The Retina displays are pretty sweet. I found this blog by a guy who has converted an iPad Retina Display for use on his desktop computer. All told it cost him around $70. Not a bad price for that display. Check out his work here. If anybody ever does this from here I would be very interested to see the results!
Bought it a long time ago for way too much money, but now I want to cannibalize it for the VU. I have noticed that the circuit that came with it included a quad op-amp. I don't care about accuracy, this is just eye candy, but I dont want it to cause feedback and what not. The interwebs have pointed me in two directions - one using the op-amp IC and the other using a simple diode rectifier with a resister and a cap. Obviously this is easier - but will it cause me problems for my simple project? My intention is to unsolder the VU meter from that circuit and wire it up internally - perhaps off the Audio Header on the motherboard.
Do you know exactly which parts to get for your machine? Working on a budget? How do you know if your parts will work with OS X with minimal fuss? This thread is dedicated to helping you with your purchasing requirements! Here's how it works. RampageDev has kindly put together a pricing guide from NewEgg for four rigs at four approximate price points: Baseline, Deluxe, Ultra, and Killer.
Baseline gets you a powerful rig, suitable for nearly everything you'll ever need to do on your hackintosh for day-to-day useage. Deluxe gets you more performance, and Ultra gets you into the maxed out, the top-of-the-line, and nearly all the bells-and-whistles territory. And last, but certainly not least, Killer gets you an X79 rig!
These rigs are nearly hassle free, or at least as close as you can get with OSX on PC components!
This list is available HERE in the Buying Thoughts, Reviews and Recommendations Forum.