My 2006 Mac Pro tower was aging rapidly. The newer versions wouldn't quite meet my needs for high performance, internal storage of many drives, and a relatively low cost. So, I decided to build a Hackintosh this summer.
A Hackintosh is a computer that runs Macintosh software using hardware that originates from non-Apple sources. There is some hacking and much trial and error to get the software running just right. Patience helps too.
I've never built a computer before--as a Mac user for 28 years, I've never even disassembled one, excepting some bits for upgrading RAM and a hard drive or two.
Fortunately there are excellent learning resources at tonymacx86. In addition, computer components are designed to fit together a little more coherently nowadays. In fact, getting the hardware spec'd and assembled was a lot of fun. Unlike software, you can see pretty quickly if something fits and works.
Software, especially the incantations one must regularly evoke when conglomerating a Hackintosh, can be quite maddening. But once the fix is made (again and again), a real fine feeling of satisfaction happens.
So here is my Hackintosh. The specs: NZXT H2 quiet case, Intel i7 Sandy Bridge CPU, Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard, 16 GB RAM, 6 SATA hard drives, (1) 128GB Samsung SATA6 SSD startup disk, XFX Radeon HD 6870 graphics card, SONY Optiarc DVD burner, OCZ 600W modular power supply, and an external Firewire audio interface as a sound card.