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  1. Need help installing ML *Solved*

    Thank you for the additional advice! I will definitely take it.. As for using directories other than the SSD primary disc, I found and followed these basic instructions, http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/62329/how-to-move-the-downloads-folder-in-mountain-lion-to-another-disc And did that for everything, Documents, Pictures, Movies, Music, etc.. The only thing (user files wise) I left to reside on the SSD are the applications. I'll eventually find a way to modify Earlybird (Thunderbird Aurora) so that it saves all it's stuff to the 2tb mechanical disc rather than the SSD. And with everything mirrored via Time Machine and CCC, I should be in good shape if anything ever happens and I have to move my stuff to a new machine. Now that the hard stuff is over and behind me I have other questions about other tweaks but I'll just start new question threads when those arise. Thanks again very much guys!
  2. Need help installing ML *Solved*

    I recovered my email !! Woo hoo !! Thank you CooSee !! THAT was a huge relief! I also learned about 'nohidden' and that led me to find other things saved on that old disc that I very much needed to recover ! Now think by the end of the week I should have recovered all my lost stuff. I'm hoping to recover my old Safari, Chrome and Firefox stuff. I would love to get back the browser histories, passwords, cookies, etc.. That would be great! I ~think~ I can do it...... So far, so good, I'm well on the way to being back on the road again only this time with a very serious machine. No more Mickey Mouse antique junk like before..
  3. Need help installing ML *Solved*

    I couldn't get that one to work. It gave me the same grief I had with my old and now dead machine. I'm certain that because of it it was corrupting the CMOS NVRAM and played a major role in the demise of that machine. It never had sound, app store didn't work, wouldn't boot from hard disc, etc.. Lots and lots of problems, not to mention, it was unstable. When I tried it on here it came up just exactly like the old one, no sound, no boot from hard disc. I walked away from it and ended up doing one of the other methods I found on here. I'm so tired now I can't think which one it was by name, all I can remember is install.zip.. And now it's fully operational, 101% in every way and I'm very happy about that. Now all that's left is to tweak it to my personal preference. I'm almost there... Thanks again and good night..
  4. Need help installing ML *Solved*

    Ok, I ~finally~ got it! My machine is now 100% up and running and ~everything~ works properly! Woo hoo!!! It was NOT easy and I went through the gauntlet trying everything, over and over and over until I finally got it working! Now, I have what is probably a weird question.. I'm booting and running the OS from the OCZ SSD disk. But it's only 180gb and I don't want to store any files on it other than apps and the basic OS. I have a brand new 2tb 6gbs data III disk internal in the box for data storage. I also have a 3gbs data II disk in a USB 3.0 external dock that I plan to use as my Time Machine drive. Currently that drive has all my old files and data from the dead Lion machine. After I move everything from it onto the new internal disk I'll erase it and activate it as the TM disk. Eventually I will put more large disks in the box, I figure about one 2tb disc every other month. I've got more than enough room in the box for discs, I think I can fit 10 in there. I'll need to get a sata multiplier or a sata controller on PCI. Which ever works best I suppose. But that's down the road a ways. Anyway, here's what I really need to do, like ASAP. For instance, on the primary disk, the SSD, it is disk0s2, it's mounted as / all my folders such as Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, etc.. are like /Users/dee/Documents, /Users/dee/Downloads, etc etc etc.... What I want to do is change things so that rather than the system using THOSE directories, it will instead use the same named directories that I created on the 2tb disk. It's disk1s2 and is mounted as /Volumes/Mountain_Lion I want the system to use it as follows, /Volumes/Mountain_Lion/Users/dee/Documents, /Volumes/Mountain_Lion/Users/dee/Downloads, /Volumes/Mountain_Lion/Users/dee/Music, /Volumes/Mountain_Lion/Users/dee/Pictures, etc etc etc.. In Linux I could use the ln command to link to directories in other places. But I'm not sure how to go about that and maybe there's a better way in OSX. I know for instance that you can edit something to change where screenshots are saved. I despise that it defaults to saving them to your desktop. I made a directory in my Documents folder called "Screenshots" and edited some stuff ( http://osxdaily.com/...on-in-mac-os-x/ ) and fixed that ! What I'm hoping is that there is an equally simple way to change everything else.. ?? Yes? I do not want to keep things on the SSD other than applications, I want things saved on the regular hard disc. Especially email. I have may gigabytes of years and years of emails that I've been migrating from machine to machine over the years and I want that on the hard disc too. I believe I saw one of you guys mentioned it's buried in /Library by default. I need to find a way to change that too. I know Apple doesn't approve of people tweaking things their own way but frankly, I don't give a flip. I have my reasons for doing things my way and I'll do them even if Steve Jobs is spinning in his grave.. Anyway, thank you very much guys for helping me get this beast running! It was quite the challenge and I'm quite proud of my little black box here.. Peace!
