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This computer rig was built for content creation, mainly 3D rendering, web development, and gaming while staying on a budget of $2000. After randomly stumbling upon YouTube videos on how to build a PC that can run both Windows and Mac OS X, I figured I give this a shot. I prefer using Mac OS X for creating content since some of the applications I use like Adobe Creative Cloud function on Mac OS X better than Windows in my opinion. As for gaming, obviously Windows is the better choice, along with configuration for the parts (overclocking the processor and graphics card, CPU cooler configuration, etc). After several bumps along the way, I was finally able to get Mac OS X running, and it runs amazingly fast. And now for the specs:

CPU: If you're not familiar with the i7-4790K, to keep things short, it's an updated version of the i7-4770K. The main difference is that overclocking this processor is a bit easier than it's predecessor and let me assure you that this processor is just begging to be overclocked. When I ran Fire Strike, the graphics card did its job, but the stock speeds on the processor weren't keeping up. I now have it overclocked at 4.7Ghz (I'm considering to go a little higher in the future) and since then, I've seen significant improvements when running games and working with 3D rendering.

CPU Cooler: The H100i GTX from Corsair was a little troublesome installing for the first time but was a learning process for me, so I know what and what not to do for my next build. This gets my approval if you don't want to spend too much on a cooler, and very necessary for overclocking.

Motherboard: When it comes to building a Hackintosh, Gigabyte is well known for being really compatible with Mac OS X, and the BIOS makes overclocking seem pretty easy for first-timers. On top of that, I chose this board for the 8 USB ports it has (half 3.0 half 2.0).

Memory: RAM is RAM, what else can I say? Although, these are some nice RAM sticks that matched with the motherboard.

Storage: Since this was going to be a dual-boot system, I went with two separate SSDs for each OS and a 3.5" HDD to share between the two. For the SSDs, I went with the Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB and the Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" running at 7200 RPM. I get insanely fast bootups, applications get installed in a flash, and I never really have to worry about running out of space to keep all my music, games, and any projects that I work on.

Video Card: Since this build was on a budget, I went with the GeForce GTX 970 from EVGA. As much as I wanted to go with the 980 Ti, I wasn't ready to drop over $600 solely on a graphics cards. However, I won't say that I'm not happy with this card, despite the '4 GB' controversy (even though I knew nothing about it until after I bought the card). The 970 is still a beast and surely is a "Best Bang for Your Buck" card and I will be putting another one in my computer in the future.

Case: Oh, the Define R5 from Fractal Design. I was sold on this case before looking elsewhere. I probably would have gone with a NZXT or Corsair brand case, but the R5 instantly won me over. The adjustable door, the removable top panels, and even the removable disk trays were what made me choose this case.

Power Supply: A modular power supply is the way to go, and the EVGA 750W 80+ Gold is a perfect fit for the other hardware pieces so I can not only overclock my processor, but also have enough power for another graphics card.

The rest: A Blu-Ray drive, some Corsair fans and really nice ASUS 27" monitor. A great workstation monitor that's also not too shabby for gaming. My ultimate goal is to have a triple setup with two of these monitors and an ASUS ROG monitor.

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