By request, here are three updated builds, based on the original CustoMac post from June 2010. These builds are our most current 1156 recommendations for fully compatible budget builds running Mac OS X as the primary operating system.
All three builds include:
- Gigabyte LGA 1156 Motherboard
- Intel Core i-series Quad-Core CPU
- 4GB or 8GB of RAM, expandable up to 16GB
- 1 TB Hard Drive
- CD/DVD Burner
- Case and Power Supply
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard Retail DVD
We've included all components besides monitor, as any standard monitor will do. You can use these recommendations as a jumping off point for further customization, or as a shopping list. Prices reflect those as of February 2011, and do not include shipping or tax.
Budget Power Build 1
Core i5-760 / Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H / GeForce GT 240 / 4GB DDR3 RAM
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GT 240 Superclocked 512MB $64.99
CPU: Intel Core i5-760 2.8 GHz $209.99
Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 341 $39.99
Power Supply: Antec 550W Continuous Power $64.99
Budget Power Build 2
Core i7-870 / Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H / Radeon HD 5770 / 4GB DDR3 RAM
Case: COOLER MASTER II ATX Mid Tower $89.99
Budget Power Build 3
Core i7-870 / Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 / Radeon HD 5870 / 8GB DDR3 RAM
Graphics: Diamond ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB $234.99
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint 1 TB $62.95
Case: Antec 900 $99.99
Targus USB Bluetooth Adapter $22.98
NOTE: Only MODEL NO: ACB10us v1.0 will wake from sleep.
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-tonymacx86 & MacMan