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Hi Guys!

I'm looking at building my first PC. I've been looking for awhile (saving the money) and I'm almost ready. I don't want to drop more than a grand on it, (Maybe 1100-1200 max.) I'm a Video Production Major in College so I'm looking for a decently powered machine that can render footage in Final Cut and Adobe Suite's pretty quickly. With that said, I want to build a Hackintosh and dual boot Windows 7 or 8. I'd like some advice!

I think I want to go Ivy or Sandy bridge. I read online Haswell's are more geared towards laptops? I'm thinking i7, But I'm hoping someone can convince me to getting an i5 to save some money. The parts on my wish list are as follow-


What do you guys think? Anything I can change to save some money? I do not plan on over clocking. I want to go SSD, but they are a little too pricey for my budget.

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buildin a hackintosh can be problematic. Only some hardware will work. There are a couple sites with preconfigured known to work hackintosh build options. The selection of hardware options is not huge. One example is here. I am very unsure that SLI is even possible. You want a single card anyway for most non gaming apps.

Haswells are low wattage so they suck less power, but Intel cheaped out on the heat spreader design so they run as hot or hotter than ivy bridge. You get a 10% clock for clock bump, and some semi handy features. Sandy or ivy bridge are quite competitive speed wise when overclocked though, and can be had used, which may save you some money.

Other cost savings can be had in a smaller power supply (750w is too much), and a cheaper case. Low ball cases are less pleasant to work inside, but if you pay attention to airflow they;re just as functional
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4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
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crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
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Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
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buildin a hackintosh can be problematic. Only some hardware will work. There are a couple sites with preconfigured known to work hackintosh build options. The selection of hardware options is not huge. One example is here. I am very unsure that SLI is even possible. You want a single card anyway for most non gaming apps.

Haswells are low wattage so they suck less power, but Intel cheaped out on the heat spreader design so they run as hot or hotter than ivy bridge. You get a 10% clock for clock bump, and some semi handy features. Sandy or ivy bridge are quite competitive speed wise when overclocked though, and can be had used, which may save you some money.

Other cost savings can be had in a smaller power supply (750w is too much), and a cheaper case. Low ball cases are less pleasant to work inside, but if you pay attention to airflow they;re just as functional
What he said.
Ive tried doing a hackintosh build, very very difficult, we gave up after the 4th incorrect motherboard and sold everything.

Just go with Win 7 or 8 (personally I like 7 better).
This build should do you great.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2xgNq

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: PNY XLR8 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($127.58 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($135.30 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($236.98 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT NZXT H230 Black ATX Mid Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1190.28

Ok so here is a run-down.
The Xeon is hyperthreaded and fast, will help you massively with rendering, doesnt overclock to my knowledge but im fairly sure that some of the people in this forum have figured out a way thumb.gif 16GB ram will help you do previews faster and smoother. Trust me when I say you want a 250+GB SSD, you will fill up a 120GB with like 2-3 renders. 1TB HDD for storage. GTX 760 because you can actually buy it and use it for accelerated rendering (Im not sure how yet). Ive built in the H230, fantastic case, love it. Great PSU, will be all you need for this. I own 2 of these monitors, they are fantastic.
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