New Gaming/Hackintosh computer build!!
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 :cool:, 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! ;)