I have been using a mid-2009 vanilla MacBook for the past 4 or so years. Over this time, I've bootcamped it with Windows 7, upgraded the RAM to 8 GB, and have installed most of my Steam games on an external HDD for space reasons. My MB has been used to the point where the CPU's thermal paste is not working well at all, and the CPU reaches temps of 100 C at times. It has overheated on Minecraft on lowest settings and windowed mode. I can't play games right after startup because it will overheat and underclock to (at the lowest point) 1.8 GHz. I have a friend who is a PC gamer who is very knowledgeable with building/modding computers. Long story short, he screwed up some cables and stuff getting to the CPU, and it won't boot. He has offered to build me a powerful (and cheap) Hackintosh with the same hard drive or get the same model (for cheap) and switch out hard drive + RAM (which will be hard because of how Apple hardware is designed) but I'm unsure of what to do. Should I spend a few hundred on a Hackintosh and sell the laptop for parts, buy the same model and switch parts around, or send it to Apple? A non-biased opinion would be nice, too.