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Hi guys, been researching all day. First-time builder here so any help would greatly be appreciated. However I have some experience adding removing computer parts, just never built one from scratch.


I'd like to build a badass workstation, no gaming. I'd also like it to dual boot OSX and Windows 7 so I can cater to clients' needs. Primary software is FCP, Avid, Premier Pro, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, and light Cinema 4d work. I plan to upgrade my graphics card later when the C4d work gets more serious.


Again, any help would be hugely appreciated, I'm a total noob!


Budget $2.5k (although less is always good)



ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS




Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (i read 2700k it's more reliable for OCing)



RAM(plenty for After Effects)

CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10




Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)



Graphics Card(cudas for Premiere Pro)

Galaxy 56NGH6HS4IVZ GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB Battlefield 3 Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card



Power Supply

OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply




Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case




Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler




SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - OEM



Already have

Dell SP2309W 23-Inch LCD Widescreen Monitor 2048x1152


Several 1TB 3.5" 7200 HDDs laying around. (will use as internal SATAs)

Apple keyboard

Apple mouse

OSX Lion



1.) I need an aiprort card, is this a reliable method? http://tonymacx86.co...php?f=19&t=1143

2.) I'm most unsure about my motherboard. Is it good? I like the 2 eSATAs. What affects the price difference in motherboards anyways? Should I just get this instead? http://www.amazon.co...d=24Z4L3UCAFWAD

3.) Any suggestions on how to make this build better? Faster? More uber?

4.) Am I missing anything? Compatibility issues?



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If you really want a Hackintosh, I'd go with the GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 board instead.(Newegg carries it also). It definitely works for Hackintosh, (I have no idea about the Asus board). I just built a sweet system running Lion 10.7.3 and Windows 7 x64 with that board. One thing I learned from using the UD3H board is that you definitely have to disable onboard graphics unless the CPU has supported graphics. With an i5 2400 it wouldn't boot an Lion install until I set onboard graphics to only enable if no PCIe x16 card (essentially off) and then everything was perfect.


I used the kakewalk 4.1.1 method. I had to do a few patches after upgrading to 10.7.3 but it was easy to do.


Your graphic card should work, but it might take some hacking- check the OSx86 Wiki for info on what others did to get that card working.


Good luck!

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