The journey back to Windows

I have been back and forth between operating systems many times before. I typically look at myself as technology agnostic. I love all technology. I’ve been living in the Apple ecosystem for quite a while. I actually had purged my house of all of my Windows PCs and laptops. The only non-Apple devices I had in my house were Chrome Books for my kids and a few Roku devices.

As of late I’ve been diving back into Windows due to my passion for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. I picked up a Surface Book and even got a Microsoft HoloLens. I then needed a system to run my Oculus Rift CV1 so I ordered a barebones Zotac Magnus EN970.

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This little machine has served me very well for most demos of Virtual Reality. There are a few things that push it beyond it’s capabilities since it only has a NVidia GTX 960 in it. So I decided it was time to build a new machine. This comes on the heels of NVidia announcing the GTX 1080. Since they are not fully available other then Founder addition I decided to do the first build with the GTX 970. I’ll pick up a GTX 1080 after people stop price gouging them.

It begins

I can’t believe how much fun it was to build a PC component by component again. It was like a nostalgic moment for me. I even brought my oldest daughter in to explain all of the components. This is an experience you do not get in the Apple World. Pretty much what you get is what you get. There is something to be said for just purchasing a machine to do a job but for someone who wants to push hardware you are stuck. Unless you purchase the extremely expensive Mac Pro that is running on outdated hardware still. It was fun when everything lit up for me and I was able to Install Windows 10.

PC Started

It will still be a bit before I stop hitting the Alt key trying to open the start menu though since muscle memory is still stuck on Apple Command key. I’ll even occasionally jump back to my MacBook 12” I have. So far I’ve been pretty impressed with the migration back. The OS actually feels a bit more modern then Apple’s OS which is aging. Hopefully there will be some big news in a week or so for Apple. If they don’t start innovating again soon I’m worried they will just be an iPhone/iPad company. I don’t even feel they are fulfilling the needs of the creative industry like they used to. My Windows machine I built blows the doors off all my Apple gear I had before as far as rendering Videos and the like.

Here is to the journey back into Microsoft land.

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