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February 16, 2011 8:37:41 PM

i have asked a few questions here already and purchased some stuff from the advice i got. but am having second thoughts. i can return all my stuff if i want. so here is what i got and my proposed alternative. please let me know what yal think thanks

what i have:

gigabyte p55-ud3
4gb ddr3 1333 corsair dominator ram
sapphire radeon 4870 1gb
ultra 650 power supply (yes its certified 80 plus)
ocz vertex 2 60gb ssd for booting
haf-x case

here is what im considering:

gigabyte ga-xa58a-ud3r
6gb ocz 1600 gold ram

i wll be using same video card and psu as well as ssd
the video card was given to me so thats why im using it

i will be doing some gaming and photo editing and video encoding
is it worth it to send the stuff back to get the new processor, mobo and ram?
the reason i chose these is im dual booting with mac osx (so i need certain parts) so its only these parts
just wanted to see what would better fit my needs. thanks alot

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February 16, 2011 8:54:47 PM

sandybridge isnt fully compatible with the mac partition im doing. and i need a computer now and dont wanna wait haha
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February 16, 2011 10:42:19 PM

any advice would be appreciated!
February 17, 2011 12:47:01 AM

thanks for the response. i really want to stick with one of the two setups i have listed because i dont want to wait until the sandybridge mobos to come out and they dont work natively yet so likely have glitches. would u go for the 1156 or 1366? im just trying to decide between those, thanks!

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February 17, 2011 1:01:01 AM

Well if I had to choose between those. I don't think I would choose either at this point in time. But if you really had to choose. 1156 would be my choice. But that's because the i5 760 is/was a great chip at its price. Currently the 2500K smokes out any 1156 and 1366 chip above or below its price.

So I would choose the 1156, but because you have a somewhat large budget. The 1366 would be good as well.

What do you mean natively? I mean it seems to run like a Hackintosh quite fine from what I've seen.
February 17, 2011 1:05:29 AM

i really appreciate the replies by the way.

when i read the link on tonymac it said at this time they dont recommend it but they can work but not recommended yet.

i know the 2500k is supposed to be great but would it be better for photoshop then the i7-870 with hyperthreading?
February 17, 2011 1:18:34 AM

Best answer selected by npowers86.
February 17, 2011 1:20:36 AM

GL with the Hackintosh or Dual boot build.
February 17, 2011 1:42:02 AM

thanks i appreciate all the help!
February 17, 2011 8:30:44 AM

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