Used 27" iMac vs 4,1 Mac Pro vs Hackintoshing my Current PC

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AlexxRyzhkov, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. AlexxRyzhkov macrumors regular

    May 17, 2014
    So I have about $500 right now. I currently have a PC with these specs:
    Intel Pentium G2030
    AMD Radeon HD 7870
    4GB DDR3 Ram
    Gigabyte Motherboard
    250GB HDD

    Here are my options:
    Hackintosh: Sell the Pentium and replace it with an i5-3570, upgrade ram to 8gb, add 240gb SSD, and buy a 1440P monitor. Sell current 1050p Monitor. Then Hackintosh it. Cost: $500

    Mac Pro: Sell PC for about $250-$280 including monitor. Buy Mac Pro 4,1 Quad for $550-$600. Upgrade GPU to a GTX 660 for $120. Get a 1200p Monitor for $130 Cost: $550-$600

    iMac: Sell PC including monitor for $250-$280. Buy used 2010 iMac 27" with the i5 and Radeon 5750 for about $750-$800. Cost: $500-$550

    Which one should I do? The iMac will give me the best screen and is the most space saving, but has the worst GPU.
    The Mac Pro costs the most and has a worse screen.
    The Hackintosh is the cheapest and has the best specs, but I'm not sure how well OSX will run
  2. AndrewMRiv macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2013
    As for Hackintoshing, have you checked out TonyMacx86 to make sure that your particular Gigabyte motherboard will not have any issues running OS X? I am not sure if this community supports Hackintoshing or not, but that website has a thriving community of Hackintosh users.

    I think that NVIDIA GPUs work better than radeon cards but you may want to double check to make sure you hardware is good.

    PCs have low resale value so unless you have a friend that is buying your PC off of you, it may take some time to actually get that sold.

    As for choosing between an iMac or Mac Pro, it would depend on what you wish to do on your computer. Are you a casual user or a power user? Do you do video editing, etc.

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