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WHY OS X over Windows 7?

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My time working with OSX has been mostly re-installing it after I check 1/one wrong box in MultiBeast. A single mistake will cause a KP and 98% of the time I can't recover from it. So I wonder why people put so much faith in a Mac? The OS seems to be so fradgile unlike Windows7 thats VERY REDUNDANT even with multipal viruses it will still boot. I myself got into the Hackintosh thing because I love to tinker plus iTunes run much better on a Mac. But as far as doing some real work? I don't trust the Mac. Now on the other hand mabe its because its not a quote (REAL MAC) as they say. Do real Macs parts come from some far off planet far far away? My problem is the operating system itself. When I look and add up the cost I spent on Video cards ATI and Nvidia I could have bought a MacPro. but It would not have been as much fun. But how much money should I spend to have (FUN)? I want to know what you think. Hackintosh are ok to learn about a Mac but from where I see it thats bout all its good for. You gotta be aware of the (DARK SIDE) they run great for months and you start buying apps from the app store then they KP and you get it going again buy more apps it KP and on and on you go a never ending cycle.

Hey to all you guys that replied to my post I just want to say thanks for not attacking me but staying on point. In my first post I said (VERY REDUNDANT) I meant (VERY RESILIENT) For me its not so much the money as why I Hickintosh its all the challenge mostly. And I know 99% of the time when it KP its something I tried to add in Multibeast other then that my Cuda Beast works pretty good except for the sleep state and I think thats my Intel motherboard issue. Im thinking that Multibeast install drivers totally different then and app from what I understand is apps use KEXTs which is just a extension of the kernel. Unlike Windows that a driver is a insertion of program into the kernel.
 
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I haven't had nearly the number of problems with my CustoMac as you've encountered.
I think if you had previously experienced an Apple Mac you'd be less likely to hit issues on your CustoMac. Still, each CustoMac is unique. The more you need to modify kexts, the more likely a Software Update will create issues.
CustoMacs are not for everyone.
As for a Mac Pro: my CustoMac's features would have cost three times as much if I'd chosen a similarly equipped Mac Pro. I could not justify giving Apple that much money!

But your core topic is asking why OS X over Windows, the age-old debate. To me the debate became moot with the advent of VMware Fusion and Parallels, as well as dual boot scenarios such as Bootcamp.
Both OS's have their merits. I prefer where possible to run OS X as the underpinning OS partially due to its still-superior safety in email and web browsing. And even though in 10.7 and 10.8 Apple has revised OS X to make it less intuitive for me, that's just me. It's still more congenial to me than Windows, but not by much, as Win 7 is fairly comprehensible overall.
So all my Windows activities and tools are conducted and contained in a Fusion window frame on my CustoMac. With dual monitors I may have the Windows window go full screen on one display --plenty of mousing real estate. I'm a Windows server sysadmin at work, and my CustoMac with Fusion empowers me to do 100% of my duties with grace, speed and reliability, all with copy-paste between the host OS X and guest Win OS.
Plus each time I clone or back up my Mac, my Windows system -- which is a Virtual Machine file in OS X Documents -- is backed up in its entirety, too.
This all works for me because I am not a Windows gamer. Fusion and Parallels entail just a 1-3% performance hit. So if you're a competitive gamer and wish to squeeze every ounce of performance from the hardware, then a separate boot into Windows for gaming is in order, whether Bootcamp or dual boot.
 
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Simply because the more I used OSX, the more I enjoyed it and Windows became redundant. I boot into WIndows maybe once or twice a month on my home rig for mundane things like the odd game or when I get artwork in CorelDraw format (annoying!). If you are repeatedly installing and re-installing, that is not the OS's fault. That is just you not knowing enough to only have to install once. I am no IT specialist, but my first install has always worked since Tiger. I have never had to install and re-install. If you are constantly re-installing, it means you have not grasped basic concepts and will continue on a hit and miss basis until by pure luck, it may work some day. Surely when you tick some option in multibeast, you must have a reason to. If not...?

You also seem to miss the point of hackintoshing completely. OSX was not meant to work on every desktop. Apple have specific hardware configurations which they focus on. Getting OSX to work on non-Apple components is a bonus for some and a hobby to others. There are 3 types of people who hackintosh. 1. Those who enjoy the challenge and see it as a hobby 2. Those who prefer OSX to Windows and don;t mind the extra work involved in getting things to work and 3. The cheapskates who want a cheap 'n nasty Apple machine to make use of non-Windows software - typically Video and Graphic Design orientated software. If you don't fall into any of those categories, than you are wasting your time and effort.

