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The Definitive Hackintosh topic
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  • I have a 3.5" rosewill usb 2 internal card reader, don't bother. I also have a kingston external usb 3 reader. I get almost 90MB/s copying from my sandisk 64GB 95MB/s card on the kingston!

  • How 's that 660ti graphics card working out?

  • @dtr - Great! At first I was having issues booting and hanging on a white screen. Ran Multibeast again and added GraphicsEnabler=No to the bootlist. Runs great. Capable of seeing live adjustments to curves while 1080p playback in DaVinci. Probably going to pick another up mad have it run in SLI.

  • @markmark1 Thanks, I ordered the Kingston from amazon along with a Spyder4Pro. I sure keep the delivery guy busy.

  • @matthewcarr No worries. Yeah I keep the UPS guy busy too, we know him by name!

  • Can something like this be Hackintosh'd?

    Kenilworth, New Jersey – September 26, 2012 – MAINGEAR, an award-winning custom PC builder whose name is known for building quality custom desktops, laptops, and workstations is yet again pushing the envelope of placing performance and quality in PC solutions to heights never before seen. The MAINGEAR ALPHA 24 Super Stock is an all-in-one computer that does not compromise in the way that the form factor is known to do: desktop-level performance.

    Unrivaled Power in its Class:

    While the MAINGEAR ALPHA 24 like the ALPHA 21 is fully upgradeable, the Super Stock options place components which are much more common in high performance desktop gaming computers in the form factor of an all-in one PC solution. The MAINGEAR ALPHA 24 Super Stock is a touchscreen all-in-one that offers a 95W Intel Core i7 3770K as the heart of the machine, with a full-sized, desktop discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 (with options starting with the GeForce GTX 650) to provide gaming prowess that has never before been found in an all-in-one custom computer.

    Best of all, each of these components are upgradeable and user serviceable: no need to worry about obsolescence or falling behind the technology race. The ALPHA 24 all in one desktop conforms to Intel's thin-mini ITX standard, assuring that the motherboard and processors of the future are able to be placed into the machine as well as premium SSD solutions from Corsair provides lightning fast response time for any program or game. The already robust graphics solution is also ensured upgradeability by way of two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors, so that high end graphics can always be placed in the ALPHA 24 without worry.

    Ingenious NVIDIA Synergy and Design, Entertainment from all Sources:

    The MAINGEAR ALPHA 24 takes advantage of the Intel 3rd generation core processor and the desktop version of NVIDIA Optimus: Synergy. Synergy technology works in tandem with Intel's HD graphics, allowing for conservative power consumption while watching videos or internet browsing but delivering power on demand with any gaming need. An optional CableCARD tuner also turns the ALPHA 24 into a touch-enabled Media Center; a digital cable-enabled HTPC. The ALPHA 24 also has a HDMI in, allowing a cable box, XBOX 360, PS3, or other device to take advantage of its full HD display.

    With its simple and clean design, this 1920 x 1080 glossy touchscreen all-in-one fits everyone's style and home. Customers can also order the MAINGEAR ALPHA 24 with a custom paint finish that lets the user tailor the all-in-one PC to their aesthetic design.

    MAINGEAR ALPHA 24: (Super Stock options)

    • Intel® Core™ i3 3240 3.4GHz, upgradeable to Intel® Core™ i7 3770K • 8GB DDR3-1333 standard, up to 16GB SO-DIMM Memory • Up to 256GB Crucial M4 mSATA SSD • Up to 3TB mechanical HDD • Full-size, Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Graphics, up to GeForce GTX 680 • DVD burner, with Blu-ray optional • Intel 802.11n, Bluetooth wireless adapter, Optional Bigfoot Killer Wireless • Expansion slots that include 2 mini PCIe slots and 1 PCIe x 16 slot • 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, 4-in-1 card reader/ 1Mic-in/1Headphone-out/ 1*slim type ODD • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit • Starting at $1,349

    "In this day and age, there shouldn't be a reason anyone would need to compromise for an all-in-one performance PC. "says Wallace Santos, CEO and founder of MAINGEAR. "Other all-in-one PC solutions pale in comparison to the ALPHA 24 and can be summed up with just a few words: 1080p gaming set to Ultra, maxed anti-aliasing and tessellation."

