Have just found this forum, wish Iíd done so earlier!
Itís only fair that for my first post, I immediately begin begging for advice on building my own system. The reason Iím creating a new post and not just looking at others is due to the particular situation below. Anyway here goes:
Iím looking at building/buying a Hackintosh within the next month. It will be an extension of my workís Mac, on which I do mainly FCP/After Effects/Motion stuff. I also plan to begin getting my head around Cinema4D/Avid etc. in my own time, and aim to be editing HD footage. The work computer is a 12 core Intel Xeon Mac Pro. Iím not going to get that kind of performance on my budget, but Iíd like try my best.
At the moment, Iím looking at two potential routes to go down: Iíve come in to contact with an IT guy who may/may not be able to get parts for me at wholesale prices. If this is the case, Iíd most likely end up basing my build on Ryan Kooís Nofilmschool.com ĎHac Proí.
Another option is a pre-built Hackintosh Iíve found on Gumtree. After discussing the possibility of additions/changes with the seller heís offering me the below specs for £780 (deductions are being offered for recycling my old systemís parts):
MAC OSX LION 10.7.3 & WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE DUAL BOOT
I7 QUAD CORE 860S 2.54GHZ
MSI P55-CD53 MOTHERBOARD
16GB 1336MHz DDR3 MEMORY (Model not specified as yet)
1TB HDD (Iíve asked for a 7200RPM drive but this hasnít been confirmed)
EVGA Geforce GTX 470
Firewire 800 Card
Pre-installed software includes Adobe Master-Suite CS5.5 (on both Partitions), Logic, and a few other things.
I did mention an SSD drive but heís not willing to re-configure the entire system to do this, which is fair enough. By recycling some old system parts, it looks like I could drop the total cost down to around £650.
After doing a bit of research I understand that the i7 860s does fall behind other processors (like the 2600k), however it would be great to get your opinions on how effective you feel this machine would be. Keep in mind that Iíve never had a home system powerful enough to do any work of this nature before, so in a way Iíll just be elated to have the ability to take projects home in the evening!
Would the lack of an SSD or RAID system be a complete killer in this instance?
Thanks in advance for reading, any advice would be hugely appreciated.