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As the title says a customer wants a Mac Pro desktop. He wants triple boot, Mac OS, Win 7, and linux. I know we are not allowed to discuss hackintosh so I will just leave it at that.

Requirements; Intel i7, Terabyte hybrid, runs dual monitors at high def., fits in the rosewill thor case, and has thunderbolt ports. This build needs to come in at or below $1,000 not including OS we have that covered already.

Please use all newegg, as its easier for my charging. I talked him out of buying a used Mac Pro, for obvious reasons. So figured I would ask my fellow professionals advice and get inspired. Thanks for any and all suggestions.

Note: Hes not a gamer so hefty graphics cards are not needed, just dual monitors, doesn't even need to be discrete GPU.
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post #2 of 23
Might I suggest tonymacx86's guide? http://www.tonymacx86.com/351-building-customac-buyer-s-guide-may-2013.html
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What are the main uses?
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Main uses are video encoding, ripping, watching movies ect. Hes not a gamer or power user really, but he does require what I listed above.
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I came up with this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $837.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-17 14:31 EDT-0400)

Please note that the motherboard comes bundled with another 8GB of crucial RAM
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Did you see the tonymac link I posted?

Intel i7-3770 - $280
Gigabye GA-Z77X-UP4 (two Thunderbolt ports) - $185
Nvidia GT 640 - $100
16GB DDR3 RAM ~$125
Seagate 1TB HDD - $75
Sandisk 120GB SSD - $110
Corsair CX500M - $70

$945
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post #7 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ImmortalKenny View Post

Did you see the tonymac link I posted?

Intel i7-3770 - $280
Gigabye GA-Z77X-UP4 (two Thunderbolt ports) - $185
Nvidia GT 640 - $100
16GB DDR3 RAM ~$125
Seagate 1TB HDD - $75
Sandisk 120GB SSD - $110
Corsair CX500M - $70

$945

I did good sir +rep Using that as a general guide. Im assuming OS-X will install flawlessly on a machine built with those parts?

Quote:
Originally Posted by wthenshaw View Post

I came up with this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $837.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-17 14:31 EDT-0400)

Please note that the motherboard comes bundled with another 8GB of crucial RAM

Why a discrete GPU of that size? Also, board is a bit on the pricy side. I should have said the only money my shop makes is the difference between cost of build and him handing me 1K so the lower the better. +rep for trying though.
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post #8 of 23

Well you're not going to begin getting a Mac Pro "replacement" for under $1k...

 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dimaggio1103 View Post

Why a discrete GPU of that size? Also, board is a bit on the pricy side. I should have said the only money my shop makes is the difference between cost of build and him handing me 1K so the lower the better. +rep for trying though.

That is a reliable motherboard, but to make up for the cost newegg are offering 8Gb ram free with it? plus this is the cheaper and more powerful build of the two suggested
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PR-Imagery View Post

Well you're not going to begin getting a Mac Pro "replacement" for under $1k...

I might as well comment on this too...

If the computer is going to someone who isn't tech savvy, they're not going to have a good time if something goes wrong inside of OS X. Generally if you choose the right hardware you won't have any problems. However if something happens to the OS X install and it needs to be reinstalled, it's not always as easy as reinstalling Windows and they might give you a ring for some tech support.

OS X can take some time to get every piece of hardware working as it should. There are a lot of configuring to do in system files, setting some flags to true/false, downloading weird 3rd party drivers, etc. Just throwing it out there.
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