Okay I'm not intending this thread to be about the where, and how of building a hackintosh since that info has been around for quite a while now. But it seems that its starting to turn into more public knowledge as time goes on thanks to the work of many talented hackers making the install proccess a heck of a lot eaiser. I'm a little worried about this and wondered what everyone elses opinion on the subject was. My biggest fear is that its going to drive Apple to making more secure copy protection features built in to newer Os builds, like the ones you find in Xp and Vista. I'm a Pc tech and have spent more then enough time on the phone with microsoft reps. trying to activate copys of windows while trying to keep track of 48 diget keys and all the diffrent versions (ACK!! :P )
Now I'm not a saint, I have a Hackintosh of my own that I built this last fall. It also houses Xp and Vista but I paid for every Os on there, even if the Osx voids the user agreement better safe the sorry. But from my own view, its just not the same as an apple product and it never will be. Its just a knock off, and it will always be. Even if you attach and Apple keyboard, mouse and studio display its just not the same (and annoying since you cant crtl-alt-dlt like you need to in windows) Sure it tears up Tiger and the benchmarks are very close to a Mac Pro, but its very quirky like all hackintoshes are. And getting a hackintosh up and running isn't for the faint of heart due to all the hand driver package installs, kernal updates and the like. It took me a week to get sound off my Intel Badaxe2 motherboard which chipset was supposed to work out of the box. The ATI 2600XT is another ongoing struggle which also should work since its what apple puts in the new iMacs. Its half working supporting normal desktop work, but when a game with pixel shaders comes on it maps the textures like a static off a TV screen. Kind of cool looking, but not very usefull.
And heres the specs if anyones interested
Intel Badaxe2 975x Motherboard
Intel 2140 Dual core overclocked to 3.2Ghz
ATI 2600xt 512mb DDR3
80gb + 320gb sata2 hds
It came in at around $650, about the same as a new Mini but with the horsepower of a pro. But its still not the same :P I spend more time on my G4 unless I'm playing games. Sometimes I think I should have just got a mini.