This is my first PC build, switching over from Mac due to the ridiculous pricing of Mac hardware. However, I still need the apple OSX because I prefer it for video editing, which is where this becomes more complex. I will be running Windows 7, which I already have a copy of, and will use it mostly for gaming. I've picked some parts, but am still confused on others, here are the ones I've picked-
Overall Budget: $750-ish
I have a monitor, Resolution 1440x900
Processor: i3 530/540 or i5 750/760 if i can get a good deal on the i5.
Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 460 768mb or 1GB
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Not sure on power supply (how much I need) or RAM, MOBO, etc.
The biggest problem is the GTX 460 is incompatible with Hackintosh, so I was wondering if there was a way to have two graphics cards, The GTX 460 and another cheap card, that will be good enough for video editing and be compatible with Hackintosh, so I can switch between the two?
Again I'm completely new to building, any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.
An i3 simply wont cut it for Video Editing at that level. A Quad Core like an i7 or an i5 is essential unless you want the joy of dealing with slow rendering and dropped frames. If money is the issue you are better off dropping the GPU to a GTX 260 and putting the savings into a decent Quad Core Processor.
Alright, I'll work the i5 760 into my budget. Any recommendations on a motherboard or power?
Also my main concern with graphics cards is compatibility with hackintosh, but I am looking into ways to possibly run two graphics cards - one for Windows 7 (like a GTX 260 or 460) and then one that will be decent for editing on the Mac side, and switch between the two.