Sorry but I'm new to the mac side of things, except for long time ago, the Apple computers and original Mac at computer camp. Mainly DOS, Win, and a healthy dose of Linux(Mandrake). I got my wife and my FIL to get MacBooks, to avoid the garbage.
I would like to get a Intel Mac laptop. I would like a dual core, but willing to go single core to cut down on cost. Basically what is the best way to get a cheap Intel mac laptop?
Modding: Again Intel based Desktops. Looks like the cheapest way is to buy a whole system? The parts places seem to have the logic boards almost the same cost as a full system, it seems. I would like to do a mini based mod, but don't need the case. Again cost is a issue.
Somethings making this possible is my Fav game Trainz is going to have a native version, and my GPS program is working in Parallels.
I want to do a train case. Not sure yet if Steam or Diesel. I thought it would be cool to have a video projector shooting out the headlight.
Hi and welcome to the MacMod forums. Apple's Intel notebooks are all core duos. If your budget is tight there are great deals on refurbished machines on Apple's web site. Go to the store section and look for the red tag marked sale. I have seen older Macbook pro machines for around $1500. The older core duo as opposed to core2 machines should be very good buys.
As far as the build your own angle goes apple parts have always been harder to come by because they can pretty much only be purchased after market. Don't be discouraged by the parts shop prices. The are usually grossly over marked. check good old ebay to get a better idea of what the components are really worth. Keep in mind the often the only truly proprietary component is the logic board itself. Vendors perpetuate the "Apple is more expensive" myth with their outrageous markups of anything apple. often the identical component can be purchased anywhere for far less. As for the mini its hard to beat the bang for your buck so to speak. you would be hard pressed to build a machine for less.
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