  5. Need help installing ML *Solved*

    Ok, trial and error time.. Just trying all the options. I tried that "other guy's stuff" (it starts with Uni and ends with beast) and it installed ML on my new machine. Everything works with two exceptions. No sound and won't boot from the hard disk. Same exact problem I had with the Lion install I ran for the past year. It saw my bluetooth, my iPhone 5, the App Store works, updates work, etc... Everything seems good except no sound. And no boot from hard disk.. Well, it's 1am and I'm done for tonight. I'll try again tomorrow with some of the other methods you guys have suggested. Oh, and I'm going to need some help getting my stuff off of the old hard disk from the dead Mac. I popped it in a USB3 drive bay and it mounted right up. I can browse to it in finder and there's all my files. BUT, I can't find the data stored by apps. Like my email ! I was using thunderbird (Actually the Earlybird daily build) and I had imported years worth of email from my old Linux box into it. There are a TON of emails on there that I absolutely can not lose! I have to somehow import them from that dead drive into the new machine. I browsed the disk but I could not find where the emails are stored. There is probably well over 6 gigabytes of email I have to recover. There's a lot of stuff on that disk I have to get back. Well, I'll give it another go in the morning.. Thanks..
  6. Need help installing ML *Solved*

    I think I have it now. I guess the first download was corrupted or something, it seems to be trying to run the install app now. But it's dog slow. This borrowed iMac is the entry level basic model.. Arrrrrgh! But I think it's gonna work now.. Oh, one other thing, slightly related. Does anyone know of a good guide I can find for overclocking my system? I got the unlocked CPU and a liquid cooler. I have seen people say they run the i7-3770K at 4.5ghz with no problems and some mentions of 4.7 but at 4.7 it can be touchy. I would be very happy if I could run at 4.0 and be 100% stable. If I can get 4.5 and be 100% stable I would take that too. I would be concerned about shortening the life of my stuff, heat generation and power draw though. I need a happy medium.. The other thing, I have some nice 32gb memory sticks and I want to be sure the mobo is configured to take full advantage of them. Also, I have a 180gb SSD that I would like to use as swap/temp/scratch to speed things up. If I were building a Linux box that would be a snap, I've got about 13 years experience on Linux. I've used OSX full time for about a year but on a pretty basic system that was borderline unstable so I never tried to fiddle with it, I just left it alone and was happy when it would work. I know that when installing Linux you can define partitions for swap and temp. But I'm thinking Old Steveo wasn't too hip on people fiddling with his stuff... Thanks...
