Hi there guys, I'm a newbie here. This is a great forum with a wealth of great info. I'm really glad I found it.
Well, I finally got tired of giving Apple and Digidesign $10,000 every two years to stay current. So I'm preparing to build my own machine that I can upgrade every two years for considerably less.
I read the hardware compatibility Wiki extensively and came up with the following list. Sorry if my questions are a littl redundant.......
I want to build a new machine to run protools 8 HD 2 with 2 PCI cards installed, one ilok with licenses, Leopard (or snow leopard), a Sata raid 1 configuration (System), and eventually a Sata Raid 1+0 for data. I also want to run dual DVI apple monitors from my single video card (Listed below).
As I said, I don't have to run Snow Leopard, although as I understand the processors will run faster with it. I don't think Protools is stable in Snow Leopard yet.....
Right now this whole setup already co-exsists on my G4 Dual 1.4 ghz, 1.5 gb ram, IDE Raid 1, so I want to build the new machine and test and tweak until it's stable.
Here's my wishlist;
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9650 - Retail
ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:P5Q Pro Turbo
$134.99 -$5.00 Instant $129.99
VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
hec X-Power Pro 600 600W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail
Model #:X-Power Pro 600
$49.99 -$5.00 Instant $44.99
Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
COOLER MASTER GeminII S RR-CCH-PBU1-GP 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
NETGEAR WG111 v3 USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter - Retail
How do you guys feel about this setup?
Can you recommend a good install and guide for this setup?
Thanks in advance for all your help!!!
I'm planning to order the parts later today! Wish me luck!!!!
Personally, I would recommend doing a retail install. Snow Leo is only $30- may as well go legit. (Provided the hardware you went with has retail/10.6.x support).
It's been my experience that any PCI card that works in a MacPro, will work in a Hackintosh that's set up properly. (Yes, that would include vanilla kernel.)
I'm not up on i7 install methods having never Hackintoshed one myself (just 775-based builds so far) but you should be able to find a decent guide someone has posted using the same hardware.
Let us know how it goes.
Well, I just got through with building and testing the system. Took two days. I ended up using Empire EFI and Vanilla SL disk, with Kexts for audio and EFI string for Video.
The whole system works great!!!
Just a couple of small issues.
1. My usb ilok (used for authorizing plugins) keeps on asking me to re-authorize every time I start protools. I have hundreds of plugins so this is a huge inconvenience. It's almost as if the license are not being updated once I authorize.
2. Ethernet. I can not get protools to search for ethernet controllers using the onboard ethernet on this Mobo. Every time I do I get an error message! Usually you just hit scan and it find the controller connected to the ethernet port.
this controller costs like 10K, so it's kinda of important to get it going! LOL
3. I don't seem to be able to get the system to recognize the new sata drive I have plugged into port 1. The system is on port 0, and the DVD burner is on port 4. Both these work fine.
Aside from these it's a wonderful world!
I'm going to try and install to a different drive, using your suggestions for 10.6.1 (earlier in this thread later)
Any help would be much appreciated!