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Building a new PC gaming system for BF3? Yup, me too. :)

I recently started playing Battlefield 3 (BF3) for PC like every other FPS gamer in the world and realized it’s absolutely amazing but it takes some major video card (GPU) power to push the graphics out at native resolution on any modern monitor (IE: 1080P 20INCH LCD) and it’s much much tougher (it could take as much as 1000% more GPU power) to push the graphic quality over any modern large high resoltion monitor (such as a 27″ iMac or 30″ Dell/Apple Cinema display which would run native resolition at 2560 x 1600 ish ranges) to combat this since my last gaming system is a year old I had to design and build a new gaming specific system for my 2560 x 1600 native resolution apple cinema display – extremely long story short after a day of research and digging into it I found the most extreme system I could build (without going unnecessary overboard IE: GTX590 nvidias in SLI) would cost me $2,300and it would run BF3 in Ultra settings at 60 ish frames per minute (FPS) the human eye can only see 30 FPS’s ish so to hit 60 or a steady low of even 45FPS would make it so the human eye could see a smooth graphic you never want the system dropping under 30 FPS or for $1,400 you could build a system that would easily run BF3 at 2560×1600 on Medium > High settings on the best gaming monitors(which is still extremely good IE: you may lose some distance on the foliage at a long distance when zoomed in on a 12 x sniper riffle) but you wouldn’t lose anything relevant such as viewing distance etc just textile quality and foliage viewing range/quality. Thanks to some research and advice from a buddy who runs RatedGamerGear.com – below are the system build specs I used in case anyone is in the market for a new gaming system build – Enjoy!

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$2,300 BUILD SPECIFICATIONS: (Including liquid cooling CPU for overclocking)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Item #:N82E16832116986
$99.99

Patriot Signature 4GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable)
Item #:N82E16820220099
$6.99

OCZ RevoDrive 3 series RVD3-FHPX4-120G PCI-E MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820227745
$399.99

Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115070
$319.99

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #:N82E16813131753
$244.99

PLEXTOR 24X Internal DVD Super Multi Drive Black SATA Model PX-L890SA LightScribe Support
Item #:N82E16827249066
$33.99

LIAN LI Lancool First Knight Series PC-K9WX Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811112337
$119.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Item #:N82E16835100007
$12.98

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820145347
$97.99

EVGA GeForce GTX 590 (Fermi) Classified 03G-P3-1596-AR Video Card
Item #:N82E16814130693
$749.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817139009
$134.99

CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835181010
$70.67

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$1,400 SYSTEM BUILD:

Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115070
$319.99

Codemasters Operation Flashpoint: Red River PC Game – Gift
Item #:N82E16800999280
$39.99

LIAN LI Lancool First Knight Series PC-K9WX Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811112337
$129.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Item #:N82E16832116986
$99.99

PLEXTOR 24X Internal DVD Super Multi Drive Black SATA Model PX-L890SA LightScribe Support
Item #:N82E16827249066
$33.99

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 012-P3-1571-AR Video Card
Item #:N82E16814130621
$339.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820145347
$89.99

Open Box: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #:N82E16813131753R
$189.99

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817171037
$104.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5″ SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136770
$94.99

Build Your Own i7 Hackintosh System For $862 That Will Run With Apple’s New $2,499 Mac Pro

Build Your Own i7 Hackintosh System For $862 That Will Run With Apple’s New $2,499 Mac Pro

First let me start by saying how much I love building my own computers and how much I love Mac OS X đŸ™‚ I’ve been working with computers for about 19 years now (professionally for the last 15 years) and for the first 8 or so years of my professional computer based career I relied solely on custom built PC’s running Windows but a business partner and great friend of mine Ryan Johnson (RJ2 RIP) reluctantly introduced me to Mac OS and Apple hardware in 2003 and I’ve been a die hard fan ever since so I think it’s only natural that I combine my love of building computers and my love for everything Apple and Mac OS in this beautiful i7 Hackintosh Build đŸ™‚

(The Complete Parts List Can Be Found At The Bottom Of This Article)

Ah today is a great day! Just 2 days ago I ordered my custom i7 rig piece by piece from NewEgg.com and today while watching a movie the UPS guy knocks at the door and I answer with a smile on my face đŸ™‚

Now that we’ve got our build parts I think it’s important to start randomly stabbing the packages until the parts are shattered all over the floor, No but seriously take your time and open and unpack the boxes carefully there’s all kinds of little parts and random stickers and such that can be missed in NewEgg’s bubble packaging if you’re not careful, It would also really suck to be in a rush and scratch your beautiful new Lian Li case now wouldn’t it đŸ™‚

After a minute of sifting through all the bubble packing in our box it looks like everything made it here on time, weehoo! đŸ™‚

By sure to take your time and unpack each item making sure not to let any of the electronics sit anywhere that static may be able to effect them (such as the bare floor etc) you shouldn’t have any issues if you just unpack them and place them on the boxes they were shipped in at a handy distance for building the system.
Note: Items such as the motherboard and hard drive that come wrapped in anti-static paper should be placed on top the anti-static paper on top of the box until you’re ready to install the items into the case and motherboard.

