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today I´ve got a request from a video company to make an offer for building a monster using the best soon available hardware to build a hackintosh for rendering videos using after effects.

they suggested to use the fourthcoming evga w555 dual cpu board (which is overclockable!) and the new EX Nehalems.
also they want two gtx 480 with the max of vram or the new ATI´s and 64GB of RAM, and a bunch od ssd´s for raids.

I guess this is dream for everybody to build a machine like this.......or a nightmare :P please lets discuss about the sense making such a machine: problems, comparisons to a real mac, enhancements and upgrades. please no discussions about money- the budget for this project is really huge :(


here I will add the new suggestions without proof of compability:

1. PNY Tesla C1060
2. Asus Ares HD 5970
3. I realized that the codename w555 was changed to SR-2

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after some research I realized that the final name for the w555 now seems to be SR-2

I can see the board on the evga site, but it looks like it is still not available in europe. does anyone have more news about that?

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hello peach-os,


Yeah.... a dream machine, in deed..
I have been trying to aim for a similar one..although more modest.. and i have been having the same problem. No OsX.. with Sr-2 , for the time being , at least. I haven't found anyone, not here, or anywhere else, for that matter.. that has been successful.

Anyway... the main prob..still is _ graphic cards..
Even if one is able to get a GTX 295GTX.. or the new 460 GTX.. the trick is getting the SLI going, within OsX.. not to mention the Sata II HDDs or the full 48G RAM.

There's a guy _ (AquaMac) that has been able to Flash some GTX GPUs, into Quadro cards.. but thats about it. I would really like to know that it would be 'safe' to get 1 card now.. for future 4 SLI with Snow Leopard.

If u get any news ..like.. switching from BIOS.. to EFI.. let me know, pls.

PPL out there! :

-> Should one go for an older version of OsX.. like 10.6, or even 10.5 ?

cheers,
thanks


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have a look at this :)

http://forums.techpo...mp;postcount=74

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Go ATI. Stop looking at nVidia.

Coming from someone who only used nVidia cards for 7 years, that's an important thing.

Take into consideration two "comparable" cards.

nVidia 9600GT vs ATI 4850

1) Both are single slot coolers, both have Dual DVI, HDMI capabilities with audio, 512mb, neither are terribly power hungry, and they have similar core clocks.

2) nVidia 9600GT has 96 stream processors. ATI 4850 has 800. It really does make a difference with gaming and HD rendering. ATI supports physx processing too, it's just not their selling point.

SLI vs Crossfire isn't really a battle, but I don't think either one will ever really exist in mac, ever. They aren't made for that sort of thing (primarily used in gaming).

On a side note, I hope this computer will be running Autodesk Smoke, because anything less is a waste of time for their specs.

Moving on, doing this on a brand new board may be way more a pain in the ass than expected, there wont be any kexts for it, so it'll be really buggy if it even works.

With their current budget, why not spec out some monster Nehalem Mac Pro? that would give them 16 cores, beast out the graphics, and you can swap in SSD's for it. I think that would fit in their price range (if it really is "super high") and give them some insane performance.

But thats also assuming Mac OS X supports Hyper-Threading...

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I will consider doing that - here we have the possibilities to send hardware back within two weeks if ordered online - therefore I could test if it´s possible to make it work and then decide :)

it makes absolutely sense - thanks for your remarks !

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We are building these workstations now.

We've received 28000 Geekbench scores, 22 in Cinebench.

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We are building these workstations now.

We've received 28000 Geekbench scores, 22 in Cinebench.

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SOooooo how is that working out..
Details please...

We I have been drooling long enough 8-)

What did it take to get it to run.

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hahahaaa......you´re right - facts!?

what cpu? gfx? ram ? install method? patches? fermi workin? therefore cinebench would be much more interesting

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today I´ve got a request from a video company to make an offer for building a monster using the best soon available hardware to build a hackintosh for rendering videos using after effects.

they suggested to use the fourthcoming evga w555 dual cpu board (which is overclockable!) and the new EX Nehalems.
also they want two gtx 480 with the max of vram or the new ATI´s and 64GB of RAM, and a bunch od ssd´s for raids.

