My Hackintosh

On my last entry, I mentioned that I was building a new super computer. Well, It’s DONE!!

Meet my new Hackintosh!!! What’s a Hackintosh you say? it’s basically a computer that runs on the Mac Operating System but with the guts and parts of a PC computer.

“Why not just go buy the real thing at an Apple store” you might say. Well for one thing, it’s much cheaper to build one than it is to buy a Mac Pro. I’m not talking about $100-$200. I’m talking about almost half the price!

let’s compare shall we?

A Base

Model Mac Prowith the specs of:

  • One 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Nehalem” processor
  • 3GB (three 1GB) memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • 18x double-layer SuperDrive
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB GDDR5

will run a price of $2,499.00

My Hackintosh was made with:

  • Intel Quad-core i7 3.4GHz processor $319
  • Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 Motherboard $129
  • 8GB (two 4GB) memory                $42
  • 120gb SSD hard drive                $130
  • cd/dvd/dl-dvd burner                $20
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870                  $179
  • computer case                       $100
  • power supply                        $115
  • 2tb hard drive                      $179
  • wifi card                           $50

Total price=                                    $1263

(please note, these prices vary depending at when was purchased)

Not only is it almost HALF the price of a Mac Pro but in almost every way, It’s an even more powerful computer than what Apple is offering. If you throw in a computer monitor which is about another $200 you STILL come out saving so much more than a Mac Pro.

To show you how well it performs, I linked a video comparing the loading time of photoshop on my hackintosh and my Macbook pro.

so there you have it! My Hackintosh. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Tonymacx86 and the Hackintosh community : )

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