I ask this for all those who have built a Hackintosh and have also owned a Mac. I have only used laptops so far, two to be exact, an IBM and now a Macbook. I have never custom built a PC but that doesn't mean I would shy away from it. I like the idea; mainly for the lower cost, upgradability freedom, potential for higher performance in comparison to equivalent priced factory built options, and longer part warranties direct from manufacturers. It appeals to me that I can continue building upon my system down the road bit by bit rather then making a completely new investment and repurposing/discarding the old one. Now, we always can't have all that we want and I would want to run OS X on a custom built PC. I have considered Ubuntu as a backup but I can't give up OS X. Obviously this comes with a different price tag - time, effort, intelligence and compromise. Everything may not work perfectly and there is also fear that something may go wrong if not at installation but down the road. Also, if a part(s) dies, you may have to ship it yourself at your own expense. Depending on the shipping location and size/weight of the part(s), things could add up. As a custom built PC owner, your down time would usually be longer then Mac users who simply received support at the Genius bar. This obviously won't apply to those who don't have an Apple store nearby but a good Apple reseller instead should be able to take care of this for you. So tell me guys, is it worth it? I can understand if you multi-boot with Ubuntu or even Windows and usually that is what custom PC builders do but what about someone who just wants to run OS X. Having a couple of startup clones would give you some peace of mind but what do you think? PS - I understand this is a Mac forum, but I ask of you to be open minded and weigh other options. If you believe OS X should only run on Macs, more power to you but if you don't have anything useful to say pertaining to this post then please don't.