I've pushed my 2008 Mac Pro as far as it can possibly go and really need to upgrade my system. All my archives and software are Mac formatted so switching back to PC is not appealing, and I'm forced to consider the hackintosh route as I can't wait any more for new mac hardware to arrive at some indeterminate point in the future. Does anyone have any recent experience of hackintosh builds that play nicely with Media Composer? I'm looking at the TonyMacx86 Mac Pro buyers guide as a potential starting point.
The other option is to find a 2009 (to 2012) Mac Pro and up its specs (including the CPU). That would work.
Otherwise I don't see why the Hackintosh route would be a problem. Carefully choose the components, make sure it has an ethernet ID, and is seen as a Mac, stick to a stable OS (El Capitan more that Sierra), and it should work.
Don't know about Media Composer but there is a famous sound post house here in Paris that runs its ProTools fleet... from Hackintoshes.
@mikepat: first-hand experience - I wouldn't. It's a house of cards. Updating becomes a 20-step process. Minimum half-day just do OS updates.
Like Pierre said, find an old Mac Pro (2009-2012) and soup it up.
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I just bought the Accelsior Q for my Mid-2010 Mac Pro. Insane sustained throughput.
nVidia just released drivers for Pascal 10 series video cards. Won't help with Media Composer, but definitely makes buying an old Mac Pro worth it for now:
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Thanks for the replies. Good to get first hand experience of hackintosh route. It's obviously a last resort and perhaps I haven't considered replacing with a newer, but still old, Mac enough. 'Upgrading' to a min 5 year old computer doesn't feel like a great option but this is where we are I guess (thanks Apple!). Any more hackintosh experiences people would like to share?
Having gotten to the point in my life where I no longer have the patience to dic# with things un-neccessarily for my profession (there's enough BS to deal with my just software updates and bugs), I've stuck with a 2010 12-core. SSD boot, 64GB Ram, GTX 980Ti6GB GPU, usb3 card and fiber to Terrablock -- things holds up pretty strong considering it's now a 7-year old 'puter. That said, we have various others here, but I CAN tell you that one is the 5k retina iMac and that thing screams. It even can work with raw 6k red in Premiere (and that's sayin' something). If you need breakout PCI for some reason (i.e., 10Gb or fibre), it's not too expensive to get yourself a thunderbolt expansion chassis. If you are really hurting for an upgrade, or just something to hold you over for when Apple comes clean with their plans (caution I hear new iMac's are in store 3rd quarter this year), either one will do you very very well.
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