"Mac Pro" Hardware Recommendations for Snow Leopard?
I'm looking to build a Hackintosh system that closely mirrors or beats the performance of the components in the latest Mac Pro systems. Trying to stay under $1500 for a complete system, not including keyboard, mouse, monitor.
See: Configure - Apple Store (U.S.)
Currently Apple has a Quad core and an 8-Core system. 8-Core would be nice, but I think I'm going to stick with a Quad due to costs. If it's drastically cheaper to slightly lower performance, that's fine. Looking at probably a Core i7 cpu, maybe Core 2 Quad? Xeon processor is not necessary for me. I'd rather spend the money on a better video card. Also, how are AMD cpu's for hackintoshes? I'll probably stick with Intel, but I'm just curious what other people think?
I currently have a dual G5 1.8ghz with 2.5 gigs of RAM, so just about anything will be a step up in performance. I'd like the new system to be compatible with Snow Leopard (I plan to buy a retail copy) and it must be able to use the BOOT 1-3-2 method. I don't want to download hacked iso's from torrents. I don't want to do anything illegal, but immoral is just fine ;-)
I am no stranger to building PC's, but I haven't built one in about 5 years, so I'm a little overwhelmed with the variety of hardware combinations available. From what I've read, I need to stick with a Gigabyte or Asus motherboard.
Video is an important concern. I plan to use the machine for HD 1080p video editing using Final Cut and Adobe After Effects. Dual Monitor setup. I've heard about plug-ins not working on some hackintoshes, so if you know anything about issues with certain video cards, that info would be great! But I'll also google the hell out of any recommendations just to be safe. Should you stick with an actual Nvida branded card, or are cards with other brand names fine as long as they use the Nvidia chip, such as EVGA?
Sound has to work well. I wouldn't imagine I would have any compatibility issues, but I also have a Lexicon Omega 24-bit USB audio interface that I want to use with the new box. It controls the inputs for my studio microphones and musical instruments. Sleep mode is not that important to me, so if it doesn't work, no worries.
Ok, so doing my own small amount of research, here are some possibilities I've found so far ...
$280 - Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5
$280 - Processor: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 (ok to overclock to around 3.0ghz)
$200 - RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
$155 - Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1155-TR GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Without a case and all the other additions, the major cost is around $1000, which is not bad at all considering Apple's lower-end Mac Pro *starts* at $2500
$150-$200 Case + Power supply
$100 HD: 640gb or 1TB Seagate
$50 - DVD: Sata LG SuperMulti
Thanks in advance for any insight you can help me with! :-)
Found what I'm looking for...
I'm the first to reply to my thread. Ha! I found a guide for what I want...
Lifehacker Article is great -- second guessing choices
I'll throw my two cents in. The Lifehacker article was great and it inspired me to go out and purchase just about everything on their list. (I used some memory and an 8600GTS video card I'd already had to try to keep costs down). I got the machine up and running after less than a day of fiddling around and it performs well. However, I also have a 2.66Ghz Macbook Pro (two years old) and I was hoping the "Hackintosh" would feel significantly faster... it didn't.
Looking back at the specs, I'm second guessing some of the choices in the article. I was under the impression that the recommended hardware was "best of the best", but some of the decisions have left me wanting for more. If I were to do it again, I think I'd try to splurge for a motherboard that supported DDR3 and pay the extra premium for the new memory. It would also be cool if there was a reasonably priced motherboard with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.
I realize these are small nit-pics, but it would be cool to see an article with several build lists which lined up with Apple's products. For example, Mac Mini, iMac, and MacPro configurations. Unfortunately, I don't have the budget for such a project...
One other note. NewEgg charges tax for California Residents, so I ended up getting everything at Amazon for the same price and free shipping.
WD Green Spin at 7200 or 5400 rpm?
ContagiousIdeal -- I was looking through your Amazon order, and I noticed you went with the Caviar Green drives. I've been seeing conflicting information on whether those drives are 7200 vs 5400 rpm. Do you know for sure? I ended up getting a Seagate 1TB 7200rpm with 32mb cache for $90 at Fry's. Might just be worth revisiting the hard drive.
Also, I picked up this case on clearance at Fry's for $70 which included the 500watt power supply
Antec Sonata Designer 500
I wasn't sold on the white at first, but it does give a very clean "Mac-like" look to the Hackintosh :-)