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~$800 to $1200/hackintosh/linux/gaming(windows)

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May 18, 2012 11:58:21 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a few weeks.

Budget Range: About $800 - $1200 depending on value for money. After Rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music production (OS X), Gaming (Windows), Testing (Linux), Listening to music/watching movies, Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDDs.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Canadian based but doesn't really matter.

Country: Canada.

Parts Preferences: Intel Ivy Bridge processor, Gigabyte mobo w/ z77 Intel chipset w/ 1394/firewire port, nVidia GPU.

Overclocking: Eventually.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe eventually.

Monitor Resolution: Current monitor is an old Samsung SyncMaster 17" 1280x1024 native res. LCD. I will be upgrading to full HD at a minimum in 2-5 months.

Additional Comments: As this is my first complete build, I would like to spend the least amount of money possible (depending on value) but also have decent future proofing. Under 'parts not required' I did mention HDDs, I have 3x 3.5" internal drives; 1x Hitachi 750GB 7,200rpm SATA 3.0 Gb/s and 2x Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7,200rpm SATA 3.0 Gb/s. Is it worth getting a newer HDD if I currently don't really need more storage space? I would like to incorporate an SSD or two later on but that is currently not really a priority (I think, correct me if I'm wrong :p  )

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So far I have done a bit of research and come up with a few items that I've listed below. Any input, alternatives and suggestions for what I have so far and what I still need is greatly appreciated :) 

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

GPU: Leaning towards a GTX 560 Ti (448 core version) but not sure which card would be best in terms of quality.

PSU: I have no idea. Preferably modular and have have enough power if I decide to add another GPU in SLI later on.

Case: Whatever works well with the mobo and PSU. Doesn't need to look that great or anything, but I'd like it to be fairly roomy, good cable management and ventilation with dust screens. External fan controls and access to both sides of the case is a plus but not really required.


I apologize for not listing a complete build but I've run out of extra time to spend researching for the next few days. Any suggestions will help me out a lot in terms of a starting point of what I'll need for power, cooling and case that I can read up on.
May 19, 2012 12:49:42 AM

that Gigabyte model is fairly good but has been having some recent problems with the new Bios

MOBO/CPU: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA and Intel Core i5-3570K - $376.98
saves some money with the board and combo it has 2 PCI 3.0 slots for future SLI config

RAM: for gaming all you need is 8GB but since music editing is prior 16GB will do fine
Vengeance is good but has tall heatsinks that can block the CPU aftermarket Fan
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) @ 1600 - $92.99
bit cheaper and looks nice with the board

GPU:560 TI is good but i would rather go with a 7850 just my preference
HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB - $249.99

PSU:SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W - $103.99
i am a fan of Seasonic optionals are Corsair, PC power, antec, and XFX

HSF:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - $34.99
great for minor overclock i can push my CPU to around 4 GHz but if you want a stronger one i suggest Noctua heatsinks

Case:Corsair Carbide Series 500R - $139.99
nice looking case, has a lot of room for cable management, and had a 3-step fan controller

SSD:Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $154.99
great and reliable just update the firmware so it can get a good performance boost

Total $1152.93

i know you said the least is better but this build will just be the building blocks tell me if you want less
this build i tried to get everything that you wanted inside such as fan controller for case and an SSD.

you didn't ask for a heatsink fan but i really recommend getting one
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May 19, 2012 10:31:44 PM

What kind of problems have there been with the Gigabyte bios?

Mobo: As far as the mobo goes I'm still leaning towards the Gigabyte as the Asus doesn't have a firewire port that I can see and from what I have read, the Gigabyte is more compatible with OS X. For these reasons I'd be willing to spend a bit more.

RAM: The G.SKILL ram you suggested looks great but it says its a quad channel kit. Both mobos only have dual channel support so I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not. I found a low profile version of the corsair vengeance dual channel kit which is only a few dollars more than the G.SKILL.
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

GPU: The HD 7850 uses less power and has 2GB memory but is newer, is only 256-bit, and doesn't have the support with operating sustems besides windows that the 560 Ti 448 core 320-bit version has. As far as speed goes the 1GB 320-bit 560 Ti is apparently faster than the 2GB 256-bit 560 Ti.

The rest of the suggestions you provided look great!

Thanks for taking the time to help me out :) 

Any other input/suggestions would be awesome!

I know I said as cheap as possible but I haven't been looking into pc building for 5-6 years at all and the options that are out there now for the money are a lot better and if it happens to go over 1200$ then is might just have to happen. I mean I'd like to try and not spend more than that but if something costs a little bit more but is better value for what you get vs price I'll probably end up spending more.
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May 20, 2012 11:57:29 PM

Revised build:


Mobo: Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Z77DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard currently $179.99

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail currently $238.99

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B currently $102.99

HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM currently $34.98

PSU: Seasonic M12II 620W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX PFC 80+ Bronze Modular 6PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan Power Supply PSU currently $99.99

SSD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps currently $119.99

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS Black currently $117.99

GPU: GTX 560 Ti 448-core 320-bit 1GB vs Radeon HD 7850 256-bit 2GB The 560 currently has better driver support and will work with OS X and Linux, whereas the 7850 will probably not work with OS X for several months, maybe sooner with Linux. So I'm still gravitating towards the 560.

Subtotal = $894.92 (Plus whatever the cost of the GPU. Around $200-$300, still staying within budget at under $1200 before shipping/taxes.)

I am aware of the gigabyte bios issues and they seem to be a little bit hit and miss so I'm willing to risk it for the features on the UD5H board.

Is there anything else I should be aware of?

Again, any input or suggestions are greatly appreciated!

(Thanks again boulbox for your suggestions :)  )


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June 13, 2012 10:23:02 AM

kernels10 said:
Revised build:


Mobo: Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Z77DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard currently $179.99

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail currently $238.99

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B currently $102.99

HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM currently $34.98

PSU: Seasonic M12II 620W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX PFC 80+ Bronze Modular 6PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan Power Supply PSU currently $99.99

SSD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps currently $119.99

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS Black currently $117.99

GPU: GTX 560 Ti 448-core 320-bit 1GB vs Radeon HD 7850 256-bit 2GB The 560 currently has better driver support and will work with OS X and Linux, whereas the 7850 will probably not work with OS X for several months, maybe sooner with Linux. So I'm still gravitating towards the 560.

Subtotal = $894.92 (Plus whatever the cost of the GPU. Around $200-$300, still staying within budget at under $1200 before shipping/taxes.)

I am aware of the gigabyte bios issues and they seem to be a little bit hit and miss so I'm willing to risk it for the features on the UD5H board.

Is there anything else I should be aware of?

Again, any input or suggestions are greatly appreciated!

(Thanks again boulbox for your suggestions :)  )


how did you go with your build?
a friend of mine is interested in a hackintosh and i'm going along a similair line, he doesnt really have a $ limit but is frustrated with the mac pro specs.
i was thinking of the following
gigabyte z77-ud5 MB
i7-3770k CPU
vertex 256gb ssd
seagate 3tb hdd x 2
xfx 850w black PSU
gtx670 GPU
16gb Corsair vengeance ram
blu ray burner (i heard somewhere that osx doesnt support bluray?)
custom water cooling

can anyone tell me if there would be osx or driver issues with this? apparently the gigabyte z77's dont need the dsdt patch.
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