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Greetings Hackintosh community!
Newbie here and this will be another "will this config work" thread :crazy:.

I'd like extend my hand and thank you in advance.

I'm considering building a hackintosh that is completely up to date with high specs.. I want a machine for music production (Reason) that is fast, reliable and silent. I want to do this for my home music studio. It is time to upgrade to a power computer rather than wasting time waiting:beachball: on a new iMac or wasting money on a MBP when I don't need another laptop.

_My budget is between $2000 and $2250.


These are the components I'm considering:

MOTHERBOARD:
Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77X-UP5-TH ($239.99)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128559&Tpk=Gigabyte%20Z77X-UP5-TH

PCI-E // FIREWIRE IEEE 1394 :
STARTECH.com FireWire PEX1394B3 3 Port 2b 1a 1394 ($60.90)
www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Express-FireWire-Adapter-PEX1394B3/dp/B000WCT5HK?ie=UTF8&tag=tonymacx86com-20

CPU:
Intel i7 3770K quad-core ivy bridge 3.5GHz ($319.99)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4902415&SID=

CPU COOLER:
Corsair Hydro Series H100 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99)

MEMORY:
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) ($85.99)

GPU:
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti ($299)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826&name=Desktop-Graphics-Cards

SSD Mt. Lion x2:
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD MZ-7PC256B/WW ($169.99)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164&name=Internal-SSD

HDD Storage Mt. Lion:
Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache ($101.93)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148834&name=Internal-Hard-Drives

Optical Drives:
Pioneer 12x BD-R 2x BD-RE 16x DVD+R 10x BD-ROM ($89)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129067&name=Blu-Ray-Burners

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW ($17.99)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067

PSU:
CORSAIR HX Series HX650 ($94.99)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016&Tpk=CORSAIR%20Professional%20Series%20Gold%20750-W%20CMPSU-750AX

Bluetooth:
Targus USB Bluetooth Adapter ($6.99)
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002K6RK0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tonymacx86com-20

Wifi Card:
TP-Link PCI Express Wifi Adapter (TL-WDN4800) ($34.99)
www.amazon.com/dp/B007GMPZ0A/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tonymacx86com-20

CASES:
CORSAIR 600T mid tower ($179.99)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139005

CORSAIR 550D mid tower ($139.99)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139012


Total = around $1,795


Cheers,
limey
 
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Welcome!
I'm not sure about the firewire latency thing, but what I do know is that you need the right socket to fit in your motherboard. You have a 2011 cpu and a 1155 motherboard. You need to decided if you want a 2011 cpu/mobo combo or a 1155 cpu/mobo combo. The 2011 is going to be marginal better than the top 1155 system. The 1155 system is going to work much better with OSX. By better I mean you are going to have native sleep, power management, etc.

You can do one of the sets from the list below:

LGA 2011:
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4902415&SID=
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813128531&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4902415&SID=

LGA 1155:
CPU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4902415&SID=
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128559&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4902415&SID=


There is a large price difference between the two and to be honest, the 1155 socket is better supported. The 3770K competes with the 3930K with almost all benchamarks. This is assuming you are overclocking.
 
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MechSoup,

Thank you very much for your response.

I'll be getting the LGA 1155 cpu/mobo combo as you suggested. Like you said, it's better to have native sleep, power management, etc. Yes, I'm willing to overclock the 3770K.

Thanks again, I learned something new today.
-limey
 
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Will this configuration run as a hackintosh?
 
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