MacBuilder series motherboards

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Dustintendo, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. Dustintendo macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2005
    apple needs to make osx enabled motherboards for people who like to build thier own systems. i would be all over that
  2. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    How about getting all over the "shift" key? ;-)
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Why? You assume that they would sell them at a cost that would enable you to build a Mac for less than Apple sell them. Lets look at the costs:

    Assume Apple were willing to sell you the Motherboard with a bundled copy of OSX for $400 (yes this is a massive premium, but Apple need to protect their margins).
    You now need to get an Intel Core CPUm, say $200.
    RAM will set you back $100 at least.
    You need a graphics card. I don't know which cards Apples Intel drivers support, lets assume you need a Mac specific card (it'll need to be EFI not BIOS supporting in it's ROM), say $200.
    So we are at $900, you still need a case, optical drive and harddrive, say you can get all three for $150.

    So $1050 and no monitor. Or just buy an iMac.

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