Discuss newbie needs advice on top of the line Hackintosh strategy at the Hardware - Hackint0sh.org; I'm a long time Mac user (and former Unix sysadmin). I use a Mac Pro ...
newbie needs advice on top of the line Hackintosh strategy
I'm a long time Mac user (and former Unix sysadmin). I use a Mac Pro at work (I run a biology research lab) and need to upgrade, for speed and because my system is having some issues that are unfixable. If in the next couple of weeks at WWDC Apple does not announce an upgrade to the Mac Pro line, I am considering the Hackintosh route, and would appreciate people's advice. Here are my parameters:
1) I am NOT looking to get it cheap. I normally spend ~$6,000 on my desktop machine - this is for work and is super mission-critical. I get the top of the line CPU, max # of cores, huge solid state disk (on a card, not a disk enclosure), etc. So what I would be looking for is the absolute fastest machine that can be put together. If it's faster than the actual Mac Pro, great! The purpose here is not to save money (although I don't want to waste $, the point is to get the optimal possible performance). I am not usually rendering video but rather using all sorts of interactive programs and I need the user response to be as fast as possible. I run 4 large monitors simultaneously, so will need good graphics cards that can handle that.
2) as fun as messing with parts is, I don't have time now :-( I need this thing to work. Is going the Hackintosh route mean that I will forever be dealing with fascinating and hard-to-debug quirks, or can it be made to be very stable? Seriously, how much of a tinkering is this - is it only for people who love the art of putting stuff together themselves and hacking things until they work, or have the components and plans stabilized to the point that it's pretty simple and then it mostly just works?
3) I don't need the latest Apple OS. In fact I prefer 10.6 and would be perfectly happy to stay with that if need be. Everything I need for productivity runs fine on 10.6.
given the above, what do people think - is this a viable way to go for me, and if so, where do I pick up plans for the most stable, highest-performance possible system? Is there anyplace I can buy one already put together and optimized in this way?
thanks in advance!
Just wanted to interject a couple of points from my experiences with building a hackintosh.
I built one about a year and a half ago for about 2200 and the same week, my work spent 6k on a Mac Pro for me.
My hackintosh is visibly faster/snappier then the Mac Pro.
This is for several reasons; one my CPU is over clocked (for which I recommend liquid cooling), 2 faster ram was available on the open market, Sata 6 instead of Sata 3, I striped together 2 256 ssds for my os and 4 10k drives for my media.
The result was a machine that scored hire with bench mark software
For the most part I just looked to the forums for the best specs on a machine (my machine is a dinasour) now that's its year old.
The first time I built one, I did it From my pc I already had. To save time i hired a guy from Craig's list, paid him $50 bucks to come over and help.
Then i pulled the trigger, spent about the same amount of money I would have spent on the nicest iMac, and bought the parts for a hackintosh instead.
You asked about the pain/Maintenon of such a system. It took me about a day and half to get a stable build, but since then I've had no real major issues. I learned early on to use time machine to go back a step or two whenever uninstalled something that would cause my machine to not boot or kernal panick. So yeah it can be a pain to get off the ground, but once it's running,
It's very stable. Hope this helps.
Originally Posted by mlevin77
Thanks! Do you (or anyone) have a lead on a company or individual who builds these things for people custom?
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