I guess this is dream for everybody to build a machine like this.......or a nightmare ;) please lets discuss about the sense making such a machine: problems, comparisons to a real mac, enhancements and upgrades. please no discussions about money- the budget for this project is really huge ;)


here I will add the new suggestions without proof of compability:

1. PNY Tesla C1060
2. Asus Ares HD 5970
3. I realized that the codename w555 was changed to SR-2



I am going to build one beast like that too. I only do not know if the LAN is 100% supported !!! Any ideas?

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that question is long time ago. meanwhile many guys made it happen. it looks like you´ve been searching withthe wrong terms. look at dood´s topic here http://www.insanelym...howtopic=233891

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that question is long time ago. meanwhile many guys made it happen. it looks like you´ve been searching withthe wrong terms. look at dood´s topic here http://www.insanelym...howtopic=233891

Oh great, thanks for the answer, but as far as I can see the LAN ( ethernet adaptor) is still not working. This guy is selling the machine with the adaptor. So no better solution about that ?

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i didn´t buy this board yet - so I can´t tell.
this board has so many pci slots that I wouldn´t care about that issue - get a cheapo working ethernet card and plug it in :)

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Sr2 in g5
http://hardforum.com...mp;postcount=53

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great build ;)

it gives me hope that I could manage replacing the asus board in my build http://www.insanelym...howtopic=203962

the watercooling will still be a problem though.
how do you manage it with the dvd? I can´t see too much space for it.

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great build ;)

it gives me hope that I could manage replacing the asus board in my build http://www.insanelym...howtopic=203962

the watercooling will still be a problem though.
how do you manage it with the dvd? I can´t see too much space for it.



I've got EVGA SR-2 Mobo, X5690 CPU, G-Skill 4GBx4 GB Ram running OSX 10.7.2. I am using this case its got enough room for drives, I couldn't fit it in both G5 and Mac pro cases as I had planned. I still have the two cases in empty.

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Hi shaanky98 (or anyone else that is reading this):

I have request for you shaanky98 (or anyone that is reading this), I am having some challenges installing Lion 10.7 on my SR-2 system. I've had two other people try to help me install it (as they have their own successes), or for whatever reason (communication wise) I (or they) could be leaving something out that may be needed to get Lion 10.7.x up and running. Can you or anyone help? I, (just like anyone else who has this similar SR-2 Mobo setup) have an amazing machine that is just waiting to have Lion 10.7.x up and running on it. I hope you or anyone out there can be of some help. Thank you in advance for whatever you or anyone can do... PNugg... :-)

System Setup (Hardware):

1 - Silverstone TJ11 Case Tower
1 - EVGA Classified SR-2 270-WS-W555-A2 Motherboard
2 - Intel X5650 CPUs
1 - EVGA 480 GTX Superclocked GPU
48GB - Kingston HyperX 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K6/24GX
1 - Syba Gigabit Ethernet PCI-Express Card (SD-PEX24009)
Water Cooled completely throughout (CPU's, Mobo & GPU) by Koolance.
1 - 120GB 6GB SSD (by Other World Computing)
3 - 2TB WB2001FASS HDs (by Western Digital)


So far I installed everything using ##### 1.0 and that got the SSD loaded up with Lion 10.7.2 is currently working, but only with the USB Boot stick in safe mode. But when I reboot and have the SSD start on it's own it gives me this error message:

boot0: GPT
boot0: test
boot0: done
boot1: error_

Don't know where to go from here. If you or anyone have any suggestions that I may need to make in Terminal to get things working (or any other suggestions), please let me know. Thank you...

PS - I tried this command (below) and it still gave me the same error message after I rebooted the SSD on it's own:

sudo -s
fdisk -e /dev/rdisk0
f 1
w
y
q





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