  7. Need help installing ML *Solved*

    Now I don't know what's going on.. I also tried an alternate method of installing ML and it too failed. So I did some reading and found that I should look in the /var/log files. I found a message in there saying that it detected some sort of attempted piracy.. Really?? WTF??? That's where I'm stuck at now. Here's my problem. My old hackntosh which died last week WAS running an illicit copy of Lion. But it's DEAD.. It will never run again and it isn't an issue in this situation. But now I don't understand why it doesn't like that I have a genuine iMac. Last year my son bought an iMac to use in a small business he tried to start up. He borrowed the money from my dad. The business didn't work out so he gave the iMac to my dad in leu of cash repayment. Now my dad owns the iMac. (Like he would know how to use it!) After my hackintosh died about two weeks ago I borrowed the iMac from my dad (how has never even used it or even unboxed it) to hold me over until I could build a new hackintosh. My dad does not have an Apple account at all of any kind. He's never used an Apple product in his life. I have an Apple account, I created one years ago when I got an iPhone. I'm on my 4th iPhone now, I just bought a new iPhone 5 less than a month ago. This new iPhone is tied to my original Apple account. But on my Apple account I had never purchased OSX before. Anyway, on this iMac I created a temporary user account to log in but I have supervisor and root privileges. I log in as me then when I go to the app store it tells me that there are some apps on here that have updates available. When I try to update them it tells me that this is the wrong account. They are FREE apps for f**** sake!!! But it didn't complain when I purchased and downloaded Lion yesterday evening. I fell asleep and when I got up it was finished. But when I try to use any of the various utils to install this legit copy of ML they fail and the /var/logs tell me that the utils think I'm trying to pirate ML. WTF? So a little more reading and I saw people having the same problem. Others suggested that the download was foobar and that it needs to be re-downloaded. So I'm trying that now and the d*** thing is downloading like it's 1994 all over! It says there is SIX HOURS left to download! SIX HOURS!!! What a pant load!! I don't know how long it took when I was asleep but I'm guessing it was probably about the same. Come on Apple!! Are they really THAT screwed up?? SIX hours??? What am I doing wrong?
  8. Need help installing ML *Solved*

    I went to download the files from the OSx86.net site and it says I've exceeded my daily download quota and tells me I need to donate money. I've never downloaded from there before, ever.
  9. Hi, I've built a pretty serious machine and I'm ready to install Mountain Lion on it. Here's a list of the stuff, (important stuff anyway) 1: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K 1: Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI Dual LAN Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD5H 1: Rosewill 1.0 mm Thickness 4U Rackmount Server Chassis, Black Metal/Steel RSV-L4000 1: Corsair Professional Series HX 650 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (HX650) 1: Corsair Cooling Hydro-Series All-in-One High-Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CWCH60 1: EVGA GeForce GTX 660Ti 2048MB GDDR5 DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Graphics Card (02G-P4-3660-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-3660-KR 1: Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) 1 set: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10) 1: Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive 1: OCZ Technology 180GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3- 1: LG Electronics 14x Internal BDXL Blu-Ray Burner Rewriter WH14NS40 - Bulk Drive - Black My old hackintosh died so I've built a whole new one from scratch. After it died I borrowed an almost brand new genuine, 100% real Apple iMac from my dad who just got it from my son. Long story... :/ So I have the iMac here, it is running Lion 10.7.5 I went to the Apple store and bought a copy of Mountain Lion. I have the InstallESD.dmg saved in my Applications directory. I TRIED to follow the directions in here, [GUIDE] A fast and easy way to install Mountain Lion I downloaded the install.zip package from the link provided. I have an 8gb pen drive. I formatted it as OSX Journaled and GUID enabled. I named it "Boot" ( I also tried naming it "MountainLion" as the instructions also suggested. ) I open a terminal and attempt to execute the install command and this is all I get back.. Attaching OS X Mountain Lion... hdiutil: attach failed - No such file or directory What am I doing wrong? Are these directions outdated? Or am I'm just stupid? Please help me, my beautiful new machine is sitting here with no OS loaded on it... Thank you..
