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    Default Pre-purchase phase. Compatibility/performance advice please :)

    Hi Guys!
    I've just finished the first part of my research into a new system. I'm long overdue for a new machine, but want to make sure I get everything right before I purchase.

    I'm looking to run a dual-boot Win7/OSX system, though am also toying with the idea of maybe a couple of other operating systems (XP, and maybe linux as well)- depending on the ease of setup and reliability of the system overall.

    I'd greatly appreciate any input on the hardware components I've selected so far, in terms of compatibility with OSX, as well as value for money & performance etc. Here's a preliminary list. Prices are in Australian dollars...

    MOtherboard: Gigabyte P55A-UD5 1156 pin, USB3, DDR3 -$215

    CPU: Intel i7-860 2.8Ghz LGA1156 - $333

    Video card: Gigabyte 1GB 5670 PCI-E Vga card -$125

    RAM: Kingston 4gb kit DDR 3, 1333- $124
    MSwin7 Ultimate 64 bit: $206

    Antec case? PSU min wattage? UPS? Logitech webcam? Backlit gaming keyboard?

    LG IDE DVDRW- $32

    Hitachi 3.5" Deskstar 2tb sata hdd - $178



    Wondering what difference there is in motherboard choices in the p55 range, whether ud5, or ud3 etc? I'd like to slightly future-proof with the ability to install more RAM etc down the track as needed. (16gig seems like a lot at the moment!)

    Also thinking, re- the dual/triple/quad boot idea, if a CF card could be used as the first boot device (converted to SATA)- and contain the boot menu and maybe even an XP install... (is it best to have operating systems on their own physical drives?)

    I'm sure there are a hundred similar posts to this one, though it's always tricky finding hackintosh info on new hardware! (usually needs a long time to test etc)

    Thanks in advance for your useful input!

    =)



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    Mobo is fine, CPU is fine although it will require some extra work. For graphics I would go with Nvidia as ATI isn't very hackintosh friendly. For RAM Kingston? Mushkin or G.Skill would be a better choice the former is more reliable, has great customer support, good OC. The latter doesn't play well with some systems, OC's abit better, however should you need support forget about it (there support blows). PSU...600 to 650 should be plenty. Hope this helps.

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    CPU- extra work? is that because it's an i7? more info would be good here...
    Open to alternatives!

    Not sure where I read that ATI radeon was a good choice... so NVidia is better? :S Any specific cards you might recommend?

    Will look into alternate RAM brands- this shop doesn't have a huge range...

    Thanks for the input! =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by N00b77 View Post
    CPU- extra work? is that because it's an i7? more info would be good here...
    Open to alternatives!
    Yes it's because it's an i7. There is a Guide though link


    Quote Originally Posted by N00b77 View Post
    Not sure where I read that ATI radeon was a good choice... so NVidia is better? :S Any specific cards you might recommend?
    Me neither and yes Nvidia is better for Hackint0sh. Depends on your intended use and how much you were looking to spend.

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    Thanks for the quick reply... that link refers to the X58 series of motherboards- aren't they using a 1366 pin chip/socket? I'm going for a p55 board and a 1156 chip... (man this is confusing) so it's an i7- but not the superfancy i7...

    Does that change things at all?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dj Osiris View Post
    Yes it's because it's an i7. There is a Guide though link




    Me neither and yes Nvidia is better for Hackint0sh. Depends on your intended use and how much you were looking to spend.
    I'm mainly using my system for audio production, tho most of this will happen under windows I expect... so quadcore is good, and lots of RAM down the track will be important... other than that, multi monitor support is a plus, and if I get OSX running- it would be a crying shame not to get a video card that supports the Quarts Graphics engine... love that thing

    Would the IRC forum be awake now you think? =)


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    Well the guide was meant more as a general purpose . People are running p55's so it would just be a matter of finding what you need. As for the IRC go knock . Regards

    EDIT: About the Video Card MSI has a dual DVI multi monitor support with dual fans and a nice heat sink. Think it comes in 250 and 260 I believe for around the same price (well at least at Newegg) as you were looking to spend on the ATI .
    Last edited by Dj Osiris; 05-17-2010 at 02:49 PM.

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    Post Updated parts list...

    Ok- I've taken your advice on board- the only thing remaining I think is my DVD burner drive- SATA or IDE? and which brand?

    so far:
    $210- Motherboard: GA-P55A-UD5- i7- up to 16 gig ram
    $333- Intel core i7-860
    $149- 1GB GTS250 Gigabyte brand video card (pci-x, NVidia chipset)
    $169 4 gigs RAM- [1x4G] DDR3 2000 G.Skill brand
    $169 4 gigs RAM- [1x4G] DDR3 2000 G.Skill brand (total 8gig)
    $164 Antec Sonata III case
    $64 Logitech g13 backlit keyboard
    $19- Internal card reader- CF/SD/1394 etc
    $206 win7 ultimate
    $119 WD 1.5TB Sata II HDD with 64meg Cache [500G partition for Win7 OS, Remainder for storage NTFS]
    $55 Seagate 500G Sata II HDD with 64 meg cache (please confirm speed and cache size) [unformatted- for additional OS]
    $1657 subtotal

    ^^quoted from email to my parts supplier- gonna use 2nd drive for hackintosh install...

    Actually just reading up on i5 vs i7- I could save a hundred bucks and lose an insignificant amount of performance- not sure if i need extra "threads" for the audio production work I do... FL9 etc
    Intel 1156pin Core i5 / i7 Series (Genuine Retail Boxed CPU)
    Core G6950 / i3-530 / i3-540 $109 / $137 / $157
    Core i5-650 /i5-661 / i5-750 / i5 670 /i7-860 /i7-870 $209/$231/$232/$336/$333/$663

    The closer I get to deciding, the more questions that come up!
    Last edited by N00b77; 05-21-2010 at 06:51 AM. Reason: appending info

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    For loops even an i5 is over-kill hehe. So if you want to save a little bit then go head . About the DVD drive go with SATA, some people say IDE but not really sure where they came up with that conclusion . What's the exact model of the graphics card? Depending on the model you might want to check out this card XFX GS250XZDFU GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16.

 

 

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