Macpro - Hardware

Posted by Umair Abbasi on Feb. 17, 2008 in Technology

Its done. I have managed to install Leopard OS X 10.5.2 onto my custom built PC with no glitches (except sound input, more on this in the software half of the blog). I am splitting the information on to 2 different blog entries.

The first entry, which is this one, is about the hardware setup and the second one is the installation steps.

My hardware consists of the following components:

I am extremely satisfied with my choice of hardware. If there was one thing I would have done different, it may have been the motherboard. At the time of purchasing, the Intel Bad Axe 2 was slated as the most compatible motherboard with the Mac OS X Operating System. Apparently it has come to light that the DFI motherboards are completely 100% compatible with Mac OS X. So why do I regret the purchase?

Well for one, the DFI supports 45NM processors, and have a faster front side bus. The Intel Bad Axe 2 on the other hand does not support the faster Front Side Bus speeds, and does not have support for the 45NM processors. How this translated into costs for me?

My Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66GHZ 4MB Cache processor cost me about $200 on eBay. If you search hard enough or if there is a promotion going on, you can get the 45NM Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0GHZ 6MB cache for $189. More cache, more GHZ for a lower price. hmm.

Regardless the motherboard is awesome. I have read forums about people being able to over clock the 2.66GHZ processor to 3.4 GHZ. Thats my next mission.

Extremely impressed with the Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 Casing. A very well built casing. Its HUGE. The Logitech DiNovo keyboard is a dream to type on. Its thinness, smooth surface, and the built in mouse trackpad on the keyboard is just awesome.

Here are pictures of the components and the final assembly:

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