Building a Custom Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by alphonsecpone, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. alphonsecpone macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2009
    I want the mac OS, but do not have the funds to buy a computer from Mac themselves. I am a film student and plan on buying final cut studio which alone is a couple $100 and also requires an incredibly powerful processor and RAM. The only Mac's that are sufficient to run the program run around +$2000. I wanted to build a custom one on my own with my own parts, the way many people do with PC's, and just put Leopard on it rather than Vista. Is there anyone who has done anything like this or knows about specifics parts or brands that I would need to make it a mac?
  2. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2008
  3. alphonsecpone thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2009
  4. mags631 Guest

    Mar 6, 2007
    I have no interest in engaging in a debate regarding hackintosh or not. I would however like to address the hypothesis of building your own PC as being a cheaper alternative.

    If your goal is to minimize cost, then you should find a compatible, commercial machine (e.g., Dell, etc.) that will do what you want. The fact is that they get volume discounts, subsidies from adware (which you are going to get rid of), and sell at relatively low margins, so it will be hard for you to build something comparable for cheaper, unless you are building a very high end machine where the OEM is extracting incredible margins (e.g., gaming rigs).

    Look for a cheap commercial base and perhaps invest in a CPU upgrade or RAM.
  5. robo456 macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2008
    New Jersey
    [puts on protective fire gear for the incoming flames...]

    go to google...

    you'd have to be "insanely" to look for a "mac" to build yourself... there must be some "forums" out there...

    as a side note, be prepared to do ALOT of reading... there's not too much hand-holding for that kinda stuff...

  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Most, if not all current mac can run Final Cut Studio

    iMac is a good bet. You can purchase refurb that looks like new, comes with same warranty as new Apple computers, except refurbs are at 20% or more off. Buy the tool that gets the work done. Apple offers financing.


    Hackintosh is like saying paint brushes are too expensive. How do I make it from scratch?

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