There are few better ways to learn about how computers work than by building one from scratch, and few better excuses to snap fresh, solder-scented boards into waiting ports, if you're one to enjoy such things. But if you're primarily a Mac user like me, the call of that great geek rite of passage may have as yet gone unanswered; homebuilt PCs can't run OS X natively.
But listen here, Mac geeks. Thanks to the efforts of an increasingly active online community of developers, building a Hackintosh--a PC built from components that runs OS X like a charm--has never been easier. And by choosing your own hardware, it's entirely feasible to rival the specs of a brand-new Mac Pro for around half the cost.
This week, over the course of three articles, I'm going to show you exactly how easy building and configuring your own Hackintosh can be.