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About psuedonakian

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  1. sounds good. I never attempted to install Snow Leopard. At home all my macs are PowerPC based and Snow Leopard didn't seem that much better. All the sites I go to were for OS X 10.5 Good luck to you, hope everything works out well
  2. Hmm, it seems easy enough, but every Hackintosh will differ. I cannot vouch for those methods, and I doubt anyone on these forums posting under the "New User" section has attepted such an undertaking. The thing is with Hackintoshes is that the computer won't function 100% like a real Mac. I am slightly skeptical of the methods he used, as all of the snow leopard installtions I saw required leopard preinstalled in one form or another. Another thing is I don't know what hardware he used, and it seems like he did not use 2 graphic cards. In the world of OSx86 there is rarely a catchall method, and if you have different hardware chances are the method will either not work, or work with some flaws. I honestly would not put 1500 down on that guide, it may work and it may not. I'm not trying to talk you out of a Hackintosh, but you have some pretty ambitious plans with your build and you need to make sure that it works at least 90%...
  3. The problem that can arise is that one of the operating systems are not recognized so you can only boot into one. Some people use a Linux bootloader to switch between OS X and Windows. Don't worry about setting up Windows, it'll be a piece of cake. OS X on a unsupported system however can cause massive amounts of headaches and frustration. I assume OS X and Windows use a drastically different bootloader, which is one of the reasons Bootcamp is needed for Macs to run Windows. Look, I installed OS X on the easiest setup: Intel Atom D945GCLF, and I still had some problems (not much though compared to what other people had to go through). The bottom line is, the more frills a system has, the harder it will be to setup.
  4. Let me begin with what Intel will release in 2011, the processors are called "Sandy Bridge" and they'll be the top of the line, but for the mean time, Core i7s are premium and you really should not wait for "Sandy Bridge". You can expect 6 core i7s to become "high end" from their current status as "extreme end" but for the time being, the 920 is probably not going to be replaced with anything significant =\. The most logical replacement is a quad core i7 that is currently priced higher than the 920. Also, let me say that I have no experience with a dual card setup Hackintosh. It is hard enough to get ONE card to work, so getting TWO to work is just plain . Also, dual booting is a pain in the rear to setup. Sorry I can't help and am just saying how hard it is, but please don't underestimate the challenges ahead for you. Now, in terms of graphics, Windows will do SLI, Crossfire, Eyefinity and all that fancy multi card setup, but it'll definitely break the bank. The GTX 460 probably can work two 24" monitors for old games like WoW, but the problem is will WoW support that style of gameplay (basically, will the games you play allow the use of a second monitor? Supreme Commander will, and thats likely the only one unless nVIDIA or ATI has some customized software). 10.6.4 probably isn't up because people have not gotten around to hacking it yet. With each new release Apple most likely throws in some tricks to mess up a Hackintosh, so never update OS X on your Hackintosh... Now onto your hardware: A 850 W PSU is wayyyyyyy overkill unless you need like 3 SLI graphics cards and a Core i7 980X Extreme CPU and other fancy things. For a PSU, you probably need 450W minimum and 550W max. When looking for a PSU, read the ratings and reviews of other buyers. Name brand PSUs are not necessarily better. They are guaranteed to be higher quality, but honestly, I bought from some smaller companies and their PSUs are just as quiet and reliable as a high end one. I find the SSD unnecessary unless you just wanted to have one to tinkle around with. For one, Windows NT 6 (Vista and 7) perform horribly on a SSD. This isn't publicized much, but the information is around on the web. XP is faster than Vista on an SSD. OS X should be fine with the SSD, but the speed gain of an SSD is NOT worth the price in my opinion. 64GB for $145 ($2.26/GB) vs $1TB for $70 (7 cents a gig). Two 1TB disks in RAID 0 will be plenty fast. OS X and Windows supports RAID 0. Everything else in the build checks out. Gaming wise, you don't need everything to be premium to get high performance. If I remember correctly, the games you were intersted in were less intense than say Far Cry 2, so if you want to go cheaper, I would find less "premium" items. That OCZ Gold RAM is certain to cause jealously among others but its not necessary either for a excellent gaming experience. Premium items are sold that way because they pass vigrous testing and might have faster speeds. Some of the "value" memory is stock of "premium" memory that didn't meet the cut, just like how AMD Triple Core processors are defective quad cores. But that is some fine memory you picked out though, and worth the cost.
  5. Hello, Gamers and professional graphics artists/video editors have different graphics needs only (everything else is pretty much the same). A gamer is only concerned with the GPU spitting images out as fast as possible while a workstation graphics card is more optimized to render large images etc. Generally the two have the same central processing unit but the workstation one is tweaked so that it loses the ability to spit out frames at a high rate but gains in processing and rendering. E.g. GeForce GTX 285 and Quadro FX 5800 use the same GPU but the Quadro is modified to better suit workstations. If you played Crysis on the Quadro it won't be very fast (it won't be slow but compared to the 285 it's pretty sad) and vice versa (if you use the 285 to run Maya you'll be pretty upset with the performance) There is no single video card that can process a 24" tri monitor setup and still play games on high. In fact, to have three monitors you need two video cards as each card can only connect two monitors. On OS X there is no crossfire or SLI so having multiple graphics cards won't improve the performance of gaming. Honestly, tri monitor gaming on OS X is probably not going to happen, its more like you'll be gaming on one of the 24" monitors while the other two display the wallpaper. A Tri monitor setup is fine for graphics work though. As for the motherboard, pick one out from the list in the Insanelymac Wiki depending on the OS X version you want to install. On the topic of RAM, you'll get the same performance with 6GB or128GB. No game needs that much memory. Make sure you have enough memory for AutoCAD and the like, don't worry about the games.
  6. Help Building Hackintosh

