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Best option for a Hackintosh compatible CAD card?

26 October 2008 - 08:42 PM

Hello everyone,

I am venturing into the world of osx86 and am really keen on building a system from scratch. The computer will be a dual-use computer: By day, a family mac that kids can watch Dora the Explorer, Thomas, etc., and will act as a backup to my wife's work iBook, and by night, a PC CAD workstation that will run Solidworks (i am an engineer by trade).

Due to the excellent write-ups and tutorials on this site, the vast majority of the build seems pretty well laid out. The big question for me is the graphics card. What would you recommend as my best option for a hackintosh-compatible card that is a professional grade CAD card? Stability is very important to me for this computer.

The two options that seem most likely to me are:
nvidia quadro fx 1400 (is this fully supported by osx86?)
nvidia geforce 6800 series that is modified to a quadro card.

However, i am pretty new to all this, so i am sure i am missing many options. The PC side needs reasonably good graphics for the CAD program (primary reason for the new computer), but the mac side only needs to be able to play 1080p video for movies, etc. Nothing too serious.

Any comments or pointers in the right direction would be much appreciated. This is my main stumbling block in specc'ing the computer.

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