MacBuilder series motherboards

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Dustintendo, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. Dustintendo macrumors member

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    #1
    apple needs to make osx enabled motherboards for people who like to build thier own systems. i would be all over that
     
  2. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816

    kalisphoenix

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    #2
    How about getting all over the "shift" key? ;-)
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    London
    #3
    Why? You assume that they would sell them at a cost that would enable you to build a Mac for less than Apple sell them. Lets look at the costs:

    Assume Apple were willing to sell you the Motherboard with a bundled copy of OSX for $400 (yes this is a massive premium, but Apple need to protect their margins).
    You now need to get an Intel Core CPUm, say $200.
    RAM will set you back $100 at least.
    You need a graphics card. I don't know which cards Apples Intel drivers support, lets assume you need a Mac specific card (it'll need to be EFI not BIOS supporting in it's ROM), say $200.
    So we are at $900, you still need a case, optical drive and harddrive, say you can get all three for $150.

    So $1050 and no monitor. Or just buy an iMac.
     

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