« on: March 12, 2013, 02:33:35 PM »
Finally, the other advantage: With a DIY build, you're not confined to a particular OS. You can install Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows. You could run both Mac OS X and Windows. Whatever floats your boat.
As an individual who has gone down the hackintosh path before, if you want to run OS X on a custom built machine, you really want to build the machine for OS X. Also, you'll have to be ok with not applying OS updates until they're tested by the hackintosh community and some other instabilities.
Next, you have to determine how valuable on site editing is for you. I have had an iMac, and now run a 15" retina MBP. The ability to have solid computing power while on site is invaluable.
Finally, the iMac and retina MacBook Pros have Thunderbolt and therefore the ability to add PCIe expansion cards.
All said, if you want to edit on the go, the retina MacBook Pro is the best option. If raw processing power in the office is key, the DIY machine is going to be the cheapest, but the iMac, and OS X are sleek and operate day in, day out. Bootcamp will run Windows flawlessly on any Mac too.