I like Macs. Apple makes cool products, and whenever I get a chance I like to hit the local Best Buy and check them out. The iPads are tugging at me, and my iPod Touch has been outgrown. I always seem to linger just a bit longer, though, with the latest iMacs. The look is really something: glossy white plastic, satiny aluminum, and one of the most beautiful displays you could hope for. However, if I think I have lingered too long I just view the price tag, and then I am properly motivated to move on down the road!
My current Hackintosh is starting to show it’s age. I have a Gigabyte EP45 series motherboard with an Intel Core2Duo E8600 CPU with 4 Gigs of RAM, an NVidia 9800 GTX+ video board, and a couple of TB of drive space. I can dual boot with either OS X 10.6.7 or Windows 7, which is really convenient. However, lately it’s begun to feel a bit slow. Buy a new i5-based iMac? The 27″ display starts at $1,699, which is about double what I want to pay. Time to start researching parts, perhaps, and build a new hackintosh!
The TonyMacX86 website has lots of info. I’m zeroing in on a Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 motherboard for about $110. Add $200 or so for an i5 CPU, another $130 for hotter video board, RAM will run $100 or so. A hard drive will be another $70 or so. I will re-use an exiting case and power supply. Bag a DVD burner for $25 and add up the numbers: looks like around $635 or so, and if I pick carefully from Newegg I can probably get free freight on almost everything. The display is a bit more difficult: if I want a true IPS display that rivals the beauty of a real Apple iMac I’m looking at $260 for a 23″ LG, or $500 and up for larger. Or, I could drop back to a conventional LCD or an LED backlit display and save a bit. I bought a family pack OS X license a couple of years ago and never used all of them, so I have an available license. Either way, I’m looking at less than $1,000 for good performing homebrew platform.
Too bad I didn’t order this earlier this week; I could build it this weekend! Happy Memorial Day to you all!