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My previous build was a Successful Vista Home Premium 32-bit Gaming/Apple Leopard OSX 10.5 Productivity Machine. My latest will blow benchmarks (hopefully) and will be amazing.


PROCESSOR Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66Ghz (OC to 4.0Ghz)

RAM OCZ Reaperx PC2-8000 DDR2 4GB

CASE Antec P182

COOLER Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme

HDs Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 320GB and 500GB SATA II


GRAPHICS CARD BFG Tech Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS 320MB

SOUND CARD Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Audio

MONITOR Acer P243WAID 24" WUXGA1920X1200 3000:1 2MS HDMI

SPEAKERS Logitech Z5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers

KEYBOARD Enhanced Logitech G15

MOUSE Razer Copperhead


Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit and the Newer Mac OSX 10.5.2. :( What do you think?

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Update: PSU: Rocket Fish 700Watt Modular PSU

MOTHERBOARD: Asus P5K3- Deluxe/WIFI-AP Intel P35 Chipset

PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @2.66 GHz 1333 MHz FSB

COOLING: 2x Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Cooling Fan

Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme 6 Heatpipe Cooler

Thermaltake DuOrb CL-G0102

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB PC2-8500 (2x2GB) DDR2-1066 Kit

CASE: Antec P182

DISKS: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 320GB SATA II

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB SATA II

OPTICAL: Asus DRW-2014L1T DVD-/+RW 20x8x16x Lightscribe Black

GRAPHICS: BFG Tech Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS 320MB OC

AUDIO CARD: HT Omega Striker 7.1 PCI 24BIT Card Gold Plated

DISPLAY: BenQ G2400 24” Widescreen LCD 5MS 1920x1200 1000:1 HDMI VGA DVI

SPEAKERS: Logitech Z5500 5.1 Surround Sound

KEYBOARD: Logitech G15 2nd Gen Gaming Keyboard Orange Backlight

MOUSE: Razer Death Adder Gaming Mouse

CABLES: Generic HDMI-DVI-D 10FT Cable


The soundcard is for Vista. THe onboard audio is for Mac. 8800GTS is a card I already own but outfitted with Thermaltakes DuOrb should increase performance. I am waiting for Leopard 10.5.2 and Vista Ultimate x64 SP1. This should be an awesome rig. Can't wait to see the benchmarks :).

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This is my first post, so go easy on me.

I am looking to build my first computer ever as I have been a mac user for many years, and have been holding

off on a Mac Pro due to the expense. I will be building a hackintosh system with specs very close to those you

are describing.


My question (about time, huh?):

You mention you are going to overclock your processor pretty substantially. I am wondering:

- Where could I find the best detailed walkthrough on how to safely overclock my new Intel CPU when I get it

- How difficult is it, really?

As I said, I have never built a computer before, but have done plenty of computer related/electronics hacks, so I would call myself a hobbyist, definitely no expert.


Thanks for any help!

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