9to5Mac recently published a great article for all those Apple fans who don’t want to pay the expensive price tag that comes associated with Apple’s notebook and desktop devices. As most of you know if you watched the stream from WWDC 2012, Apple quietly updated the new Mac Pro, although it didn’t get any of the great new features that Apple implemented in some of its other devices, such as Thunderbolt, or USB 3.0. The tutorial from 9to5Mac shows you how you can build a Hackintosh computer with better specs than the new Mac Pros, for only $1148. Comparatively, the Mac Pro costs $2499 if you’re going to buy it from Apple, plus another $200 for sales tax. So you’re getting a better device, for only half the price.
Below is the list of parts that are required to build the Hackintosh for $1148, from Lifehacker.
Cooler Master RC-692-KKN2 Case ($90)
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H Motherboard ($99)
Intel Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz CPU ($317)
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (448 Cores) PCI-E 16X Graphics Card ($300)
8GB Corsair DDR3 1600 MHz RAM, 2x4GB ($50)
1TB Western Digital Caviar Black 7200 RPM Hard Drive ($100)
Corsair Professional Series 650W Modular Power Supply ($117)
Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial ATA Internal Drive ($17)
SYBA FireWire 400/800 Card ($28)
Mac OS X Lion Download ($30) or Thumb Drive ($69)
Not bad. Check out the Lifehacker link above if you want more details. Personally, I’ve always wanted to build my own computer, and I just might start with a Hackintosh, with better specs than the new Mac Pro, at less than half the price.
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