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Hi folks,

I'm new to the topic and read a lot before setting up a topic. But a bunch of questions was not answered or is hanging in the air. so before I do something silly, I want to ask the profs here.

 

I have a little dream: I want to build my own computer over the time to get a great machine. Month per month, I will get paid and a part of that money will go into a computer. Dont misunderstand me, I'm not an overclocker or someone, who needs the best of the best, I just want to do handicraft work because, I like it.

 

So I went to many databases and picked out the basics: Motherboard, CPU, GPU, HDD and so on. But I also want to run 3 systems on that monster: Windows 7, OS X and Ubuntu.

 

I'm new to Ubuntu and I'm new to self-crafting my own computer. Up to now, I've worked 5 years on a Macbook pro (Intel - the first that came out) and before, I worked with W-XP.

 

So far for the introduction. Now, there is the interesting part:

 

I want to build up a watercoolded system (like I said, its for crafting issues, not really for OC, but I could do that too if I'm at it)

For that, I have looked for some motherboard, that catched my eye. There is the ASUS Rampage III Extreme, the GigaByte GA-X58A-UD9 and the GigaByte GA-890FXA-UD7.

 

I've chosen those, because I want to have a full range of PCI-E x16 slots, SATA 600 and "maybe" USB 3.0. If you take only those filters on, there are not many Motherboards left, that can handle it. (In the end, it should become a nice workstation)

 

Now my question: I need EFI to run OS X, right? There are things like bootloader out there and such things. How exactly do I get OS X on those things running? Everywhere I look, there is a "BIOS" in there. How does it work?

 

The next thing are the components: I'm not sure, if Ubuntu could handle high-end things, like a ATI HD 5870 in Crossifre mode, but that is a thing, that should be tested. The question is: Would it even run on OS X?

The Mac pro drivers are those for the strongest graphic cards buildable in a Mac, and they are way behind the actual technology. I've heard, that there are not-official drivers out there for graphic cards on a hackintosh... how does it work?

 

And last but not least: The chipset must run with drivers. Is that for every motherboard dedicated, or can I just "install" OS X and it will "run"?

 

What about SSD, are there any special drivers needed for?

 

Thanks in advance,

the sheep :-)

 

(Dont ask how much that project would cost, maybe more than a car and maybe I dont even need that horepower. But it is, like I said, a crafting hobbie :-) )

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I can't tell you much about the whole BIOS/EFI stuff. But I just got the Rampage III Extreme and I'm really enjoying it. I'm going to try and get hackingtosh on it tomorrow :(

 

Together with:

 

Core i7 920

GTX 460

2x 1TB

2x 250GB

3x2GB Corsair DDR3 RAM

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I can't tell you much about the whole BIOS/EFI stuff. But I just got the Rampage III Extreme and I'm really enjoying it. I'm going to try and get hackingtosh on it tomorrow :D

 

Together with:

 

Core i7 920

GTX 460

2x 1TB

2x 250GB

3x2GB Corsair DDR3 RAM

 

Hey have you installed OS X successfully on your Rampage III Extreme?

I have pretty much the same setup except I have a i7 930.

I tried installing OS X on it and didn't really manage to get past the installation but later on I figured out that the motherboard was broken cause it kept freezing on me so I sent it in for reparation and now I'm just waiting to get it back :(

 

If you had any problems during installation or anything I would be happy if you post the solution here so me and others may use it when installing OS X :D

 

Thanks,

Patric

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Now my question: I need EFI to run OS X, right? There are things like bootloader out there and such things. How exactly do I get OS X on those things running? Everywhere I look, there is a "BIOS" in there. How does it work?

You use a bootloader like Chameleon that "emulate" EFI or something, I don't really know but you don't need EFI on you actual motherboard, you just have to tweak the BIOS settings a bit and you install Chameleon when inside OS X or some other way if you prefer that.

You usually boot in to OS X the first time using the disk you used to boot up on the install DVD, I've used Empire EFI and it works great.

 

The next thing are the components: I'm not sure, if Ubuntu could handle high-end things, like a ATI HD 5870 in Crossifre mode, but that is a thing, that should be tested. The question is: Would it even run on OS X?

The Mac pro drivers are those for the strongest graphic cards buildable in a Mac, and they are way behind the actual technology. I've heard, that there are not-official drivers out there for graphic cards on a hackintosh... how does it work?

The "drivers" are built in the operating system, you might need to patch it or use another kext if it's not working properly.

 

And last but not least: The chipset must run with drivers. Is that for every motherboard dedicated, or can I just "install" OS X and it will "run"?

It totally depends, if you're lucky you don't have to do much to get it up and running. If you're unlucky you might have to patch things to get the hardware recognized properly etc.

What about SSD, are there any special drivers needed for?

No there's no drivers needed to use SSD, it's just like a regular harddrive.

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