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August 1, 2012 2:02:23 PM

Alright guys, I've decided to jump over from the now seemingly dark and seedy "prebuilt computer" world to the sunnier, happier "homebuilt computer" world.

I will be using this computer for gaming (BF3, Crysis 2, GTA, WoW, hoping to try out Witcher) and high school assignments.

The only problem is that I need more opinions on my build list, as this is only my first time :) 

CASE - Don't really know much about this field. Right now I have the "Antec Nine Hundred," but if there is something better and/or sexier then please tell me :D 

HDD - I've settled on a Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD for my main boot and some of my most used programs (Are ALL SSDs 2.5"? I thought that was the size for laptop hard drives. How am I going to fit a 2.5" SSD into a desktop, where the smallest bay is 3.5"?)

GPU - EVGA Superclocked GTX 680

CPU - i5-3570K (i don't plan on overclocking any time soon so i want good base speeds)

RAM - 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600

MOBO - Asus P8Z77-V (I don't know much about motherboards, so PLEASE help me out here!!!!)

PSU - I don't have one picked out - I was hoping you guys would help me out :na: 

Please leave a comment about what you think! Thanks a lot for helping me out!
August 1, 2012 2:06:30 PM

Hacking or pirating is not condoned on this website.
August 1, 2012 2:09:20 PM

Inferno1217 said:
Hacking or pirating is not condoned on this website.


A hackintosh isnt hacking or Pirating, He by no means said how he is going to Aquire the MAC OS X OS.

A Hackintosh is a Mac os on a windows machine.
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August 1, 2012 2:10:28 PM

Inferno1217 said:
Hacking or pirating is not condoned on this website.


What are you talking about
August 1, 2012 2:12:34 PM

as far as getting a 2.5" into a 3.5" bay, there are tons of people on ebay who sell adapters, and sometimes the ssd comes with one. I know a lot of kingston ssds come with the adapter, not sure about the crucial
August 1, 2012 2:13:55 PM

I am sure the Crucial comes with an adapter, I was talking to a store Sales Rep the other day about SSD's and i asked if they come with adapters. His words "I would be surprised if it doesn't"
August 1, 2012 2:15:38 PM

carowden said:
as far as getting a 2.5" into a 3.5" bay, there are tons of people on ebay who sell adapters, and sometimes the ssd comes with one. I know a lot of kingston ssds come with the adapter, not sure about the crucial


What about everything else? How do the rest of the specs look?
August 1, 2012 2:15:56 PM

gigabyte boards from what i heard are more hackintoshable

August 1, 2012 2:16:11 PM

Shockattackr said:
I am sure the Crucial comes with an adapter, I was talking to a store Sales Rep the other day about SSD's and i asked if they come with adapters. His words "I would be surprised if it doesn't"

good to know, just didn't wanna say they did and then he gets stuck with one that didn't come with an adapter haha
August 1, 2012 2:17:12 PM

Before I would go out and buy the parts, Make sure they will be compatiable with the BIOS changes your going to make within the PC. You can do this by browsing the Webs, I am not sure the exact site.
August 1, 2012 2:22:41 PM

BambooChief said:
What about everything else? How do the rest of the specs look?

I'm gonna go ahead and suggest what everyone else seems to say, but if you wanna save a couple of bucks, a gtx 670 would do the trick. It performs pretty close to the 680, and is $100 bucks cheaper. If I were buying, (and you said you intend to overclock...eventually) I would get a gtx 670 instead. Everything else looks like itll work...
August 1, 2012 2:32:08 PM

It is illegal to run Mac OSX on a anything other than a branded Apple product. Read the EULA.
August 1, 2012 2:35:07 PM

i dont see too much of a problem there though....
August 1, 2012 2:35:40 PM

Oh no guys we have a "apprentice" Telling us what to do.... But really who the hell reads the EULA anyways, its not like the PO PO are rushing to your door as soon as you install it

but yea he is kinda right
H. Other Use Restrictions. The grants set forth in this License do not permit you to, and you agree not
to, install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-branded computer, or to enable others to
do so. Except as otherwise permitted by the terms of this License or otherwise licensed by Apple: (i)
only one user may use the Apple Software at a time, and (ii) you may not make the Apple Software
available over a network where it could be run or used by multiple computers at the same time. You
may not rent, lease, lend, sell, redistribute or sublicense the Apple Software.
August 1, 2012 2:39:40 PM

Shockattackr said:
Oh no guys we have a "apprentice" Telling us what to do.... But really who the hell reads the EULA anyways, its not like the PO PO are rushing to your door as soon as you install it

but yea he is kinda right
H. Other Use Restrictions. The grants set forth in this License do not permit you to, and you agree not
to, install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-branded computer, or to enable others to
do so. Except as otherwise permitted by the terms of this License or otherwise licensed by Apple: (i)
only one user may use the Apple Software at a time, and (ii) you may not make the Apple Software
available over a network where it could be run or used by multiple computers at the same time. You
may not rent, lease, lend, sell, redistribute or sublicense the Apple Software.


I may be an "apprentice" on this website but I have years of experience in the real world.
August 1, 2012 2:42:13 PM

Dont be a Wise ass, Let the guy do his stuff.
August 1, 2012 2:52:34 PM

and really he didnt even ask us to help him "hackintosh" it, he just said, "The only problem is that I need more opinions on my build list, as this is only my first time..." so im not seeing a problem here at all, or any need to call him out
August 1, 2012 2:55:13 PM

Inferno1217 said:
I may be an "apprentice" on this website but I have years of experience in the real world.


i guess so. it doesnt matter too much

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August 1, 2012 3:18:45 PM
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A sexier case? Well thats really personal. As a rule, I recomend Cooler Master and Bitfenix cases. I currently have a Raidmax case, and love it too!

Yes, SSDs are 2.5. That means MORE drives in your system! Get this product as the adapter, if your SSD doesnt come with one:

http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-SDP08-3-5-2-5-Inch-Co...

Now, I assume you want a silent machine, so check Cooler Master Silent Pro PSU, its really no noise!

Regarding the hackintosh, you have to search online for info, there are websites dedicated to it, make sure everything is compatible.

But honestly amigo, I recomend not building your PC thinking of Hackintosh, build your computer thinking of your gaming exerience, and get a Macintosh for your OS X usage. The Magic Mouse sucks for gaming, and any sroll whelled mouse sucks for computer usage (other then gaming)
August 26, 2012 6:37:23 AM

Best answer selected by BambooChief.
September 12, 2013 5:19:11 PM

Get a gigabyte motherboard for a hackintosh, you won't be sorry.
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