Guy saves $2,000 by building Mac Pro out of Amazon shipping box

Don't pretend like you've never dreamed of owning one of Apple's top-of-the-line Mac Pro towers that go for about $3,000. If you have only about $900, you can be like this guy, Kalvin, who decided to build a hackintosh (a PC that runs Mac OS X), but with with one twist.

Foregoing the sleek aluminum casing with the gigantic Apple logo emblazoned on the side, Kalvin used the Amazon shipping box that all the computer parts he ordered came in. While this hackintosh won't win any beauty contests, its somewhat of an oxymoron — a high-end computer with the lowest-end exterior possible. Might we suggest you use some spare Apple stickers to decorate it?

Computer specs don't skimp either, with a 2.66Ghz Core i5 CPU, 1TB hard drive, 8GB of 1,333Mhz DDR3 RAM and XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5 graphics. The entire thing of course runs Snow Leopard. Something tells me that Kalvin and co. won't have any problems running challenging applications like Adobe After Effects or even playing some Portal on their new cardboard mac.

If looks don't matter as much, you too can go the DIY route next time you're considering a Mac like Kalvin did and use that extra two grand you will have saved to vacation some place like Vegas.

TUAW, via Technabob

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