You all might remember a post I made back at the beginning of December 2011, about building a Mac Pro for the quarter of the price of purchasing one from Apple directly [Mac Pro at Quarter of the Price (Tutorial)].
Well I wanted to do an update to that particular build, and throw out a testament to the Mac OSx Operating System. Sure the specifications used in this build were not genuine Apple parts, only very similar to the ones they would use.
CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz Quad-Core
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H67M-D2 with Intel HD 2000 Graphics
RAM: Corsair XMS3 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 1333MHz DDR3
Case: Old case used.
Power Supply: 500w
Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc
Hard Drive: 500Gb 6Gb/s 7200RPM
Installation DVD: Mac OS X Snow Leopard Retail
Graphics Card: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1Gb GDDR5
Today my computer has been running 30-Days straight and not even a flicker of a problem, the operating system has not complained, crashed, slowed down or wanted to be restarted every couple of days.
I have to work on a Windows XP based computer at work, and some would say, well there is your problem, you are using Windows XP, but I say no… the computer I built is a dual booting machine, with Windows 7 available whenever I need a windows machine for something the Mac can’t do… and there isn’t much I need it for; and on that very rare occasion I do boot into Windows 7 it immediately wants something updating, rebooting or indexing.
Every day I work on this Windows based computer, it wants to update, index the hard-drive, needs rebooting, or crashes. I just thought it is amazing that you can have a computer, turn it on, and leave it on, have it do something in the background, and come back to it, and continue where you left off without it even stretching its legs and saying ‘just wait a second while I wake up’.
Maybe it is just me, maybe I have been working in the IT industry for so long now and seen the massive progression of computing hardware and software and have no patience any more. But every computer I have the pleasure of working on, I expect it to do something when you click on a button or a program.
Please don’t get me wrong, Microsoft Windows has it’s place, and the Mac cannot do everything, like run the proprietary software used at my work-place.
So my thanks goes out to Steve Jobs (rest in peace) and the wonderful people at Apple for producing such a solid piece of software, and despite the fact I am having to resort to building my own computers to save money, I will always be an avid fan of the Mac OSx Operating System, don’t ever change it.
It really is worth investing both the time and money in building your own computer specifically designed to run Mac OSx so check out my tutorial and see and experience what I am talking about.