    So you've decided to go with the Core i5 after all? Also, I hope you mean the Radeon HD 4670 cause the 4570 is a laptop graphics card! The motherboards are micro-ATX so you will need an micro-ATX compatable case. Either get a micro-ATX Mid Tower or an micro-ATX compatable ATX Mid Tower (check the item specifications). I suggest you get a compatable ATX Midtower because they have more room inside and because there are more PSU options for them. Good companies for cases are Thermaltake, Cooler Master, Antec, and Lian Li. For the power supply you'll need about 400W. Here's a website that can tell you what PSU rating you'll need: http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine The quad core i5 and the graphics card will drain the PSU good under full load. Even though you won't be at 100% usage the whole time, you should buy a PSU with that in mind. Companies that make high quality PSUs are: Antec, Thermaltake, BFG, Cooler Master, OCZ Tech, and XFX. When buying a PSU, please make sure you consider the quality vs the cost. A cheaper PSU rated at 400W will most likely not operate smoothly at 400W while a higher quality one will. Also, a cheaper PSU will be louder. Note that just because I didn't list a company dosen't mean they don't make a quality PSU. I would read the reviews and decide.
  7. Help Building Hackintosh

    The setup I had was an Intel Atom D945GCLF desktop computer. Setup was extremely straighforward, but because certain aspects of OS X failed to work (e.g 1024 x 768 max resolution) and the fact I was stuck on 10.5.2, I reverted it back to Windows. I'll just stick to buying macs from now on rather than make my own. Since you won't be doing gaming, I suggest you go with the Radeon HD 4670. None of the graphics items you listed (e.g. handbrake) require a powerful video card, and a 4670 is already overkill for those tasks, so its perfect for your needs. I recommended the 5670 previously because 1) I didn't realize they still sold the 4670 and 2) The ones I saw for sale were ~$80. The 5670 is only $15 more for a faster GPU. You won't notice the difference unless you game, so personally I would get the 5670, but since you are looking for something thats modestly priced and suits your needs, the 4670 is perfect.
  8. Help Building Hackintosh

    I read some of the review of the Gigabyte P55 on Newegg and apparently a Core i3 works with it. I'm guessing a Core i3 should work with either the Gigabyte or MSI, after all an i3 and i5 use the same socket and the i3 is just a slim version of the i5. As for the MSI, there are no direct sources of people saying it works with the i3 but I found *some* hints that it does based on a google search. For kexts go to Kexts.com or just google something like "Radeon 5670 kexts." http://www.kexts.com/cat/10-ati.html?page=1&sort= What you should do for graphics is just read around the web and see which one is the easiest to setup. Apparently just buying the same model as Apple uses won't solve everything... Also, you can either merge kexts to a custom OS X install disk or install them after with OSx86 Tools.
  9. Help Building Hackintosh

