A while back I put together a new HTPC for our main living room setup. I was looking for more flexibility and freedom than any of the set top boxes and game consoles offer, so I decided I would build my own.

I had previously been using an older PC running Windows XP and XBMC, but it a loud and unsightly old machine that I just had laying around. I wanted something sleek and fast enough to stream HD movies, live sports and music. With my new found affinity for OS X and iOS it didn’t take me long to decide on the CustoMac Mini hackintosh build that I found over at tonymacx86.com.

CustoMac Mini

  • Apex MI-008 mITX Case Glossy Black w/ 250W Power Supply
  • Gigabyte H77N-WIFI mITX Motherboard
  • Intel Core i3 3225 Dual Core 3.3GHZ Ivy Bridge Processor
  • Corsair Vengeance Blue Lowprofile 8GB  1600Mhz DDR3 RAM
  • SanDisk Extreme SATA 6Gb/s 64GB SSD

I decided not to bother with an optical drive or a second hard drive because my home server has each of those and will be used to serve media.

HTPC Build

The build and install went smoothly following the many helpful hackintosh tutorials at tonymacx86.com. A simple DSDT file to get HDMI output working, and all is great!

We use our new HTPC setup all the time and have had no issues what-so-ever playing any type of media. We use Hulu, Netflix, NBA Game Time, and steams from our home media server and it’s always smooth and reliable. We even have it fully working with AirPlay (with AirServer).

I haven’t yet had the time to install XBMC or any other media center software, but hopefully that will be coming soon!