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#1 +Nik L

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 23:48

I'm looking at a Mac Mini for my new home office.  The needs aren't huge, music production, photo editing, maybe a LITTLE video but nothing huge.  My budget is £500, so for that I could get the entry level Mac Mini (http://store.apple.c...B/A&step=config)

 

HOWEVER

 

I could get a hackintosh such as this: http://www.ebay.co.u...x-/181270849442

 

Can I ask without bias (and any "Get a windows PC / linux / whatever will simply be reported") which is most suitable and moreover why?  I mean, is a Hackintosh likely to have issues with software updates?

 

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#2 Mr.XXIV

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 23:58

I bought the entry Mac Mini, you're better off with that. One thing you will love about having the natural setup of the Mac is if anything happens to it, if you're gonna end up needing a new drive, it has a recovery built into it, so you can install a new Mac from the internet. Plus you can install Windows and Linux on the side. It's a lot less stressful this way than doing a Hackintosh IMO. Another thing is, in the long run, you can work up 16GB of RAM and an additional SSD/HDD when you have the chance.

 

Personally, I'm against Hackintosh, but it's all about what you're most comfortable with in the end.



#3 OP +Nik L

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:04

I looked at the cost of 16gb of Ram on the Apple site... Crazy expensive.  Can I not just use OEM?



#4 Auditor

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:05

I will say get a hackintosh. You can beat the price almost half by using hardware which are compatible with Mac. Mainly get intel based PC. I have installed Maverick on almost 6 year old desktop on quadcore intel processor and it works flawlessly. I had to get TP-link wireless card though for compatibility. I even upgraded it to SSD and everything working flawlessly. There are many online forum where you can get all the required program to make your own hackintosh. It is very simple and straightforward. I have HP m8120n desktop and everything works without any hitch.

 

The best thing will be you will have much flexibility for future hardware updates with custom built PC rather than getting mini where everything is propriety.



#5 The_Observer

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:06

Is this your first hackintosh or have you done others?? only ask cause if something happens, do you know how to fix it, or where to get help fixing it. Have had hackintosh machines in the past myself and enjoyed learning everything.



#6 OP +Nik L

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:07

The best thing will be you will have much flexibility for future hardware updates with custom built PC rather than getting mini where everything is propriety.

 

As long as it's compatible...



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:08

If you are really interested in a hackintosh why you don't check insanelymac which can give you a tutorial of the best machines to set it up.

#8 winrez

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:08

You can use OEM RAM, I would also recommended a Mini over the Hackintosh route, you will be happier in the long run.



#9 OP +Nik L

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:09

Is this your first hackintosh or have you done others?? only ask cause if something happens, do you know how to fix it, or where to get help fixing it. Have had hackintosh machines in the past myself and enjoyed learning everything.

 

It wouldn't be my first, but the others I bought hardware that was specified in a tutorial and followed it.  Never applied updates etc - and to be fair, it wasn't the best experience (dual monitor never worked, for example, had to use an external soundcard)...

 

I don't want to use this for "learning" or "tinkering" - it is to be my daily computer I use for tasks.  When a software update comes out, I want to be able to apply it and carry on working - not worry about "Oh damn, my soundcard no longer works" and so on.



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:09

You can use OEM RAM, I would also recommended a Mini over the Hackintosh route, you will be happier in the long run.

 

Yep that way you don't have to be worried every time you install an update that the thing will boot back up.



#11 Auditor

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:11

As long as it's compatible...

You are right. you need to do cost benefit analysis of time spent in finding compatible hardware and the money you will be saving by using non Apple over priced hardware. Overall how many times in future you really plan to upgrade. You can still buy hardware which can be still provide good performance for over 4-5 years.



#12 Brian M.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:13

It really depends what's more important to you.

 

If you get a hackintosh, you'll have to faff with drivers after most .x updates, and there's no guarantee that any update won't kill it completely. You're also on your own with any issues. If this is your main machine, or a work machine - I would *not* do this.

 

With a "real" Mac, updates will apply no problem, if anything goes wrong (hardware or software wise) you have Apple's support. You can use non-apple RAM, and a non-apple SSD if you want to.

 

If budget is an issue, keep an eye on the refurb store. They're good as new (I argue that they go through a better QA process and I've never seen a DOA refurb ;)) - and you'll either save a few ££ or get a better spec for your money.



#13 Enron

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:16

I would say get a real Mac, but I've had so many hardware issues with them that maybe building your own might be a better option. You can provide your own service and support that way.

 

The "Hackintosh" community seems to be pretty active, so as long as you don't mind waiting a little while before getting the latest OS update, you should be fine.

 

On the other hand, if you really like Apple's design style, get a real one.



#14 Symal Taneous

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:20

if you go on tonymacx86.com, they have a buyer's guide that lists different parts that are known to be natively supported (or supported with very little configuration) that you can buy to build your own hackintosh. They also have a good forum so you can get help with your build. They also have programs that will make setting up your hackintosh a lot easier.

 

In my own experience of building a hackintosh, updates are a breeze as well, almost the same as an actual Mac.



#15 srbeen

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 00:28

You pay the apple tax for convenience. If you don't want any hiccups, headaches, kext issues, or possible software pains down the road your best bet is to shell out for the mini. I will mention apple tend to go heavy on QA, so their gear always seem to work correctly out of the box.

 

Hackintoshes are that. Hacked together OS variants that 'work' on non-apple issued hardware. If you want to hack and don't mind spending an hour or 5 researching and fixing a problem that would have never occured on a real mac, then by all means hack away. The mini is tiny, its quiet, affordable, and power efficient. People buy them and use them to build server arrays as they offer the most bang per sq inch of space, costs aside.

 

Do note that a fair amount of minis are in 'server chassis' and will support 2x 2.5" HDDs. Adapters for a lot of models can be found on eBay.





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