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Hackintosh Build Plan: Would appreciate a quick off-the-top-of-your-head appraisal by you guys

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Hi guys. I've been doing a few hours of research on this forum and the internet, and i think i have a reasonable build plan.


but i guess it never hurts to ask/reconfirm before i go out and buy the parts, so i would really appreciate any comments or major issues/problems i should be aware of regarding the following plan for a hackintosh (my focus is on achieving an easy and fully working/compatible osX installation as possible):



Motherboard: GA-EP45-DS3R

CPU: Intel Q6600 OR Intel Q9400

Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 8800 GT 512mb OR ATI Radeon HD3850 512mb PCI-E


my main confusion is with the graphics card choice, because there doesn't seem to be one that general consensus has determined to be the easiest to use.


I would really appreciate any guidance!




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Why do you not recommend the P45 boards? The price point on them is quite favorable these days. The X series the newest and greatest, but newegg does not even sell the GA-EX38-DS4 anymore (listed as deactivated). Which probably means it is on its ways out. I have had no issues with the GA-EP45-DS3R. I should have another one arrive today that I am going to build for a friend. I have also read good things about the GA-X48-DQ6. However that board is a large price jump over the P45 boards.

Personally I would buy the Q9400. It is a faster processor, and it has a 1333 MHz bus. Then again, I am not an over clocker and most of the guys here are.

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I have an EP35-DS4- it's a great board, but it's also been discontinued.


The EP45-DS3R is the board I would get if building a Hackintosh today. It's also compatible with the EFI-X, which is a major plus. (Allows retail DVD install with no hacks, and full System Updates).

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