So I spec’ed out a new PC to fit into the case+power supply I bought from Iain:
CPU: Intel Core i7 920
$310 (NewEgg.ca)/ $310 (CanadaComputers.com)
Motherboard: ASUS P6TD Deluxe
$320 / $315
Memory: OCZ Platinum 12GB
(6 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 MHz OCZ3P1333LV12GS
$264.50 / $320
Disk: 1.5TB Western Digital Caviar Green
$115 / $115
Optical drive: Pioneer BDR-205BKS 12x Blu-Ray Burner
$233.50 / $240 (203BKS)
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
$155 / $160
Total cost, before taxes etc
Canada Computers: $1,460
Iain points out I haven’t looked at a video card yet.
I replied that with the speed at which prices of video cards change, I will wait until the last minute and get two mid-level cards to run in SLI, preferably DirectX 11 cards.
If I had to get them now, they might be MSI GeForce GTX 260
Iain prefers the much higher-end Radeon HD 5870 1GB
, of which there aren’t any right now it seems. :-)
The price for Windows 4870 cards is substantially lower than Apple’s.
The Canada Apple Store currently
lists one for $420,
Canada Computers has one for $210.
this MacRumors forum thread
people are discussing how to do this and what the pitfalls are.
Basically, download and flash the ROM from
One person said:
I just tried it on my Sapphire HD4870 (the 1st gen one, based on
I flashed using freedos and the following command line:
ATI’s ref design).
atiflash.exe -p -fs -fp 0 4870.rom
note: -fs and -fp are used to ignore SSID and P/N mismatches
And it works!
EFI driver is initialized correctly, (I don’t have the leaked MacOSX
drivers for this card, so I can’t tell if this one works too), and
bootcamp stil works (currently writing from GNU/Linux on my 2006 Mac
Only problem is : only one output is active, no dual-head, it seems
(at least using ATI’s linux driver)
I should note that doing this seems to make the analog output (SVGA) not work. DVI is fine, though one person reported the “top” port as only going up to 1024×768.
Be careful out there. Read the thread for info on which cards work, and what possible side effects there are.
Various sites are now advertising it for $1,300.
[MostlyDigital.ca (for $1,126!)]
Update [2008-11-25 8:16 PM]
MostlyDigital now has it for $930, a drop of $200!