The new Mac Leopard OS has only been out for a few weeks now, and the hacks keep on rolling out for installing leopard on a PC. This time around Lifehacker’s Adam Pash put together an amazing article on building a high-end desktop Hackintosh (a PC running the Mac OS) for under $800. His configuration consists of the following:
- 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor – $127.99
- 4GB of RAM (four sticks at 1GB each) – $188.00
- ASUS P5W DH Deluxe motherboard – $179.99
- GeForce 7300GT (the same basic video card that comes installed in the default Mac Pro configuration) – $69.99
- 500GB hard drive – $119.99
- DVD burner – $33.99
- Antec Sonata case – $149.95
All of the supplies listed above come out to be over $800, but the mail-in rebates kick it back under the magic price. Compare that to a $600 Mac Mini with a 1.83GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and an 80GB hard drive. For $200 more that is quite a difference!
I’ve never actually tried to put the Mac OS on my PC because a lot of people have problems with it. First off, you have to either patch your Leopard DVD, or you have to download it illegally via BitTorrent.
Once If you get it installed there will likely be some hardware issues, with the most popular problems being with the audio card and wireless networking.
After all was said and done Adam said “it’s a chore to set up, to be sure, but it’s also the most powerful Mac per dollar I’ve ever used.” His configuration appears to have worked out pretty well, but he has to keep the Leopard DVD in the computer while booting. If he takes it out Leopard won’t boot up, which might get annoying after awhile.
Has anyone tried to give this a try on your own computer? If so what were your results, and how well did it run?