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ok guys,

 

here's the scenario:

 

my friend is a linux fan, but the rest of his household is addicted to macs. He really wants to build his 1st computer, but the folks are wanting to buy a legit mac instead. So, im about to introduce him to the osx86 project, but to do so, i need some hardware suggestions on what his compontents would be. therefore, ill just place the requirements for this computer as a list:

 

1. Must be as cheap as possible (<~USD700 tower only) in order to justify the cost of NOT buying an imac

2. Must be easy to work. I already have JaS 10.4.8, an old Leopard Flat Image, and s l o w l y downloading Kalyway 10.5.1 (heard lots of success stories, but d/ling at ~40kb/s). My friend gives up VERY easy and likes as little as a fuss as possible

3. MUST be able to dual boot ubuntu hardy 8.04 (the newest one)

 

thank you EVERYONE who replies for ALL your help! this is the first time i touched in the osx86 project because both of my computers cannot run os x (one is an amd based dell dimension e521, the other a homebrew with intel g33 chipset and nvidia 9600gt graphics, both of which cannot run os x) anyways, i really appreciate all of your help for a n00b such as myself,

 

Oh, and also since i am a total n00b, i would really appreciate step-by-step instructions.

 

Thanks

 

~Cremestar

 

ps - by the way, any suggestions for a sub-$1000 laptop i can buy that can run osx86? I'm about to buy one at the end of summer, and i too want to experience os x...

 

Thank you EVERYONE!!!

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I'll give you a build:

 

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe @ 2.66GHz

Cost: $179.99

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R ATX

Cost: $119.99

 

Video Card: ZOTAC 7600GS 512MB GDDR2 PCIe x16

Cost: $56.99

 

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR2 800

Cost: $54.99

 

Optical Drive: LITE-ON 20x DVD+/-RW SATA Black

Cost: $30.99

 

Case and PSU: Antec Sonata III Black Steel Case with 500W Antec EarthWatts PSU

Cost: $149.99

 

Hard Drives (2, one for OS X and one for Ubuntu): Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 250GB SATA II

Cost 2x: $119.98

 

TOTAL: About $712.98 without tax

 

And there you have it. Your cheap but fully compatible and moderately powerful OS X build.

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I'll give you a build:

 

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe @ 2.66GHz

Cost: $179.99

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R ATX

Cost: $119.99

 

Video Card: ZOTAC 7600GS 512MB GDDR2 PCIe x16

Cost: $56.99

 

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR2 800

Cost: $54.99

 

Optical Drive: LITE-ON 20x DVD+/-RW SATA Black

Cost: $30.99

 

Case and PSU: Antec Sonata III Black Steel Case with 500W Antec EarthWatts PSU

Cost: $149.99

 

Hard Drives (2, one for OS X and one for Ubuntu): Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 250GB SATA II

Cost 2x: $119.98

 

TOTAL: About $712.98 without tax

 

And there you have it. Your cheap but fully compatible and moderately powerful OS X build.

 

thank you SO much pcwiz! sorry if im occupying your time or something, but do you have a sub-1000 laptop reccomendation? (unrelated side-note: i used your vmware guide, everything worked but internet - good guide though, even though it probably was my cheap mobo's ethernet chip) anyways, thanks! let me forward this to my friend

 

btw - just calculated - with 8.25% tax (thats here in CA) its $771)

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@Tim: what do you mean by screenshots and all? btw, do you know any good <1000 osx86 laptops

 

Yeah so pull out the old camera and post here every now and again, showing us how the PC build is going.

 

And sorry I'm not very clued up about OSx86 on laptops. Generally if you want Mac on a laptop... I would suggest buying a genuine Mac laptop. They never fail to bore me.

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It means to show screenshots of the build and the install process, etc. as you go along :)

oh...thanks again, pcwiz to the rescue lol! anyways, i need to see if i can take pictures of each step if the build would actually be made :moil: hopefully, it will...

