First off i would like to say thanks for this site it's users, operators and contributors
. I was considering to buy a used mac pro or build a......Hacintosh. I have built PC's which are easy and cheap but never a mac which seemed challenging based on my experience
. What to do, well I took the plunge and here I am.
Now on to my build and maybe some help for others.
ASUS P9X79 Pro (used by others here) ($265)
Intel I7 3930k ($499
Base Intel 2011 Cooler (for now $25)
EVGA GTX 480 (for $250 why not)
Cheap 1333 DDR3 2x(4gb 2x2 kit) ($38)
Two cheap 160gb 7200 SATA 2 ($69- may be hard drive prices will come down soon)
Two 8gb Flash Drives USB 3 ($20)
Cooler Master Silent Pro M 1k PS ($170)
Black Pearl EATX Case (Old Pc)
Various DVD drives (Old Pc)
OS's (OSX 10.6.3 and WIN 7 PRO 64, Which I all ready had)
But no mac
Well first I put the parts together for windows.
I got online and did a lot of cramming research
Became a member to get the downloads to my pc, all of them just in case they were needed and I couldn't get online.
Once I had the support files, they were moved to a 8gb thumb drive
Next in order to create an iBoot disc I noticed it was a dmg file
. What i found for pc was (http://infrarecorder.org/
) and i had 2 iboot discs in no time.
First try was iboot legacy
Checked the bios and left it at ACHI which was default
Two times i moved on
Second iboot 3.3 or latest
started to look better but got a restart notice
The next time I added (PCIRootUID=1) And Im in.
During the OS install it restarted on its own, oh no.
and my disc drive would not open, power down, open drive via bent paper clip method and restart with iboot, then put OSX disc back in, select my install, type (PCIRootUID=1) and on comes the welcome video.
Once I was at the desk top and through the basics, software update popped up so my LAN is working. I did not check sound yet. Res was limited like others have said.
Combo update 10.6.8
I also choose to use multibeast 4.3.2 and checked easy dsdt. Restart and it worked, still low res and now no lan for internet, oops , well good thing i had already downloaded things i might need. To get full res i installed Nvidia Retail_256.02.25f1v1.dmg and restart.
Yes, full res and dual monitors, now to fix the lan i selected hanks appleintele1000e Ethernet and it worked.
After trial and error I checked off the universal box in multibeast, restart and we have sound.
Things Ive tried so far
Forgot to write down scores but they looked similar to what others have gotten.
Well waiting for lion to download next
and to get full cuda and open cl support.
Overall it was easy, took me days to build and get info/files but only about 3 hrs from inserting the first iboot disc to this post.
Thanks again for the time others have put in to make this possible.
Oh any suggestions on sleep mode ?