Should I replace Imac with a better hackintosh?? Need help asap

Discussion in 'iMac' started by risherwood, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. risherwood macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2011
    So im in high school currently and am very interested in film making. I do a lot of work with premiere and some after effects so a decent computer is a must. I currently have a 2011 base model imac with 12gb ram and it does pretty good - although its crashed like 15 times since i bought 6 months ago. I put it up on craigslist just to see what I got offered and some guy offered me a custom built hackintosh he paid 1400 to make. The specs on paper are good (geekbench score around 8500), it has 3.31 quad core processor 8gb ram 1tb hard drive blu ray drive 2gb dedicated vram radeon graphics card. It has mac os x lion installed as well as windows 7. I know that on paper the specs r better than my imac and I am well aware that my imac would be more stable/smooth. However, i told him that it would be an unfair trade to give my imac for his since although they share a similar price, mine was made by apple and more stable. He understood and made me a counter offer. This is why I am really considering the offer. He said he would throw in his white 16gb like new ipad 2. In addition he will include a 1080p 20" samsung monitor. This seems like a really good deal for a video editor - I know its not a fair trade just his pc for my imac, but if he includes an ipad 2?! That seems like a pretty decent trade for me. I would use an ipad for school too because I dont have a laptop. Should i do this trade? Again, I know it wont be as stable as my imac (which incidentally has crashed several times) but with the bonus of an ipad and as much expandability options of a mac pro, its hard to pass on this offer. Any help is appreciated.

    He sent me the parts used to build the pc:

    case- Antec TWO HUNDRED S

    Motherboard- ASUS P8P67 DELUXE

    cPU- Intel Core i5-2500K

    PSU- hec XP1080 800W

    GPU- DIAMOND 6870PE51G

    RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB

    HDD- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB (x2)

    Peripherals-Logitech Wireless Combo

    Logitech S120 2.3 Watts (RMS) 2.0 Speaker System

    Rosewill RNX-N150PCe

    SIIG 3-port 1394 (FireWire) PCI adapter

    Vantec 58-In-1 Internal Card Reader/Writer

    Optical- LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner

    LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB
    Cache SATA Internal 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback Blu-ray Disc Rewriter

    Also comes with apple keyboard/mouse.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You asked that question already. And while the GPU is much better, the Hackintosh only has 1000 Geekbench points more than your iMac.

    And if you are so interested in a Hackintosh, why not build it yourself, thus troubleshooting is much easier, as you are already versed in the matter then?
  3. risherwood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2011
    Because i know nothing about building hackintosh's. Im not necasarily looking for an "upgrade" but Im interested in expandability options as well as the ipad 2 mainly. I know I posted it before but he didnt offer the ipad 2 before. I dont want to make one myself. The parts seem to be rated highly and it has room for upgrades which is major.
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    But what if you have a problem? How are you going to troubleshoot a Hackintosh if you don't even know, how it was build and what steps had to be done to overcome some of the problems it might have had?

    Anyway, it is your iMac and your life, so do what you want. Hardware wise it is an okay switch (with the iPad), but as you don't have any experience with Hackintoshes, I do not recommend the switch.
    I have met people (on and offline), who are able to use a Mac, but can't troubleshoot it. A Mac is often much more easier to troubleshoot than a Hackintosh, as many problems are well documented and repeating. With a Hackitnosh it gets more complicated due to the different hardware components.

    If you really want more power, you could look at refurbished i7 iMacs, if that is what you are after.
  5. alksion macrumors 68000


    Sep 10, 2010
    Los Angeles County
    If you took a poll on the last thread you asked the almost exact same question, NO would have definitely be ranked amongst the highest responses.

    Regardless of the iPad 2, my response still stands as a NO. There is no reason to keep asking people if you have already made up your mind.
  6. risherwood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2011
    Even if I just used the machine as a PC and wiped it clean, since I dont mind pc's, in terms of hard ware is it a fair trade (with ipad 2 included)?
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "Because i know nothing about building hackintosh's. Im not necasarily looking for an "upgrade" but Im interested in expandability options as well as the ipad 2 mainly. I know I posted it before but he didnt offer the ipad 2 before. I dont want to make one myself."

    It doesn't matter what the seller offers to "sweeten" the deal. The fact that he is doing so, indicates to me that _he_ has his reasons for getting rid of the Hackintosh in question. Perhaps _he_ is having problems with it that vex him, and he wants to "bail out" for a REAL Mac.

    And the fact that you admit to knowing "nothing" about Hackintoshes indicates that when you run into problems with it (probably very soon after buying it), that you are going to be up against the wall with no easy way to discover the solution.

    Keep the iMac.

    Trade it for the hackintosh, and I'll bet within 3 months you are going to be very regretful that you did....
  8. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    If you don't know enough to build you own yen do NOT get a hackintosh!!!! You will run into some sort of problem for sure.
    I ran a hackintosh for almost 3 years. After finding the perfect hardware combonI had a really stable computer. BUTnproblems would still arise! No hackintosh is perfect, and if you can't figure it out for your self then you shouldn't even think of one.
  9. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    How many of these threads are you going to create? No one is going to tell you that a PC of parts and a few custom drivers is a good idea to trade into. The build advertised is *****. A few points better, a whole lot of possible problems.
    Or if you have such a need for HW e-peen and that is all you care about (because apparently that is all a computer is) do it. Tired of hearing everyone tell you the same thing. Over and over and over....
  10. srxtr macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    Guys, know who you're dealing with.

    OP, you're still young and adventurous. Go build your own hackintosh and have fun with it.
  11. yashi macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2011
    A while ago I realized that trying to replicate something for a cheaper price will always result in me regretting that I didn't simply go with the actual product.
  12. Spike88, Jan 17, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012

    Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010

    I have an iMac (see my signature file), it works, its stable, it serves my needs, etc. etc. As that famous fortune cookie states, "if it works, then don't screw with it. Keep it and keep using it".

    Thus, I'd keep the existing iMac. Life is already full of too many other stresses…

    BTW: Do you know the reason why he wants to "off-load" a hackintosh? It's like someone saying they have a fibreglass kit car (they made themselves) and they want to trade for an nice factory built `Proven Technology` real materials trans-am? For this, I'd be keeping the factory built trans-am. Especially since it works and it too is proven to work in the long run…

    Hope this helps…
  13. paduck macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    I've had all manner of macs for more than 20 years. They're great. I built myself a Hackintosh a few years ago when Apple had a time gap in upgrading their iMac line and I (felt like I) needed to move to an Intel chip from the G5. I'm happy enough with the Hackintosh, but it often requires some work to maintain - usually whenever there is a system upgrade. Sometimes certain features aren't as reliable as I would like.

    Look, you have a plenty powerful iMac for what you want to do. My next computer will be an iMac when there is decent performance separation between the current model and the one I built. I'm looking forward to that day, although I've enjoyed my time with the Hackintosh. Remember, when your Hackintosh "crashes" it might be pretty hard to reboot. How good are you with the command line? Do you have another computer at home to download things to and surf the web for solutions? That's what happens when you have a Hackintosh. I imagine your time is better spent than troubleshooting drivers and boot loaders, right?
  14. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    If you're still here dear OP, take a look at some Mac Pros. Unlike your iMac, you can upgrade them, but it's much easier than a Hackintosh. And there are used ones out there that would be good deals. You might find one with similar specs that you could upgrade later.

  15. paduck macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    If you read his earlier post in a different forum, he asked that question last month...

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