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  1. Oh. Right. They'd changed chipsets on me. Well, so much for that plan.
  2. I must not have been very awake -- that's a terribly vague question for me to be asking... I'm looking for an ATX board, hopefully one that's known to have working onboard sound. My budget is $150 or less. I've been pretty happy with MSI, have no experience with Gigabyte, and am currently a bit soured on ASUS. I'm not expecting to OC this machine, so OC-specific features aren't something I'm willing to pay extra for. Pretty much all of the X79 series boards seem to be out of my price range, and I'm having trouble hunting down a non-mATX Z77 series that's been mentioned on these forums as having been shown to work.
  3. Here's hoping you fine folks read the forums on Black Friday morning... Until three days ago, my wife had a mostly functional Hackintosh build, when it decided to stop booting. (details on the failure symptoms are below) I'm fairly certain it's the motherboard and am looking for an emergency replacement. The old build was: Mobo: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 CPU: Core i7-920 GPU: XFX Radeon HD 4870 (HD-487A-ZWFC) RAM: 24Gb (6x4GB) Team Vulcan PC3 12800 (TLD38G1600HC9DC01) Any and all suggestions are welcome. I'm pretty sure that if my wife is without her work machine for more than 100 hours, my life will be in jeopardy. Thinking the OS install (Snow Leopard) might have gotten b0rked, I installed Mountain Lion on a blank drive and the system booted fully a few times before starting to freeze on boot. Most notably, symptoms include the video card cutting out mid-boot (as though the system was going into power save mode, despite keyboard being in use), and not responding properly to the reset button. Both of these issues are occurring when I'm messing around with the BIOS settings, so I'm pretty certain this isn't software-related at all. I'll swap in a new GPU later today, but I can always return the mobo if that turns out to not be the underlying cause. Besides, the reset button issues suggest that it's not the GPU after all.
  4. I'll second the call for the P6T, though more specifically look at the Deluxe V2 or the SE -- I haven't been able to find anything about getting the base P6T to work, but I can tell you that as of six days ago, the Deluxe V2 has been doing (mostly) great for me. The front-side USB ports aren't functional at the moment, but I haven't tried overly hard to fix them yet. Also, I'm unable to boot without going through the Chameleon CD, but I have strong suspicions that's not due to the motherboard.
  5. (sorry for the delay; for some reason didn't get a reply notification) Yes to both. The package was installed with core and i7-920 options enabled.
  6. First of all, many thanks dgobe and iFabio for the instructions and the tools! I now have an almost-functional hackintosh. I say "almost" because there's one slight problem... It won't boot from the hdd. System: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 Core i7-920, 2.66GHz, non-OCed OCZ Gold OCZ3G1600LV6GK, 6x2GB PC3-12800 DDR3 XFX HD-487A-ZWFC HD4870 1GB WD15EADS Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB SATA2 drive, single-partition. ASUS DRW-24B1ST burner Machine booted via Chameleon, Snow Leopard install went fine, everything (sound and network included) appears to be recognized, but the system returns an "error boot0" message when I try to boot from the hdd. Booting from Chameleon disk and selecting the hdd lets me boot successfully, but no luck otherwise. Rebooting and rerunning DSDT has no visible effect. I tried the fdisk fix suggested upthread, but get a "resource busy" error. Booting up from the SL DVD, I was able to unmount the hdd and edit it in fdisk. It told me there was no valid MBR on the partition, which I created. At that point, fdisk did not report the partition as being detected (I presume due to its being unmounted?). I saved the MBR changes and restarted. The new state is even less encouraging: Black screen with a flashing cursor when trying to boot from hdd. Still able to boot via Chameleon/hdd combination, but once again, unable to edit the partition via fdisk due to "resource busy" error. I can still do a total wipe and reinstall, if that's what it takes to fix it. I also haven't yet tried the CPU-independent DSDT patch -- would that be a good idea? Thanks!
  7. At $10K, you're almost in the price range of a Cray. No, I'm not kidding. The Cray CX1-LC bottoms out at around $15K, but there are other places like HP, where you can spend around $10K for a 6-CPU build. ETA: Also, what on *earth* are you going to be modeling on that sort of a monster? ETA pt. 2: Still poking around at the server idea. Haven't ever played in that particular sandbox, having too much fun spending someone else's (imaginary) money Stack a pile of these in one of these. Nice and modular, and you can throw $700 at it whenever you need more power. Get the 20u if you're really feeling rich.