  • @Hallvalla - The processor, HDDs, and Video cards all should work. The most important question is the mobo.

  • Yes it really depends on the components used on the motherboard. I wouldn't try this as a first hackintosh attempt... It's like laptops, the one is more compatible than the other.

  • New Nvidia drivers are out with better support for GTX 6xx cards. Up to 4 display outputs now working, amongst other things. Ordered me a GTX 660ti to celebrate that ;)

  • Damn, just yesterday I ordered my hackintosh parts and a GTX 5XX card :/

  • Hi all, I need some advice whether to keep my old mac pro or build a Hackintosh. I need a computer powerful enough for handling BMCC RAW footage, edit in FCPX and grade in Resolve. The system that I currently have is:

    Mac Pro, 2 Xeon Nehalem Quad Core CPUs at 2.26 GHz, 640GB WD Festplatte (would swap this for a SSD), 12 GB Ram (6x2GB), ATI Radeon HD 4870 GPU with512 MB GDDR5, AirPort card, LaCie PCI e-SATA card with two ports

    I could sell this mac pro as is for about 1500 Euros and use the money to build a fast enough Hackintosh. Or I could upgrade the Mac Pro with an SSD and a powerful nvidia GPU which would probably cost me 500 Euros.

    What is the better option, performance wise and money wise?

  • I´ve upgraded my mac pro 1,1 octocore 2,66 ghz (!) with an gtx 570 and a SSD. Works pretty well!

  • @kodakmoment - this build cost me about 1800 including an ebay IPS monitor. Definitely something to consider.

  • @rheinpirat Thanks for the info. Which programs are you running on your mac pro?

  • @artiswar Thanks for the link! 1800 € or $, which OSX and programs are you running with it and how well? And did you experience any software upgrade problems?

  • @kodakmoment - That would be dollars. I'm running the newest Mountain Lion and running DaVinci Resolve, Adobe CS, and even Borderlands 2 at maximum settings!

    I had some issues with the 3.5 jacks on the MOBO so if you don't want fuss with that, pick up a recommended sound card. I have to re-kext at upgrades for the sound on the MOBO and when I first installed the OS. The power and savings is incredibly worth it. Remember, if you don't need a monitor, those components are only $1400

  • I run Adobe CS6, MediaComposer 6.5, FCPX and DaVinci Resolve Lite.

  • Hey Jesse, what'd you spend total on the whole system? [edit] Nevermind, I just saw the $1800 figure. NICE

  • @shian - Dopest dope I've ever smoked. Seriously, this machine puts some Mac Pros to shame. Well worth the investment. Live 3.5k with curves, levels, etc with Cuda? Yes please.

  • My hackintosh has been up and stable for about 6 months now. There is definitely a learning curve when it comes to getting it running perfect and when performing OS upgrades. In some ways a hackintosh is similar to a GH2 in that regard. It is 100% worth the hardship if you need to save money and value top of the line performance. It can be frustrating at first but very satisfying in the end. Make sure you have a laptop or second computer and follow guides closely. If something is not working check another thread for possible solutions. Above all, take your time and don't panic.

  • @artiswar -- That's really close to the machine that I just built last week, except I'm using an ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt board (anticipating the BMCC workflow once I get one). Also cost around $1800. Uh-maze-ing.

  • @matthewcarr that's exactly my feeling after a year and a bit of hackintoshing!

  • @hunter - smart move.

    Completely agree with @matthewcarr and @dtr

    Currently posting this, while grading in DaVinci, exporting from Media Encoder, running downloads from a Torrent client, working in Photoshop and encoding MTS. What a beast.

  • that's it, I'm building one. My next Mac will be a hackintosh.

  • Welcome to the 5000€ cheaper darkside of Apple