Can I build a mac like a PC

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  1. TheDance511 macrumors 6502

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    hey all..i donno where this would go but ya..my question is..is it possible to build a mac machine like u would builda pc...logic board,ram, graphics card..u know...all that... asny experience or input..i wanna do this..also what would be a good case for this:apple: i want to put tiger on it
     
  2. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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    I guess if you had all the "exact" right parts, it might be possible.

    But building a mac would still be nothing as generic an experience as building a PC.
     
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Short answer, NO. and even if you somehow managed it, running OSX on a non Apple machine violates the EULA.
     
  4. nazmac21 macrumors 6502a

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    Only if you get the parts directly from Apple. Not so sure about Mac OS X being installed on home-built Mac though. Might be illegal.
     
  5. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    Even if you did make one, I'm 99.9% sure it's illegal to run Mac OS X on any not bought from Apple (or a retailer).
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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  9. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816

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    Well hold on here you all. You can build a Mac. You can make a G4 Mac with the only Apple part being the logic board.

    This is a list on non-Apple products I have in my Mac:

    1 GB RAM (OmniTechnologies)
    1.5 Ghz processor (GigaDesigns)
    A flashed Radeon 9800 Pro, not originally the Mac edition
    Generic USB card
    Generic wireless card
    Generic USB bluetooth adapter
    350 Watt power supply (Antec)
    DVD-RW drive (Pioneer)
    And a couple of Seagate HDs
    And various fans that are of not Apple

    But it's all in a G4 case, so in a way I've built my own G4. :D
     
  10. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    so its still made by Apple.
     
  11. OscarTheGrouch macrumors 6502

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    I guess thinking about it, is the only apple proprietary thing the logic board (which assume is the apple version of the motherboard??) Intel sells the processors, Ram, harddrives etc are everywhere.. so i guess why not. And with the Apple Logic board, it IS Apple hardware...
     
  12. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Intel didn't make the processor in THAT system. Also, Apple's motherboards used to be crazy shapes and stuff to fit their cases - not sure about how they are now. But you essentially buy an old Mac and upgrade it intensely. You're not really *building* anything. It's also excessively costly and not really worth it in practical terms, unless you want a really cool G4 system (a lot of people have a fondness for those cases).
     
  13. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816

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    Exactly. It's the closest way to build a Mac without violating laws.
     
  14. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816

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    Yes i can agree with with the excessive costs. wow, i could've bought a C2D iMac by now. Ah well.
     
  15. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    As everyone else has said you can not legally build your own Mac. I think that someone should turn one of these threads into a sticky since this topic comes up fairly frequently.
     

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