Build Your Own Mac? (Not Hackintosh)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Gregintosh, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    Hey guys,

    I was thinking today and I was wondering how possible it would be to build your own mac desktop using various apple parts. Perhaps buy a broken macbook or something that still has a good motherboard, toss in a good processor, build it into a custom case and create basically your own xMac.

    Perhaps if someone knew much about the actual electric side of computers they could figure out a way to even modify the motherboard and pop in a good video card.

    It would definitely run a genuine Mac OS X because it would actually be built from mac parts.

    Obviously this would cost more money than a hackintosh, but perhaps if deals on broken macs could be found on ebay, craigslist, gumtree, etc. it would be possible to still save money over buying a mac pro or whatever.

    So any thoughts and ideas?
  2. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    You'd just be removing an existing Mac logic board and putting it in a new case though wouldn't you?

    It would probably be possible, but it would just look like any old naff desktop PC.
  3. Big Boss Man macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2006
    I would just buy a used Mac or previous generation new Mac. Why go through all the effort of tracking down a bunch of parts that will all work together? I doubt you would really save that much in the end. Also, you may wind up spending a lot of money on something that does not work in the end.
  4. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    you'd probably spend more on a macbook with a broken screen than you would on a used mac mini
  5. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I wouldn't really recommend it. By building, I'm assuming you're picking parts from different machines? If you don't build appropriately, you may build a computer that won't even work at the end since Apple puts together computers that are specific (firmware plays a part on which parts should/would) work. Unless you're taking a previous model, and picking parts and building it exactly, even that could be time consuming.
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    So... you're talking about making a laptop. Actually, not making anything whatsoever, since you can't change the processor in a MacBook. You'd be building a laptop.

    So... you're talking about making a Hackintosh, not using a motherboard from any Mac whatsoever.

    It would very probably not run at all.

    So buy a Mac Mini! :)
  7. vga4life macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2004
    A 2009 mac mini upgraded to 4GB and a fast SSD (or better, a pair of fast SSDs in RAID0 with one in the optical bay) is as much of an xMac as most people would need.
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Modifying a laptop motherboard? Have you ever looked at one? they are assembled by machines using surface mount technology and modifying one is not trivial task. A uber-geek from MIT (or similar) might do it with lots of resources, but it would be a quite a challenge. "Pop in a good video card"? The laptops don't use regular video cards - you'd have to do a lot of work.

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