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  1. At the beginning of this year, I put together a rootin'-tootin' dual bootin' mini Hackintosh centered around a portable shoebox-sized case. You can see my components list here: PC Parts Picker Note: my video card is actually the superior, older, more powerful, yet lower wattage draining Sapphire HD 7750LP (100357LP). I also purchased a USB Bluetooth adapter as well as a Dell DW1520 (Broadcom BCM4322) to make it 100% functional with OSX. Amazingly, the stock 150w PSU handles the load, but can be upgraded with a larger mini-ITX PSU with the caveat of cutting through the case to route the IEC power cord. The eSATA port on the Asrock Z87E-ITX motherboard I selected is of great importance to me, as I use both the 2 front and rear eSATA ports daily in my line of work (broke-a$$ video editor). Having it built into the motherboard frees up the single PCI card slot so I can drop in a decent video card for when I wand to get my 'pew-pew-pew' on. Unfortunately, after 2 replacement boards in less than a year, and loads of BIOS headaches, I am done with this board. I'm going to dump the replacement board on eBay as soon as the replacement board is returned to from Asrock. In the meantime, my system is down. After now reading the numerous bad reviews on various retail websites regarding this model motherboard which are consistent with the three rounds of board failures I have experienced, I can no longer rely on this brand or model. When I began my research about a year ago, this mobo fit my needs perfectly, but had very little competition when it came to offering eSATA. I'm hoping there are more choices now. Can anyone recommend an OSx86-friendly replacement mini-ITX motherboard that is not built by Asrock featuring eSATA, and where my current crop of components can drop right in?
  2. This project is actually two years old, but despite the aging SATA standard, still current as an idea. And of course - conforming hackintosh different thinking. I invite you to my shop for a short film of the "Do it yourself" series.