It was time for a serious technology refresh for my personal home studio.
I built the tech refresh around a Zotac IDQ1 barebones kit which I turned into a triple boot Hackintosh. This relatively inexpensive base systems screams at it’s price point of less than $700. I have the box booting Windows 10 and Linux 14LTS in about 5 seconds and Mac OS X El Captain in about 10 seconds. Here’s a poorly made video of the box booting up the OSes:
Here are the base specs:
- ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770T (quad core, 2.5 GHz up to 3.7 GHz)
- ChipsetIntel H87
- System Memory2 x DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM Slots, Max 16GB
- Graphics EngineIntel HD Graphics 4600
- Video Output2x DisplayPort,
Single Link DVI-I
- AudioMicrophone, Headphone,
SPDIF optical output
- 4 x USB 3.0 Ports
- Dual Gigabit LAN
- Antenna – 1 x WiFI SMA connetor
- Wifi – 802.11ac/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- CIR Infrared Port
Here’s what I added:
- 16 GB DDR 3 RAM – Crucial Kit
- mSATA 256gb SSD boot drive – Samsung EVO850
- 1 TB Hybrid SSD Drive – Segate
All items were purchased from Amazon and arrived within 2 days (you got to love Prime !). I’ve posted reviews on all the components on Amazon.com please read them and give me a hands up
Here’s a snap shot of all the other gear which I added to my very new Home A/V and Web development studio.
Dell 21″ LCD monitor
Mackie CRrR – BT
Behringer Q502USB mini mixer DAW
Akai MPC Key 25 Ableton Live Controler
Sonly MDR950 BT Headphones
3TB Segate External Drive
3TB WD external Drive.
Apple Ipad Air 2 with NewTrent Keyboard / Case.
… and for fun …
Blackstar ID Core 40 Amplifier.
And much much much more.
Stay tuned for OS install instruction and reviews of the outboard gear.