Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by TheYankees1903, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. TheYankees1903 macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2008
    I am trying to build a new computer (my first built computer ever) and I am trying to make it with the newset parts. I have decided I will use 1 or probably 2 Quad Core Xeon Harpertown processors but I am having a problem finding a good extreme motherboard. The only one I could find was the Intel D5400XS...

    Can someone please point me in the direction of some other alternative (new) motherboards I could use.

    Please Help,
    TheYankees1903 :apple:
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    if you wanted the possibility of a hackintosh, research compatibility lists and such on osx86

    other than that, its pretty open to what you get. just make sure the sockets line up and such. go by newegg reviews for sure
  3. TheYankees1903 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2008
    What motherboard does the current Mac Pro use?

    Let Me Know,
    TheYankees1903 :apple:
  4. cal6n macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    I don't know but it's made out of unobtainium... :rolleyes:
  5. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Not one that conforms to any type of ATX or BTX standard. So in your situation it doesn't really matter.
  6. Transeau macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2005
    Alta Loma, CA
    Dual LGA771 sockets, Intel 5400 chipset. If you want to do it right, find a workstation board that uses EFI.

    Though, the odds are that if you try and match the specs, quality and warranty, you are going to run almost the same price as a real Mac Pro.
    I priced it out at newegg, for about the same specs and quality, I came up with $2933 before tax and shipping. Given, you can build it cheaper, but I tried to get the closest match to a real Mac.
  7. krye macrumors 68000


    Aug 21, 2007
    The Mac Pro, as well as all Macs, uses a custom board designed and built by Apple. The best you can do is to find an ATX board with matching chipsets.
  8. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    I see no point in building a Xeon-based Mac Pro... it won't end up being cheaper. If you want to use a Core 2 Quad or ultrafast e8400/8500 Core 2 Duo clocked at ~4 GHz, I could see the merit in that. But otherwise...? They're ultra expensive.. you won't find any cheap Xeon boards.

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