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We figured it was about the right time to build the new JM Pro Creative video editing system in order to handle larger and more complex projects. The decision was made to Custom build a Mac Pro system. With the help of the Custom Mac buyers guides (link below) to choose the right components, and the Unibeast Mac OSX installation software and guide, we managed to get our new system up and running like a champ.
Operating System: Uniboot + Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz – LGA 1155 77W – Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Z77DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 [GA-Z77X-UD5H]
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX500M 500W ATX 12V 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply [CP-9020061-NA]
Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 980MHZ 1GB 5.4GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI VGA PCI-E Video Card [GTX650TI-O-1GD5]
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Tower Case Black Pearl 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PSU Front 2XUSB3.0 Audio [FD-CA-DEF-R4-BL]
Ram: Kingston HyperX Blu Black Series 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit [KHX16C9B1BK2/8X]
SSD Boot Drive: ADATA ASP900S3-64GM-C SP900 2.5in 64GB SATA3 Solid State Disk Drive SSD [ASP900S3-64GM-C]
Storage Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive [ST2000DM001]
Blu-Ray/DVD Writer: LG Black [14X BD-R] [2X BD-RE] [16X DVD+R] [5X DVD-RAM] [12X BD-ROM] Blu-Ray Writer with SW, 3D Play Back – [BH14NS40]
Final Cost (After Taxes): About $1200 CDN
In order to build a “hackintosh” you will need to purchase system components that are compatible with the OS X operating system. We choose our compatible components based on the wonderful Custom Mac Buyers Guide over at tonymacx86.com
First things first, we unpacked the case, as it holds all the components together. I choose this case because of its easily accessible front USB ports, and it’s sleek design. The front of the case is a door that opens to the disc drives such as the blu-ray writer and any other components. I find the case is also very quiet and efficient in its fan placement, as well has screens over the fans to easily clean dust buildup.
First things first it’s time to unbox all of the components and get them ready to be installed. We started with the main components, the power supply (installed into the case) and then unboxed the motherboard, ram, and processor + its heat sink. The proceeded to mount them onto the motherboard
After the ram and processor had been popped into place on the motherboard, we started installing the hard-drives into the case. As mentioned before we have one 64 gig Solid State Harddrive (SSD) which we will use as our boot drive for operating system and software applications to be installed. This way when we go to boot the system or open any of our apps they will load at super speed. As well as a regular 2TB drive for our productions, and media.
We screwed in the hard-drives to the case frames, then slid them into their drive bays. Then quickly slid in and mounted the Blu-ray writer into the top drive bay. Then proceeded to mount the motherboard into the case.
At this point it’s a matter of connecting all the internal components like the hard-drives and disc drives to the motherboard. As well as hooking up the tiny cables to connect the motherboard with the case’s fans, front external usb ports, audio ports, hard-drive/system lights & indicators, and power buttons. This can prove to be a tediously annoying task as the cables and pins they connect to on the motherboard are so small!
After everything was connected and installed, before installing the last component the video card, we figured we would install OS X, as to avoid any confliction with the video card upon install.
Using this wonderful guide from tonymacx86.com we followed the instructions for creating a bootable usb drive with mountain lion. (You will need a working Mac OS X machine in order to purchase mountain lion and create the bootable drive.) Before starting the install of OSX from our Unibeast USB drive, we configured the settings on our particular motherboard as follows:
VT-d: Disabled (only for 10.8.2 update)
XHCI Hand-Off: Enabled
EHCI Hand-Off: Enabled
Init Display First: PEG (if using discrete graphics, otherwise let alone)
Marvell SATA Controller(s): Disabled
High Precision Event Timer: Enabled
Wake on LAN: Disabled
After these settings were in place we proceeded with the install of OSX to the SSD drive following the Uniboot instruction guide.
After the installer had completed, before booting into OSX for the first time it was time to install the video card.
We installed the video card into the PCI-E slot, and booted into OSX to complete the setup and installation. Once inside our new install of OSX we ran MultiBeast (as directed by the installation guide for Unibeast), which installs the proper drivers for all the components to properly run.
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