After some reading I decided to build a 2006 mac pro. I have lusted after one since I first saw them 10 years ago but never had the money. Now I have a beast running updated Yosemite. Quad core xeons, 32 gigs of ram, raid 1/0 hard drives, a good video card. Maybe an PCIe SSD in the future. I have 2 matching m2's laying around begging to be a raid 0 boot drive again. This is a thing of beauty. A work of art. The whole design of it soothes my OCD soul. All under my 500 dollar budget. But really a big thanks to Pike for the EFI fix that got me started. Too many to list for the countless posts with tips, tricks and hacks and howtos I have been reading the past couple of weeks. Every question I have had so far has already been answered somewhere here in detail. Mac hackers are as dedicated as the Linux guys and so much nicer. I have yet to see one post with the equivalent of "read the man page." I have a machine now that I would put against modern Apple hardware that has sadly become proprietary again and non upgradeable. It has certainly replaced my much newer yet slower windows box. I have finally got the machine I wanted.