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  1. FS: Quad Core Hack

    lol...I bet you would. Considering both are worth twice that.
  2. For the amount of money they are charging, I don't think either one of the upgrades are cost effective. Especially the CPU. Going from a Q6600 to a Q9650 isn't much of a step up. I would look into Overclocking your Q6600 to get some extra speed. The ram upgrade isn't a very good value considering you have to buy the more expensive, higher density 4GB dimms. If I were you, I would take that money and put it into a i5 or i7 rig as was already suggested. Considering most of them have 4 to 6 dimm slots (depending on chipset), its easy to get 8 gigs of DDR3 for far less than it would take to put 8 gigs in your G41 board. Probably half the cost or so. $700 for a minor cpu bump and double your ram doesn't sound like a very good bargain.
  3. I agree with Zaap. Best thing you can do is create yourself a proper usb stick installer and dump that iAtkos install. Really, you don't want to run that considering your hardware can run retail OS X. Also, are you sure you aren't having hardware troubles? The problems you mention with locking up sounds a lot like hardware issues. While I don't like distro versions of OS X, I can't help but think its unrelated to your locks ups considering the troubles you were experiencing in Win 7 and Vista. You still running that 8800 GTS video card? You mentioned before that you thought the issue was drivers in Win 7. My experience with 64 bit Win 7 is that the Nvidia drivers are stable and shouldn't be causing random blue screening. Personally, I think either your video card is about to go {censored} up, or some other component in your machine is causing this issue. You need to really resolve that first.
  4. I agree with EricM on getting the Sonata III with the Antec Earthwatts 500watt PSU. This is a great combo for $110. I am a huge Corsair PSU fan, but the Earthwatts PSU is a great unit especially since it and the case are only $110. I have owned both the Antec 300 and the original version of the Sonata. The 300 while being a super nice case for the $$, it is FAR from quiet. Its open mesh grill in front of the dual 120mm fan openings are very noisy. Plus the stock fans (including that 140mm fan in the top) are nowhere near quiet. Great case with excellent cooling, but unless you are willing to invest quite a bit more cash in slow speed fans, dampening or perhaps a fan controller, it isn't the best case for you. Its a crazy overclockers case on a budget. The CM690 is more or less the same. Lots of vents openings for lots of fans. Great, great case...but if noise is a concern you might have to skip over it. The Sonata series has been known for reasonably quiet operation. Just don't pack lots and lots of hot running equipment in it as its ventilation isn't up to handling it. Its sacrifices massive amounts of cooling for less noise. If you intend to overclock you CPU, this case might not be the best choice.
  5. $8000? Assuming your friend wants to run OS X, the very best thing you can do is recommend he buy an actual Apple machine. Seriously, for that kind of money its almost foolish to look at a Hackintosh. A Hack makes since when you are on a budget or when you have certain needs that can't be meet by Apple's less expensive options. Once your budget gets over $2000, I think its best to just get a machine from Apple. I like to tinker as much as the next guy, but considering the amount of time folks put into maintaining/updating Hack's, for $8000 I would rather have a powerful machine that works out of the box and doesn't require worrying if the next OS X update will break something. $800 machine? Sure. $8000? Ohhhh hell no. I would go with the Dual Quad core 2.93GHz (8 cores plus Hyperthreading), then just add memory and other options to suite. Looking at the Geekbench website, that machine should post about 15000 points on the Geekbench benchmark app. Providing that the applications he intends to use make use of serious multi threading, that CPU config should just about crush any cpu heavy applications and I believe that most modeling and simulation rely heavily on CPU power and scalability. I work at the US EPA and most of our scientific folks complain about just not having enough cpu power to get things done in the time frame they want. 8 physical cores plus hyperthreading is the way to go. There is no way to cheaply put together a Hack with 8 physical cores similiar to Apple's offerings that flawlessly run OS X. Last thing your want to do is drop a couple thousand dollars (or more) only to realize that parts of the build aren't compatible or unstable. Do your friend a favor and suggest he buy an Apple machine. Better investment for that kind of money. Warranty+Support+Serious CPU power = a better experience.
