Do i need a Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Daniel97, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Daniel97 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2011
    I have an old Windows piece of Junk in a cupboard at home.

    3GB RAM, 3GHZ processor .. ist enough i guess

    Can i wipe it completely so its dead as a dodo and install Lion?
  2. Novecento macrumors member


    Jul 6, 2011
    You better run and hide because this is definitely the wrong place to ask this kind of question :)
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Installing OS X in a regular PC is possible but it depends on the specs of your computer. If you want Hackintosh help, then check InsanelyMac and Tonyx86, they concentrate on running OS X in PCs.
  4. Daniel97 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2011
  5. greenhobby macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2011
    My experience

    This is quite the contentious topic. Let me try and tell you my experience. I've been a PC user (and very productive) for many years and didn't understand the passion for macs. I like to think of PC's as Chevy's of 5-10 years ago. If your just looking for transportation, it will fit the bill with known limitations. There are a few dedicated Corvettes.

    I've been in the software development business for about 30 years on all kinds of platforms. About 6 months ago, I inherited a MacBook 1,1. I started using it and realized the whole IS greater then the sum of the pieces . I won't go on and on, but will say this: MacOS X is great, and the apps are great, but you will not get the real experience unless you run it on the hardware it was designed to run on. I compare my new MacBook Pro 5,1 to a German BMW M3 in build quality and purpose. It just makes me smile when I use it.

    I now have the passion...
  6. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Syracuse, NY
    Since you're really asking this question, I'm not even going to suggest hackintoshing it, just install Windows 7 since it will run much better and more consistently on that hardware.
  7. ImperialX macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    Why do you not just buy a Mac if you want OS X?
  8. Daniel97 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2011
    ive got one?

    i have a spare pc in a cupboard i wondered if i could make use of it as the windows on it is knackered and i hate it?
  9. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    My guess: Budgetary considerations. The OP probably doesn't want to fork over the dough for a new Mac.

    Generally speaking, Hackintosh can be achieved for next to no cost by a resourceful computer enthusiast, provided the available hardware is supported by OS X. If that "old Windows piece of Junk" has an AMD processor, ditch it. Even an Intel is still iffy. Another guess of mine: Lion will likely require Core 2 Duo or Core iX. Don't have that type of processor? Get a used Mac.

    (The above is my humble, insignificant, and probably inaccurate opinion.)
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Setting up a Hackintosh is not for the novice. If you are comfortable digging around and troubleshooting hardware go for it, but if you don't know a HDD from RAM, don't bother.
  11. jackhdev macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Bismarck, North Dakota
    You should really buy a Mac from the Apple Store. Everything is made to work with Mac OS X, it will have updated technology, and it will just work. You won't be spending hours of time troubleshooting what went wrong with your hackintosh. I considered doing that once, but decided against it.
  12. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    If it really just "a piece of junk" then it's not likely worth the time to kackintosh it.

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