Possible to Build Own Mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rexy1326, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. rexy1326 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2006
    Now that Apple has switched to Intel chips, would it be possile to build a computer from scratch and have it run MAC OS X?! It's something I've always wanted to do.
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    In a word no... Unless you use a cracked version of OS X floating around the internet... It probably wouldn't be much more expensive to buy a Mac than build yourself (though not if you want things like multiple internal hard drives and PCI card slots)
  3. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
  4. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    you CAN, but in essence you would be building a mac that you could buy, from parts of broken macs or something.

    you cant take a part from most macs and use it in another, unfortunately.

    aside from the usual, RAM/HD/Optical etc

    when it comes to CPUs, mobos, PSUs, and all that, NO you really cant.

    All you could do was find all the parts for one mac and build it.

    Though the G4 towers were "upgradeable" with daughtercards etc...

    But the newer macs, no way.
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    It'd be a lot easier to buy a Mac (new or used) and re-case it, adding other options you'd like.
  6. rexy1326 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2006
    I've heard it's a nightmare to re-case a MAC computer.
  7. weg macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    Hm.. assuming I buy an Apple Power Mac Intel (as soon as they're out), and start upgrading hardware.. the harddisk, then the processor, a better DVD-writer, etc... when exactly would it become illegal? When I exchange the mainboard (oh - sorry, I think Apple calls this a logic-board)?
  8. iQuit macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2005
    Who would want a cheasy plastic box in the first place?

  9. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    It depends heavily on which Mac you're talking about and what case it's going into....it's usually not terribly difficult.

    Generally speaking, you can't build a Mac. Certainly not from a standard PC motherboard, since that would require using the cracked OS X floating around illegally on the 'net. On the other hand, you could get broken Macs and pulled parts at a discount and put them together into a working machine with a unique configuration - that's about as close as you'll get to building your own Mac right now.
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Well the hard disk, the DVD, the RAM are all replaceable parts.
    The processor is more problematic - Apple does not design their machines for processor upgrades. Some third party companies have offered them for G3 and G4 machines (not G5s) - who knows for the intels? Certainly it would void the warranty, as would taking the machine out of the Apple case or swapping motherboards.
    The power supplies that Apple uses are generally proprietary, and ATX power supplies cannot be used without modification.
  11. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    To be fair, we haven't seen what the Intel PowerMac will look like yet...Being a desktop it may have more commonality with PCs than the PPC Macs did, like standard ATX power and whatnot. We'll see.
  12. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    I'm actually wondering - is Apple currently selling the version of Mac OS X that ships with Intel Macs? Because different manufacturers have started selling Core Duo compatible motherboards, so I wonder if it would be possible to buy one of those and a Core Duo and install Mac OS X on it? Just a wild shot in the dark, here.

    Oh, and nice use of the shoebox Mac, though technically that was already an assembled G3 that I transfered into a shoebox in order to move it.
  13. portent macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    No, Apple does not sell Mac OS X for Intel separately. The only legal way to get a copy is to buy it with an Intel Mac.
  14. stonyc macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2005
    Somewhere there's a link I saw to someone upgrading a Core Solo mini to a 2.16(?) GHz Core Duo.

    EDIT: Found it: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=91459

    You're right though about Intel Powermacs, we'll just have to wait and see.
  15. Dreadnought macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
    And you can always buy a pc graphics card and flash it. So that area is also covered!

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