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I am going to be building a hackintosh or buying and iMac in a few weeks, and I need some advice.


I will be using:

  • Premiere Pro (mostly)
  • FCP X (when desired by clients and prepping for teaching editing)
  • After Effects (infrequently)
  • Photoshop (frequently)
  • AVID (rarely)
  • MAYA (looking to learn)

My main concern is compatibility with software, I have the patience to build a system, but not to figure out what isn't work with my production software once in a stable OS X environment. Also I would prefer Thunderbolt, but I can live without it.

Once stable with the OS, how much work has to go into fixing other software issues?

With a student discount, I can get the following iMac ($2,878 with tax and shipping):

  • 27" iMac
  • 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2X8GB)
  • 256GB Flash Storage
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB
  • 3 year AppleCare

I would add another 16GB of ram at a later date. I would also either use 56 GB as a Win 8.1 OS drive or figure out an external solution.

Here was my planned hackintosh build ($2,562):

  • 27-Inch LED-Lit IPS Professional Graphics Monitor (ASUS PA279Q)
  • EVGA GTX770 4GB
  • Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core
  • Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H Z87
  • Corsair Vengeance 32GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866 MHz
  • Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III (OS 10.9.1)
  • Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III (Win 8.1)
  • Corsair Graphite Series Black 600T Mid-Tower Computer Case
  • EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750G 80PLUS Gold Certified
  • ARCTIC MX-4 Carbon-Based Thermal Compound
  • Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H100i

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