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Hey folks,


I'm buying new PC (don't have money for Mac) and in studio where I work we use Mac pro computers. I work in After effects but since my company updated Final cut studio 5.1 to FCS 2, we work in Motion 3 and that is a big problem because Motion sucks. Anyway, I have to learn working in Motion and have not enough time during worktime.


So, I would like to install JAS OSx and Final Cut Studio. Can anybody advise me what configuration I need to make it work?



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Hi, I'm currently looking to build a machine for Final Cut Studio also.

The main thing I'm undecided on is the exact motherboard to use. I'd like to stick with at least a P35 chipset.


Also I'm stumped as to the right video card.


(I currently have 10.5.2 running fine on an older Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro-SLI (939) with an AMD X2 3800+, Leadtek Nvidia 6800GT 256MB DDR3 -QE/CI after using NVinject. Final Cut runs great, heck I didn't even think this machine would work with OSX, but I want an Intel machine that can run the vanilla kernel)


Here are my tenative vital component choices:

CPU: E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz


Mobo choices:



GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS4 LGA 775 Intel P35


Due to this thread, I'm adding:

GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X38


Unfortunately, newegg is currently out of stock on this board- I'd like to get everything from the same source. Is there any advantage of the X38 over the P35? If so, I could get it elsewhere.



Video card:

XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3


EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3


Can I get away with an 8600GT, rather than an 8800? I'm assuming since my older 6800GT works ok, an 8600GT will be just fine. If not an 8600, any other suggestions? I really don't need the most powerful video card on the planet, even for Final Cut- just something that will run QE/CI with no problems, and of course, work with Final Cut.


Any thoughts and help are greatly appreciated.




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knewsom, (or anyone else that would know)

Also just wondering if you're able to use dual monitors with your setup, or if you know if it's possible with a good video card? Dual DVI, or combination DVI and VGA? (Using twin Samsung 22" monitors at 1680x 1050) That's another thing I'd love to have working on my Intel Mac.


I just have VGA out working with my 6800GT DVI just goes black- though it did work in mirrored mode before I patched the drivers.

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Ahh well, I went ahead and ordered the following parts:


Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775




EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB


CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800


Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb


SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B


Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W




Rosewill R6426-P BK ATX Mid Tower


Subtotal was $842.88 with a few other odds and ends.



I figured I may as well go for the Q6600 and call it a day.


From what I can gather, Gigabyte boards seem to be a no-brainer. Considering how well FCS already performs on my older 939 Athlon board, I can only speculate that the above should be more than enough for my needs. Once I get everything built, I'll report back on how FCS runs, encase anyone is interested in the above spec as a reference.

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Newegg delievered overnight! Built the machine yesterday! Installed 10.5.2 using Leo4all. Audio: used 889, everything else OOB.


Most everything works perfectly! (Posting this from it now)


Sleep just turns the machine off- though the system fans are still on. Shutdown does the same. After I just have to power down from the front panel. No biggie, but maybe there's a fix floating around?



I used NVinject and the usual kext edits to get my 8600GT working- both DVI and VGA (via adaptor) work great, dual monitors, CI/QE.


I followed Is8's settings for the BIOS- otherwise SATA speed was really slow.


The full 7-disk Final Cut Studio took over an hour to install, but this is pretty normal.


Final Cut/DVD Studio/Motion fly on this machine!


I installed with 2GB of RAM, and haven't yet put the second 2GB in- not sure if there's still the 4GB memory crashing problem and I actually have some work to get done with this thing pronto.


I'm amazed I have just as fast a machine as my work MacPro in my home for a fraction of the cost!


One other minor thing- this machine is virtually silent. The freezer pro makes no noise- also used a silent Evercool 120mm fan in the front, and the Rosewill PSU is very quiet as well.

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