  8. Actually, that's a question I'd be most interested in seeing the answer to. Scottapotamas, you seem to know what you're doing. What's the reason for your wanting to go the Hack route instead of a direct from Apple purchase? I just did a quick price-check, and a nearly maxed-out MP 8-core 2.93GHz with maxed out memory, two 2TB drives, a RAID controller, and a Radeon 4870 HD 512MB is listed at $11,399, quite a bit over budget. Of course considering that you'll be spending an *extra* $3,700 on memory alone, when you could get the same from NewEgg for $1200 total... I've bought computers from Apple before, but I've no intention of ever taking them up on their upsize offers.
  9. Suggestions? Sure. Do note that I'm just about to buy parts for my first hackintosh, so this is exclusively from the last three months of extensive reading of forums (here and elsewhere). Your two options are either a pair of Xeons or a single Core i7 chip. GPUs, cases, hard drives, etc. need not change from one setup to the other, so I'll focus on the CPU, motherboard, and RAM. Here's a sample lineup for the Xeon setup. 2x$1679 Xeon W5580 3.33GHz $399 Intel S5500 HCV, with 9 DDR3 240-pin RAM slots 2x$150 Corsair CMS4GX3M1A1333C9 4GB PC1333 PC3 10666 You're at $4057 with this build, not including hard drives, optical drives, graphics, case, psu, or extra fans. I also only allowed for 8GB of RAM, but you can always add that later, as needed. The board will support up to 9 sticks, though I'm not sure you can go up to the full 36GB. 32 should be possible, since Apple sells builds with that much. Now the bad news. With this high-power a build, you've priced yourself out of most folks' range. There will be little to no information about whether this build works. A quick search of the forums found no feedback either way on the W5580 chip, and no mention at all of the Intel board. There aren't many dual-cpu Xeon boards out there. Your best bet is to hunt around for confirmed working reports. Core i7 is what I'm about to build. I was also looking at dual-cpu Xeon options, but there's just not as much community support for this config, and I didn't have as lavish a budget to work with, so the motherboard price kind of hurt. That said... Here is a thread talking about a $3000 Core i7 build with a 975 Extreme as the CPU. That's pretty much as high as you can get right now. There is plenty of stuff already on the forums in terms of single-cpu builds, but I've not found anything at all on the forums here about dual-cpu i7 machines, though there are noises elsewhere of such beasts existing. For reference, my build came from this thread, though you'll want to up the CPU to 975, which the Gigabyte board will support. Hope that helps, or at least starts the discussion! ETA: Looking at the number of posts you have vs. the number I have, I just told you a ton of stuff you already knew, didn't I?
  10. Hi folks. I'm trying to come up with a reasonable build for a Hackintosh, to be used primarily for 3D rendering. The app in question is Daz 3D, which swears up and down to support multithreading (though how well the multithreading is implemented is a topic of some discussion). With that in mind, here are two builds I'm looking at (mostly stolen from these two posts on these very forums) For the sake of expediency, I'm comparing only three things: Mobo, CPU, and RAM, and aiming for roughly $1000. I'm planning to keep the GPU (about $160) the same in either build, mobo permitting.The case, cooling, DVD drive, and mouse/keyboard are hopefully going to fit into the remaining $340, but these shouldn't affect compatibility anyway. Build 1: CPU: Xeon E5405 2.00GHz x2 ($196 each, $392 total) Mobo: Tyan Tempest i5400XT ($386) RAM: Crucial CT51272AF667.36FE1D4 4GB DDR2 667 registered, buffered x2 ($98 each, $196 total) Price before shipping&taxes: $974 Build 2: CPU: Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz ($290) Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ($270) RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 ($340) Price before shipping&taxes: $900 The GPU I have my eye on is the XFX Radeon HD 4870 1GB ($160) The main question I have is: Assuming the app uses all 8 cores if available, am I going to see significant benefits from running an 8-core build instead of a somewhat higher-clocked 4-core? The PassMark score for the i7-920 is 5458, slightly less than double that for each of the E5405's. There is also some data here on 3DS Max render times, which gives the i7 a clear lead. If you have comments on other things (future upgrade possibilities, stupid choices I've made in the build, why 3D rendering is a dead-end and how I should become a pro-circuit gator wrestler instead...), I'll be happy to read them. Thanks in advance, and happy holiday season to everyone!
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