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Hi,I've been a mac user for years and it's time to join the revolution ! The work I've seen here it's truly great.

I'm looking to build a hackintosh to run my Pro Tools HD3 (PCI-X) cards. I saw many posts regarding this and I was hoping to start a new thread that could contribute by summarize the various findings.

So far I found something on the Avid Digidesign forum that sounds good - here are the set ups


5 people have now reported successful "Sandy Bridge" builds with HD PCI-x cards based on the Q67 chipset:

"mikeonmac":
MB: GIGABYTE GA-Q67M-D2H-B3
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
RAM: 4GB Ram
VIDEO: NVidia GT210 1024MB
OS X 10.6.7 (Snow Leopard)
Pro Tools HD 9.0.2
HD|2 PCI-x


"mike661":
MB: Jetway JNAF92-Q67
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
RAM: 12GB Gskill
VIDEO: Asus Nvidia 210GT
OS X 10.6.7 (Snow Leopard)
Pro Tools HD 8.1.1
HD|2 PCI-x Accel


"mixchump":
MB: ASUS P8Q67-M DO/CSM
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
RAM: ???
VIDEO: nVidia 9500GT
OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard)
Pro Tools HD 9.0.3
HD|2 PCI-x


"MrJoshua":
MB: Jetway JNAF92-Q67
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
RAM: Corsair 4x4GB (16GB total) DDR3-1333 memory
VIDEO: Onboard video from i7
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Pro Tools HD 9.0
HD|3 PCI-x Accel
UAD-2 Duo


"Peter Baird":
MB: Jetway JNAF92-Q67
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
RAM: GSkill F3-12800CL9D (16GB - 4x4GB sticks)
VIDEO: ASUS EN210 Silent 1GD3 (NVIDIA GeForce 210)
OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard)
Pro Tools HD 9.0.5
Pro Tools HD|3 PCI Cards (Core/Accel/Process)
I-Star D-400-6-Red Chassis
OCZ-ZX1000W PSU
OCZ VTX-3 120G System Drive
2 Western Digital WD2002 Recording Drives
ASUS DRW-24 CD/DVD Burner
ESATA Card

Does any have experience on these systems ?

For what I've read the Jetway JNAF92-Q67 MB are very good to use with Pro tools.
I heard of some people reported problems with ASUS P7P55D LE (I think this might be due to the chipset).

If you have any success building these systems I would love ot hear your comments. I'm planning to put up a blog dedicated to the build for Pro tools as I feel that there is a lot of information scattered around and it would be useful to summarise it all.

Thanks, fatcode
 
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I would build an X79 system especially for HD3, get yourself a nice 6 core and call it a day!

Go check out my system, works perfect

http://www.tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=59628

Edit: Ok I originally overlooked the fact that you have PCIx.. Might be a little tricky but you should see if you can find a X79 board with the proper sockets for the cards, I think you'll have a better system for what you're trying to do, not just being biased
 

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Re: [Successful] - Pro Tools HD 3 on PCI-x Cards

subaro0o

Thanks - your system looks great.

Pro tools H3 system PCI-X cards can be found for 1000$ so I'm giving it a shot and I'm now trying to work out the best hackintosh system for the job.

There is a lot of bits scattered around various forums - for what I've gathered Pro tools PCI-X cards run only with certain chipsets but I'm trying to get together information so also other people like me can start out with this kind of project without too much pain !

Thanks
 
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Re: [Successful] - Pro Tools HD 3 on PCI-X Cards

Good luck, will check out whatever work you put up
 
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I built a hd3 Pci X system using the following

i7 - 870 Quad core
gigabyte H55-ud3H mobo
16gb ram

the rest is pretty simple.. This runs great and you could potentially run hd4 on this bad boy.
 
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thanks Aussie jr - the Jetway is apparently very good for pro tools PCI-X but it sound like it's difficult to get OSX running ...

Where did you find out about the gigabyte MB ? Anything to look out for in a MB to use with pro tools PCI-X ? chipset perhaps ?

It would be great to get an idea of what's also "easy" to get running
 
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I found another built here viewtopic.php?f=22&t=58800

with Jetway - someone in the replies mentions the fact that digidesign PCI card require Q67 chipset - anyone can comment on this ?

Aussie Jr - you have no problems with your card ? Was it easy to install ?
 

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