    I usually don't trust Open Box items much, but the MSI P55 motherboard is fine. Just note that all the P55 motherboards listed have the SATA ports at a 90 degree angle and only one faces upwards. Processor wise I recommend the Core i5 760. The MSI motherboard supports Core i5 or i7, and the i5 760 is used in the high end iMac. It will cost you about $210. For a midrange graphics, go with the Radeon HD 5670, it costs about $100 and is also part of the newest iMac. I would recommend you get the 512MB model for maximum compatability over 1GB models. You'll also be using DDR3 memory, and you can safely pick out any that suits you. What are you confused about in terms of graphics? Note that apple support for graphics is VERY limited. It is likely you need to get kexts or some other workaround to the get the graphics working. The only way to bypass this is to basically get the exact card they use for the macs...
  10. Help Building Hackintosh

    The thing is, there is no major price difference between LGA 775 and LGA 1156 motherboards, nor are there any significant price differences between a mid range Core 2 Duo vs Core i3, or high end Core 2 Duo vs low end Core i5. I'm going to need some specific information on what you want. Then I can recommend items for you. How many cores would you like? Do you want a more modern PC with latest hardware, or are you just trying to get the cheapest computer possible?
  11. Help Building Hackintosh

    The motherboard is definitely the most important because if you get one that is difficult to setup, your computer will not function properly in some way or another. The motherboards above are those compatible with the Kakewalk method. Apple does not write drivers for all hardware. Even though a Radeon HD 4350 and Radeon HD 5850 use the same drivers for PC, this is not the case with the mac. Getting a graphics card that Apple uses means that it will be supported to some extent out of the box. If you can get the exact make and model that would be even better. I would stick to Intel CPUs as using AMD CPUs will complicate things a little more. The thing is, you can use anything you want, but the more you deviate from what Apple uses, the harder it will be for you to make the computer work like a normal Mac.
  12. Help Building Hackintosh

    For the motherboard, pick one from the list below. The list is taken from another thread: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=195248 * Gigabyte EP45-UD3LR * Gigabyte EP45T-UD3LR * Gigabyte EP45-UD3R * Gigabyte EP45-UD3P * Gigabyte EX58-UD5 * Gigabyte EX58-UD3R * Gigabyte EX58A-UD7 * Gigabyte EP45-UD3L * Gigabyte EP45-DS3L * Gigabyte P55M-UD2 * MSI P55M-GD45 * Gigabyte G41M-ES2L * Gigabyte EX58-UD4P * Gigabyte X58A-UD3R For the rest of the hardware, I would go with whatever Apple used before for the smoothest installation possible. Graphics wise I believe they used a Radeon HD 4670 (you can get a newer one, but I'm just picking out the cheapest aside from Integrated). Processor wise go with Core i3 or i5. You can get i7 if it doesn't break the bank.
  13. Should be an easy question to answer

    I found this article that deals with constant reboots. Hope this helps http://www.insanelymac.com/2009/05/hackint...-osx86-install/
  14. Can't see the wood for trees

    The OS X grey disk only works for the computer it came with unfortunately so you either have to go out and buy a copy of OS X or download one from the internet. Please visit the link below. It takes you to the tested hardware section for Hackintoshes. For 10.6.3 I saw three GA-EP45 motherboards but none of them DQ6. A good start would be determining if you want 10.5 or 10.6 and figuring out which installation method is best and what kexts you may need later down the road. Unfortunately, it is very difficult for a person to analyze a system and determine the best method of approach unless they have a similar system so take a look at the list and base your own approach on those of other people. Scroll down to the Hardware section http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
  15. Hackintosh

    Well, it depends on whether you want to run OS X 10.6 or OS X 10.5. There are many different variations on how to install OS X, and I think its easier to install 10.5 and stick with it than to go with 10.6. If you want to install 10.5, you can use the Kalyway method, though it is best you find your motherboard from the tested hardware list. Same goes for 10.6. Just read what other people have done for installation and follow their example. http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page Scroll down to the Hardware section.