First before anything, I have made a very simular post in the OS X Lion section but because its a new OS and the lack of people in that forum section, I am posting in OS X snow leapord section. It still applies to the topic because if i can't get leopard running I am going to at least try to get snow leopard up and going!
So I currently have a 2008 unibody macbook 13" with OS X Lion (10.7.2) that i was using mainly for school. However, I am not satisfied for the money i payed for with the specs (gecrap 9400m can't even play bf3 w/ all the tweaks) I no longer need the portability so I am selling it for around $600 to $700. With that approx $700 budget and my first paying job , I'm going to make a small portable gaming rig that can dual boot a hackintosh system. The Mac OS has grown on me and I like to use it for music production, editing, browsing, itunes etc, so if i'm using pc hardware i want to make sure everything will go as planned and smoothly.
This post is very important to me and I am asking for the hackint0sh communities advice on mainly what motherboard would best support a cracked OS X Lion install and if any of the hardware I have picked may cause problems or conflict with this build. I am buying all the hardware from the long-loved Newegg.com.
Mobo options (NOTE: has to be micro-ATX board, support SLI and a socket that supports quad processors such as i5's i7's)
So far I have found 3 options:
(preferred item 2 x PCIE 2.0 x16 slots) ECS Black Deluxe P67H2-A2 SLI - Newegg.com - ECS Black Deluxe P67H2-A2 SLI (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA P67 SLI Micro - Newegg.com - EVGA P67 SLI Micro 120-SB-E672-KR LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA Z68 SLI Micro - Newegg.com - EVGA Z68 SLI Micro 120-SB-E682-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
Please let me know if there may be a better fit that meets the requirements with better compatibility
The brains and heart of computers,The Processor
Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor - Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52300
Memory (Note: Depending on which of the mobo's I end up with, i may have to switch ram's so it can match the supported speed)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133mhz - Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM
Hard Drive (Note: the hard drive is SSD for speed and is only 32gb for the operating systems (and a few next-gen games) so they can zip on by while i use an external terabyte drive for everything else)
Patriot Torqx 2 2.5" 32GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive - Newegg.com - Patriot Torqx 2 PT232GS25SSDR 2.5" 32GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Video Card (Note: I went with the EVGA superclocked because it seems to be the THINNEST of the gtx 460 cards in the price range, i was worried about not having space for a second card in the future)
EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - Newegg.com - EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1363-KR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Power Supply (Note: I am unfamiliar with getting the correct form factor for a small gaming case like the one I chose but I think this one should do and has power for SLI, any feedback is still greatly appreciated!)
Thermaltake TR2 Series TR-600P 600W V2.3 & EPS 12V 2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com - Thermaltake TR2 Series TR-600P 600W V2.3 & EPS 12V 2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
And last but not least, The case
Thermaltake ARMOR A30 Micro ATX Case - Newegg.com - Thermaltake ARMOR A30 VM70001W2Z Black SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Grand Total: $883.79 (includes shipping) a bit over budget but a few days of work will pay for the rest
Alright guys, let me know what you think. Compatability with hackintosh (snow leapord or lion), Compatability in general, improvements and tell me what you think of my new condensed gaming/workstation rig!