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My First Hackintosh Gear List - How am I doing?


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I believe I'm going to take the Hackintosh plunge. I've spent a lot of hours reading this site and others trying to determine a list of pieces to get. I'd appreciate it if some of the more experienced folks would take a look and make sure I'm not getting myself into a mess of trouble. It's a carefully selected list as I'm trying to stay at $1200 or less. Do you see areas I should cut to increase other areas? I'll be using pretty much all the Adobe Creative Suite CS6 products, especially Premiere Pro and Photoshop. I'll also be running Final Cut Pro a bit.




Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard - GA-Z77-DS3H



Intel Core i7 3770 processor 3.4



SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card



Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit



OCZ 256GB Vertex 4 SSD



Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)



Cooler Master RC-692-KKN2 No Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Case



Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply



My current total is $1122.92!


I realize that the Ivy Bridge processor isn't supported natively yet, but I was assuming it would be with Mountain Lion and didn't want to purchase an outdated Sandy Bridge processor unless I had to. Please advise on this! I may not even get this entire system setup before Mountain Lion is released.


UPDATE: Just realized I can get the 3770K 3.5 Processor from my local Micro Center for only $289.99 - So I believe I will go with that and bring my total DOWN to $1095.92

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Well, honestly it's hard to tell how that list looks cause you said it your self. Never assume any hardware will be supported in the future, either wait to buy, or buy hardware you know is compatible right now with officially released versions of OSX. I've seen that line of thinking lead to a lot of problems and sadness. Not to mention there is not a single thing in OSX an ivy bridge would be able to do that a sandy bridge cannot do now, and there won't be for years to come. If sheer processing speed is what you need-want, get an unlocked Sandy Bridge and use any money saved on water cooling it so you can over clock the bejeezus out of it. OSX aside it looks like a kick ass machine though.


On a side note, if all those amazon links are from different vendors, the shipping costs are gonna kill you. Given similar pricing, try to bundle as many purchases as possible from the same vendor to save on shipping

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Hmmm, so really the only thing unsettling to you about my setup is the unknown processor? Is there that much of a difference from Sandy to Ivy bridge to justify waiting on the whole thing to see what happens in another month? With Micro Center's prices, I'm not really saving anything by going with the 2700k, but I'm more than happy to do so, if the performance difference is negligible. Would the motherboard be okay with a Sandy Bridge?


As for shipping, everything I listed there is sold by Amazon which means I get free two day shipping on it all as a "Prime" member :)

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I don't see why not being socket 1155, but check Gigabyte's website and you can get more info along with a download of the user manual to browse through before purchasing. I'm not a ivy or sandy guru so don't let me be the last word on any of your decisions, bench mark specs should be available online for comparison, but I would think socket 2011 would be the real jumping point in performance. The good thing about intel CPU's is they are still worth money used, so selling it and upgrading in the future would not mean buying a whole new setup. Those CPU prices are great, you would still pay that much now for any socket 1366 CPU. As for Amazon, I must be a "Chuck" or " Ground Round" member because I've gotten bit by unexpected shipping a few times when buying multiple items :)

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Ivy Bridge seems fine using the kernel from the new macbook pro so I would say wait a while and see how it pans out if you want to go Ivy Bridge, but I'm fairly confident you would have native support in the near future.


I would suggest, whether you go Sandy or Ivy Bridge, to get a full ATX board with triple channel DDR3.

It makes a big difference when using memory hogs like Premiere Pro.


If you want to make use of CUDA and the mercury engine in Premiere Pro you will need an nvidia card.


Also I would be tempted to up your PSU to an 850 or 1000w, just to make it upgrade proof should you ever want to add another graphics card etc.

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What proven Gigabyte board with triple channel DDR3 would you recommend? I'm reading online in various places that socket 1155 only supports dual channel? Is this correct?


Also, I read in another thread where a person said they were getting great Mercury Playback Engine (GPU based) results with the Radeon card now that CS6 supports OpenCL and not only CUDA. Am I off on that?

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Your right on the board, only socket 1366 supports triple channel and it's not dependent on the board but the CPU since they have built in memory controller, but board would still need the correct slot configuration. You'll be happy with good low latency DDR3 in dual channel tho. No clue on the GPU part. To avoid any buyers remorse, why not wait 3 weeks on the CPU purchase and you'll know for sure on the Ivy? could still buy the rest now if you need shiny things, and give a chance to install it all real nice and neat like, then just pop cpu in when the time comes

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I'm in an almost identical situation in terms of budget and spec, mainly CS6 Premiere Pro. What do you guys think of the nofilmschool guide to hackintosh, specifically their recommended components list: http://tinyurl.com/cjn42hk The motherboard is not available in Amazon Spain, would freekindeed's suggestion work well? Going to also look into a

full ATX board with triple channel DDR3 as James suggested.


Regarding graphics cards and CUDA, is nvidia therefore no longer necessary? Heard some bad things about nvidia and hackintosh. A friend has nvidia in his hackintosh which apparently cause his machine to freeze.. With all that in mind what is a recommended graphics card? And is 1gb sufficient for video editing? So tired of jutterey editing, where my macbookpro struggles to keep up previewing dslr footage..

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