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Baker built a PC - Christmas Miracle!
« on: December 30, 2014, 02:48:58 PM »

This is partially from the chat box, but expanded with the actual build info.

P.S. I built a PC! (with the gracious help of Kurt Dillow, one of our animators, who knows way more than I do).

It's spec'd out to work as a Hackintosh, but I've just been running Windows so far. I added a bunch of plugins and stuff to make it work better... that is, more like Mac OSX (blush)

Doomspeaker [29|Dec 05:45 AM]:   Baker using a normal PC? CHRISTMAS MIRCALES DO STILL HAPPEN.

I did give up and downloaded a plugin that switches the ctrl / windows keys so they are like mac, and I'm using a mac keyboard because I can't find any windows keyboards that are comfortable :(

But, yes, PC does make some things way way easier. I just need to get around to adding another harddrive and setting it up to be able to boot from win or mac. Then I can do some design work on mac, and windows for games etc. Font rendering looks horrible on windows by comparison - almost impossible to do any fine-tuning of design with text / typography.

I used to use VMWare Fusion (with Bootcamp) to emulate or boot Windows, but it never worked that well for games. It might have just been my computer though (at the time). And with Apple moving toward less and less ability to upgrade / modify their hardware (like that tiny little Mac Pro), I think I am now a Hackintosh guy for good.

I will now probably just reboot as needed - work on OSX for design work, switch to Windows for game dev / gameplay. I have it set up in windows right now so that i can work about 90% as well as on OSX. I don't want to have to reboot all the time, so being able to work in either is nice - so whichever is booted up i can do just about anything. The only thing i really can't do on both is super fine typography work in windows, and on Mac I can't play our game (when coby has no made a mac build) or any other win-only games.

Baker's Hackintosh / PC Build:


Corsair Obsidian Series 750D


Intel Core i7-4790K

Graphics Card:

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming 4GB GDDR5

Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600
Will double this soon!

Boot Drive:
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB

Pioneer Electronics USA Internal Blu-Ray Writer


Corsair Hydro Series H105 240mm

Power Supply:
Corsair AX860i

Windows 8.1

Plus some fans and some HDD's that I'm in the process of swapping around. Right now I have a 2TB drive to run Dropbox for work, and my Steam games + iTunes library. The goal is to split this into a Media-only (games+audio) drive, and a drive for work files, Dropbox, my portfolio archive, etc.

Then I just need to buy another SSD to use as a Mac OSX boot drive, and get all the fussy stuff set up to run it as a Hackintosh.

Utilities I added:

Sorry no links, I would have to hunt for them again :( This is my repository of little apps that make Windows almost kinda sorta as good as OSX! Except for Yosemite, which can eat poop.

Alt-Drag - lets you scroll in panes, even when the window is not in focus
Clover - lets you run tabbed Explorer windows
Cropper - helps you take screenshots (and capture portions of your screen) without the necessity of print-screen + an imaging app like or Photoshop
Fast Picture Viewer (paid) - view Photoshop and other files as thumbnails of the image file
Flux - I assume you know what this is
Paragon NTFS / HFS drivers (paid) - allows you to view and edit files on Mac/Windows format harddrives without making everything an exFAT -
SharpKeys - allows you to reassign keyboard keys, so I swapped CTRL / WIN keys, and just use a Mac keyboard as if I'm on a Mac.

In other news, I'm now using Timecamp to track all of my work (and our contractors work) on Delvers and any other projects we pick up - I recommend it if you need a good time tracking app (it can do invoices too).
« Last Edit: December 30, 2014, 02:55:20 PM by Ryan Baker »

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Re: Baker's built a PC - Christmas Miracle!
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2014, 02:49:41 PM »
P.S. Coby, if you read this and want these plugins/apps, I put all the installers on Dropbox / Gen Resources / PC

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