Building a MAC???
This is the first I have heard about it. Building a PC, yes, but a MAC, no. You must be a rich student to opt for a MAC.
I don't mean any disrespect, but I don't think this remark was necessary. I asked a question so that I do things correctly, not so that I can be ridiculed.
I didn't say I was "building a MAC", I said I was building a custom rig which I hope to run OSX on, since all my programs are for Mac, and I have enjoyed using OSX these past few years on MBP. But the time has come that I need something with much more power for editing, After Effects, and 3d programs (not gaming). The reason I want to go this route is because i am NOT a rich student, otherwise I could afford the equivalent which would be 3x the price.
If I were to build a windows machine, would I still be a rich student? I think it would actually be more expensive since windows is obscenely priced.
Again, no disrespect
This workstation is also FOR my studies at school, and will allow me to work more efficiently and finish my projects faster.
What you're looking to build is a so-called "Hackintosh". You see, no off-the-shelf motherboards support OSX at all without major modifications. And even with those modifications ("hacks"), do not come running to us or Adobe if any issues develop. As such, Adobe will support the Mac version of Premiere Pro or any of its software products only if installed in an actual Apple-branded machine.
So, do you want to risk the complete and potentially permanent forfeiture of all technical support from all companies if any issues develop? If your answer is "no", scrap the Hackintosh plans entirely and just buy yourself an iMac (you will not get OpenCL GPU acceleration with Premiere Pro CS6 with most versions of the iMac due to their insufficient amount of VRAM, and the only iMac that has 1GB or more VRAM needs to be hacked using the "OpenCL_supported_cards.txt edit/tweak" just to enable GPU acceleration). Just remember that Adobe will not provide technical support for any problems that might occur when the txt file is "hacked" to enable GPU acceleration for a GPU that is not officially supported (they will, however, if the "hack" is reversed and the Premiere program gets locked into the MPE software-only mode).
Yeah, I did some research on the iMac (as well as asked some questions on these forums), and it looks like the iMacs fall a bit short when it comes to video production. I also want something that can be upgraded and changed.
I didn't want to use the term hackintosh because it carries a negative connotation, but I am aware that there are risks involved. I may just go ahead and build to hackintosh specs, and if it doesn't work out, bite the bullet and go with windows. I may be able to obtain the windows versions of my applications from school as a last resort.
I love tinckering with computers and stuff though, so might as well try it!
>obtain the windows versions of my applications from school
Not FROM (as in a school copy) since a unique license key is required, but THROUGH by using Adobe's education program
Both sites below require proof of Education status, per Adobe licensing
May NOT resell http://forums.adobe.com/thread/896145