What do you mean by "real budget"? Actually this _is_ my "real budget". Look, I do not make anything up, anything I wrote is like it is
Let me explain: To be precise, my budget is exactly 5000 Euros (I am located in Germany). Just checked and this is actually 6.790 dollars right now. But hey, we always have to pay more here ... so maybe 6000 is about right. Might go a bit higher if that would give me any substantial advantage, but by going lower, I will actually loose a good part of the saved money!
And this is really due to tax reasons: basically, I promised my Finanzamt some years ago, that I will invest 5000 Euros in a new computer within a certain time span - thought that would be better instead of paying taxes, and I need some new computer from time to time anyways. And back then, this was originally meant for a new Mac Pro. Well ... I meant a "real" one ... not this one now. So yes, sounds crazy, but it is like it this. The only way out I saw then is to build one myself bc I really want to stay on OS X.
But yes, of course I would really appreciate if you could make a suggestion
Think I have wrote a bit about what I want already, but to sum it up, in order of importance:
- "general purpose workstation" mainly used for design and development, but also 3D and video animation / encoding. Must also do well with lots of VMs running at the same time.
- most "native" and stable OS X support & experience possible (but also with dual boot option), including turbo, power management etc (eg by going the clover route?)
- great reliability with all components
- great performance with both CPU/GPU, but also fast (and reliable!) storage and I/O, so overall performance is well balanced
- (relative) Silence
Nice to have: Not too much hassle with OS X updates, Firewire support on the Mobo, decent gaming capabilities and if everything would fit in a case that is not too big (and has a more minimalistic / clean look).
And I also have still a bit of time left. The "deadline" I have is the end of the year. So my original plan was to wait for release of the new mac pro (and Mavericks) anyway, check it's specs and try to build something similar, at least in terms of CPU and chipset