How much it costs to build your own Apple Mac Pro in South Africa

The Mac Pro is Apple’s professional desktop computer, aimed at those who require “state-of-the-art performance across the board”.

The black cylinder is packed with impressive hardware, including a 6-core Intel Xeon E5 CPU and dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics processors.

This does not come cheap, though, and the 6-core Apple Mac Pro sells for R74,099 in the iStore.

For those who want a powerful PC that runs Apple’s Mac operating system, but are hoping to save a few rand, “Hackintosh” website tonymacx86.com and YouTube channel createthis show you how to build your own Mac Pro using PC components which are compatible with the Apple OS.


The components

The table below compares the main hardware components of the Mac Pro and the recommended Hackintosh system from tonymacx86.

Apple Mac Pro vs Hackintosh Pro
Specifications Apple Mac Pro Hackintosh Pro
Processor Intel Xeon E5 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7 6700K 4.0GHz Quad Core
Graphics Dual AMD FirePro D500 – 6GB GDDR5 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti
RAM 16GB DDR3 1,866Mhz 16GB DDR4 2,400MHz Crucial Ballistix Sport
Storage 256GB PCIe flash Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD
Ports 4 x USB 3.0 / 6 x Thunderbolt 2 / HDMI / Ethernet / Headphone jack 5 x USB 3.0 / 1 x USB 3.1 / 1 x USB Type C / DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI / Ethernet / Headphone jack
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Dimensions Height 25.1cm, Diameter 16.7cm 52.1 x 20.6 x 50.8 cm (Mid-Tower case)

The price

Below is the list of parts required to build the Hackintosh Pro, and what the system will cost in South Africa

Intel Core i7 6700K 4.0GHz Quad Core CPU – R6,400

Core i7

Corsair H60 CPU water cooler – R1,300

H60 Cooler

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming graphics card – R10,400

GTX 980 Ti

16GB DDR4 2,400MHz Crucial Ballistix Sport RAM – R1,400

 

DDR4 RAM

 

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD – R3,000

850 EVO SSD

Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 5 motherboard – R3,800

Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 5 motherboard

Corsair RMx 750w PSU – R2,200

Corsair RMx 750w PSU

TP-Link PCI-E Wi-Fi adapter – R300

TP-Link PCI-E Wi-Fi adapter

Corsair Carbide 500R case – R2,100

Corsair Carbide 500R case


Total price – R30,900


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