Building my own Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Zerosangheili, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Zerosangheili macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2008
    Is there an online store where I can buy all the necessary Mac parts to build my own? I'm not looking to build a hackintosh, but am actually looking for legit Mac parts. I figure building things on your own is always cheaper and more fun so maybe there is a way to do this?
  2. Amethyst macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
  3. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007
    No if apple was a normal computer company this would be true but their list prices for the parts is insane.
  4. Umbongo, Jul 23, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2011

    Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    You're looking at $2,000 for the case, power supply, board parts/backplane, and heat sink for a single processor Mac Pro. If you add in all the other official Apple cables, screws, fans and what not that's at least another $500. If you are going to be buying parts retail then it isn't worth it.

    There are better ways to get a cheaper Mac Pro. Look at refurbished or used models. 2009 models can have their firmware upgraded to use any LGA 1366 Xeons and you can flash a graphics card to save some money.

    Look at if you want to see for yourself.
  5. hammten macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2008
    Not to mention the lack of warranty if he built rather than bought a refurb or new one....
  6. TA031 macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    Not even remotely.
  7. Zerosangheili thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2008
    I love apple products, but I wish they gave more options when it came to do-it-yourself.
  8. dndlnx, Jul 24, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2011

    dndlnx macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
    I once considered the "Frankenmac" thing. Coming from the PC building world, I thought it would be cool.

    But once you track down and price out the parts, it's not even worth it dude. Buy a back-stocked, discontinued model at a discount somewhere, instead. Possibly refurbished...then have at it! I switched out everything short of the PSU and motherboard.
  9. j-banana macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    There are lots of specialty mac stores and there's always the auction store.;)

    If frustration is fun to you then go for it, but I must say it is rewarding. cheaper ? not always, remember apple parts are hard to come by and how will you test critical parts if they work as it should, next thing you know you've fried the mobo coz of faulty wires or bad ic from the psu or memory slot. Believe me you dont wanna go to that path.
  10. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    read my thread on a diy cpu upgrade you can upgrade a 2010 quad 2.8 to a hex 3.33 for about 500 you can also upgrade a 2009 quad 2.66 to a hex 3.33 for the same money and an efi hack. the 2009 does not have the best gpu or airport express.
  11. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Apple has set prices for certain things. Like a logic board is nearly always 1295.00. a HDD for a Mac pro runs 350.00 for a 1TB WD Caviar. Biggest waste of money if you are doing this without a certified tech contract. Get certified and it becomes cheaper:)
  12. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    According to 60-Minutes it would cost $125,000 to build a $20,000 car from dealer purchased parts. The Mac Pro isn't much different :p
  13. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Much cheaper just to buy one. They're fairly upgradeable, so you can do that as well if you please.
  14. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010

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