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  1. Hey guys, New to this thing but after doing some research plumped for some recommended components to build a machine from the ground up - on a real budget. Have to say, the whole process went perfectly well and *everything* was working after the install of Kalyway 10.5.1. No tweaking, kexts or similar, just straight out install. Here's how: Components (all sourced from ebuyer.com in the UK. I've included the quickfind code if you want to buy the same bits): * Asrock Conroe1333-DVI/H (quickfind: 129895) * LiteOn LH-20A1S 20X SATA DVD±RW/DL (127409) * 2 x Crucial 1GB DDR2 667MHz/PC2-5300 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL5 (106114) * Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 Socket 775 2.2GHz 800FSB (139584) * WD SATA2 500Gb HDD (no quickfind code, but I've tested a few SATA drives and they all work with this board) In total, including a MIDI ATX case, this cost me around £200, so it's a budget system but a good bit of grunt for the price. Howto: * Downgrade the motherboard BIOS to version 1.30 - get the BIOS from the Asrock site * In BIOS set the two voltage settings at the bottom of chipset page to HIGH * Suspend to RAM setting to AUTO * Under CPU settings make sure the No Execute option is Disabled (thanks badmankh for these tips!) * Boot from the Kalyway 10.5.1 DVD * Create a single partition as Mac OS extended (Journaled) using the Disk setup tool * Click the options button, set it as MBR or GUID (whichever, both work fine. GUID is recommended for performance) * Just as you're ready to install click the Customize button. * DO NOT select any vanilla kernel options unlike most suggestions in the forum. All you need to do is select the Azalia sound driver (the generic one that gives you audio out only I'm afraid) * Now do the install * Reboot when finished and you're done! Everything should work right out the box, including the onboard graphics (which incidentally supports dual screen from the provided DVI and VGA connectors) You can then install the Kalyway 10.5.2 update with no problems, just remember to put the Kalyway 10.5.1 DVD back in the drive when you reboot the machine after the 10.5.2 update, otherwise OSX won't start! You only need to do this the once. Gonna get a cheapo firewire PCI card tomorrow that is OSX compatible and give that a try, will report my success. Otherwise this has to be probably the cheapest config for a Hackintosh with dual display support (not tested it yet mind, but I'm hopeful!) ** Update - Got two second hand firewire PCI cards - One with a VIA 6306 chip and the other with an Agere FW323-06 chip. Both installed and were detected immediately with no configuration required. Picked up my DV-CAM no problem and captured video just fine ** Hope this info helps someone out there and gives you the courage to build a machine! cheers Axe