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February 28, 2013 2:13:36 AM

Okay so I have to order this from NewEgg before the 29th so I can get the promo's and 0% financing :whistle:  :whistle:  . Wondering what everyone's thoughts were on this build. Have lurked around the site quite a bit and have used the advice I have received from previous build inquiries (was not my intention to wait this long to get started).

I plan to do media editing (picture and video) and a lot (50+ tabs of Chrome) web surfing. I would also like to run both Windows 8 and the new Mac OS both. I had originally planned to put the OS's on a SSD, however I kind of ran out of money. My budget was/is $1,000...obviously that is a little flexible since I will be paying it off over the 0% financing period. I was having trouble finding where I could cut costs, but not compromise the integrity of the build or bottle neck performance.

I really feel confident about the optical drives (I want to be able to burn movies directly from the DVD to make back ups),case, PSU, memory (I know it might be overkill having the sticks be 8gb each, but if I want to upgrade later it will end up saving me money).

I am not so sure about the CPU cooler, graphics card or memory. pcpartpicker did not have the gpu listed so I'm not 100% it's compatible with the setup, but can't see why it wouldn't be (Asus Video Card 1gb GeForce GT 610).

For the peace of mind I would like to set up some imaging backup (automatic) or do a raid type of setup.

Also I am up in the air as to which CPU & MOBO to go with. I think I would prefer the 2011 because I think it will outlast the 1155.

Well here are the builds, any thoughts/advice/input would be greatly appreciated.

2011 BUILD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Big Bang - XPower II XL ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($369.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.95 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Asus Video Card 1gb GeForce GT 610 ($44.99)
Total: $1220.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 23:12 EST-0500)



1155 BUILD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($301.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.95 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Asus Video Card 1gb GeForce GT 610 ($44.99)
Total: $1188.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 23:12 EST-0500)
February 28, 2013 2:34:18 AM

Did you make sure that these components are Hackintosh compatible?
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February 28, 2013 2:36:04 AM

I'm going to say no, because I did not realize there would be an issue loading the mac OS onto rig. Is that an issue I overlooked?
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February 28, 2013 2:42:18 AM

I was thinking that but really liked the "durability" of the MSI board (or atleast that's what they advertised and it got good reviews so I figured there must be some truth to it).

Do I need to double check Mac compatibility with all these parts if I want to run Apple's Mountain Lion OS?
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February 28, 2013 2:43:53 AM

Motherboard is bloody expensive. Do you really need two blueray drives? Consider one blueray drive and one regular DVD drive which is much cheaper
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February 28, 2013 2:47:48 AM

Ok, i'm seeing I need to rethink the MOBO.

The dual blueray drives was to make copying quicker. Granted for now it would suffice, but I feel that later I will want both drives to be blueray compatible and I will end up replacing the DVD only drive and it will have been a waste of money.
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February 28, 2013 2:53:44 AM

For the 1155 build, replace the 2600 with an I7-3770K
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February 28, 2013 3:06:33 AM

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There is a severe limitation on hardware for building your own Mac OS X machine. Go here to check the recommended hardware: http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/search/label/CustoMac


Hmm, for the most part I like both builds and was only considering the dual OS to tinker in Mac world and see how I liked it. May just scrap that project for a rainy day.

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For the 1155 build, replace the 2600 with an I7-3770K


Probably will, good idea. So would you go with the 1155 build?
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February 28, 2013 3:18:28 AM

icebeast00 said:
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There is a severe limitation on hardware for building your own Mac OS X machine. Go here to check the recommended hardware: http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/search/label/CustoMac


Hmm, for the most part I like both builds and was only considering the dual OS to tinker in Mac world and see how I liked it. May just scrap that project for a rainy day.

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For the 1155 build, replace the 2600 with an I7-3770K


Probably will, good idea. So would you go with the 1155 build?

Actually, I'm waiting for the Haswell I7-4770K.
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February 28, 2013 3:24:40 AM

Also, if you do go with the 1155 build, I would drop the RAM from 32GB to 16GB. Really very little benefit above 16GB except for very unusual cases.
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February 28, 2013 3:27:51 AM

Unfortunately I have no computer and can't wait.

I was only going to do a max of 16gb memory on either build right now.
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February 28, 2013 3:50:49 AM

16GB is good. I see that you will probably be using it. I am really intrigued with the innovations of the Haswell, cannot wait!
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