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6-core vs 8-core hackintoshes.

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I'm not absolutely sure if this is the right forum to post in, but I'll give it a try. Tried to search for my answer, but didn't find what I was looking for unfortunately.

First of all, I would like to say hi to everyone at the forum, my first post here, but been lurking for a time now. :)

I'm planning to build a Hackintosh with OS X Mountain Lion very soon. I originally planned to buy a Mac Pro, but realized the price tag was way out of my reach. I've built plenty of Windows computers, so I though SOMEONE must be building macs. Turns out, you're a hole bunch! So decided to go this road.

My main concern is what processor to get, or rather what I need. I'm thinking about present and future needs. I've almost decided on the i7-3930K 6-core processor, but would like to ask for a few opinions regarding going for 2 4-core processors. Except for the cost, is the upgrade very noticable, or rather just not worth the extra cash? Also, any issues regarding stability and compability?

I'm gonna use this for music production, with the Pro Tools 10 recording software. I also want to dual boot with Windows 7, so if anyone have any great links regarding dual-booting, feel free to post 'em!

I will of course post a build report, and a guide if it is succesful!

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Magnus Nordbye
 

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I'm not absolutely sure if this is the right forum to post in, but I'll give it a try. Tried to search for my answer, but didn't find what I was looking for unfortunately.

First of all, I would like to say hi to everyone at the forum, my first post here, but been lurking for a time now. :)

I'm planning to build a Hackintosh with OS X Mountain Lion very soon. I originally planned to buy a Mac Pro, but realized the price tag was way out of my reach. I've built plenty of Windows computers, so I though SOMEONE must be building macs. Turns out, you're a hole bunch! So decided to go this road.

My main concern is what processor to get, or rather what I need. I'm thinking about present and future needs. I've almost decided on the i7-3930K 6-core processor, but would like to ask for a few opinions regarding going for 2 4-core processors. Except for the cost, is the upgrade very noticable, or rather just not worth the extra cash? Also, any issues regarding stability and compability?

I'm gonna use this for music production, with the Pro Tools 10 recording software. I also want to dual boot with Windows 7, so if anyone have any great links regarding dual-booting, feel free to post 'em!

I will of course post a build report, and a guide if it is succesful!

Best Regards,
Magnus Nordbye
Have you tried the forum Search (upper right above your name when you sign in)? Just type in DAW build and read through the different build threads.
 
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Have you tried the forum Search (upper right above your name when you sign in)? Just type in DAW build and read through the different build threads.

Yes, I tried the search. I love to read about all the successful builds, but I'm wondering if anyone have any experience with dual processor hackintoshes, and if they think the slightly better performance was worth it, compared to 6-cores.

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I have a contact in Seoul who has used the 6 Core Intel i7 Extreme 3960x processor for one of his builds.
It is a BEAST of a machine. The 8 core is good if you planning on running a server but not as good for graphics processing, slower clock speeds and slower ram 1333Mhz. It's also (according to the stats) running Sandy Bridge architecture . 8 Cores and 8 Virtual Cores.
I would stick to the 3960x as it's (correction Sandy bridge E).

What do you intend your build for? I'm planning my build (VERY carefully) for graphics and multimedia work. I will use an i7 3770K with an overclock to 4.3Ghz. 6 Core is nice but over double the price for a moderate gain in computing power over the 3770K:confused:
 
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Thanks for the answers guys!

I'm gonna use this mainly for audio recording/editing/mixing etc., but will eventually make it dual boot into windows 7, for gaming etc.

I've almost settled on the i7 3930K, as I think it's an investment for the future compared to the 4-cores.

I've found a build that's going to be my starting point: http://www.tonymacx86.com/user-builds/52035-my-platinum-build-x79-3930k-protools-hd2-geekbench.html . I will select a different computer case, PSU and graphics card (gonna buy this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0095LBTUU/?tag=tonymacx86-21 ) , and change the ram to this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0068ZWZY0/?tag=tonymacx86-21 .

I've checked most of the compability notes for these parts. Any know bugs I should be aware of, or will a build like this work well?

Btw, this forum is great!

Regards,
Magnus
 
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And by the way, I might swap the motherboard out with a board from Gigabyte (namely http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006678HJC/?tag=tonymacx86-21 ), for economical and max compability reasons. What do you think?

As you might understand, I'm after a very stable build, with everything working.

Magnus
 
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Yes, Gigabyte is known for it's boards. looks like a good choice. :clap:



~ An aside, I worry about the direction Apple is taking and will it be ditching the Pro line?
I mean, Intel also needs to build a new Ivy bridge multi (+10) core processor to support a entirely new pro line. Currently there are huge limitations in the current E7 series line of Pros.

hmmm........
 
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