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    Default Hardware suggestions? $2k to spend on Mac Pro Hackint0sh. Go nuts...

    Hey all. I'm an ex-Apple Creative who was about to spend my hard earned cash on a Mac Pro when I realised I'd get much more bang for my buck from a hackint0sh set up. I'm looking for advice on how best to spend my money, and so far all I can find is information for people who have a smaller budget than I do, which is awesome but since I've saved up this long I might as well get a killer machine. I'm new to the hardware end of things, but I'm a power user and prepared to put the time and effort in to get the best possible setup I can afford. Essentially, I want to know what you would spend $2k on if you were me.

    Some things to remember;
    • I'm new to this. As simple an install as possible is desirable but not necessary as long as the learning curve isn't too steep;
    • Don't worry about peripherals, monitors or anything like that, it's not included in the the 2k.
    • I'm a filmmaker working with HD/2k footage, so the more RAM (16gb and up) and processing power you can squeeze in the better, but I don't use a huge number of monitors or anything so I doubt I'll need more than one graphics card.
    • I would like an SSD for the startup drive and a fair bit of HD space for footage, but so long as I have a fair few port options (Firewire is a preference because of some external kit I have) I'm sure I'll be ok.


    That's about it. I bow to your superior knowledge.

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    These are my specs..... Following ALL instructions on TONYMACx86 Projects.... Works like a charm, ALL for $2,200USD... Enjoy!


    GA-X58A-UD3R Ver 2.0 FE
    Intel i7950 3.06 GHz
    NVIDIA Quadro 4000
    -Kingston HyperX RAM 24 GB DDR3-1600/PC3-12800
    -Corsair HX1000W
    -OCZ Agility 120G SSD - Mac Boot Drive
    -Hitachi 2TB 7200 Drive
    -Hitachi 500Gig - Windows 7 Boot Drive



    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core i7
    Processor Speed: 3.07 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 8 MB
    Memory: 24 GB
    Processor Interconnect Speed: 4.8 GT/s
    Boot ROM Version: CustomBeast.tonymacx86.com
    SMC Version (system): 1.25f4

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    Oooh, Nice. Thanks for that!

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    Ok, so to reward you for all the cash you've saved up, I'm here to suggest what I think would be the ultimate build at $2k.
    This is an [B]8-core[B] system, so, yeah, it's pretty killer.
    -Sapphire ATI Radeon 6950 2GB Video Card - $280
    -EVGA Classified Motherboard - $580 [this is for dual Xeon processors]
    -(2) Intel Xeon Quad-Core Bloomfield Processors - $315 each/ $630 total - Newegg.com - Intel Xeon W3550 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80601W3550
    -Crucial 128GB SSD [Boot Drive] - $255 - Newegg.com - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    -(2) G.Skills Rip Jaws RAM 8GB [total 16GB]- $85 each/$170 total- Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
    -WD 2TB HDD - $120 - Newegg.com - Western Digital AV-GP WD20EURS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Here I have gone $35 over the limit, but I'm assuming since you were initially planning for a Mac Pro a bit extra would be ok right?
    Anyhow, that's about it, but you'll probably need around $200 more for a case, power supply, and CD drive, but otherwise, a computer this powerful average end price of $2200[here I added the extra $200 I suggested] would cost, from Apple, in the form of the Mac Pro, a whooping $4399, and that Mac Pro has an older graphics card, and one generation behind in CPU.

    Now, of course, it is your build, so go crazy, change whatever you like, reduce the CPU or the MoBo, or whatever you want.
    Quick tip however: A quad-core Core i7 [single CPU], with a single LGA 1155, 56, or 1366 would be much cheaper, and might have the amount of performance you need. What is detailed above is a killer machine, but for most, it's not really practical.

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    Do the Radeon 6950/6970's work in Snow Leopard 10.6.7 as of yet?


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    i'm looking to build a very similar system soon, but I haven't found a wireless card option yet. any suggestions?

 

 

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