Now it’s time to put this bad boy together lets start by making a coffee (this step’s optional) now lets open up the case and take the screws and such that are sure to be found in a box taped to the inside of the case somewhere and lets lay those out in an easy to reach place, We’ll need them for the build obviously. Building a computer is very easy but if you haven’t done this before there is tons of information on the actual building of the system all over google so just take a look or just give it a shot, Honestly if you’re cautious you can’t really mess anything up just take your time and see what goes where as each part only fits in one place on the motherboard it’s pretty basic a lot like playing blocks as a kid, the square only fits in the square and the circle only fits in the circle, Yes it really is that easy the more difficult technical part comes later when installing OS X on this by default unsupported hardware.

Ahh she’s a beauty!! I think I’ll call her Butters #2 after my lil pup Butters lol đŸ™‚ Now time to see if she runs as good as she looks on the first try!

Now it’s time to setup the BIOS, Boot your system into BIOS (When you turn it on It will say hit Delete now to enter BIOS so just hit Delete when asked to) once BIOS is loaded up the easiest way to get it configured to run as a Hackintosh is to “Load Optimized Settings” then goto “Integrated Peripherals” now you’ll want to change your boot order to boot CD/DVD first then boot Hard Drive also change “PCH Sata Control Mode” to “AHCI”, “SATA Port 0-3 Native mode” must be DISABLED and set “HPET” to “64-bit mode” this should be all you need to change to get this method of Hackintosh install to work for your new Gigabyte board.
(Note: Different motherboards require different configuration and some are simply not compatible)

Once your BIOS is properly configured you’ll need to burn an iBoot iso to a blank CD, Download the iBoot.iso here once you’ve burned the iBoot.iso to disk insert your iBoot disk that you’ve just created and reboot the computer, When the system loads off the iBoot disk you’ll see a screen that says iBoot in the middle of it with a picture of a CD, Now simply eject the CD and put your Max OS X install DVD into the DVD drive and Press F5 now select your Mac OS X Install disk to boot off of.

Note: There are many random errors you can get while doing this such as “mac os x can’t be installed on this computer.” this error in most cases simply means that the Mac OS X install disk you’re trying to use isn’t valid for this time of Mac (aka Our Hackintosh) for example the install disk you’ve most likely borrowed is an install disk from a MacBook Pro and won’t work with a Mac Pro (what our system will likely register itself as post install) long story short google your error codes should you have any and find out what the issue might be and try another Mac OS X install disk if all else fails.

After the Mac OS X Install boots and select your language it will bring up the main install screen make sure you launch Disk Utility and partition your hard drive to GUID Partition Table then format your hard drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) once this is done go back to the step by step Mac OS X install screen and complete the install. It’s important to note that after the install you might get a screen that says “Install Failed: Mac OS X Cannot Be Installed on this Volume” this is normal just restart as it says to and select your new Mac OS X boot drive at the chameleon boot screen.

After a successful install you’ll need to setup your new Mac OS X install with the proper drivers which are called kext files on Mac OS X and the easy way to do this is using MultiBeast 2.0 so Download MultiBeast Here you’ll also want to Download The Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update Here and you’ll need the custom DSDT.aml file for your motherboard which you can Download Here if you have the same motherboard we did in this build however if you used a different motherboard chances are you can find the proper DSDT file Here.

Once you’ve got the necessary utilities download simply place the DSDT file on your Mac OS X desktop then open MultiBeast and check the UserDSDT option also check the System Utilities option in the install menu but do -not- start the install yet, Now open and run the Mac OS X Combo Update you downloaded earlier, At the end of the install it will ask you to click Restart do not do this at this time you want to finish the MultiBeast install, Once the MultiBeast install is complete you can close MultiBeast and select reboot from the Mac OS X Combo Update screen.

Your new Hackintosh should be up and running with all onboard hardware working properly however if it’s not (as one of my installs wasn’t) odds are you’ll only need to fix your audio and ethernet at the most and if this is the case all of the files you’ll need can be Downloaded Here

If the Audio isn’t working make sure you first try going to System Preferences and going through selecting all of the Output Devices and testing them to confirm you didn’t simply have the wrong Output Device selected, If you’ve confirmed that the audio is in fact not working simply do the following:

1. delete all LegacyHDA driver in /Extra/Extension
2. delete AppleHDA.kext and HDAEnabler.kext in /System/Libarary/Extension
3. Using Kext Utility to remove the driver cache
4. Using Disk Utility to repair the permission
5. Install the AppleHDA.kext and HDAEnabler.kext using “Kext Helper” (which was previously installed to the application directory with MultiBeast)
6. Run “Kext Utility” which was previously installed to the application directory with MultiBeast
7. Run “Disk Utility” and select your hard drive with Mac OS X Installed on it then click “Repair Disk Permissions”
8. Reboot and your audio should be working (if it’s not simply try all of the output devices again and it should be working, If it’s not just post on this blog or email me for help I’ll do my best to help you out)

