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post #111 of 181
Hey,

Not to burst your bubble, but have you ever build a hackintosh before? You can't just pick out any hardware you want. You have to be pretty picky or you will have major issues getting it to run fully with OSX

For instance, the GTX680 is more than likely not supported yet. For motherboards, usually Gigabyte works best, but it all depends on the chipsets that it is using etc.

Obviously stuff like PSU, Case, Monitor can be anything, but your really have to be deliberate in your selection of parts MB, GPU, and even DVD/BD drive. And Ivy Bridge will almost definitely be a NO GO.

Before you buy you should check out http://www.tonymacx86.com/

Tons of good info there and a good community also if you have questions about hardware compatibility.

I convinced my buddy to do the same and went though this also. It is definitely worth it, but don't go in blind thinking you can do it without a lot of research.

And yes, be prepared to support it. My friend did an OS update, even though I told him not to unless we had researched and put his machine into kernel panic state on reboot. I wasn't around and he was without a computer for a couple weeks because he couldn't figure it out.
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post #112 of 181
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Originally Posted by glakr View Post

Hey,
Not to burst your bubble, but have you ever build a hackintosh before? You can't just pick out any hardware you want. You have to be pretty picky or you will have major issues getting it to run fully with OSX
For instance, the GTX680 is more than likely not supported yet. For motherboards, usually Gigabyte works best, but it all depends on the chipsets that it is using etc.
Obviously stuff like PSU, Case, Monitor can be anything, but your really have to be deliberate in your selection of parts MB, GPU, and even DVD/BD drive. And Ivy Bridge will almost definitely be a NO GO.
Before you buy you should check out http://www.tonymacx86.com/
Tons of good info there and a good community also if you have questions about hardware compatibility.
I convinced my buddy to do the same and went though this also. It is definitely worth it, but don't go in blind thinking you can do it without a lot of research.
And yes, be prepared to support it. My friend did an OS update, even though I told him not to unless we had researched and put his machine into kernel panic state on reboot. I wasn't around and he was without a computer for a couple weeks because he couldn't figure it out.

Who's that aimed at confused.gif
    
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post #113 of 181
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Hardware yes, software no.

No the PC will be superior for both. Most games won't play on a Mac and running boot camp slows your games down.

In terms of gaming only a PC will be superior in absolutely every way. Arguing otherwise is silly.
    
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post #114 of 181
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Quote:
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Hardware yes, software no.

No the PC will be superior for both. Most games won't play on a Mac and running boot camp slows your games down.

In terms of gaming only a PC will be superior in absolutely every way. Arguing otherwise is silly.

Who said anything about Bootcamp? There are thousands of games native (by native I mean ported) to Mac OSX (mainly 10.5.8+) IIRC Battlefield 3 is one of them.
    
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post #115 of 181
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Who said anything about Bootcamp? There are thousands of games native (by native I mean ported) to Mac OSX (mainly 10.5.8+) IIRC Battlefield 3 is one of them.

Yeah but there are also thousands that aren't. Why are we even arguing about this?

As far as I can tell BF3 is not even available on Mac.
http://www.ea.com/mac#3

Neither is Mass Effect 3 or tons of other games.
    
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post #116 of 181
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Minimum hardware requirements to run OSx: Intel processor, Core 2 Duo or better(actually, all you need is SSE2 instructions), pretty much any integrated graphics chip released with the Core 2 will work just fine, gig of ram and enough hard drive space to install it.
Everything else pretty much doesn't matter.
Also, see sig rig.

You can install OSX on an AMD(I mean CPU not GPU tongue.gif ) and nVidia build as well but it will be a lot harder to get it working properly.
    
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post #117 of 181
be careful talking about the hackintosh stuff. It might get you in trouble, and they seldom work as well as the real thing. If I could have a hybrid and my biturbo S4 I would, but I don't... but I can with computers! MacBook Pro + i7-2600 ITX rig with a windows VM.

Technically it has linux on it too, so I guess that would count as some other weird efficient car like tesla biggrin.gif
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post #118 of 181
Tesla's not efficient, you need to change the batteries every 30,000 miles. It's not cheap either. $10k every time.

Fisker Karma is an efficient car.
    
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post #119 of 181
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Who's that aimed at confused.gif

It is aimed at OP. He is picking parts that more than likely will be really hard to get working with OSx. You can't pick anything you want and usually need to stay a generation behind or so. When I built the one I helped with, Sandy Bridge had been out for quite a while, but was not useable in a hackintosh build yet because Apple hadn't added support yet in the OS. Same with Video cards. I couldn't drop a 400 series NVidia in because no support. Unless you are a mac guru and can custom build kext files etc. you have to use hardware that is known to work and is pre-baked into OSX or it can be nearly impossible.
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post #120 of 181
Is OSX important to him?

Just get a gigabyte board and build him a hackintosh. That way he can have both

Quote:
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It is aimed at OP. He is picking parts that more than likely will be really hard to get working with OSx. You can't pick anything you want and usually need to stay a generation behind or so. When I built the one I helped with, Sandy Bridge had been out for quite a while, but was not useable in a hackintosh build yet because Apple hadn't added support yet in the OS. Same with Video cards. I couldn't drop a 400 series NVidia in because no support. Unless you are a mac guru and can custom build kext files etc. you have to use hardware that is known to work and is pre-baked into OSX or it can be nearly impossible.

Are you daft? Sandybridge is the easiest hackintosh builds.

http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/

Visit that site, and learn a little.

They also have the 680 working without QE/CI and have full support up to the GTX 580 now.

You known nothing of the hackintosh scene
Edited by PappaSmurfsHarem - 4/7/12 at 7:43pm
     
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