I'm trying to make a machine that will also support Mac OSX Lion (hackintosh). AE render speeds are not most important to me: preview and performance/responsiveness are. This machine is based on a similar build (high-end one at )
Approximate Purchase Date: May/June 2012
Budget Range: $900-1100 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: After Effects, Cinema 4d/Maya, video editing (AVID Media Composer, FCP7/x on the mac side), Photoshop/illustrator, light gaming (Anno2070, Sim City 4)
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse
Country: U S of A
SLI or Crossfire: No
CPU: i7 2600k, $315 Is this necessary for what I do? It seems AE takes good effect of the hyperthreading, so the bump from the i5 justifies the extra $100?
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard, $200 Newegg Needs here: FW for an audio interface, eSATA for an external RAID 0 drive. Is it wiser to get a different mobo and buy cards for those things?
GRAPHICS: MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card, $300 Newegg Will I see a bump here worth the extra $100 over a 560?
RAM: 16GB Corsair 1600Mhz DDR3, ~ $100
CASE: Corsair Carbide Series 400R, $100
SSD: I would like this machine to dual boot OSX Lion and Windows 7. I'm not sure what to do about hard drive(s). Does it makes sense to shoot for 2 120gb SSDs? Is that overkill in terms of size and speed?
PSU: High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply, $175 Do I need that much wattage?
WIFI + keyboard: ~$100?
This puts me at around $1300, so I'm wondering where I can pare back a bit--where might I see only marginal returns for my money?