Mr.D., on 17 February 2013 - 02:09 AM, said:
A little advice from a master mistake maker - don't be afraid to make mistakes the first time, the second time or the 10th time. I can almost guarantee that you wont get it exactly right the first time - and that is OK! With your budget, you could build 4 pretty darn good hackintoshes and still have money left over to buy me a cerveza or 5. So the question you need to ask yourself:
~single or dual socket
~Xeon chip you want
~How much RAM do you want/need
If you just want a single socket - go x79 for sure. You can get some pretty good deals on i7 extreme chips and x79 boards.
If you want a dual socket, you gotta go server boards. Newegg has dual socket2011 boards ranging from 300 to 700 bucks. E5 Xeon procs run from around $1k to $4k, depending on your power/speed requirements.
Need 512GB RAM? gonna need top of the line server board. If you can get by with just 64GB, go x79.
It may be a good idea to wait to see if Apple holds true and updates the Mac Pro line. Everyone thinks they are so over priced, but not really when you spec out what they have and what you have to buy separately. Granted, they are working on a few years old tech now, but if they do refresh the line like they claimed they would, then the price point will be similar - which is a pretty sweet price point.
Good luck with whatever route you take!
I'm mostly doing cross platform game dev but need a mac obviously for the platform, I'll get by with 64GB heck I have 64GB in my main PC.
I'm looking at two motherboards.
As for the CPU.
even at 2.3GHZ I think it'll be fine and still be better than the current gen Mac PROs.
As for the gfx card
x2 (It was confirmed as of 10.8.2 that nvidia's 600 series and radeon 7000 series have some support.
As for ram
$899 for ram.. yikes, may start out at 32GB...
As for the case
As for the power supply
Obviously this is around $3900 without tax and without any ssd and any other hdd, so add another $300 for a 256GB and another $400 for 3 1TB 10,000RPM drives. So yea, $4,000 + tax is a good estimate.
I obviously do more than write code, I also edit video work with 3D images and models and I heavily use adobe photoshop and illustrator. However.. I do not have a mac to go and buy the current version of OSX so this may be a problem... I kind of want to use the official dmg instead of iAtkos if possible... Or do you guys recommend just using a vmware image, buy OSX mount and burn to a disk?
I wish apple didn't give up physical media...
I've built PCs for years but also don't want to run into any issues, you think this setup would work? I'm obvioiusly going to add a secondary sound cound as I never trust onboard audio.