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Hi, Im fairly new to this and have only been viewing tonymacx86 and insanelymac_ since Apple's poor update to the Mac Pro at the beginning of the week. I have been holding out buying a new one for the last 6 months. Im now seriously considering a Hakintosh.

I am a visualiser using Photoshop and Cinema 4D, some renders take 25 hours and Photoshop gets up to 130-150GB Scratch disk so I need a rapid machine.

I will keep my Current Mac Pro for pretty much all email/Photoshop so I can work on one whilst the other is rendering.

I've been looking at the ProMAX One models which look ideal but I'd still need to hakintosh it!

I dont need any Raid setups just a very fast machine thats stable and i have to stick with OS X or else I will have to buy PC versions of all my software which will come to $6-7k extra

I have a healthy budget $6-8k and would like something similar to what was listed on another forum 128GB RAM and 16 cores / 32 threads X9DAI" post but I read the guy was thinking of swapping mobo's

Any advice/help would be very much appreciated:


• Motherboard ??
• 2 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690
• NVIDA Quadro 4000
• 128GB RAM would EEC be the best option??
• Nice good quality simple chassis similar to a Mac pro
• Thunderbolt??

And Im hoping by using my current Mac Pro for music, mundane stuff etc. I can avoid some of the glitches that come with it.


Thanks,
Jamie

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The new Ivy Bridge Xeons were only released last month, don't loose faith in Apple yet!

If you truly require 100% stability (which I guess is the case seeing as you're after Xeon even though they are slower than their desktop/client counterparts due to redundant micro-code) then a hackintosh is not for you.

In the last 2 years I've had no down time on my hack, with only a few minor problems such as having to re-patch AppleHDA after an update.
My hack has 100% functionality, there is nothing a real MacPro can do that my hack can't but I still wouldn't recommend it if you rely heavily on the machine for work.
There is nothing to say the next update won't wreck everything (however unlikely).

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Thanks for the advise, im just desperate for a 2nd machine and its very annoying if I have to pay £4k ish on a new Mac Pro which is old technology and will become even more dated after reading they are bringing out New Mac Pros next year, but when!! and that doesn't help me now.


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Jamie

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If you are using it as a second machine maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea.

You could make a dual core xeon/i7 hackintosh without too much trouble if you want to go all out on it:
http://www.insanelym...howtopic=233891

Or you could make a single core xeon/i7 and hold on to a bit of cash to maybe put towards a new MacPro next year (will probably be announced at WWDC again so June-July)

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Thanks I'll take a look





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