  10. Got my stuff ordered today! Woo hoo !! ------------------------------------------------------ 1 of: Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K $320.00 1 of: Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI Dual LAN Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD5H $180.98 1 of: Rosewill 1.0 mm Thickness 4U Rackmount Server Chassis, Black Metal/Steel RSV-L4000 $79.99 1 of: Rosewill RX-DU300 2.5-Inch & 3.5-Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock $36.99 1 of: Corsair Professional Series HX 650 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (HX650) $101.99 1 of: Corsair Cooling Hydro-Series All-in-One High-Performance Liquid CPU Cooler CWCH60 $60.25 1 of: EVGA GeForce GTX 660Ti 2048MB GDDR5 DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Graphics Card (02G-P4-3660-KR) Graphics Cards 02G-P4-3660-KR $299.99 2 of: OKGear 18 inch Blue Premium SATA III Round Cable 6GB/s Straight to Right Angle w/latch $9.18 1 of: Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) $22.39 4 of: Tripp Lite P952-003 eSATA to SATA Signal Cable, 7P-M/7P-M - 3ft $19.84 1 of: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10) $163.79 1 of: Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive $96.05 1 of: OCZ Technology 180GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive (SSD) with Max 525MB/s Read and Max 85K IOPS- AGT3- $147.16 1 of: LG Electronics 14x Internal BDXL Blu-Ray Burner Rewriter WH14NS40 - Bulk Drive - Black $75.70 1 of: EarlyBirdSavings 3 Slots Triple Docking USB 2.0 2.5/3.5" IDE/SATA HDD Dock Docking Station Clone $39.99 Unfortunately, according to Amazon, things will be trickling in all week and it will very likely be late next week before I can start to assemble it. The case which I absolutely MUST HAVE, won't ship until the middle of next week. Without it there's nothing at all I can do. Same with the CPU. It won't be here until late next week.. But, at least the ball is rolling now.. So, when all the goodies are in I'll be looking to you guys for help setting it up..
  11. Ooooooh.... I see the graphics card will be a challenge... Ouchy.... I'll be needing some help to set this all up, thank you for the heads up! I'm not much on programming, hardware I can deal with. Software frustrates me. I was a hardware tech once upon a time, many moons ago. I was never a programmer. My frustration level is low. That's why I don't work for anyone anymore. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I'm thinking that an internal BD burner would be a better option. I like the idea of being able to move it to other machines but I really don't think I would be doing that very often. And it would be less clutter and less junk plugged into an AC outlet.. Going with an internal BD burner saves me $30 and an AC outlet. One of the many great things about the rack mount case I'm getting is that the optical drives mount horizontally. In my old case I had them vertically and they were trouble. Not to mention I couldn't put those mini-CD's in them. Even using normal discs was a problem and like 8/10 times even when the drive was empty it wouldn't eject. That was annoying. A few times a disc fell out of the tray into the drive and I had HELL fishing the disc out. With the new case and horizontal drives this problem will be history.. I'm liking this already!
  12. I did a little tweaking to my list and selected a different video card, eliminated some redundant items and added a few things. As for the Blu-ray, I was thinking that it would be best to have it external so I can move it to other machines if I need to. BUT, having an internal sata burner would probably be more reliable and faster. I have a few hours to think it over, I'm ordering about 10am.. Also, I think I will order a few sata III cables just to be safe.. Thanks!
  13. This is what I'm looking at getting.. MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozer III PE/OC - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (448 Cores) PCI-E 16X Graphics Card by MSI Computer Corp. $348 Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K Offered by Everest Online by Intel $319.00 Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVID​IA SLI Dual LAN Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD5H by Gigabyte $179.99 Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ32GX3M4X160​0C10) by Corsair $149.99 OCZ Technology 180GB Agility 3 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Midrange Performance Solid State Drive $147.16 Corsair Professional Series HX 650 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (HX650) by Corsair $101.99 Samsung SE-506BB/TSBD 6X USB2.0 External Slim Blu-ray Writer Drive (Black) by Samsung $96.99 Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive by Seagate $96.26 Rosewill 1.0 mm Thickness 4U Rackmount Server Chassis, Black Metal/Steel RSV-L4000 by Rosewill $90.38 Rosewill RX-DU300 2.5-Inch & 3.5-​Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock Offered by kube sound by Rosewill $36.99 Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black) Offered by LLYtech by Asus $22.35 Rosewill RX-DU101 Plastic 2.5-Inch & 3.5-​Inch USB 2.0 Docking Station, Black by Rosewill $19.99 Mediabridge Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Cable - (6 Feet) Offered by Mediabridge Products, LLC So far it looks like I'm around the $1,600 mark, more or less. The mobo comes with sata cables but it doesn't say if they are sata III or II. I'm hoping at least one of them will be sata III.. I assume so because I saw that two of them are light blue in color and two are black. The Rosewill docks comes with cables so that's good. The blu-ray writer doesn't so I went ahead and planed on a new one for it, just to be sure. I have cables here but they are old and scattered all over the place. Good luck finding them.. As for all my old drives, I have plenty of sata cables for them and eventually I plan to clean them up and I'll end up with spare drives and cables.. I don't think I've overlooked anything. But if you see any glaring omissions please speak up.. Thanks! edit: I almost forgot. I have a genuine Apple wireless keyboard and trackpad, they are pretty new, I ordered them directly from Apple in mid 2012, I guess it was around August. I also have a genuine Apple mouse, it's a USB model, #A1152 that I often have to resort to when the battery in the trackpad dies. Once it would die it would not reconnect to the trackpad without cycling power on the machine. The bluetooth dongle is an iogear GBU421. Is there a better one?
