Build Your Own Mac for $199

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  1. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    I'd consider building my own mac only however with a couple of conditions to say the least the parts would have to be positively compatiable with OSX, and i would have to find a case(i have not yet) that looks as clean as an intel box
     
  3. shadowmoses thread starter macrumors 68000

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    After reading that article i am seriously considering it, i have been looking around on a few forums like:http://www.concretesurf.co.nz/osx86 and it seems pretty easy to do.....

    I know some people on this board hate the idea of OSx being able to run on any PC but in my opinion it is not going to be a bad thing, even if Apple officially released OSx for any PC's i doubt there share will increase very much (of course it will increase maybe double or triple) but that still leaves them with a low market share in comparison to windows, and don't think OSX on any PC's means things like ad-ware,viruses etc will appear as they will remain scarce....

    Anyway back to the topic, people seem to be getting great performance on OSX through celeron D processors, some even say it feels quicker than some SP G5's....


    ShadOW
     
  4. Arcus macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm. Either they are getting a ton of hits or Apple's lawyers got a hold of them cause im getting a 'Site is down' message and its not a 404
     
  5. shadowmoses thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I had the same problem try the link a few times maybe copy and paste it and it should work...

    ShadOW
     
  6. stevey500 macrumors 6502

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    Still ... that computer for $200 would make a really nice linux machine... cause the OS/x86 stuff isnt quite complete yet.
     
  7. shadowmoses thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It would make a great linux machine...... :D

    Shame there are still a few niggles in OSX86 namely that Airport doesnt work AT ALL yet but there are so many tek-heads on the job i doubt it will be more than a few months before its fully compatible...

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    If a Celeron D processor is really faster than a G5 processor in OS X, then that is just sad.
     
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    The key here though is that there is no guarantee one can run OSX on
    any PC. There will always be limitations and probably a number of hoops to jump through to get it working on even a subset of PCs.
     
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    $199 barely covers the licensing fee for OS X. I'd never run my OS of choice on $70 worth of hardware! Holy crap! That's a disaster waiting to happen!
     
  11. shadowmoses thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Sorry i should have stated it better i was trying to imply that it would not be a bad thing if OSX officially got released for non-apple hardware in the future, i wasnt talking about the hackintosh version...

    And as for the comment on celeron's running faster than SP G5's its probably true as there have been benchmarks done with SP pentium 4's running OSX against a duel 2.5 G5 and the P4 was only about 25% slower....

    Yes sad but true,

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  12. *Y* macrumors regular

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    Wow, so how about that "Fastest Personal Computer in the World" when the PM G5 was introduced?
     
  13. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    It's fascinating how much interest the possibility of running OS X on Intel hardware has generated amongst PC users. Nevertheless I really don't have a problem with Apple keeping OS X away from non-Apple Intel PCs.

    I think Apple intends to make big inroads in the PC business by combinjng OS X with the same hardware everybody else has access to. The key is the OS, and Apple has every right to chose to keep it on Apple hardware only.

    There will always be hackers trying (and likely succeeding) to hack the OS onto unauthorized hardware, but if Apple becomes more popular most people will probably find it more convenient to buy Apple stuff than screw around with a DIY-FrankenMac. Anyway the true tinkerers will probably mostly stick with Linux.

    I don't belive it.

    Anyway, I don't trust the "hackintosh" OS X as a benchmark since it is, after all, a hack.

    Without trying to start an argument I'll just say that I don't think that a Celeron D has superior performance to a G5, all things considered.
     
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    I think for a good number of them it is because they are looking forward to getting better proof to discount OSX. "Well, I installed OSX on my home-built PC and I am having all these problems! Apple sux!"
     
  15. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    Trying to keep OS X off of generic PC's is like trying to keep your sister away from the football team... You just cant stand to think about what they'd do if they got their hands on her. :mad:

    BTW, Im on a PC laptop right now. I know for a fact that OS X wont run on it, but even if it could, (aside from the legality of it) I wouldnt run OS X because it would be an incomplete experience.
     
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    Too many hits, the guy is changing hosting services in the next few days so it will be up again soon.
     
  18. fartheststar macrumors 6502a

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    The best thing about it is that Steve Jobs has gotten people talking about Apple again. Non-Apple people. Brilliant. Say you're moving to Intel, let the OS be compatible with all generic PC's (a simple hack... make them work for it....).

    Then, once they realize how difficult it will be to get support for this stuff (not just mousing through the dock and opening up a finder window), they'll come on over. Macs will have access to up to date video cards, up to date processors, and finally be competitively priced with PCs. I still would expect we'd pay a premium as they're all high end / designed machines.... but the "leak" is a good PR move even if unintentional.

    The masses won't hack OSX. They'll just come on over to our side.
     
  19. jhu macrumors 6502a

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    and yet many people still do. how many people run tiger on older g3 and g4 computers? plenty.
     
  20. azrussell132 macrumors member

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    I'll stick with an ORIGINAL Apple...My days of "tinkering" with a computer to get it and keep it running are OVER.
     

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