h3%5kr3w Posted July 18, 2009 Share Posted July 18, 2009 I was looking around at macs and noticed the great things say and the boos (from people who actually own them, not fanboys and haters, just buyers off amazon) I wanted to check out a cheap mac. The first thing I thought of was the mac mini. Sounds great at first but for such issues that people are having with them with the video port and alot of power users complaining their asses off about it (even doing benign work that we all do on cheap computers) I thought surely there is a way to get a hold of one that is powerful yet cheap.. To accomplish this, you have two real choices: a. steal one b. build one.. Since OSx86 is starting to get fairly mature, especially when you have things such as the EXI-X alternative going round, it's not too hard these days to run OSX on generic hardware. I mean we have all seen the videos and all. But I thought what about building a cheap one? After doing some searching around the net, and checking out Newegg for goodies, here is what I have.. BEHOLD! The Power Mac Cheap 500 (as in $500)! So what do you think? Can it go any lower? The big differences between this one and the mac mini: Mac Mini MB463LL/A - 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - 120 GB 5400 rpm hard drive - 1 GB RAM (4 GB max) - 8x SuperDrive with dual-layer support - Draft-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) - Gigabit Ethernet; Bluetooth 2.1 - NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics with 128 MB of shared memory (256 MB recognized if 2GB+ of RAM is installed) - Five USB 2.0 ports; one FireWire 800 port; Mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort video output (included Mini-DVI to DVI adapter) - Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, iLife '09, and Front Row software included ------Price - $594.00 (Free Shipping) Cheap Mac 500 -2.5GHz Intel Dual Core E5200 -500GB 7200 rpm hard drive -2 GB RAM (16 GB max) -22x dvd+-RW w/lightscribe -Gigabit Ethernet -Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT 512MB dedicated ram -8 USB (no firewire) -Mac OS X v10.5.4 Leopard -----Price - $510.05 (plus shipping) Only thing this doesnt come with is bluetooth, wireless N and firewire. Stuff most of us don't use in a desktop anyways *most of the time*. Everything else is either the same or better *cept the processor. I have no idea what the hell intel was thinking when it came up with it's cpu scheme..* either way, here is the chart compairing the chip in the Cheap Mac 500 and the Mac Mini 2 GHz Core 2: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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