  14. Hi, Thanks for the reply! Yes, I definitely do need the i7 and 32gb ram. I wish I could have 64gb of ram but unfortunately I don't see an affordable mobo that supports that. My old Hackintosh had 16gb ram and I taxed it heavily. I really hammer a system hard right out of the gate. I am merciless and I brutally hammer a machine to it's absolute limits. I have a Canon EOS 5D MkII camera and the raw images are enormous. A single raw image can be as much as 35mb. I'm also going to begin shooting video with the same camera in 1080p and those files are freaking enormous. I call myself a hobbyist but the truth of it is I'm more or less an unpaid professional. The Buddhist temple I am a member of has appointed me to the position of "Unofficial official temple photographer and videographer and archivist".. I will soon be recording our Abbot giving Dhamma talks each week and then I will be posting them online. I'll record in 1080p on the 5D and the files are massive, unwieldily beasts. I have to edit the videos then process them from their native format into a web compatible format. I'll upload them to youtube in the highest resolution and then viewers can select whatever works best for them, youtube will down convert according to each individual. I also do photography for my dad, he has a wee small business (more like a hobby he gets paid to do) so I shoot a few hundred photos a month for him. When it's all up and running solid and 100% dependable I am going to be putting Adobe CS6 on it. I have CS5 on this little iMac and on my old (now dead) hackintosh but I want to bump it up this year.. I'm thinking it will be late spring, early summer before I take that leap. As for the strikethroughs, yes, those are where I intend to deviate from the suggested list. As for the SSD I was thinking that I would set it up so that the most disk intensive operations (swap, temp, scratch) would be done on it with the regular disks being simple storage devices. I very quickly tire of waiting for mechanical disks to do my bidding. I do not have the patience to wait while a machine chugs and chews and thinks about things. I want to get things done and over with in as short a time as possible. Screens, I already have a matched pair of 24" LED HDMI displays that I was using before, I run them at 1080p. I'm partial to Nvidia because I've been using it like, forever. I've never owned an AMD. If Nvidia will work OOB then that's what I want. I need everything to work OOB with as little tweaking as possible. On my old Hackintosh nothing worked right and I had to use some utils to modify it (I have read that the name can't be mentioned on this site) and it never really worked right. It mostly worked but it was unreliable and troublesome. I'll definitely read through the links you provided, I appreciate that very much! Thanks!
