Originally Posted by TheStu
And it will match the Mac Pro in terms of specs? I know that they overcharge on RAM and Hard Drives, but last I heard they were pretty good on processor/mobo/case and stuff like that
well, i'd actually build it under spec, hence affordable. the initial power macs readily accepted the quad cores right out of the gate. the only stipulation for me would be whether there would be any EFI limitations to running slower CPUs, which i doubt. but i basically have all the hard drives i would need, so i'd just need RAM, CPUs, and a GPU, all of which I'm way overdue for an upgrade anyways. for case, board, and power supply i'm at ~$700 without really having looked very hard. there's the ebay stuff, but i'm also going to check w/ a local apple reseller that has been pretty willing to sell me anything w/ an apple part number on it in the past, so we'll see how the prices boil down. i think it's doable for under $1500 and ideally at ~$1200. anything over $1500 and i'd be better off buying w/ the student discount or on amazon.