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Discussion in 'iMac' started by -BigMac-, Nov 12, 2016.

  1. -BigMac- macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys.

    I'm on the verge of giving my parents my 2015 5k 27" and thinking of going over to the dark side and building my own pc desktop.

    I'd like to know if anyone has done this recently, and how do they feel now that they have made the move?

    Thanks so much x
     
  2. Matty_TypeR macrumors newbie

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    I did the exact same thing and don't regret it one little bit, win 10 is a good OS and you get much more modern tech for your money.
     
  3. protoxx macrumors 6502a

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    If you chose carefully building a system you could also end up with a hackintosh.
     
  4. PaulWog Suspended

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    I primarily like OS X for laptops. When using a trackpad, OS X shines. As soon as you have a mouse, Windows is very efficient. Windows on a trackpad sucks.

    I do wish I could dual boot on my custom PC into OS X. That's an ideal world. While there are options, I haven't really figured that one out yet (plus I figure there are lots of bugs to work around).
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    In your other thread you mentioned about installed windows as the primary (and only) OS. I'd say stick with that for a while. Seems like you just bought the iMac and you're looking to drop even more money on another computer. I guess if you have the money, go for it, but the iMac is a fantastic computer
     
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    I'll give you that, and the window for reboots is ludicriously short. I cannot define my working hours from 6:00am to 7:00pm for some silly reason. I don't work all those hours, but I certainly don't want to see a reboot during that window of time.
     
  8. -BigMac- thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    had it reboot for updates on me several times over the past few weeks of having windows. Annoying is an understatement
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    I couldddd. Am thinking the gtx 1070 for gpu. know if that is supported with sierra?
     
  9. protoxx macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go over to tonymac to look. Excellent resource for building a hackintosh. Just being able to winnow down the parts choices and avoiding later incompatibilities. Even if you didn't make it a hackintosh out of the gate.
    Builder Guide
    https://www.tonymacx86.com/buyersguide/october/2016
    Sierra
    https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...ierra-on-any-supported-intel-based-pc.200564/
    Nvidia
    https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...for-macos-sierra-10-12-1-367-15-10-15.205568/
     
  10. MistrSynistr macrumors 6502a

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    I utilize Windows 10 and macOS side by side at work.

    Windows 10 is absolutely terrible. And I have no idea where all this "love" is coming in for it.
     
  11. iMcLovin, Nov 14, 2016
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    I recently did this. I had the maxed out 5K iMac and sold it to get better hardware. Now on windows and everything properly set up I dont understand why I havent done it sooner. And personally I would never consider the Hackintosh route. Leaving Apple because of lack of hardware but still being forced to buy old hardware because thats what apple approves in their OS is a no-option to me. Even if it becomes more powerful than what apple has to offer. I paid a lot for my new machine, but I can only imagine what apple would have sold the same machine specs for...Probably something completely crazy. So, For my work computer I will never get an apple computer again. Being able to slap in whatever I like and when I like is an appealing thought. And personally I like Windows...Maybe not as much as OS X but all the stuff I can get + games makes it a lot better in my opinion. Apple has stopped innovating and they have even stopped updating their computers...the only creative thing they have the balls to do these days is to increase their prices on all ready old hardware.
     
  12. -BigMac- thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow that is the best comment ive ever seen on this site.
    Completely agree on all fronts :eek:;)

    What are the specs of your new machine?
     
  13. iMcLovin macrumors 68000

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    This is the specs for my new machine. I went quite far on the specs, because I'm going to use this as a render machine and Adobe Programs machine mainly, I tried to find components that does both as good as possible without too much sacrifice on each end. Since Adobe programs prefer high GhZ and rendering works best with a lot of cores - so I went for the Broadwell -E Prosumer CPU. I sold my iMac which paid for about 1/3 of the machine, since Apples machines has a pretty good resell value compared to PCs (thats one of the plus points to Apple - guess people wants to buy enclosed machines when buying used hardware). I dont expect this machine to have any resell value, but usage is more important to me than resell value. And since I can build upon this over time, the lastbility is a lot longer than any macs anyway.

    Hexa Core 6850K overclocked to 4.4GHZ
    128GB DDR 4 2666MhZ Ram
    GTX 1080 overclocked MSI Gaming Z card (its completely silent)
    Asus Rog Strix x99 Gaming MB
    1tb 850 Pro SSD - and 12tb of regular HDD's
    32" PA329Q Monitor
     
  14. varian55zx macrumors 6502a

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    There's no questioning that this is a higher performing machine than the iMac, to be sure.

    I believe the only area we might beat you would be SSD speed.

    It's too bad we can't get an Apple computer with specs like that. Really makes you question the company.
     
  15. iMcLovin macrumors 68000

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    Yes I regret the ssd. But I had been out of the hardware game too long to know about the m.2 ssd when I ordered the components. But yet another good thing, it's not to late change that ;) I'll probably invest in a m.2 2tb ssd next year with 2500/1500 Mbps speeds. Then that's also faster than the iMac ssd's. but the only thing that holds me back is real life performance differences. From what I read and seen so far nothing really becomes any faster. Opening programs, boot time etc all pretty much stays the same except a few milliseconds. But I'll research that some more before I decide.
     
  16. Kudos6612 Suspended

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    Well if your on Windows there is literally no point in getting an iMac.
     
  17. -BigMac- thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Who you replying to kudos?
     
  18. fathergll macrumors 6502a

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    Curious, what about the iMac is making you think of switching over?
     
  19. Alx9876 macrumors 6502a

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    Seems like Tim Cook didn't learn a thing being friends with SJ's all those years. Welcome to Tim Cook's version of Apple. Old hardware with new software. Now it's more true then ever.

    Six years after buying my 27 inch i7 iMac maxed specs..I built a PC instead. I love Mac OS more in every regard, However this isn't about software.

    The hardware is not worth it for the price. The iMac screen size never became bigger i.e. 32 inch size.

    So I agree with other people that have created similar threads here in the iMac side of the house.
     
  20. protoxx macrumors 6502a

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    New macs are becoming Jony Ivy modern art objects instead of computers.
     
  21. macmee Suspended

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    Hackintosh is the best:

    1. dont have to deal with crappy windows
    2. dont have to deal with crappy apple production quality and outdated hardware
     
  22. -BigMac- thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Con: Have to build your hackintosh with mostly apple supported hardware
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    This is so true:D
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    32" 8k:cool:
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    Only the upgradeability.

    I want to upgrade my graphics card to the gtx 10xx:) and maybe a cute little hex core
     
  23. varian55zx macrumors 6502a

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    This is actually a good thing. I love that Macs look so good that they are viewed as artistic by people, that doesn't have to have anything to do with specs. A computer can look good AND perform well, sadly Apple doesn't perform so well on the hardware side of things.

    Certainly not. Cook's lead seems to have been more self-destructive than anything.
     
  24. macmee Suspended

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    yeah, lately apple has been doing too much designing and too little performance and quality hw
     
  25. varian55zx macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly. And again I'm all for the designing, I like the way Apple computers look.

    But performance is a different matter and isn't related to design in any way. Design is no replacement for specs (of course not).

    If they want to be respectable they need to continue delivering on the design front, and also deliver on the performance front. They can't simply ignore one front because they are delivering on the other one.
     

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