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Well I am planning on buying a new computer next week. Was originally going to go with the mac pro, but thought about trying a hackintosh and getting more for my money. I think I got all my bases covered and I believe everything is compatible with each other, but you never know, im pretty new to the build your own hackintosh scene. My configuration is a little higher end an more expensive, but that is fine, im saving a lot compared to what I would get with the mac pro.




Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case



Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply





(The motherboard is where I am not quiet sure which one I should go with, so any advice is welcomed)


GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard





Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor





EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card





Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive





(Now should I get ram and a motherboard that supports DDR3? I'm not that up to date on where ram is at right now)


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory





LG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/ SecurDisc Tech







Did I miss anything important or just anything you think should be added? I guess my other question would be, do I just get my version of os x that you can find online (I own an actual copy, I just don't want to patch myself) and than install? I've read about kernl vanilla and other types, whats the difference? Is it all depended on your hardware?


Should I buy a separate sound card instead of using the motherboard one. (i'm guessing yes, but i'm not sure which ones are good for this category).


Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Looks fine if ........ you are familiar with the pros and cons of a hacintosh. A mac pro will be easier to set up and update than a hacintosh, plus future OSX builds will work (for sure) with out a problem.


If you are a noob .... (sorry if your not) you should expect to spend a lot of time, now and then, when an update makes your system crash. You will have to reformat and start all over again. It WILL happen .... several times.


I'm glad I have a hac........ but it will cost you time and some frustration. If I had the money I'd buy a mac pro. If you REALLY want to build your own - go for it - and the best of luck !

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Well I am good with computers, especially macs, I've grown up with them my entire life. THe past 3 years I have been using a pc with windows xp on it and swore I would never buy another PC again in my life. Right now I'm deciding between buying a Mac Pro and building my own. Building my own has the advantage of getting A LOT more power for much cheaper and buying a mac pro comes with stability. Right now I am kind of hung up between which one to buy at the moment. I have had to work on my pc many times a year to get it to work well, but with a real mac I can always have it work. I'm just not sure which way to go.

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