Rushmore wrote in post #16326292
I use an iMac...
BUT.. going to do a Hackintosh..
for around £850
Been there, done that. Hackintoshes are easy to build, and easy to run, with really, only one issue, which is that they are not quite as reliable as the real thing. The reason for this is that the hardware itself is different, especially in video-card land. Yes, Hacks can use PC Nvidia and AMD cards, but the ones that work best (in my experience, at least) are the ones that have video ports that are exactly the same as the Mac version of that card, if there is one. However, the various video card manufacturers, while using the same chipsets, use different output configurations. One will provide 2 DVI-D ports, 2 Minidisplay ports and an HDMI port, while another will provide a DVI-S, a DVI-D, an HDMI and a single full size Display port. These different configs require playing with software and com.apple.boot.plist with such entries as:
trying to figure out how to make your XFX Radeon 6870s run multiple monitors.
It's a whole bunch easier, faster and more fun to use the real thing. However, new Macs (of any kind) are expensive. This is why I spent a couple of weeks reading Craigslist. I was able to buy a dual-quad Mac Pro base model for $700 bucks. Fitting it with a PCI-e SSD, and a used Mac video card (a Quadro FX 4800, also from eBay) put the price at just over a thousand bucks. The box's firmware can be upgraded at least one model year, RAM easily is upgradeable to 32 or more GB, and the processors are upgradeable to 3.3GHz, or, in fact, to dual six-way IPs. And it's totally silent once it has booted up, and I really enjoy watching those i6 threads running.