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Julius

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  1. Saw this great video series about building a hackintosh for video editing. This is part 2 where he gets into the hardware choices which are as follows: Intel Core i7 3930K: http://amzn.to/12yU16D Corsair H80i CPU cooler: http://amzn.to/Yhttap Asus Sabertooth X79 Motherboard: http://amzn.to/XP7dAB 2X Corsair Vengeance 16GB RAM kits: http://amzn.to/XP7kMD 3X 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD's: http://amzn.to/10KuyZS Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce Graphics Card:http://amzn.to/13TVOnl Fractal Newton 1000W PSU: http://amzn.to/W9PNzD Fractal R4 Case: http://amzn.to/10KIHWX Dave Dougdale also built pretty much the same system for video editing but without being a hackintosh. Both of these systems come out to around $2000+. I'd like to cut that price in half if possible and upgrade over time. Currently I'm using a 2008 aluminum unibody macbook which is horrible for video editing but decent otherwise. However now I want something powerful enough to cut HD video on from my hacked GH2. I may also be picking up a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera that record proRes 4:2:2 and cinemaDNG. That said my budget is tight for this machine. So I was hoping I could build the machine above at a lower cost by swapping out the i7 for an i5, going with a single SSD for boot and a HDD for storage, going with 16GB of ram instead of 32GB, ditching the water cooler and even holding out on the dedicated GPU until later on when I get some more cash. Because I plan to hold off on the GPU, I was hoping I could get into a Haswell i5 with the better onboard Intel graphics. It could be 6 months to a year before I buy an nVidia card, so having better onboard graphics would be nice. The motherboard I hope to get would have: USB 3Firewire 400 SATA 6 HDMI out (optional) Thunderbolt - Honestly this would be nice but not necessary as I have no thunderbolt accessories. But a futureproof motherboard would be nice. I plan to keep this machine and upgrade it over the next 4-5 years. I don't buy computers often. This will be my first hackintosh build. I've built PC's since 1998 and have been a mac user on and off for the last nine years, steady for the last 5 years. I have both the Apple wireless keyboard and trackpad, so getting those working with bluetooth is a must. I'd love to also put ina Blu-ray burner if possible. It's either I do this or I buy an iMac. But at $1300 the iMac is not very upgradable. I figure that if I can build a tower that matches the specs of the 2012 iMac for under $1000 I'll be in good shape. Several video editors use those and seem pretty happy with the speed. So with all of that said here is what I'm looking for: 1. Is it possible to build a Haswell setup with a matching motherboard that has those four things on it and full compatability? 2. What motherboard would you recommend? 3. What i5 would be a good match? 4. Am I ok ditching the above parts for now? 5. If not Haswell what else would you recommend. The last thing i want to do is constantly be fiddling with my machine every day or week. Once set up it just needs to work and be a rock solid performer. One of the reason I stopped building PC's and switched to mac a few years ago is because I just needed a machine that worked and was portable. Now I need something powerful enough to cut video in Premiere Pro, After Effects and Da Vinci Resolve. But at current prices I can't afford a high end imac or mac pro. My girlfriend also wants a new machine just for PC gaming. So I'll probably build her the exact same machine at the same time just to keep things easy. But she just wants Windows 7 on it. I may dual boot to Windows 7/8 and she may decide to want OSX on hers at some point. Probably knowing her. So having matching machines would be good for that.
  2. Is anyone working on a special distro just for this motherboard?
  3. Can anyone recommend a motherboard that has integrated Nvidia 9000 series graphics and DVI/VGA/HDMI on board? Something that will work with OSX obviously. I want to upgrade my PC and would like to have a motherboard that does those things but also compatible with OSX should I choose to run it. The two boards I've found so far are: GIGABYTE GA-E7AUM-DS2H ASUS P5N7A-VM Do you guys know if these work?
  4. I don't know if it's cool for me to be posting this here, but I didn't see anything against it in the rules so I'll take a shot anyway. I'm selling my Gateway M520 laptop http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...item=6868971957 I have booted up mac OS 10.4.3 patched on this machine (seem to boot up fine) but I have not installed it because I didn't want to wipe the hard drive to do so. So I can't say what will and won't work, but it's a good machine altogether at a good price, so if you're in the market for a laptop here you go.
  5. Well I guess building one is not a good idea then. I don't really need a mac. My goal was really to play around and use iLife and stuff. But all my productivity is in Windows. I just figured that since I need a hardware upgrade anyway (for fast video editing) then I could buy hardware that was compatible with OSX as well. But if that hardware may not even be useable inthe next upgrade then it's probably not worth the trouble to make sure my new hardware wil work for that. Instead I should just concentrate on getting the best hardware for the buck that I can to run windows. Thank you for your insight everyone.
  6. Hi everybody. I have roughly $200-$250 to spend on a computer upgrade. I would like my upgrade to be able to run a patched version of MAC OS 10.4.4 just fine. My requirements aren't that much. My current system is an AMD Athlon XP 2000 with 512 333MHz DDR, four hard drives (which are all PATA) and an ATI Radeon VE dual display card (which I believe is a 7000 series). It has 32MB's. An older card. I would like to upgrade to something that is at least 2.8GHz and still be able to use my existing RAM, hard drives and video card. I don't care if it's AMD or Intel, but I'd prefer if it's not a Celeron or Sempron. I would like the new motherboard to support PATA (four of these would be nice) SATA On board sound card USB 2.0 Do you have any recommendations? It all needs to work great under both WinXp and OS 10.4.4 patched Thank you
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