 

@tim - well actually, my primary purpose for that laptop is running vista, so.....i would prefer a mainstream laptop. plus, i dont really like the macbook

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everyone who knows me know i dont like macs...also, i prefer something a little cheaper. lastly, macbook is not exactly impressive hardware...if i have to pay money (which everybody needs to for any computer) i might as well get my money's worth... oh, and whoever moved this topic: thanks! i didnt know there was this forum

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everyone who knows me know i dont like macs...also, i prefer something a little cheaper. lastly, macbook is not exactly impressive hardware...if i have to pay money (which everybody needs to for any computer) i might as well get my money's worth... oh, and whoever moved this topic: thanks! i didnt know there was this forum

 

I can understand wanting to build a desktop to run OSX -you really can do much better than Apple's desktop choices- but for laptops, the Macbook isn't a bad deal. I haven't seen much evidence that there's really any great number of PC laptops cheaper than a Macbook that will run OSX, and if so, with full features and full battery life intact. If I already had a PC laptop that was OSX compatible it would be worth installing it, but I don't think I'd set out to buy a PC laptop with the express purpose of running OSX on it. I could be wrong- heck, I'd be happy to be wrong- but I'd love to see the list of better/cheaper PC laptops for OSX.

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I can understand wanting to build a desktop to run OSX -you really can do much better than Apple's desktop choices- but for laptops, the Macbook isn't a bad deal. I haven't seen much evidence that there's really any great number of PC laptops cheaper than a Macbook that will run OSX, and if so, with full features and full battery life intact. If I already had a PC laptop that was OSX compatible it would be worth installing it, but I don't think I'd set out to buy a PC laptop with the express purpose of running OSX on it. I could be wrong- heck, I'd be happy to be wrong- but I'd love to see the list of better/cheaper PC laptops for OSX.

i've heard that the hp dv6000t and dv2000t series work beautifully (i was actually having a favoriable bias to those two laptops before thinking about hackintosh), the dell inspiron 1505, 1720, dell vostro 1500 & 1700 are also compatible ive heard...

 

for some other people's thoughts, look at my other thread here: http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=108614

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They work, but not beautifully. Something is always not working, whether it be sound input, or the webcam, or the network card or something. Then it's a hack to get sleep working, sometimes it works, but even then not as easily or well as a Macbook. Lastly, it's hard to find a Laptop like the Macbook which has 5 hours of battery life. That's more than double what my Acer can do.

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It's a Celeron, the Travelmate 2480 series. I don't know if it's still being made, actually I'm pretty sure it's been phased out.

you know what...this is weird, your ancient model laptop with components that are extinct in the wild (intel 400-series celerons have been discontinued since january), is actually still availible on certain sites (thanks to google checkout)...does it dual boot with vista okay?

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@chrysaor - that's the point that i was making xD. also, the xps m1530 is now ~$1000, i prefer a little bit cheaper - does the inspiron 1525 (lower end with intel x3100 graphics) work mostly OOB?

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i'm sorry but you guys arn't looking in the right places if you want a dirt cheap mac... ebay... macsales.com http://www.powermax.com/ are 2 good mac sales companies....

 

ebay is your friend too.... i'm sorry to use cliches but its true... they just work...

 

and btw teh x3110 or w/e it is isn't that bad... my brother plays CoD 2 and First to Fight on his 2.2 ghz macbook with no problems... med/high :D

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I am on the fence with buying an XPS 420... wife wants me to get a computer with a warranty.

 

Looking at:

XPS 420

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor E8400 (6MB L2 Cache,3.0GHz,1333FSB) ( or a 2.6ghz quad core )

 

3GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs

320GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache

16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

Nvidia 8800GTS 320MB

Integrated 7.1 Channel

 

Thoughts?

 

Want it to not be a MASSIVE ordeal to install Leopard.

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*cough*youshouldstartyourownthread*cough* anyways, im not the right person to ask, but from looking at the specs, processor would definetly work, not sure about its x38 chipset (search the forum), graphics card should work, audio might work if you get some kind of patch...i dont know, wait for more replies...obviously the best choice is either something from the wiki HCL or build your own (much cheaper and no bloat) computer

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What you sayin bout mah macboox?

 

I got a black one refurbished from Apple for > 1000$...... stuck 3GB of RAM in it for 60$ and this thing runs sweetly.... the only problems I've had with it have come from my own stupidity.

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