I'm looking to build a new PC. I would like to have this PC dual-boot Windows 7 and Mac OS X Lion. Therefore, the parts that I purchase must be hackintosh capable (which, by the way, is completely legal).
I want a PC that can run anything you throw at it on max settings, while multi-tasking like a beast. I want very good performance with video and photo editing, and is very good with handling Xcode in Mac OS X Lion.
Please note that I already have a 550W PSU, which is less than 6 months old and is in good condition. I also have a good working 640GB 7200RPM drive, and a good optical drive!
NOTE: I will be using the 640GB 7200RPM drive for my Windows (gaming) partition - and the SSD for Mac OS X Lion. I will also use some of the HDD for extra storage on the Lion partition.
Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of the upcoming weekend!
Budget Range: $100-$1300 before rebate
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming, Photo Editing, Browsing, and doing all of the above at the same time (MULTI-TASKING!)
Alright good so far I know you said you want 12GB RAM but you dont need that much 8gb is the max need for gamers currently unless your doing video/photo editting. Great mobo choice, CPU is the best for gaming, I cant see the GPU for some reason.
I'm guessing you dont plan to go SLI anytime soon with your current PSU. However I'm gonna post you a build I was working on for myself.
Alot of places to save money with my build as well to get it close to your $1000 mark. Case I like it for all the blue LEDs it has but we can find ones that are just as good as this one for cheaper (Rosewill has a good $50 & $60 case and you can even look into the HAF series). The cooler can be changed to a Hyper 212+ its a beast enough said. Motherboard can be taken down to the $150 or even the $130 one. The 560 TI is OC'ed already for you it will be able to beast almost any game you throw at it however you could take my tips for the savings and try to get a GTX 570 or HD 6970. Plus if you dont plan to SLI then keep your PSU for another $100 saved .
Thanks for your reply! I'd like to let you know that I'd like 12GB of RAM because Mac OS X Lion eats RAM; especially with the tasks I manage on it. I have a 13" 2011 MacBook Pro i5 with 4GB of RAM, and run out of RAM very quickly. After I run out of RAM, it starts using the slow 5400RPM drive as RAM. Talk about slowness...an image takes 20 seconds to open!
Anyways, I'm selling the MacBook for $1000 and buying/building a new PC.
As I said, I won't be needing a new HDD, so you can take $140 off your config for the HDD. Sounds good to me!
Anyways, is the GTX 570 worth the price over the 560 MSI TI? How *BIG* of a performance boost would I get - and how would this effect me in real world usage?
The 2GB 560 Ti is defiantly not worth it, if anything the 6950 2GB would be a better deal at that point since the 6950 2GB is cheaper. The 560 Ti 1GB is enough, the money difference between the 1GB and 2GB version doesn't justify the cost of the 2GB version.
I do believe I will be going with the GTX 560 TI. I've read many reviews, and watched many videos featuring the card. It seems to run BF3 well on max and in a 1080p res (also, keep in mind I don't care about AA and shadows!). The card also works very well in Mac OS X Lion - a MUST for me!
For the CPU, I'm stuck between the i5-2500k and the i7-2700k. I know both CPUs perform about the same, but the i7 has 8 threads; allowing for a better multi-tasking experience. Any thoughts on this?
2500K is fine, multitasking a quad core with just 4 threads is enough even for bf3. Actually, to give a little more correction, the 560 ti and 6950 in BF3 perform the same, Nvidia may have dumped a lot of money into bf3 but the performance difference defiantly isn't there.