after months of reading and reading and reading, i finally bit the bullet and ordered everything for my hack this week. i also ordered a dell 3008fpw last week which arrived just in time
parts purchased two days ago:
- gigabyte ex58a-ud3r (rev2.0)
- 6gb ddr3-1600 (g.skill)
- seagate 500gb 7200rpm
(on a side note, i also purchased an asus m4a785t-m, am3 athlon 245 cpu, some ddr3 ram, and a few more 1tb drives at the same time. im using this as a headless server running unRAID. the box itself sits headless at the top cupboard of my walk in robe and contains 3tb drives + 1tb parity drive. very happy with its performance!)
UPDATE: Thurs 20th of May, 2010
right now its approaching midnight and im using kakewalk (slightly earlier version of 2.2 thanks to Tom Sawyer!). using the USB method, it took me an unbelievably long time making the image from my SL dvd and then restoring it to my 16gb sandisk usb drive
after that was done, i started to get worried as the mobo was not booting from the usb drive ended up trying a different usb port (the very top one closest to the board) and this did the trick!
SL is currently installing and is past half way now. my 3008fpw is already displaying its native res of 2560x1600 during the install phase so thats a really good sign too that the gtx-285 is playing nice!!
UPDATE: Fri 21st of May, 2010
ok its still the same night... just a bit later now and i should be asleep. OSX install bar was chugging away then before it got to the end, the screen suddenly went dark. no hdd activity or anything. from what i can tell, it had frozen to black screen.
so i cold booted and changed boot order to now boot off the HDD (thinking that the files necessary are now on the HDD and the USB is no longer needed) and i'm not getting anywhere anymore after POST, it just freezes at "Verifying DMI Pool Data......."
ideas? i may as well go to bed so hopefully there will be a response in the morning.