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Chapter 1. Mac OS X: Foundations > Mac OS X Costs: Hardware Requirements

Mac OS X Costs: Hardware Requirements

Mac OS X is a good thing, but as with all good things, it does come with a price. You must have a modern Mac to be able to use it. Apple states that you must have a Power Mac G5, Power Mac G4, Power Mac G3 (Blue & White), iMac, eMac, PowerBook G4, PowerBook G3 (with built-in USB), or an iBook to be able to run it. You also must have at least 128MB of RAM to run it (but I think you will have a better experience if you have at least 256MB). Also, your Mac needs to have a built-in display or one that is connected to an Apple-supplied video card. Finally, you need at least 2GB of disk space (but if you want to take advantage of Mac OS X's organization and security scheme, you should have a lot more free space than that).

→ For help moving to Mac OS X version 10.3 from previous Mac OS X versions or from Mac OS 9 or earlier, see Appendix A, “Installing and Maintaining Mac OS X,” p. 947.



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