If your ethernet isn’t working simply install the RealtekR1000.kext using “Kext Helper” (which was previously installed to the application directory with MultiBeast) then run SnowR1000 which was also included in the “Extras” download then run “Kext Utility” from your applications directory then run “Disk Utility” and select your hard drive with Mac OS X Installed on it then click “Repair Disk Permissions” then reboot and your ethernet should be working perfectly (if it’s not retry this process and this time use RealtekR1000SL.kext and it should be working, If it’s not just post on this blog or email me for help I’ll do my best to help you out)

That’s it folks! I hope this Hackintosh tutorial helps someone out there build their dream system, If you have any questions or input on this topic please feel free to post on this blog or email me I love getting feedback from the community, Thanks!

 

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1 PNY XLR8 VCG98GTEE1XEB GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GT VCG98GTEE1XEB Video Card
Item #:N82E16814133304
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate
$109.99
$104.99
1 GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813128412
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card $139.99
1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASUS 24X DVD Burner – Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$19.99
1 LIAN LI PC-A05NA Silver Aluminum ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

LIAN LI PC-A05NA Silver Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811112219
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant $99.99
$89.99
1 Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7860

Intel Core i7-860 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
Item #:N82E16819115214
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

$289.99
1 COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817171053
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$30.00 Instant $109.99
$79.99
1 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231180
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

$93.99
1 Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJB 160GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Hard Drive
Item #: N82E16822136358
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$54.99
Grand Total: $878.92

Very useful external resources:

Complete iBoot and MultiBeast install guide step by step by the creator of iBoot and MultiBeast

DSDT Database

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Install Flash (Well Frash) on Your iPhone 4 and iPad, Finally!

Let me start by saying sorry but this Flash method for your iPhone 4 and iPad only work on Jailbroken devices with that being said if you haven’t jailbroken your device yet it only takes about 60 seconds just Click Here.

To Install Frash (Flash for your iDevice) simply follow these directions:
1. Open Cydia > Manage > Sources
2. Edit source and add http://repo.benm.at
3. Search Frash and install it.

I also think its important to note that Frash will not make ALL Flash content work, I’ve heard it only makes 30% of Flash content work but I have no data to back this up but even if that’s the case would you rather have 30% of Flash content work or no Flash at all?

You Can Now Unlock Your iPhone 4 For Use On Any Supported Network You Like!

Now that it’s legal to Jailbreak and Unlock your iPhone new software is quickly popping up to take advantage of and make it easy for your average iPhone user to be able to Jailbreak and Unlock your iPhone and just 3 days the easiest possible Jailbreak method for the iPhone 3G / 3G(S) and yes even the iPhone 4 is now available by simply going to JailBreakMe.com on your iPhone’s web browser and today the first easy Unlock method was released, Once your iPhone is jailbroken simple open up the Cydia app store and install “ultrasn0w” (that’s a zero not the letter o) and your phone will be ready for use on other cellular networks!

After you’ve Jailbroken your iPhone simply open Cydia then goto “manage” and click “Add Source” and add “repo666.ultrasn0w.com” this will make it so that you can search for and download “ultrasn0w” in Cydia which will Unlock your iPhone 4 baseband 01.59 and 3G/3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 and 05.13.04.

Learn How To Hack Electronic Road Signs To Display Anything Your Little Heart Desires ;)

First off let me start by saying this is surely illegal, That being said it’s also very easy and very entertaining however we do not suggest that you use the information below to hack road signs yourself to post funny messages to drivers đŸ˜‰

Most electronic road sign control pads are placed in a lockbox however most of the time these are not locked as they do not come with locks and officials generally just set them up and leave them without worrying about their security, Thank you.

1: Simply locate the door for the lockbox usually on the back of the electronic road sign display or the base of the display and open it up, You’ll find a keyboard attached (usually by a wire) to the system, Simply type the default password “DOTS” if this does not give you access to the system simply reset the password by holding “shift” and “control” while typing “DIPY” and it will reset the systems password to the default “DOTS”.
2: Now simply type the message you want the road sign to display and put the keyboard back in place and close the lockbox up, That’s it you’re done.
3: Sit back and watch drivers faces (from a safe distance of course) as they read that there are zombies and velociraptors ahead đŸ™‚

Make Your Apple Magic Trackpad Work On Windows

Apple’s new Magic Trackpad is one of my favorite input devices, I’ve always been a fan of macbook pro’s trackpad with its multi touch gesture support but when apple released its new Magic Trackpad one major thing was missing, Windows support. Today Apple released BootCamp drivers for the Magic Trackpad for Windows which means if you extract the windows only driver install file from apple’s bootcamp package you can make the Magic Trackpad work on your Windows OS machine, Simply put download the EXE below and run it on your Windows PC and your Magic Trackpad will work with gesture support.

Download Apple’s Windows BootCamp drivers for the Magic Trackpad here.

If for any reason the above download does not work for you go here for a complete list of windows downloads for the Magic Trackpad.