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  • The $900 Cardboard Box Hackintosh Built In A Hurry


    When the guys over at One Block Off The Grid ran into trouble with Adobe After Effects, they realized that they needed a faster Mac to finish their project on time. They could have done what most people in this situation would do and go buy a new Mac at an Apple Store, but not these guys. Instead, the team decided to go another route and build their own hackintosh from parts ordered from Amazon for about $900.

    The One Block Off The Grid personnel assembled their hackintosh using a 2.66 Intel Core i5 CPU, a 1 TB hard drive, 8 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM, and an XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5 Graphics Card. The best part: they installed all of these components into the cardboard box in which the order was shipped. Using iBoot + MultiBeast, the team was able to install Snow Leopard on their new hackintosh.

    One Block Off The Grid was able to put together exactly what they needed to finish their After Effects project, and they only spent $900. Compare this to paying $2700 for an equivalent Apple computer. It may not be as stylish as a new Mac, but then you could never get anything as fast as this from Apple for 900 bucks.

    I know Apple has been touting how green they are lately, but I donít think you can get more recyclable than cardboard. Maybe the team at One Block Off The Gridís next hackintosh project can be built using aluminum cans instead. The CPU could even be soda cooled.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The $900 Cardboard Box Hackintosh Built In A Hurry started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      soo.......based on specs would this qualify as a MacBox Pro or just a regular MacBox?

      on a side note, why the F do apple desktops cost so damn much if you can buy the best of the best components for 1000 or so and load OSX on it?

      on another side note, i'd like to see them build a budget macbook air with USPS Priority Mail envelopes.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      on a side note, why the F do apple desktops cost so damn much if you can buy the best of the best components for 1000 or so and load OSX on it?
      Livers aren't cheap.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      Livers aren't cheap.
      LMFAO. Do you know how Many iMacs old people have to buy to cover the cost of that transplant?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Do you guys know the flash point of paper (cardboard)? The computer will fry long before it gets hot enough to burn up that box...
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Lol, nice case. Makes moving easier.


      Got a heating problem? No problem. Cardboard box allows the user to add more vents to it or "let the top down" for heavy usage.

      lmao... Good one
    1. vikman23's Avatar
      vikman23 -
      its a cool thing to do.....but what MoBo did they use?anyone can answer that?
    1. SoopaNutz's Avatar
      SoopaNutz -
      It's clever, but why's everybody acting like it's so novel? People have been building their own PCs for years.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      U guys want tutorials? Go to insanelymac.com or kext.com to find out how to make a hackintosh. I was tired of Windows and did not have enough money to buy a Mac - so I upgraded my hp a6300t and installed OSX86 and have never looked back.

      I highly recommend at least 4GB of RAM with a minimum of 2GB. 4GB will allow you to run in 64bit mode more smoothly. I have a somewhat dated computer with 2GB so I force 32bit mode.

      PC Prices + Apple OS = WIN
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Wow, they could sell these for a big profit
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      Now you see why apple products are magical. The magic is getting the extra money out of your pocket for a pretty shell instead of a cardboard box.
    1. Apple.'s Avatar
      Apple. -
      Quote Originally Posted by 1shuttle1 View Post
      Now you see why apple products are magical. The magic is getting the extra money out of your pocket for a pretty shell instead of a cardboard box.
      i also get a warranty
      best customer service
      and i dont have to worry about driver issues..

      You may have spent $900 for building the PC

      but what about the monitor?

      thats another $200-$500

      I had a pc, i had a hackintosh, but it feels so generic..i went with the original..

      My 15' MacBook Pro i5 HD graphics card...

      and i love it..

      $1799

      my life savings and my grad money combined spent on it
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      It's joke that people are like cardboard doesn't catch fire till 400c or w/e. For those people. Read between the lines. Seriously. Because no one cares that you can type it in google and make everyone happy. No offense.
    1. Carter454's Avatar
      Carter454 -
      Hey! Somthing thats not a rumor! ...Just a dumb, slow newsday. Bring on the Jailbreak!
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      If it had duct tape, then it would be a super beast. LOL
    1. SRPrentice's Avatar
      SRPrentice -
      Quote Originally Posted by Apple. View Post
      i also get a warranty
      best customer service
      and i dont have to worry about driver issues..

      You may have spent $900 for building the PC

      but what about the monitor?

      thats another $200-$500

      I had a pc, i had a macintosh, but it feels so generic..i went with the original..

      My 15' MacBook Pro i5 HD graphics card...

      and i love it..

      $1799

      my life savings and my grad money combined spent on it
      Where do you get 200-500 for a monitor? I just bought a 22inch widescreen Samsung LED for 160. I'd say at most 300 for a monitor of you're really maxing it out.

      Plus, you have customer service when you build your own: yourself. Typically if you build a computer you can troubleshoot what comes at you, or at least Google it.

      You also get warranties from the companies you get the parts from. Ex: XFX gives you lifetime warranties.

      I get the safety aspect with customer service and drivers and all of that, but it's just not worth an extra $1800 for it. That's your MacBook price right there. The argument or statement, which is well known, being made my Hackintosh is that Apple charges an obscene amount for parts we know to be cheap.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      nice Built, hope they dont't start a fire lol.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      con grads you built a computer using computer parts and put it in a cardboard box that will probably catch fire while using flash. Heres a cookie.
      Wow thats kind of retarded to say, maybe it's just me but that's pretty funny. And it's more of a statement that you can make your own mac for half to a quarter of the price Apple sells them for.
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      This story isn't about building a computer in a cardboard box;
      its about filling in that great big void on a Wednesday evening
      to avoid losing pageviews, ad clicks, pagerank...
      Nah man, the same story was featured on Gizmodo (and Engadget I think) so it definitely has something to do with the cardboard.
    1. amfdfireinside's Avatar
      amfdfireinside -
      Cardboard isnt going to burn, I would be more worried about the very likely chance that it is going to gain a static charge and fry the crap out of that motherboard.
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      I know it's irrelevant, but I wonder what kind of screen they used.