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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I would like to build my own computer (sorta). Is it possible to buy a G5 for the tower and update the internals to my own spec. I guess I would like to put in a new hard drive, ram, CPU. I would like to know if this is even possible. I want it to be updated enough to run like a new Mac Pro but not as powerful as I use it as a personal computer and now a work machine for video/photo editing.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 11:49 PM   #2
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Hey guys,

I would like to build my own computer (sorta). Is it possible to buy a G5 for the tower and update the internals to my own spec. I guess I would like to put in a new hard drive, ram, CPU. I would like to know if this is even possible. I want it to be updated enough to run like a new Mac Pro but not as powerful as I use it as a personal computer and now a work machine for video/photo editing.
Yes this is possible, there are many people who have built them and they are referred to as 'hackintosh' machines.

tonymacx86.com has a shopping list of compatible hardware and premade software tools to get your machine running Mac OSX.

insanelymac.com has a good forum for troubleshooting specific issues.

Later on if you really want to get into tweaking the performance of your machine check this thread from these forums: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1333421

General hackintosh vs mac questions are fielded here on the macrumors forums, but for specific installation problems it would be best to register with the other sites I have mentioned.

One thing I will recommend is to find a system someone already has running and to replicate it 100%. Some people are generous enough to upload a complete build log of how they did it.

There are many many frustrating problems you can run into when mixing hardware that hasn't been tried in a hackintosh before. There is no need to blaze new trails for your first build, save yourself the pain!
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:11 AM   #3
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In addition, if you read up on the build from the other forums and decide it is not for you in the end, keep an eye open in the refurb store for either a 2010 hex-core or a 2010 quad-core and upgrade the cpu yourself.

As DJenkins said, Hackintosh build queries are best handled on tonymacx86 and insanelymac.

Have a good read.
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