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    I want to make a mobile desktop to replace my old MacBook Pro, which is really starting to show its age. I figured while I was at it I might as well check and see if the parts I was looking at are compatible with OSX86 since I am sick and tired of Windows'... obtuseness, and would love to be able to use OS X on this computer. So here's a list of the parts I'm choosing, and I need to know if any of these are major red flags as far as OSX86 compatibility goes. Sorry if I've missed anything obvious or something, but I haven't seen a full database of A: hardware known compatible with OSX86 or B: hardware known incompatible with OSX86. Thanks in advance for any help, and merry Christmas.

    Case: - LIAN LI PC-TU200A Silver Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
    I like the "Nuclear Football" style of it and its ruggedness, as well as the ability to hold a full ATX power supply and double slot full length graphics card.

    Motherboard: - ZOTAC Z68ITX-A-E LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
    I love the wi-fi card built in and the connectivity options, including, especially, the USB 3.0 header in it.

    CPU: - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
    Significantly more powerful than AMD's FX-series 8120 from the same price range. snappy, all around greatastic.

    Memory: - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBPK
    I use G.Skill in all my computers and I like the color.

    GPU: - MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    I have a GTX 460 Cyclone 1gb in my desktop, it's quiet and fast, and I see no reason not to get another one, especially at this price point. I don't plan on playing games higher than 1650x1050, so I don't really need a 560 ti or 570.

    PSU: - SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    I've not used Silverstone power supplies before, but they source from SeaSonic, my favorite brand, and they are 100% modular, absolutely crucial in such a tiny case. I've heard good things about them from around.

    SSD: - OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC
    I've used a few different SSD's before, mostly Corsair and one OCZ Vertex II, and this seems to have the best Read/Write speeds in its price class.

    HDD: - HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    With the gigantic price hike in hard drives, my favorite Samsung Spinpoint F3 is out of the question, so this is the best option so far, though I have nothing positive to say about Hitachi from my experience, I equally have very little negative. It's the seagates that always fail on me.

    ODD: - LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - CD / DVD Burners
    It's a DVD burner, reviews say it's quiet and that's absolutely important to me.

    Sorry if I listed irrelevant parts like the optical drive and power supply, but I figured with OS X it pays to make sure everything works.

    edit: Also the reason I'm in Snow Leopard and not Lion is because I think Lion is ugly and soul sucking and generally to be avoided.
    Last edited by MacTrekkie; 12-26-2011 at 07:30 AM.



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