Can I buy a Mac or Intel Mac Motherboard (Server) ?

I am done with pc endless updates and security updates wanting somthiing new
not buying whole new computer I just need a motherboard  I ready have these
2 Intel Xeon X5460 Harpertown 3.16GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 771 120W Quad-Core Processor
4 GB 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM ECC Fully Buffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) totol 32GB
Nvida PCI x16
Sound blaster audio card PCI
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
I would then suggest that you buy a used Mac. This will give the best experience for minimum dollars.

Don't try and "hack" together a Mac, I can only guarantee you frustrations if you do that.
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strungCommented:
I am not sure what exactly your question is. If you are trying to run a Mac OS on anything other than Apple hardware, that is a violation of the Apple EULA.
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Dan1965Author Commented:
apple hardware i am looking for and that Intel going to some bussiness apple
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
The only way to get a Mac Motherboard is through an Apple certified service center for a damaged Mac.  You cannot buy one.

Not sure what your issues are but in general Apple computers do have their fair share of issues, albeit not as pronounced as Windows. A Windows computer configured properly can run perfect.

As an example, I managed a Site of Windows computers(over 200) and I have never had a virus etc.  
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marookCommented:
If you wanna start out with OS X Server, buy a Mac mini Server. You will get the Server licens for free (or close), and you can play around with it - and it can actually run a lot of stuff on that small box.

If you like to move up, the solution is to get money for an XServe.
Don't... Don't try to run a 'bare' motherboard - it's not going to give you a good time, and the 'full monty' deal is a real XServe.

Computers [almost] always have issues, but not all people see them.. YMMV. ;-)

In contrast to nappy_d, my life is too short for Windows.. ;-)
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MrMintanetCommented:
You can go to ebay and/or craigslist.com.  you will need to find a motherboard that matches your cpu socket.  the rest should be fine.  However, you may not be able to use your audio card, but then again, why do you need one for a server?
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mccrickCommented:
One of the main reasons for the Mac's superiority is that the OS developers and the hardware designers have the opportunity to work together using proprietary information within Apple. Part of the problem with PCs is the nearly infinite ability to stick various pieces of junk together and download drivers that will probably, mostly work. Apple takes a very opposite approach.

Although the Mac experts reading this are cringing, they are probably also curious. It would be great if you get a bunch of cheap PC parts to perform well as a Mac. But when you say you are looking for the reliability of OS X on those Frankensteined parts, that's where people will tell you that you are heading down the wrong path.

With legal and technical warnings in hand along with the good advice to just get a used Mac (I'm guessing you already have the Server OS) or purchase a Mac Mini Server; then go here:

www.hackentosh.com

Perhaps you could come back to this post after it is closed and let us know how it goes.
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Discussing 'Hackintosh" is against EE's EULA.  Now that being said, Apple isn't really using any parts that are so vastly different than what is in a Windows computer, hardware wise. They use the same nVidia or AMD video cards, same processors, a slight twist on the Motherboard, same RAM etc.  Just you need thre right drivers or the EFI boot loader for the computer to start Mac OS.

Now, as I mentioned with a bit of due diligence, you can make your Windows box sing like a Mac, but again, you need due diligence and standards.

I.M.O, Apple has chosen to take care of that due diligence for their consumers where as Microsoft leaves it up to you, the consumer.

I will not suggest you try to "hack" together a Mac, either buy one or stick to Windows or prepare to have just as many hair pulling late nights as you will be stuck with commuity based support, which is not bad until you run into an issue that no one can take ownership of and help you resolve it.
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Dan1965Author Commented:
I build a mac online with Duel Xeon processors 32GB ram price came out to $ 20,000 dollars
I don't have that kind money laying around if did i would be here
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MrMintanetCommented:
I have to ask-  why on earth do you need 32GB of ram?  what are you using this server for?
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Dan1965Author Commented:
using Deep Fritz a multiprocessor version chess software
only workstations/Servers have Mutiprocessor boards
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
BTW, Deep Fritz does not support OS X That I can see.  You are back to Windows.  Do you due diligence in configuring your system and locking it down and you will be fine.
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Dan1965Author Commented:
want to try new OS  I don't play much chess with Deep fritz
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MrMintanetCommented:
"want to try new OS  I don't play much chess with Deep fritz"

So, I ask again-  What are you trying to use a 32GB server for?

It sounds to me that you just want to build a Mac server and look at it.  You are obiously going to have to hack something together to get this to work.  To be honest, it sounds that you have no idea what you're trying to do, nor do you have any idea as to why specifically you are trying to even do it.  

If you want a mac server at a good price, go to ebay or craigslist and leave it at that.  Trying to recycle a motherboard and hack a version of Snow Leopard Server on it is simply ridiculous (IMO).  If you want to get a new OS and feelthe sheer power of your motherboard's processing ability, get Ubuntu and crash and bang through it to your heart's content.  

32GB.   Pfft....
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Dan1965Author Commented:
I bought the ram at same time when I bought motherboard, processors and chess program 2006
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MrMintanetCommented:
"I build a mac online with Duel Xeon processors 32GB ram price came out to $ 20,000 dollars
I don't have that kind money laying around if did i would be here."

The price of the server being so high was due to having 32GB of RAM installed!
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Dan1965Author Commented:
thank you
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