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Is core2quad futureproofed from Core i7?  

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  1. 1. Do you agree core2quad/p35/45nm is still relevant when Core i7 is now available for hackintosh?

    • yes, core2quad is future-proofed and relevant
    • yes, core2quad is future-proofed and relevant for now
    • no, core2quad is not future-proofed and is totally irrelevant

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mallmann p5k variant


two months of research


specifics: cross-references 'jimmy mallmann p5k hackintosh build' in insanelymac

'hcl 10.5.4 hardware components mobo asus pk5' in osx86 wiki


hardware list:


case: antec p182

mobo: asus p5k3

cpu: q9400

cpu cooler: thermalright ultra 120 eXtreme 775 RT

PSU: silverstone nightjar 450w

GFX: XFX 7600gs fanless

RAM: OCZ ddr3 1333 pc3 10666

HDD: samsung spinpoint F1 500gb

fans: scythe slipstream SY1225SL12L



google spreadsheet link






why these components (please 'argue' for or against)


p182 I wanted a quiet hackintosh to take the place of my g5, so a quiet was vital. p182 has been touted by silentpcreview and many others that it is one the quietest cases available


p5k this being my first hackintosh I needed documented instructions, not only that but instructions that were cross-rerefenced. I found that in the mallmann p5k so that why. pls refer to specifics:cross-references


q9400 I stared with q6600, not for overclocking but the out of box compatibility. found a deal on the q9400 is somewhat overclockable (pls comment) and I'm sure it is out of box compatible (pls comment). 2.66 is better than 2.4, 45nm is better than 65nm, 1333 fsb is better than 1066 fsb etc. et al (pls comment but remember I am not overclocking)


thermalright looking for a quiet but powerful cpu cooler I looked at silentpcreview, madshrimp.be, anandtech and others along with their supplemental forums. according to those sources thermalright was the way to go.


nightjar 450w, fanless, the premium here is worth it.


7600gs fanless, I'm not a gamer so I don't need bleeding edge. this card has hdmi out. granted there is no blu-ray on os x but for bootcamp windows or parallels windows should be cool!


ocz ddr3 1333 pc3 10666 newegg ram configurator pointed me in this direction. asus QVL said kingston and some uncommon others, i'm going with newegg on this one. I suppose its the overclocker influence in this instance.


samsung hdd I've read in some forums WD caviars and other don't play nice with the p5k mobo and in terms of quietness the samsung spinpoint has got the seagate barracuda down cold (pls comment)


I'm not sure of the loudness of the case with three 120mm fans but if necessary I'll get scythe fans suggested by madshrimps.be again (pls comment if necessary or not)


optical drives I'm going with samsung writemasters I need quiet and lightscribe here (pls comment or suggest others with my requirements in mind)


cost: $900-1500usd


did I miss anything?


thanks for your input


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You can else build I7 for $900



GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $199.99



everything works in Leopard and it overclocks an 920 to 4GHZ easy


Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail




It overclocks like a dream 4ghz with an aftermarket cooler


CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail




these are the best memorys for overclocking I7 atleast for me


PNY Nvidia 9500GT video card - $69.99 - Works great with OS X after installing the Nvidia 9xxx series video drivers and adding the EFI strings for it. Good middle of the road 3d video performance so that you can still play video games and have great 2d acceleration. Both CI and QE work perfectly.





500 GB Western Digital SATA Hard drive - $64.99 - Plenty of space and pretty cheap too. SATA interface so there won't be any OS X issues.





Samsung 22x DVDRW drive - $24.99 - Works perfectly and has a SATA interface.





Antec NSK4480B ATX case with 380 watt PSU - $74.99 - Plenty of room and includes a great power supply. Should run quiet and cool.




= $893 give or take + shipping and Aftermarket cooler

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  • 2 weeks later...

thx for the input again guys. I finished my build.

FYI asus p5k3 may have an old BIOS on it, giving you an Intel Ucode error.


hook the pc up to the internet and then put in the motherboard cd that came with the motherboard and then run update from internet.


voila, no more intel ucode error


you'll have rom bios either 502 or 602


more updates later...

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