Video Editing Hackintosh


This is my 1st attempt at a Hackintosh build so I am completely open to suggestions on any or all of the components.

I would like to build a Hackintosh that will dual boot windows 7 and osx on separate hds. The computer will primarily be used for video editing (Final Cut Pro and CS4). I would also like the motherboard to support usb 3.0 and be relatively upgradable but other than that I am pretty flexible.

My budget is about $1000 can go over by a couple hundred if need be.

Here is what I was lookin at getting:

2X Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB SATA 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Hard Drive ST3500418AS

Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C​9 XMS3 4 GB PC3-12800 Core i5 Memory Kit

XFX Black Edition HD 5850 1 GB DDR5 Graphics Card HD585AZNBC

Intel Core i7 Processor 2.80 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I7-860BOX

OCZ 700MXSP 700 Watts ModXStream Pro Power Supply

Samsung Internal Half Height DVD-W Supermulti SATA 22X Lightscribe (Black)

Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External 3 X 5.25; Internal 6 X 3.5 2*Usb2.0

Gigabyte Intel Core i7/i5/LGA1156/4​DDR3-2200/Cross​FireX/GBE/Raid/​SATA3/USB3.0/7.​1-CH ATX Motherboard GA-P55A-UD3

Right now all this costs $816 on Amazon (NewEgg seems to be about the same on most parts)

If someone could recommend me a good compatible wireless card (g or n) that would be great too.

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  1. Hello let me point out couple things before you pull the trigger.

    I'm personally dual booting windows7/snow leo 64.

    You selected i7 930 processor. That is the LGA 1366 socket with p55 motherboard that is LGA 1156 socket
    The memory is fine but you need to look at core i7 processors that are 1156 not 1366.

    700wats is an overkill, 550-600 will be enough.

    Make sure the cd drive is SATA not IDE (ide will not work with hackintosh install)

    Since hackintosh is not as well supported you need to concentrate on compatibility of your components to the mackintosh first since windows has all the drivers and is more widely supported.

    Please do your homework, look up if you need extra drivers (also known as kexts in hackintosh world) for your motherboard since its pretty new.

    I am pretty sure ati 5850 will not be supported as of right now. I'm personally using gtx 280, nvidia has somewhat better drivers for the hackintosh (9800gt and up) but ati 4850 and 4870 have excellent support too.

    Just use google for each part of the build before making a mistake and pulling your hair out.

    I would also suggest posting on to get a better response and general idea as of what components will work and where you need to make some sacrifices.
  2. Thanks for the advice. I did a bit of research today and based on that and your suggestions I have made some changes. For some reason I am unable to add a post on insanelymac (says im not authorized, even after i registered) but I will try again tomorrow.

    Here is my updated parts list.

    2X Western Digital 500 GB Caviar Black SATA 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD5001AALS

    Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C​9 XMS3 4 GB PC3-12800 Core i5 Memory Kit

    EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail

    Intel Core i7-860 Processor 2.80 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU

    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    Samsung Internal Half Height DVD-W Supermulti SATA 22X Lightscribe (Black)

    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    If anyone has any suggestions on this I would appreciate it.
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