Things You’ll Need
Decide what you will be doing on your new computer. Determine what programs you will be running, what components you need and how fast the computer needs to be. If you are going to use the Mac for doing spreadsheets or surfing the Internet, you do not need expensive or latest components. Your budget for the new computer will partially dictate which components you need to buy. So, keep the budget in your mind while deciding on the components you want.
Here is the minimum components list that you will need:
- SATA DVD Drive
- 2GB DDR2 800 RAM
- Any SATA Hard Drive
- GA-P35-DS3L motherboard
- Intel Core2Duo processor
- Mid tower computer case
- Keyboard and mouse
If you need a powerful and fast Mac that satisfies all your software needs, here’s the list of my recommended parts.
- 4GB DDR2 or DD3 RAM
- Intel Core2Quad Q8400 CPU
- Seagate 7200.11 750GB Hard Drive
- SATA DVD burner
- Asus P5E X38 motherboard
- Apple keyboard and mouse
- NZXT Hush Black Mid-Tower Case
Using the combination of the parts above will build you a decent running Mac. Now that you know what you need to build your own Mac, it’s time to bring this list with you to a local computer store and get them to find all the parts for you. You can also search the Internet for sites that sell Mac components. Here are some good websites to look at:
When choosing components, read the complete description for each component and look at the big picture to make sure you are buying the right thing. First look for a motherboard and processor. Make sure the processor fits on the motherboard. When you choose the RAM, make sure the size and model is supported by the motherboard. Now you can pick out your DVD drive, Hard drive, sound and video card, the mouse and keyboard.
Note: Check your motherboard; it might have an in-built sound and video card, so you may not need to buy these separately.