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    Hey,

    I'm planning on trying to build a great, stable Hackintosh machine for my Pro Tools HD (PCIe based) system.
    It's not as simple as a regular system due to the usage of extra DSP though PCIe slots, and I'm sure I'll be presented with problems at the start but hopefully it'll work out and this can be a guide for many other Pro Tools users out there.
    The components I'm looking at:

    Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz
    MB: ASUSTeK P6T6 WS Revolution
    PSU: SilverStone SST-OP1000-E
    GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N98XPZL-1GH
    Case: ZALMAN Z-MACHINE GT900
    PCIe expansion 1&2 Digidesign HD Accel Core & Process cards (One each, may test with more)
    PCIe expansion 3: Sonnet Tango Express 800 (Firewire 800)




    I chose the Asus motherboard due to the number of full PCIe ports in there that should allow me to use my two current HD cards and expand with more at a future date. Icchansan was kind enough to point me to a thread discussing the compatibility of the MB, and it seems to be alright, so this is my choice.

    I decided to go for a high quality/power PSU, made by Silverstone. 1000W and lots of power @12v. Should be more than enough power.

    GPU, although I'm thinking about the Gygabyte option, I have no idea what's good or bad, and to be honest, compatibility is the only major issue for me. As long as there are two DVI ports for dual monitors, and works well in OSX that's fine. It's an audio workstation after all. No games.

    Case, because it looks cool! Seems to be easy installing stuff too.

    Everybody carries around Firewire 800 disks these days in audio so I needed an expansion card. I think I'll go for Sonnet.

    The two PCIe cards by Digidesign are full sized length. Any extra expansion cards will be full sized too, FYI.



    Okay, this is how I'm planning things out at the moment. I'll be starting once I get a bit of money at the end of the month.
    It's not going to be cheap at all, although obviously cheaper than a Mac Pro.
    If anybody has better suggestion for different components or have common interests, please post in this thread.
    As my username suggests, I'm a complete Noob when it comes to Hackintosh (I've always used Macs) so any help I can get along the way would be absolutely great.

    Hope it'll work!!



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    Heres a guide about to install in your mobo, dunno your video @_o
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    Quote Originally Posted by icchansan View Post
    Heres a guide about to install in your mobo, dunno your video @_o
    Do you mean the video card? Actually, I'd love to know a stable, cheap alternative if you've got any suggestion within my setup.
    Thanks again for the MB link. You actually gave me the link a few days ago and although it doesn't look like a simple task, hopefully I'll get it working in the end.
    Thanks!

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    I see, you double post _;; anyway yeh you can try with 8600GT or 9800GTX
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    Quote Originally Posted by icchansan View Post
    I see, you double post _;; anyway yeh you can try with 8600GT or 9800GTX
    Yeah, sorry about the double post! I wanted to create a more organized thread that would hopefully help others like me in similar situations.

    Regarding the GPU, the GV-N98XPZL-1GH I mentioned is 9800GTX, but it might be too much for what I need.

    I'd like to ask you another question regarding the graphics cards.

    The OEM gpu that Apple uses as standard config is GT 120. I've read that the equivalent to that (just a different sticker) is 9500 GT. It's a pretty small, basic card that would work well for me. Is this a bad idea? Wouldn't Leopard already be okay with the same card? Or am I way off?
    I'm a little concerned because I haven't seen you recommending it. Please let me know if it's a bad idea. If so, I'll go and look for 8600 (or 8800?).
    Thanks again.


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    Hey good work I'm looking into the same thing, but I'm still on PCI.
    Would be great if this works, I will follow this thread with interest!

    gl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackinoob View Post
    Yeah, sorry about the double post! I wanted to create a more organized thread that would hopefully help others like me in similar situations.

    Regarding the GPU, the GV-N98XPZL-1GH I mentioned is 9800GTX, but it might be too much for what I need.

    I'd like to ask you another question regarding the graphics cards.

    The OEM gpu that Apple uses as standard config is GT 120. I've read that the equivalent to that (just a different sticker) is 9500 GT. It's a pretty small, basic card that would work well for me. Is this a bad idea? Wouldn't Leopard already be okay with the same card? Or am I way off?
    I'm a little concerned because I haven't seen you recommending it. Please let me know if it's a bad idea. If so, I'll go and look for 8600 (or 8800?).
    Thanks again.
    I'll tell ya some cards that you can use:

    Nvidia: 8600~8800 GT, 2xx Series, 9600~9800 GTX
    ATI: 4850-4870HD, about ATI you can check netkas site for more info
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