  15. Hi guys, I've been using Hackintoshes since 2006, I built one on an OLD Dell, it still works and still has Tiger on it. It's too old and limited to upgrade. I don't really use it anymore but it's still around gathering dust. Last year I built another one using my old Gigabyte based system, it was a 2008 mobo that I ran Linux on for a long time. I was able to convert it to Lion but it never worked right. It would crash a lot at random for no apparent reason. I never got the sound to work on it and I never could get it to boot from hard disk. I had a pen drive in it that it would boot from. Over time though, it became a real problem. When it would crash it wouldn't come back to life. It would power up but it was "dead", black screen, no response. I found out though trial and error that it was corrupting the CMOS NVRAM. I found that I could power it off, as in remove the power cord, short the CMOS reset pins and wait an hour. Then I would have to go through the setup routine and set everything back and then I could boot it up. It also seemed that it wouldn't boot or come up if the hard disk was plugged in so I began pulling the data cable when I would pull the power. I would have to let it sit an hour or two then power up with the hard disk disconnected. Power up, get into setup, reload saved configuration and tell it to save and exit. The system would power down for a second on it's own. I would have to hit the main power switch while it was powered off, plug the hard disk back in then power it up again. This was a monumental pain in the backside. And the downtime I would have to wait kept getting longer and longer, it went from minutes to hours and from hours to DAYS... At this point the machine will no longer come up. I've written it off and it's time to move on and build a new one. I'll pull the disk and put it as a second drive in my new machine so I can get all my files off of it, I have about a terrabyte of irreplaceable stuff on it (I'm an amateur photographer) plus all my email and just tons and tons of personal stuff. So I need to build a new machine from scratch. I am a power user and I need some real muscle behind the new one. BUT, I have to balance out the costs, I want to keep the costs down as best as possible. What I'm looking at is a middle of the road machine, maybe just a notch below top of the line. Entry level will not cut it. No way, no how, not happening. I was looking at the mid-range mac-pro shopping list at lifehacker, h++p://lifehacker.com/5919132/build-the-mac-pro-that-you-wish-apple-released It seems to be a reasonable shopping list but what I'm wondering is if the suggested hardware is still valid? I want to of course use Mountain Lion. Some of the items, I will almost certainly make different but similar choices. Western Digital? NO WAY... Garbage. You couldn't give me a WD disk. The case, I have to be careful to find one that will fit in my rack. Yes, I have a 5' tall rack next to my desk full of equipment. I want my new mac to be rack mountable with the option of stand alone if I decide to move it out of the rack. For the case I'll have to look outside the normal sources. A firewire card I do not need, I think the mobo has it built in anyway. I don't have any firewire stuff anyway.. I need an internal DVD burner but I'm also going to get an external Blu-ray burner so I can move it to other machines if I need to. I'm going to get an external 2tb disk for time machine (which like a dummy I wasn't using before) and a Rosewill HD docking bay so I can pop disks in and out. I have about two dozen 2tb drives in various formats from Mac, Linux, NTFS, and other *nix machines that I need to go through and clean out years of junk. The dock (I have one on my Dishnetwork tuner) is great because I can access any disk with extreme ease. I know I'll have to tweak OSX to read the *nix and M$ disks but that's not a problem, I know how to do that. So anyway, here's what they suggest as a decent, mid-range system: One thing I would consider is adding an SSD, I was looking at this one, h++p://www.amazon.com/dp/B007BNE7MQ (180gb OCZ), it seems to be the best value and has the best performance specs of the family. I'm also considering and probably going to go with the higher end mobo they list in their suggestion of a high end Hackintosh, the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Motherboard. The big question are, will these components be 100% compatible and will my machine be rock solid and 100% reliable? How hard will it be to make the system where it will boot from disk without a pen drive, where it won't corrupt the CMOS like my old one and will everything work? Like my old one, there is some issue about the built in ethernet that the Apple App Store rejects and won't let me log in to the store. I have a valid app store ID, I own a new iPhone 5 and a 2012 iMac (entry level model , I got it from my son ) but my Hackintosh was a no go. OH, one note, it will be an OSX only machine. I do not need or want dual boot. I quit using M$ years ago with the exception of a media center PC my ex built some years ago that I still use only for watching TV. As the disks fill up I pull them and put new ones in. I want to be able to read those NTFS disks so I can handbrake all the old videos from mpeg2 .ts to .mkv files. But no, I do not need to boot any other operating systems on this machine, it will be a dedicated OSX machine.. I need to get moving on this, I want to start ordering tonight or tomorrow at the latest. Do you think the hardware shopping list is a reasonable one? If I get those items will I have a machine that will hold me over for 2-3 years? Thanks!