If You're Wondering if It's Worth Building Your Own Mac

#Computers

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

On the Hopefully Useful blog, a look at what happens when you build your own Mac computer: buy compatible components, buy Mac Os X and then get it to work on a computer not blessed by Apple. Is it worth it? Fascinating pros and cons, but much like using Linux, it seems like a great alternative if your time is worthless.

Epilogue/Is it worth it?

I guess it depends on how much you value your time, and how much you enjoy challenges like this. I would guess over the last 2 months I have spent probably 3 or 4 full work days building and debugging this system. We haven’t seen pricing for the new Mac Pro’s yet so it is hard to compare. It will no doubt be faster and more expensive. How much more so in each changes the equation, so I’ll just list the pros and cons of the system I built.

Pros:

- Price, it can’t be beat

- Performance, Final Cut Pro renders smoke my old MacBook.

- Internal Storage (seriously look at the photo below) I’m loving having all my drives in one enclosure.

- Ports 2xHDMI 1xDVI 2xGb Ethernet 4xUSB 3 4xUSB 2 SPDif Optical Audio

Cons

- Massive, Massive pain in the butt to setup compared to a retail Mac.

-Every new OS X system update means the pain might start again.

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