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First off, apologies if this sort of topic is not allowed, but I am about to order components for a Haswell build (which will be my first hackintosh ever) and before I spend ~$1,500 I want to see if some of the more experienced users have any objections as far as hardware compatibility is concerned.

This computer will be primarily used for audio prodcution, programs such as Pro Tools 10/11, Ableton 9, Logic Pro X, etc. I also do DSLR photo editing in Lightroom 5 and have the occasional video client, of which I edit in Premiere Pro. I'm currently working off a mid 2009 MacBook pro with a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo, 8GB of ram, and a 256GB SSD + 750GB 7200RPM drive, and the CPU overload errors are unbearable at this point. It's time to buy something that's not 4 generations of CPU old. With that being the case...

CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k - $339.99


MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H - $157.99



RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) G-Skill Trident DDR3-2133 CAS 9 - $164.99 (EDIT: Considering buying 32GB for future-proofing purposes, not sure if it would be worth the extra cash though)




PSU: Corsair HX650 - $119.99




Case: Corsair Carbide 330R - $69.99



FireWire: StarTech PCI-E FireWire Adapter - $59.59 (FireWire is a must due to my audio interface being FireWire)


Monitors: 2x Asus PA248Q 24" IPS 1920x1200 - $451.98 (Open Box)



Hard Drives: I'll be moving my SSD over from the laptop and disassembling my 8TB of external drives and making them internal. So sick of USB hubs and FireWire daisy chaining.

Total: $1364.52

Goal Budget is $1400 max.

All comments and criticism is appreciated. Will this MoBo be an issue? Anything I could do better?

Thanks in advance!

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so many read for u...


only hope .. u think use original software with that build...


because u gonna use pirate software .. to audio production.. u have a lot problems...


1º first problem .. instal mac os x.. is not for a beginner with that config


good hack

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Because Haswell support is still a little tricky: 10.8.5 only - not counting beta versions of the next OSX iteration, definitely not for rookies - and even then, some builds will misbehave. But if you forget me the lousy pronunciation pun, the heck with it: go Haswell because it's current and its mobo socket should support a 5th gen Intel CPUs when it arrives, but make sure you pick up hardware with which there are confirmed success reports. Not sure about the ones you listed, but search the forum!


All the best!

P.S.: of course, if you want a conservative, Ivy Bridge setup for the sake of guaranteed stability, i recommend i7 3770K/Gigabyte Z77-UD5H/nVidia GTX 660 Ti as the most straightforward build as you can possibly assemble.

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Ah okay that's what I figured. I wouldn't consider myself a computer rookie by any means but this will be my first time running a hackintosh and stability is important. Also the built in FireWire port on the UD5H is a nice touch. Going to consider the 3770k/UD5H setup as an alternative. Thank you!

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