mac Mini. At the moment, I don't have the time to build a new machine or go through the process of setting it up as a Hackintosh. I'm going to save up and build the above with the aim to have a hackintosh that can also be a VR rig as that's my next step in gaming.
The Mac Mini, when it arrives, will be taken apart to upgrade the RAM - 32GB vs the 8GB it comes with at the cost of £70 instead of £400 from Apple.