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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:20 pm    Post subject: Question Reply with quote

Hi, i currently have a mac mini but i want to upgrade to a "real mac" but i find that its pretty pricey. I was wondering, is it possible to build your own mac so to speak? and if so, can i have tips as to what kind of hardware i should buy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, there is no way to buy Mac parts and assemble your own like you can with a PC. You can buy a base model, and upgrade certain components...the Mac Pro being the most configurable of the curent Macs.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen other people build their own Macs, but it meant that they went round on places like ebay to buy parts of Macs to build their own Mac. But the results i've seen aren't too impressive.

You'll be much happier with a 'Proper Mac' made by Apple. My iMac was EXTREMELY expensive when i got it, but it still got some tricks in the bag for its age. It's like your faithful dog. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can build a mac. But it's illegal since you need to run a cracked version of Mac OS X.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not really worth it to build your own Mac especially with such low prices compared to the past.

I built my own Mac from a eMac logic board and an ATX power supply along with a long of fiddling (wiring up a power cable). I used parts such as CD-RW, RAM, and HD that I had laying around and ended up having a very nice 800 mhz system for less than $200. It was an eye sore though, and when my soldering job failed the power inverter board smoked up the house.

There aren't a lot of Intel Mac parts for sell on eBay and other places, and the ones I see are quite expensive. I bought a Intel MAc Mini logic board for $70, but I doubt I will ever make it into a hackintosh because it needs so many other parts.

As others mentioned, you can install OS X on normal Intel hardware, but it's not worth it and it's not legal (Although I doubt making a OS X box out of old PPC parts is legal either).
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Question Reply with quote

wiggy316 wrote:
Hi, i currently have a mac mini but i want to upgrade to a "real mac" but i find that its pretty pricey. I was wondering, is it possible to build your own mac so to speak? and if so, can i have tips as to what kind of hardware i should buy


I find this statement to be very funny. While the Mac mini certainly isn't the fastest machine out there it certainly is a "real mac".

It sound likes you want a PC that runs OS X. That's about as far from a "real Mac" as you can get.

There is absolutely no way that you can build a computer equal to the quality of a Mac for the same price, you may be able to build a faster machine for a lower price though, and I think that is what you are getting at. As the others have mentioned, this isn't a realistic venture today. Once upon a time Apple did license the OS to companies and some built boxes faster than Apples for lower prices, but today that is not the case.

Wiggy, you're a perfect candidate for what many of us have hoped for. A model in between the mini and the Mac Pro without a built in monitor.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cory Cooper wrote:
No, there is no way to buy Mac parts and assemble your own like you can with a PC. You can buy a base model, and upgrade certain components...the Mac Pro being the most configurable of the curent Macs.

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Yes, you can buy Mac parts. Most proprietary "Mac" parts (Logicboards, mezzanine boards, etc.) are available on some websites. Then some of the other parts can be any old PC parts, like hard drives and optical drives. But those "Mac" parts are out there. It just isn't financially feasible.
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