Tuesday, May 18, 2010

iMac or Hackintosh?

Friends keep asking me to build them a Hackintosh after they found out I can do it. However, I usually refuse them if they are only looking for a computer with the basic functions. Instead, I would suggest them to get the iMac with the basic configuration. The reason is simple, iMac is not that expensive compared to a Hackintosh if you just want to have similar performance for the basic functions. Apple is just trying to sell you a computer with high quality components in a well designed package at a reasonable price. The following is a list of hardware components you would need for a Hackintosh ready system, which will deliver similar performance as the iMac basic model.

ViewSonic’s VX2250WM            $189
EP45-UD3P Motherboard            $149
3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo        $139
4GB DDR 2 SDRAM                $103
500GB Hard Drive            $55
EVGA GeForce 9400 GT            $64

Dual-Band Wireless-N USB        $29
DVD±RW Super Multi Drive        $22
USB 2.1 Bluetooth Adapter        $12
Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710        $97
Cooler Master Mid Tower Case        $79
400W Power Supply            $15

The total cost will would be $953 with a good keyboard & mice combo and a good looking chassis. However, you are missing the Snow Leopard operating system and iLife software plus 1 year warranty from Apple.

Hackintosh is only good for people who are looking for a super high performance computer with the flexibility of future upgrades. If you are a basic function user, getting the iMac from Apple should be the best choice. After all, the well designed iMac will look very nice in your room while your DIY Hackintosh may not.

If you wanna save some money on a iMac, check this link here, usually you can save tax plus a couple % discount.

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