  6. Unless you already have the i7 920 cpu, personally I would forget socket 1366 and x58 chipsets. I would go with the i7 860 and a socket 1156 P55 board. Something like the Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2. Inexpensive (around $109) mATX board and well supported. The i7 860 is by most accounts a faster cpu than the 920 and costs about the same money. Personally if I was today going to replace my Core2Quad machine, I would probably be looking at that combo I mentioned. In my opinion, the socket 1366 platform is a poor value and a general waste of time.
  7. That ain't gonna do you any good. HFS is the original Mac file system dating back to its introduction in the 80's. Whilst OS X still supports it, you can't boot OS X from it. What you want is HFS+ , also known as Mac OS Extended (journaled). Just wait and format the drive in Disk utility to Mac OS Extended (journaled)- which should be the default.
  8. Jesus H Christ.... What part of "Buy the $30 Snow Leopard upgrade. It does NOT require that you already have an OS installed" is not clear. No, you do NOT need to own any previous version of Mac OS for it to work. Whilst Apple is selling it at a discount for folks who are upgrading, its not required at all. The Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD is the exact same as the regular non upgrade version of Snow Leopard. The software is the same. The only difference is what the EULA says and whats printed on the box. No idea on that. Most likely it will work fine or at least get you in the right direction.
  9. Would you rather run Leopard or Snow Leopard? If you want to run Snow Leopard (and really you should), buy the $30 Snow Leopard upgrade disc. It will work fine. When Zaap spoke of a $30 Leopard disc, he was actually referring to the Snow Leopard upgrade. Unless you have some software that won't run under Snow Leopard, you really at this point should be looking to run Snow Leopard.
  10. Buy the $30 Snow Leopard upgrade. It does NOT require that you already have an OS installed. The license agreement for it basically says that you agree that you already own Leopard, but the reality is that its not required for install. Apple's idea of an OS "upgrade" is not the same as Microsoft's. With a Windows upgrade disc, it looks for an existing Windows install before it installs correctly (or activates online). If you install an upgrade version without having a previous version on the hard drive, your serial number will not activate online and the OS will only work for a limited time. Apples on the other hand is just basically a shake of the hands. They trust that you are being honest about buying a previous versions. But nothing in the install is different from a regular version of Snow Leopard. This is well known amongst most everybody. So, just pay the $30 for the upgrade disc.
  11. D945GCLF2 Snow Leopard

    Any known problems with the D945GCLF2 supporting large hard drives? Like 1.5 or 2TB HDs?
  12. Wow...you actually sprang for the 4 gigabyte DDR2 dimms? I bet those set you back a hefty sum...even when DDR2 was cheap a year ago. I am guessing those are probably DDR2 800MHz dimms. I would definitely get the Gigabyte G41 board that Zaap pointed out that way it would support them. Mushkin makes some pretty good ram - shouldn't have any issue with OS X with those. I would certainly look into OCing the Q6600. You will probably need an aftermarket heatsink and fan as the stock one probably won't get you too far before the cpu temps becomes a problem. Depending on what you are doing with the machine, a reasonable overclock (somewhere in the 3 GHz range) can make a significant and noticeable improvement. Just depends on what you are doing with the machine.
  13. It also works perfectly for me. I run XP, couple flavors of Linux, Snow Leopard Server and a few other odds and ends. Thats why you keep it as vanilla or retail as possible. As long as you aren't using one of these hacked up "distro" like versions of OS X (iPC, iAtkos, Kalyway and etc) with modified kernels you should be ok. The closer you can keep your install to be like a retail Mac, the better off you are.
  14. Mac OS has never used any kind of activation key or serial number. OS X Server does, but there consumer desktop OS has not. They just trust that you aren't going to install it on like a dozen machines. Well, that what the EFI emulation stuff does. It fakes OS X out into thinking its on a real Mac. If you just throw a regular OS X dvd in your drive and try to boot off it, you aren't going to get very far. EFI emulation stuff like boot-132, Chameleon and others fake out the OS so it thinks its legit hardware with EFI available.
  15. You sure about that? DDR2 prices have sky rocketed since summer. You could typically find 4GB kits (2x2) for around $50. Now they are about twice the price. Since DDR3 is now the standard being used on all new motherboards being made, prices on DDR2 ram (and original DDR) will continue to rise in price. Plus its not like even then single 4 GB modules were cheap. They were pricey earlier last year too.