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How to roll your own Mac for under $240 via HAD. The useless ninja writes -

MSI is a company known mostly for its PC components. They recently jumped into the netbook bandwagon with just about every other major pc manufacturer. Their Eee like machine, the MSI Wind, ended up being an extremely popular little laptop. Along with the laptop they made a not too well known desktop with roughly the same dimensions as a ream of printer paper.

The MSI Wind PC is a great computer; I have three of them. It comes with a 1.6GHz Intel atom CPU, two SATA connections for 3.5″ and 5.25″ bays and 6 USB ports. You can pick a barebones one, requiring ram, a hard drive and possibly DVD drive, for $140 or so..

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Would it be too much to ask for Make: to use the “standard” punctuation of “$240″ rather than “240$” at least in your headlines?? I’m not asking you to edit submissions, but I’m assuming someone at Makezine.com had to write the headline, correct? Phil?

    What’s the diff? one might ask. Well, the difference is that one is right, and one is not. And if folks see the wrong way in a headline, it reinforces the wrong way of doing it.

    P.S. – interesting post. Takes me back to the old “Computer Shopper” series on building a Hackintosh back in the 1990s…

  2. John Kiniston says:

    I tried the DIY Mac recently, I used a Intel D945GCLF board with 1GB of ram and a 80GB SATA Drive.

    I wasnt happy with the performance, when I benched it the system was slower than a G4 Mac Mini according to xbench.

    I could watch youtube videos on it and video acceleration appeared to be working but the system just felt slow.

    Now I own a Intel based iMac and I’m quite happy.

  3. John I says:

    The technical term for a PC running MacOS is an “iSore”.

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