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Old 01-14-2013, 10:38 AM
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Searching components for new Intel Core i5/i7 system

Hi there!

like the title says, I'm searching things for a new system. I'm still using the same AMD Opteron 185 systems, 5 years after the forum was founded. They still work fine, upgraded to USB3 and SATA6, but the main problem is the software. Leopard support is dropping more and more, there's no actual Flash for a long time, YouTube is slow as hell. The missing SSSE3 command set and virtualization technology is also a problem. So a new hardware setup is neccessary.

The problem is, I have no idea what is actual today The last things I know are the Core i7 and the i5, but I don'tknow how many cores and GHz are possible. Because I stopped with Osx86 installations at 10.6, I have no big knowledge about the Chameleon 2 bootloader and its /Extra folder, the experiments I made on my Thinkpad x61t with Snow Leopard and Lion were much more frustrating than any of the other OSx86 setups I made.

I need a system which is fully Mountain Lion capable, most usages are for audio editing and video compressing. For Logic my 2.95 GHz Dual-Opteron is fast enough, but video compression is very slow. So, I first need some infomation about the Core i processor series, what's the difference between the i5 and i7? What model (cpu-cores/GHz) has a moderate price? Is it still so that nVidia graphic cards are better supported, or doesn't matter if it's an ATI card? A silent graphic card would be ideal. What board manufaturers are common now? On Socket 775, the Gigabyte boards were used rather often, what's common on the i series? Ideal would be a board with more than one PCI slot and an onboard serial port.

By the way, is the Disk Utility compatible to Advanced Format harddrives now? Version 10.5 is not, I had to calculate partitions manually.

I'd appreciate your help.

Greets, naquaada.

2 Opteron systems: OSx86 10.5.8, Andy's 9.8.0 kernel, Asus A8N-SLI Premium, Opteron 185 o'clocked @ 2 x 2,95 GHz (2nd system 2.6 GHz), ATI Radeon HD2600XT 256MB Dual-Monitor 2x HP L2035, 4 GB RAM, Griffin FireWave as main audio device, Marvell + nForce LAN, Asus U3S6 USB3/SATA6 card, 5,5 TB harddisk, Firewire 800 card, Apple Remote + eHome IR receiver, 2x Wacom serial graphics tablet, Canon Pixma iP4700, Logitech Internet Navigator wireless keyboard/mouse combination.

My Audio stuff: M-Audio Transit USB (default audio), M-Audio ProFire 610, M-Audio ProFire Lightbridge (34 channels) using Creamware A16 ADAT converter MIDI: M-Audio Midiman 4x MIDI interface Behringer Audio Mixers: Xenyx 1002, Xenyx 1002FX, Xenyx 1202FX, Eurorack UB1002FX, Eurorack MX1804FX, Eurorack MX262A FX devices: Lexicon MPX100 DSP, Behringer DSP-1000 Virtualizer, Behringer MiniFEX 800 DSP, Behringer Multicom Pro MDX4400 compressor RETRO: MSSIAH midi/sequencer/synthesizer cardridge for the C64 (Dual-SID), Steinberg M.S.I. MIDI Interface for C64
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