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Hello,


I have an old system that is in need of an upgrade (specs in sig).

Unfortunately I have some hardware which only has drivers for 10.6 so I am locked into snow leopard for now.

I'm looking to build the fastest i7 system that can currently run on 10.6.8. Even better would be the ability to swap my hard drive over to the new hardware and change my dsdt (if possible), but the main aim is for the fastest i7 hardware that will run 10.6.8.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Thanks.

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1.Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.46GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7990X

Hexa-Core Processing on 32nm Process, plus Unlocked Core Multiplier With six independent execution cores in one processor package, the multitasking monster Intel Core i7-990X Processor Extreme Edition delivers astounding multitasking and multi-threaded performance across many types of applications and workloads, taking your desktop PC experience into a completely new realm of mega power. Intel's breakthrough 32nm process technology incorporates 2nd generation of high-k + metal gate transistors for improved performance and energy efficiency. In addition, the processor’s unlocked core multiplier provides easy overclocking of the processor and memory frequency, enabling performance beyond the processor’s original specifications.

You didn't say Xeon, But you can make a machine like http://www.insanelym...pic=277433&st=0

OR you can update your external hardware and run a single or two, Intel Xeon E5-2687W Sandy Bridge-EP 3.1GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 20MB L3 Cache LGA 2011 150W 8-Core Server Processor BX80621E52687W
using http://www.techpower...d-Pictured.html

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Thank you for the reply.

I think a single

i7-990X 6 core looks the way to go.



As mentioned I will be working with 10.6 for the time being. Could you recommend a motherboard that supports this processer and can run OSX 10.6 without the need for heavy modification of kexts etc to get it to run.


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http://www.insanelym...kewalk&st=0

The issue you might find is how to get a motherboard! X58 was supposedly phased out. I have seen new revisions still being sold at Fry's Electronics and Microcenter but they may not have the same audio/wifi/bluetooth/usb3(add-on)/nic/

You can also eBay it or look at the pc part stores in swap meets.

http://www.insanelym...howtopic=208724

I sure don't want to part with mine! Still very productive and versatile to let go of.

Goodluck!





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