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Please help me win a bet with my much younger nephews?
OK, so a week ago I ordered a new PC from Digital Storm and it should arrive any day now. I came into a small sum of money and thought I'd blow my wad on a killer new PC. The cost $3,500 or about $1,100 MORE than I paid for my soon to be OLD system 5 years ago. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to promote the auction for my machine here in the forums, but suffice to say, it is out there for the world to view. I started the auction at $0.01 but have a reserve as it still has value. As a matter of fact, after having a well regarded tech support company solve the minor issue I had with pages not loading properly after I set up a D-Link router. I would have to say that after 5 years it still boots quickly and plays all current games though perhaps not at MAX settings. Well, after having a discussion with both nephews I offered to sell it to them for a very reasonable price.
My youngest nephew works for a local design company and used autoCAD daily. He allegedly asked his tech support guy for an opinion on my old system. He came back to me and offered $50. Now, I'm really not very hardware savvy as I'm nearly 50 years old and have neither the time nor inclination to learn anything new though I can Google & Youtube pretty well for an old guy. Needless to say I decided to price out both old/new parts on an auction site and site that sells TONS of hardware online. My conclusion? Assuming I can use the case, power supply, DVD burner, 3 1/4 floppy, the 2 250 & 500GB hard drives and not just one GPU, but perhaps a 2nd nearly identical card. I've not even done research to see if SLI is possible while running OSX86 Mountain Lion 10.8.
What I have done is to offer it to my older nephew who thinks he's a MAC expert for $400. He doesn't have the cash to build his own "Hackintosh" so I started searching and after about 10 minutes decided that at WORST, I'd need a different MB, CPU & RAM. I budgeted the same $400 that my nephew can't afford. So, this is my first ever post here so here's my only question. Is there even a remote chance I can turn my old PC into a Hackintosh OR would a $400 budget be sufficient to purchase a MB, new CPU and new RAM from an online retailer and try to install software and turn my old into a new? The specs are as follows and thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
SPECIAL PROMOTION None.
PROCESSOR AMD Athlon 64 X2 AM2 FX-62 Processor at 2.8GHz (Special $450 Instant Rebate Included)
RIG Vigor PALADIN Screwless Chassis w/Lockable Aluminum Door and LCD Control Center
RIG COLOR Platinum Silver
RIG STYLE Oval Window with top vent - PALADIN only
RIG COOLING Vigor MonsoonTM II TEC Active CPU Cooling Air Conditioner System
RIG POWER Tagan TG800-U25 EasyCon XL nVidia-SLI Certified 800Watt Power Supply
RIG DIMENSIONS 8.00" Width X 20.00" Depth X 18.00" Height.
MB CORE LOGIC Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe AM2 nVidia nForce 590 SLI X 16 MCP w/2000MHz FSB
MEMORY 4GB Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400 X 2 DDR2 800MHz Memory (4 X 1024MB)
HARD DRIVE 1 250GB S-ATA II 7200 RPM Hard Drive
HARD DRIVE 2 500GB S-ATA II 7200 RPM Hard Drive
RAID SETTING None.
VIDEO CARD (SLI SLOT 1) nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB Xtreme Edition @600MHz, DVI and TV Out
VIDEO CARD (SLI SLOT 2) None. This is incorrect as I have a 2nd 8800 GTX that is not OC'd but even I can download Nvidia software and see if I can over/under clock the 2nd card so that they're nearly identical?
OPTICAL DRIVE 1 Samsung Internal S18XLSB 18X LIGHTSCRIBE DVD+/- RW + CDRW Rewritable Drive
OPTICAL DRIVE 2 None.
RECORDING SOFTWARE Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Basic DVD/CD RW Software
SOUND Digital High Definition 3D 7.1 8-Channel Sound
NETWORK PORT Onboard Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps) PCI Network Card
WIRELESS NETWORK PORT None.
I/O PORTS 1 Parallel, 1 Game/Midi and 6 to 10 USB ports (Varies by Motherboard)
KEYBOARD Standard Black Internet Multimedia Keyboard
MOUSE Logitech G5 USB Gaming Laser Mouse
FLOPPY DRIVE 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive
OPERATING SYSTEM Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit w/Original DVD
SERVICE Standard 3 Year Limited Parts and Life-Time Labor Warranty
STORAGE MEDIA None.
SOFTWARE BUNDLE None.
ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE Norton Anti-Virus
There's $100 just waiting for me from both of them if there's even a remote possibility that I can make this work without having to spend $0.01 more than $400?
I'll be checking back over the weekend.