Custom build help.

I haven't built a computer in awhile and I'm unfamiliar with the new hardware that's available and I have certain requirements and some specific needs. Any insight will be appreciated.

A little background:
I recently lost everything in a divorce and I will be living in a modified school bus or fifth wheel trailer for the forsee-able future so I have limited space and some financial limitations, but I don't mind taking my time and waiting a little longer to buy quality components if the performance jump is big enough, and there isn't some major shift in computing tech in the near future. I'll post pictures if anyone is interested.

Outside of work, this will be a major source of entertainment and distraction for me, so I want it to be good and last a little while.

I want to run a small form factor triple boot system with Mac OSX Lion, Windows 7 and PCLinuxOS, so the components should be easily used for a hackintosh or linux build. (I'm thinking intel i7/nvidia gtx560Ti from what I've read so far).

Is 3D enabled graphics worth getting at this point?
Also gonna buy a playstation for blu-ray duty.

I considered a 27" imac or mac mini and display for space considerations, or maybe using a 1080p tv as a monitor/tv with a laptop hidden behind it. I'm not sure how I feel about the pc all-in-ones from hp or if they're even good for gaming or photoshop at all. Does a touch screen do as good as a wacom tablet or cintiq screen? These would save on space, but I don't know if they add up to anything as adequate, effective or inexpensive as just building my own a piece at a time......your thoughts? I also read that the new imacs require a converter to run playstation systems through the imac thunderbolt monitor....kind of a turn off.

In lieu of that....
I am thinking I want a 3 monitor set-up mounted on a pole attached to wall, to save desk space. I don't know if I can get a small form factor miniATX, MicroITX atom set-up or maybe even a modified laptop to perform as well as just a standard ATX mobo, but I don't want or need a gigantic piece of equipment taking up space on the bus.

I will be doing video editing, photoshop, gaming, video conferencing, movie watching, website builds and, of course, web surfing.

I will also have a small woodshop in the back of the bus, so something sealed and/or ruggedized like the military grade asus sabretooth boards seem like a good option.

Please help.

Any thought's or questions about the subject would be appreciated. I may not know, what I don't know.
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  1. Use a 6870, mac os can't use a 560ti, the best board for a hackintosh is the gigabyte z68x-ud3h-b3 as you can see in my sig.
  2. Thanks for the suggestion, will look at them now.
  3. Looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102924

    Will the amd graphics card conflict with intel mobo and cpu? I was under the assumption that macs needed intel and nvidia equipped boards. I also thought nvidia cards tended to have more linux support.
  4. Nice gigabyte mobo.....what about this 1366 from ASUS?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665

    How would this board compare with the other 2? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131709

    Do I want 1155 or 1366?
  5. I'd build something in the MicroATX form factor.
    You can build a powerful system.
    Good case manufacturers with great compact cases.
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/index.php
    http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/contact_us/index1.php
  6. I might also build my own custom mounted case to fit on the pole along with the monitors.
  7. That 6870 will work, however I would go with a sandybridge hackintosh.
  8. I might also build my own custom mounted case to fit on the pole along with the monitors.[/quotemsg
    small dimensions that will fit good hardware
    Silverstone Milo ML03B Black mATX HTPC Case 1X5.25 2X3.5INT USB3 Supports 4 80MM Case Fan
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=283&area=en
    http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=552&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=63&g=spec
  9. amuffin said:
    Use a 6870, mac os can't use a 560ti, the best board for a hackintosh is the gigabyte z68x-ud3h-b3 as you can see in my sig.


    According to
    http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/HCL_10.7.2#Asus
    I can use 560Ti all day long.....just curious why you say that. I did like the offerings you suggested though.
  10. mytomshardwarename said:
    According to
    http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/HCL_10.7.2#Asus
    I can use 560Ti all day long.....just curious why you say that. I did like the offerings you suggested though.

    Where on that page says you can use the 560ti?
  11. Is there any way to use laptop parts in a custom case to keep the size small and still get good results? They lay flat and would be easy to fit behind a monitor or under a keyboard.

    Regular mobos are just huge. Is their performance that much better? Life expectancy for most tech seems to be obsolete in under 3 years anyway in my experience.
    Is there any way to mount video cards at right angles with an adapter or anything to keep them thin?.....like to fit in a briefcase or something?
  12. amuffin said:
    Where on that page says you can use the 560ti?


    Don't they list several builds with gigabyte motherboards using 560's?

    Like:
    GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 Intel Z68/ICH10 Hardware:

    Intel Core i7 2600k
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr ll

    Notes:

    Installed with Tonymac's guide: Tonymacx86

    Kexts:

    All drivers from Multibeast
    For full QE/CI: added dev id to NVDAGF100HAL.kext, installed ATY_init.kext, set GraphicsEnabler to yes, npci=0x2000, followed this guide
    DSDT from the Tonymacx86 DSDT Database


    Found on this page....
    http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/HCL_10.7.2#Gigabyte
  13. mytomshardwarename said:
    Don't they list several builds with gigabyte motherboards using 560's?

    Like:
    GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 Intel Z68/ICH10 Hardware:

    Intel Core i7 2600k
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr ll

    Notes:

    Installed with Tonymac's guide: Tonymacx86

    Kexts:

    All drivers from Multibeast
    For full QE/CI: added dev id to NVDAGF100HAL.kext, installed ATY_init.kext, set GraphicsEnabler to yes, npci=0x2000, followed this guide
    DSDT from the Tonymacx86 DSDT Database


    Found on this page....
    http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/HCL_10.7.2#Gigabyte

    Hm interesting, guess I never noticed that.
  14. mytomshardwarename said:
    Is there any way to use laptop parts in a custom case to keep the size small and still get good results? They lay flat and would be easy to fit behind a monitor or under a keyboard.

    Regular mobos are just huge. Is their performance that much better? Life expectancy for most tech seems to be obsolete in under 3 years anyway in my experience.
    Is there any way to mount video cards at right angles with an adapter or anything to keep them thin?.....like to fit in a briefcase or something?

    This could be an option: http://chrislowthian.co.uk/how-to-build-a-hackintosh-mac-mini/# go with mini itx parts.
  15. http://www.falcon-nw.com/laptops/drx

    This would seem to indicate that a laptop-size, desktop-performance computer is at least possible....now how to do it......
  16. mytomshardwarename said:
    http://www.falcon-nw.com/laptops/drx

    This would seem to indicate that a laptop-size, desktop-performance computer is at least possible....now how to do it......

    Not in a hackintosh! :)
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