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    Default $3k-4k Hackbox Hardware Suggestions

    I know a lot of people are low-balling when they build their boxes, but I'm interested in building as nice a box as I can within reason. I need to develop on both mac and pc, so a hackbox is my best bet for the money - I'd be looking at $5k for a lesser equipped Mac Pro. Assuming a $3k-4k budget, how far can I go with established working hardware? I'm probably looking at a current Core 2's.
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    I say forget a hack and get the real deal, with the money you have there is really no reason not to, if your going to use it for production. Also a hack is more like a test drive / hobby imo, not to be used in place of a real mac.

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    Well, I already have a couple apple laptops. So I have a stable macs, but they're a few years old now and not very quick - so it's not so much for wanting of a mac, so much as I need a faster mac - and again - for the money - building a PC myself can get me alot more than buying a mac from apple... not set in stone on it yet... but if I did, I'd appreciate some recommendations on hardware.

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    I'd go with something like this:


    GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (very popular motherboard with all onboard accessories working)
    Core2Quad Q6600 (quad-core 2.66GHz)
    4GB PC6400 DDR2 800 (I chose Mushkin in my daydream)
    Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB (I picked a Sapphire with a MIR, but it's only $145 before rebate)
    SATA DVD-RW of your choice
    500GB SATA HDD of your choice
    Antec P182 case
    Seasonic PSU

    Even doing that system above, which is the nicest Mac-compatible I can come up with, I'm still only spending $1600, though a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers can push that total closer to $2200-$2500 if you want a nice screen. It's also the machine of my dreams for Windows OR for OS X (though for Windows, I'd go with an 8800GTX).

    My Intel-based system (which is very stable and required minimal fuss) is very close, aside from the CPU being a Pentium D which I intend to upgrade. And the nice thing is security updates don't seem to break anything on Intel systems, so if you get going with 10.4.9 right away, you can install software updates without issues.

    Unfortunately, getting a Mac Pro for $4k is only 2GB, a 250GB HDD, and no display, though a total of 4 cores and a Radeon X1900XT is part of that package, and so is AppleCare.

    AMD systems just seem to be too much trouble, if my experience is anything to go on. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaS View Post
    I say forget a hack and get the real deal, with the money you have there is really no reason not to, if your going to use it for production. Also a hack is more like a test drive / hobby imo, not to be used in place of a real mac.
    JaS, allow me, with your releases and with bofors' hardware guides, I have got hackintoshes running as smooth as the real thing.
    On the other hand I can keep upgrading them and it doesn't cost a lot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by spectre2k5 View Post
    I know a lot of people are low-balling when they build their boxes, but I'm interested in building as nice a box as I can within reason. I need to develop on both mac and pc, so a hackbox is my best bet for the money - I'd be looking at $5k for a lesser equipped Mac Pro. Assuming a $3k-4k budget, how far can I go with established working hardware? I'm probably looking at a current Core 2's.

    -Claytron
    Probably I'd go for a Bad Axe 2, a Core 2 Quad Extreme and 8GB of premium RAM (that is exactly how my hackintosh should be looking in a few months).

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    Be careful with the 1950 pro no one seems to have working properly,

    I have had great results with AMD and Nforce 4 when using tubgirl's release, but if is intel then its Sir JaS all the way,


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    Here you have my setup, is working perfect!
    I build it 2 weeks ago, I bought everything at newegg.com
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    Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E4400 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115014
    $139.00

    GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128012
    $129.99

    EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814130062
    $109.99

    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820145034
    $159.00

    Linkworld 431-06 C.2222 Black SECC/SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
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    $44.99


    Pioneer 18X DVD±R DVD Burner Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model DVR-112D - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827129007
    $31.99

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
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    $67.99

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