computer/hackintosh updates



So for the one or two people that read this blog and remember my posts regarding my laptop dying last fall, thanks to “Black Friday” sales, some well timed newegg coupons/discounts, and deciding to sell my Ncase M1 and my Panasonic GF1 camera, I did manage to put together a replacement desktop, though it should be considered “minimally functional” at best until I can ever afford a GPU.

EDIT – August 15, 2014: Over the past few weeks I’ve decided to re-structure some parts of this blog, and one of those changes was creating a dedicated page with my hackintosh setup. I’ve also included a minimal walkthrough (more like rough guidelines really) for how to set everything up in case other people using the same hardware are having problems. You can find the new page here.

As is the case with my luck (if I didn’t have bad luck I wouldn’t have any) I should have waited on the SSD’s, since they’re like $120 now instead of $175. And like I mentioned above, I still need a GPU (hence why it doesn’t say “purchased” in that list) though I doubt I’ll ever actually be able to afford a 780 Ti like I’d prefer, and I similarly doubt that any card lower than a regular 780 would be able to drive my 2560×1440 monitor. Of course the AMD R9 290 and 290X aren’t even an option since there’s no OSX drivers for either card.

So I’m just back to waiting really. Maybe once the 8XX “Maxwell” variant/series is finally released I’ll be able to buy a used 780/Ti. Until then, it’s Intel HD4600 only, which is ok for most daily desktop use, but painful for anything that relies on the GPU.

Well, and I would one day love a mechanical keyboard too, this 5 year old dell rubber-dome keyboard is flat out awful:

And of course, my being a Mac nerd I had to set it up to dual-boot OSX 10.9.3 and Windows 8.1 Pro. I’d really love to be able to move to linux, but productivity on OSX is just too polished; e.g. Sourcetree is such an amazing Git app, Textmate a phenomenal editor, Airmail a great mail client, etc.