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    Hey all,

    I'm looking to build a system that is as close to a Mac Pro as possible. I love my MacBook Pro and would LOVE to buy a real Mac Pro, but I just can't afford it. As far as I know, even if I made a computer that had the exact specs as a Mac Pro, I wouldn't be able to install a stock version of Leopard (Back me up/correct me on this). Furthermore, how is Leopard running on hackintoshes these days? My first experience with OS X was way back when this all started and was on a Toshiba laptop. I remember it running very slowly with a lot of glitches. Has everything gotten better? I'd hope you could run OS X on a custom built machine and never know it wasn't a mac, after all these years.

    All the Hardware compatibility lists I've seen so far aren't really helpful to someone who is starting from scratch. So, I'd love to hear your personal opinions! Which motherboard would you use that is closest to the one in the Mac Pro? Which processor? Video Card?

    Thanks, and I look forward to your answers!



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    Try something like this with different configurations for different budgets

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3
    Processor: Core 2 Quad Q9550
    Video: nVidia 8800GT 512 mb
    Memory: 4GB RAM DDR2
    Hard Drive: 500GB 7200 rpm + 300 GB 10000 rpm
    Power Supply 750/1000w
    DVDRW Serial ATA

    Mother Board:Intel DG31PR
    Processor:Intel® Xeon® CPU X3220 @ 2.40GHz
    Bus frequency:1.06 GHz
    Memory: 4GB RAM DDR2
    Video:Nvidia 8800GT 512 Mb
    Hard Drive: WD 500 GB 7200rpm + 500 GB 7200rpm
    Power Supply 1000w
    DVDRW Serial ATA

    And super cheap one

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2
    Processor: Core 2 Duo E2200
    Video: Nvidia 7300 GS
    Memory: 2GB RAM DDR2
    Hard Drive: 1x300GB 7200 rpm
    Power Supply 350/450w
    DVDRW Serial ATA

    New one

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 or MSI x58 Platinum or ASUS P6T Deluxe
    Processor: Intel Core i7 920
    Video: 9800 GTS
    Hard Drive: 500GB 7200 rpm + 500 GB 7200 rpm
    Memory: 4GB RAM DDR3
    Power Supply 750/1000w
    DVDRW Serial ATA

    Here you can change almost everything but the motherboard ok? if you gonna use some new video card or sli, google a bit to know if it gonna be supported
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLoudermilk View Post
    Hey all,

    I'm looking to build a system that is as close to a Mac Pro as possible. I love my MacBook Pro and would LOVE to buy a real Mac Pro, but I just can't afford it. As far as I know, even if I made a computer that had the exact specs as a Mac Pro, I wouldn't be able to install a stock version of Leopard (Back me up/correct me on this). Furthermore, how is Leopard running on hackintoshes these days? My first experience with OS X was way back when this all started and was on a Toshiba laptop. I remember it running very slowly with a lot of glitches. Has everything gotten better? I'd hope you could run OS X on a custom built machine and never know it wasn't a mac, after all these years.

    All the Hardware compatibility lists I've seen so far aren't really helpful to someone who is starting from scratch. So, I'd love to hear your personal opinions! Which motherboard would you use that is closest to the one in the Mac Pro? Which processor? Video Card?

    Thanks, and I look forward to your answers!
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