Posted 17 April 2009 - 02:49 AM
at least a 2.4 quad core with 8 gig of ram, 2 1T hard drives, a fairly powerful graphics card for video editing (if I want to run final cut pro in future), wifi, and working sound.
Please forgive my very long post and if I posted in the wrong place. My layoff has put me in a bind, and I must find a working solution on the cheap within a month, so I am turning to you all for advice. Thanks SO MUCH in advance for any advice you can give this noob. I really appreciate it ALOT!
Posted 17 April 2009 - 04:10 AM
I'm heading the IT infrastructure @ production house and our backend is based on (90%) Macs and (10%) SGIs. Since you come from a similar environment I'm sure you understand the reliability factor. However being laid off is a royal pita so you gotta do what you gotta do..
I have been a professional audio editor for almost 20 years for multiple international radio programs, and do a little video editing as well.
my Asus P5Q-EM/Core2Quad Q6600 does all that out of the box (i guess you're looking for a full ATX mobo though).
...I must keep my budget to around $1500 or so... at least a 2.4 quad core with 8 gig of ram, 2 1T hard drives,
most pro ATI/NVIDIA are known to work, what specs are you after? my 8800GT works fine with P5Q-EM (FCP-tested)
a fairly powerful graphics card for video editing (if I want to run final cut pro in future),
wireless is a bad joke, better stick with GigEthernet on audio production environment
built-in sound is a moving target (and the quality won't fit your needs anyway), any decent external sound device that works with Macs would be your best bet.
and working sound.
That said, I'd keep an eye on second hand Mac Pros w/ AppleCare if the machine in question would be the one that'd put bread on my table. Keep in mind that while X on whatever may be fun, if your production machine fails, you're on your own. Also from one release to the next, compatibility is not guaranteed (though the same stands for most production systems).
I'm a noob @ hackintosh too (registered here a few days ago) and i gave it a go just for the funk of it. Took me less than half an hour to set the cheap pc Mac-style. Thanks to some really talented people here, most of the noob questions are already answered.
I am a noob at hackintoshing...
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