I fall into 1 & 2. After using OSX, WIndows is like riding a rusty old bicycle. I find Windows to be an extremely flawed OS that is based on outdated concepts. I use both platforms at work and have concluded that Windows performance on the exact same hardware is sluggish, erratic and defective. OSX runs a lot smoother and makes effective use of the hardware it runs on.

As far as OSX being fragile... That couldn't be further from the truth. The way OSX works is actually amazing if you know your way around. It is difficult to break OSX beyond repair. The way kexts operate in conjunction with the main Kernel is what makes this OS that much simpler than Windows. Windows has ,amongst others, a MAJOR flaw - the very outdated registry system. That... is a huge nightmare to fix when it goes wrong. Unfortunately, Microsoft created this monster and cannot escape it without throwing all they have done over the past couple of years and starting from scratch.

As for cost. OSX runs well on very low budget rigs and the performance increases relative to your own choice in hardware . In fact, OSX is a lot more effective when using resources than Windows will ever be. Unfortunately, most people look at the Customac solutions as if it were written in stone. There are many hardware solutions that work effortlessly with OSX that are not even mentioned in the Customac guide. The guide is what it is... just a guide. You don't have to follow it to the letter. Learn what to look out for in hardware and you can choose your own. It's all part of the fun. If it's not your thing... go back to Windows... No point in trying to get any form of justification if you are not getting enjoyment out of something.
 
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I'm a graphic designer and have been using a Hackintosh for a year now. When I built my rig it easily cost less then half the price of a new Mac Pro with similar specs. Yes, there has been quite a bit to learn and a few frustrating moments, but overall it's been well worth it. Whatever floats your boat. As others have said, if you prefer Windows stick with that. As for me, I prefer OS X.
 
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3. The cheapskates who want a cheap 'n nasty Apple machine to make use of non-Windows software - typically Video and Graphic Design orientated software.
I'm "cheap 'n nasty" :wave:

As an IT director for a media outlet and a 6 digit annual budget for my needs, I can afford ANY system I think will get the job done. I choose hackintosh. It gives me flexibility with different hardware setups and configurations (rack mounted & portable). It started out being a hobby tho... 4 or 5 years ago I played a practical joke on our Business Admin, while he was away from his desk I plugged in a USB harddrive that had OSX on it into his windows pc and rebooted it, when he got back to his desk he was in shock! He called me into his office and asked me what was going on with his pc and where was the Start button and all of his icons. Now we have 9 hacks used in critical production roles. I just setup an ASUS P8H77-M hackrack today, it has a pci Grass Valley capture card and FCPX...never used these components together, didn't read the instruction manual...just started FCPX and selected import from camera and BAM! there was the feed coming from the switcher ready to be captured to HDD. Why am I telling you this? The system replaced was same mobo w/windows 7 and a Blackmagic card...it crashed 5 times in succession and the producer had lost confidence in it. Sure, we still have around 40 Windows 7 machines, but those are used in the business side only, we run Windows Server 2008 Enterprise w/several virtual servers.

I am now consulting a media installation firm and a sports media production contractor that works all over the US, and yes...you've probably have seen some of their shows aired on TV.

To Each His Own
 
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Is it wise to use unsupported software on unsupported hardware (Apple won't support OS X running on a non-Mac, and the hardware vendors won't support OS X running on their hardware) on mission critical applications?
 
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I do not think you are going to find "fair" opinions on this forum. The simple, fact that most people who are active on this forum build "hackintoshes" is going to make your answers biased. In my specific situation: I am a physician and the "medical" version of the speech recognition software was more than 100% cheaper for mac and since I bought it on ebay, I got it half off from the original price. The savings were so high, I was able to purchase a mac laptop and that was where it al started. I still think Windows 7 is a lot more versatile in the amount of software you have available and software suites such as MS office still work better in Windows. On the other hand things like iPhoto, iWeb and the likes are dead easy to use and people like them a lot for that. I have had at least 5 hackintoshes that started with a core 2 duo Hp and they have run good enough for "production" - meaning doing not so heavy work including speech recognition. I agree that Fusion has given apple users the possibility of using most of windows software within OS X but resource hungry applications are best run outside of the virtualized environment.
I also think that any modern system that runs ML will run windows 7 like butter, so in the end it is just a question of preference.
 
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well said neuroman.
it is what it is
i personally love osx,being a windows guy for over a decade..
yes there can be issues on stability with installs of osx but once u get it right its quite stable..
windows is great for games and the many apps written for it.
 
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The Hackintosh is pretty stable once you get it going. Then the only thing you have to be wary of are the updates. One trick I used was carbon copy cloner and an extra 120gb laptop drive I kept in my system. I would do a full system drive backup right before the update which allowed me to do a couple things: have a bootable osx that I could repair problems with and also a way to revert to before the update. A little prevention really went a long way.
 
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