awesome job on the build... like many others ive given up on apple upgrading the mac pro and I'm looking to build a hackintosh. i use my current 2009 8 core mac pro for heavy video editing and i need something much faster... I have a few compatibility questions for you if you dont mind. I'm going to be running FCP7 suite & production premium cs6, will there be any issues with these programs? i noticed fcp7 is crashing on your system. i want to use this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1385329) flashed graphics card, will there be any issues? i also read the fans in your case are loud, what quiet fans would you recommend? would a Gigabyte motherboard be more reliable? would i have any issues with use the audio out from the motherboard?... sorry for all the questions
FCP7 Havent used yet on the new Hackintosh, as its 32bit.
Fixed my FCPX issues, turns out there was some sort of hardware compatibility with the newest update of it (10.0.5) 10.0.4 works fine tho
My case fans are loud because they are CHEAP. I needed a massive amount of airflow, and didn't want to shell out 150 bucks on fans all at once when i'm spending 5 grand on eveyrthing else, so I chose to save where I could. Now, about a month later, i'm just about ready to upgrade my fans probably 2 at a time 30 bucks here and there is better =D. I am looking at the Corsair Quite Series.
I bought a gigabyte Mobo for my upcoming G5 Hackintosh (will be posting that within the next week or so) However, as I am still test benching, the system hasn't had a lot of "consistent" uptime.
I would HIGHLY Recommend an ASUS Server board with the amount of features, and the quality... can't be beaten in price.
As for the audio, didn't have any luck when using lion, but in ML, I stopped having audio conflicting problems and USB audio works fine (and thats all I need) so I havent messed with the onboard. If you are looking for 7.1 or 5.1 surround sound, there are USB flash drive size surround sound adapters (one is linked somewhere on like page 3-5 i believe on this thread)
CS5 works like a dream, but have yet to try CS6. Can't imagine there will be any problems.
Also, from what I have read, the GTX 680 works, but I have no personal experience with it.
Thanks for your questions, and please let me know if you have any more!
OpenGL is around 40fps, which is OK, but its fine for me, maybe in the future ill upgrade to a different Graphics Card that has more mini dp ports. If anyone finds a card that is better than the 6870, and OSX compatible WITH 3 Mini display ports, PLEASE LET ME KNOW I WOULD BE FOREVER IN YOUR DEBT LOL
1. ive never built a pc before so will i have to do anything in the BIOS? 2. why do you need to enable screen sharing? will the mac "screen sharing" app work? can you please elaborate on this?
"A VERY GOOD thing to keep in mind is:
After your system is bootable, before you install extra kexts to get everything working (unless you use a DSDT) is to enable a screen sharing application. Either Logmein or the Mac version (both work fine). I had accidentally disabled by USB ports by improperly installing the next. Luckily I had screen sharing enabled for this very reason!"
3. are you having any sleep or wake issues?
4. if i dont want to copy my boot drive from my mac pro how can i do a clean install?
5. have you had any system crashes or kernel panics since you've built the hackintosh?
6. what audio card would you recommend? i dont need 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound... all i need is a left and right channel
7. is the ethernet port on the motherboard working fine now?
8. you mentioned something about a "Marvell sata controller", what exactly is this?
again, i apologize for all the questions but i want to make sure i have everything figureed out before i start to purchase everything.
Answer to questions 1, 4: There are guides on Tonymacx86 about how to do a clean install.
2. The screensharing app from Mac OSX will work, but if you do not own another mac, you will have to use something like logmein.
3. Sandybridge-E will NOT SLEEP, therefore they will not wake either. Not a problem for me personally, as my setup is more of a "server workstation"
5 whenever you do this, you will always get at least a few kernel panics when tweaking everything. If you are not sure about what to do, google what the kernel panic says etc. Worst case scenario you wait another 30 min for OSX to install again AFTER COMPLETE DRIVE ERASE (otherwise the kernel panic will not be fixed)
6. if all you need is a right and left channel audio, there are hundreds of USB audio adapters available... but obviously thats only if you can't get the onboard audio to work. I would recommend you order an adapter when you order the rest of your parts (L & R channel ones are like $7) That way if you do have problems, lack of audio will not mess up your editing workflow as ALL editing programs require at least one form of functioning audio.
7 Ethernet is fine now, turn out it was a router issue.
8 On THE z9pe-d8ws, there are 6 Sata ports the are controlled by Intel chipset, and the others are controlled by a Marvell Chipset, no longer have problems, juts make sure that you only install ONE of the following:
3rd Party Sata OR 3rd party eSata
Not a problem at all! I wish I had someone that could answer all of these questions for me when I did my build.