Goal: Mid July 2019 I set out to build a computer that would be classy, powerful, quiet, cool-ish, future-resistant, and have the ability to run as a Hackintosh.
The Story: I've been building computers since I was 8 years old. My dad worked for University of Missouri, and later for Cerner Inc. He had plenty of opportunities to snatch up parts being thrown away or recycled. He taught me how to Frankenstein a computer together, all with on hand knowledge found in one of the many PC text books, and his instruction. His instruction usually involved tasking me to critically think about what I was doing, and find the answer in a book. Luckily, the days of single in-line memory modules and 486 early Intel Pentiums are behind us. Building computers these days is MUCH simpler, and the community is vast and amazing. Fast-forward to the end of 2016, and I had decided to sell my 2016 4k build during the original bitcoin craze. I made a nice profit. I was deploying and took the opportunity to sell what I had for a profit and sooner or later build again. My family was growing, gaming was less and less a priority of mine, and so I pulled the trigger. When I returned I had the itch to either build or buy something simple. Regrettably, I bought an All-in-one Dell. At first it was great; 4k screen, Ryzen 1700, 16gb ram, RX 580...all for around $1000. Seemed simple and something that I thought a more mature me would appreciate over a sweet gaming rig. It was truly a great machine - until It wasn't. I mostly blame Dell for that. Once the internal m.2 drive fried, I replaced it with another. However, after losing the original Dell image to the All-in-one everything else I tried just never ran the same. I did everything I knew how to do in order to get it back to how it was from the factory, but I encountered nothing but crashes, driver issues, refusal to accurately 3d accelerate per the proper performance of a RX 580. CPU tasks began to drag, and it was time to recycle the poor Dell and build again.
This is where my build for White Horizon starts. I wanted something that would be classy, powerful, quiet, cool-ish, future-resistant, and have the ability to run as a Hackintosh. I've been getting into Swift and other Mac related hobbies, but didn't REALLY want to shell out for a Mac just yet. I've had 3 MacBook Pros in the past, all fantastic, but all equally less capable than I'd like. I had built an Intel Hackintosh for a buddy of mine a year prior, and his was still running strong - iMessage and all. So after much research I compiled the perfect Ryzen Hachintosh build (minus the gpu as I'm waiting for RX 5700xt support). I have a RX 580 when needed. For now the VESA drivers integrated into the Ryzen Hackintosh build world very well with the RTX 2080 - just no 3D acceleration. The guide I used for the Hackintosh portion can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wACjS8XRLo&list=PLJE_6GVoqWBaiTZ_A8F1QuyS7rN238ChQ&index=15&t=2s