I was thinking about investing in a new Mac Pro and an Upgrade from HD3 to HDX I gave a Hackintosh install a try.
With overwhelming success!!!
It was not even a recommended build. It was just a 1 year old PC built for audio purpose from a well know German dealer called DA-X, bases on a ASUS P7P55D Motherboard. I only needed an other graphic card and chose a ATI4850 (a used one for 39,-€ on ebay).
I installed MacOS 10.6.8 mostly following this guide: tonymacx86 Blog: iBoot + MultiBeast: Install Mac OS X on any Intel-based PC
(donate if you succeed!)
It really immediatly feels like a Mac and soon lets you forget that it's just a PC underneath.
Then I installed Pro Tools 9.0.5 and all stuff that I needed - still not having any issues. Due to the SSD drive all went on lightning fast!
But the best came in the end: Somewhere on the DUC I heard that the Pro Tools PCI-X cards never have been real PCI-X cards but PCI cards that simply don't use the last pins.
So I gave it a try and installed them in my Hackintosh PC's PCI Slots - with the last pins hanging in the air.
AND IT WORKED INSTANTLY!!! JUST LIKE THAT.
I never had any issue since then. It is one of the most stable system I ever owned. I'm so happy to have saved so much money and have such a nice system running here that I can't believe it!
It is THE solution for everybody still hanging on PCI-X cards and old G5s who are not willing to go the HDX path but need to go forward somehow.
Upgrading from PCI-X to PCIe for rediculous 5k € never was an option for me.
But even for LE users it seems to be a cool option: These old cards go for about 500,- bucks on ebay.
Have fun checking it out!
PS: Also tried Win7 and PT 9.0.5 on the same Machine. It didn't do well. But I did not what Avid wants you to do (all this disabling of all the security tools etc.) because I have to be online which for me is simply to risky with everything turned off. Dispite that I'm on PT and Mac since 1998. It's hard to switch then.