Welcome to SPCR.
Thanks, appreciate quick reply too.
The Xeon CPU without integrated gfx plus the GT 640 is a little odd.
Basically, I've started to follow this video to build low-noise hackintosh:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_S9ve7IIew
but after a little research I found out that small Silverstone PSU may be too noisy, water cooling pump could fail, spill etc., so decided to modify suggested config to meet my needs better.
First I decided to swap to bigger SilverStone SST-FT03B to get more ATX PSU options and Noctua NH-D14 as many recommends. I received case today and I am disappointed, will return it and now I am on the beginning again - that’s why I am looking to get feedback from SPCR society.
silent, solid, vibration free construction
case must fit this hardware comfortably with decent air flow but not many fans, rather minimalist design, one optical drive if any
What's the driver for going this route rather than either:
- Xeon with integrated gfx
Integrated isn't hackintosh friendly. Nvidia's more likely are. This particular GT640 claim to be silent, comments were good for video editing and costs me $120 - the cheapest deal I've seen
- Xeon w/o gfx + something like the GTX 750? (more than twice the horsepower of the GT 640, less power used, and only £10-15 more)
I am trying to cut costs of course but sensible. I didn't know 750 are more efficient in competitive prices (suggestions? - silence factor, ports - hdmi and/or display port) Are GTX versions for gamers?
Photoshop makes use of the GPU for accelerating the display functions....but I think the HD gfx on a Xeon would handle it ok. Does your video editing s/w utilize the gpu for hardware acceleration?
Yes it does but not as much as CPU
case: Are you aiming for a mATX sized case?
No, I am not
cooler: dependant on case and mobo selection.
mobo: Gigabyte is fine. If you prefer BIOS based fan control, Asus, Asrock and MSI are much better. If you like s/w based fan control, Gigabyte's is similar to Asus.
I am not sure if others are as hackintosh friendly as Gigabyte.
PSU: stress load = CPU TDP + GPU TDP + ~ 50W = 80 + 65 + 50 = 195W. More likely video editing load of 150W. So, a 400W PSU is fine.
Really good to hear, so it looks like I know the first component, to build the system on :-)
RAM: You have one of the few use cases for 16GB of RAM. Check out your current system's use...or, make sure to get a mobo with 4 RAM slots. You could go with 2x4GB now and add more later, if saving $'s.
I heard that not many users will need as much as 16GB, so decided to go with 8GB but mainly because of budget. Choosed 2x4GB as they are CL9 rather than 1x8GB CL10 or 11
storage: What are your plans? Highly recommend SSD(s) for OS/Apps/scratch disk and a slow rotating disk for finished media storage.
I am using SSD as OS/Apps/scratch disk and HDD's as media storage. Currently, dual boot: Linux (for all daily tasks) - Windows (photo workflow), but trying to move workflow to OSX
I already own and will try to use in future set up:
SSD, Samsung 840pro 256GB (MZ-7PD256BW)
HDD, Samsung Spinpoint MP4 HM640JJ 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5"
HDD, Samsung Spinpoint MP4 HM320HJ 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" (external usb3)
ASUS PA246Q 1900x1200 monitor (HDMI, Display Port)
In the future I will be glad to see some RAID with 3,5" HDD's (case should allow me) but I can't tell now if hackintosh will handle it. I never done it on Linux as well.