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About juri.rld

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  1. OK, I see that I have to learn much more about Macs. I was of the mind that the "MacPro3,1" platform is kind of a basis because almost anything could be added to it thanks to expansion cards. But in fact USB 3 is part of the Intel chipset and Thunderbolt is somehow linked to the chipset, too - no chance to add it by inserting an expansion card. At least it is possible to add the current NVIDIA generation. It seems that the Wiki needs an update. They're still recommending the outdated "MacPro3,1" platform ?! I will give "iMac13,2" a try once I will set up my build (still undergoing case / PSU modding).
  2. Here diggitydru writes that he's using a USB/FireWire card with an "iMac13,2" configuration. Maybe he can tell you if FireWire ports show up in "About This Mac". BTW how did you notice that Ivy Bridge and GPU power management don't reflect as much as possible your components with an (assumed) "MacPro3,1" configuration? I would suppose that 10.9.4 includes downward compatible "family" device drivers for the Intel CPU & Chipset + NVIDIA GPU that should ensure ideal power management.
  3. I've found out that obviously the motherboard's Intel NIC solution is not the typical PHY one that can be found on other motherboards and that relies on the motherboard's Z77 chipset for most of its functions but a dedicated one. This means that you might have to enable the "LAN PXE Boot Option ROM" first (page 28 of the manual, default: "disabled") to get WOL configured. I haven't finished my own build yet so this is just a theory ...
  4. If it was just about a simple VGA BIOS update I would have tried it ... but it's ... as you have casually mentioned ... about soldering resistors / trimmers, too. Maybe an option once the warranty has expired ...
  5. This monitor is almost a must have for me ... ... and I would bear some inconveniences to be able to use it. As a workaround for the worst case scenario you've described could I just plug in my PC to my Full HD TV via HDMI (of the GTX 770), configure BIOS settings, disconnect it from TV and then plug it in to the LG?
  6. LG advertises this model as "excellent choice for Mac users" ?!
  7. Very good hint. I haven't come across this "aftermarket SSD on a Mac" issue so far. ... and yes, I'll take the 840 Pro rather than the 730 - especially since their price has dropped a lot - maybe because of the replacing 850 Pro. Are you sure? The GTX 790 is the new dual-GPU graphics card and carries two GK110 GPUs. Both GTX 760 and 770 are GK104-based single-GPU graphics cards. The main difference between those two is the number of Streaming Multiprocessors (SMXes) used: GTX 770 = 8, resulting in 1536 stream processors and 128 texture units GTX 760 = 6, resulting in 75% of the stream processors and texture units (1152 / 96) GTX 760 cards usually operate at higher clock rates causing a (little) worse performance per watt ratio compared to the non OC GTX 770 cards. That's the reason why I try to avoid them. What's the advantage of rebrandig the card to Quadro k5000? CAD? Better drivers? If the TRIM enabling workaround does the trick for the 850 Pro, too, then ... why not? But I haven't found any feedback so far. I guess only few people use this very new drive so far.
  8. My Z77MX-QUO-AOS has arrived. Shipping took just 8 days (including weekend) to Europe! (According to some Facebook / forum posts I had expected 6-8 weeks!) I've done a lot of research so far because I'm totally new to the "Hackintosh" topic (but quite familiar with Linux). So any hint / help - especially regarding hardware selection (see below) - will be highly appreciated. What do I want ... Mac OS X and Linux (after release: SteamOS) installed side by side on the same PC music applications on Mac OS X and games on Linux running stable no additional drivers required for Mac OS X Auto-configuration of system memory by BIOS (SPD/XMP) appreciated (I just don't want to waste several days figuring out DRAM timings/voltages to get my system stable.) Auto-configuration of SSD, HDD & ODD by BIOS (SATA AHCI, S.M.A.R.T., ...) appreciated LG 34UM95-P 21:9 (3440x1440) monitor @ dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 7XX GPU Auto-configuration of dedicated GPU Questions: 1.) System memory: Unfortunately I couldn't find any system memory QVL neither on the CD coming with the AOS motherboard, on Quo Computer's website (currently) nor elsewhere. Quo Computer itself is offering ADATA XPG V2 DRAM modules. So I shouldn't run into problems if I pick an ADATA XPG V2 DDR3/1600 rated 16GB kit. Right? 2.) Graphics: A NVIDIA Kepler based graphics card that supports UEFI GOP is recommended. My favorite brand is EVGA - one reason: some of their cards (still) feature DHES coolers. Their 7xx series cards are said to be fully UEFI supported out of the box. Is the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 (P/N: 02G-P4-2770-KR) a good choice or is there a card that matches the motherboard & Mac OS X better? I have problems to understand the passage "Notes on GeForce 7XX" in the motherboard's wiki: How can I check for full compatibility before bying a card? What's the benefit to do the "7xx installation with IGPU (Integrated Graphics) Enabled" described in the wiki? If I don't want to use the IGPU at all (disable it in the BIOS) and intend to connect the monitor to the GeForce directly (somethig I have to do anyway because of the monitor's resolution) can I skip this procedure? 3.) Sound: I intend to disable onboard sound in BIOS and use HQ USB audio instead (I guess the onboard sound wouldn't meet my audiophile requirements anyway.): Any solution based on Texas Instruments PCM2900/2902 USB stereo audio codec is said to be working without additional drivers on Mac OS X (and Linux). Has anybody had a positive experience with this or another USB audio solution? 4.) SSD: Intel SSD 730 Series 480 GB (just because "Intel" is my favorite brand for SSDs) Good choice? Better alternatives available? 5.) Installation preparations: I've already set up Mac OS X in a VM on my PC. The only thing I need to do here is to prepare an USB flash drive for a clean Mac OS X install. Right? I can simply use the Mac OS X shell for USB flash drive preparation or "DiskMaker X" - not any special "Hackintosh" tools. Right? What is the recommended bootloader for my Mac OS X / Linux dual boot configuration? GRUB 2, Mac OS X bootloader, ... Any advice would be most welcome. Thanks in advance.