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Took me a little over three days to get everything setup the way I want on this new computer. Part of that was getting used to Windows 8 which I think I have the hang of now. Anyway get ready for some potato quality pics!


Parts by bigponymac

It was like waking up on Christmas morning. I only got 4 hours of sleep the night before, but I was too excited and started putting it together right away. Unfortunately I don't have any progress pics of the build. I'm going to wait until next month to make those when the case I really want comes out.… This Cooler Master case is just a stand-in until then. Still a pretty solid case even though it's a little cramped and there isn't a window.

Took me several hours to put it together. Mainly because I was trying to figure out how to run all the cables and how to place the SSD and HDD. Then it took me a few hours more to install Windows 8 because I had to make a bootable USB with the installer on it. I didn't order a CD drive because I was under the impression I could use Bootcamp on my Mac to make one real easy. Turns out that I didn't have the option to make a Windows 8 USB because my laptop isn't compatible with that OS. I can make a Win7 USB just fine. So what I had to do is make an ISO of the boot disk, convert that into a format Windows could read using the Terminal, then make a boot disk using a program on an even older laptop running XP. Took 2-3 hours just to setup the USB drive, but thankfully after everything was said and done it worked. To be honest, I was extremely surprised that it worked so flawlessly. Took about 10 minutes to install Win8.1 from the USB. From there it was a matter of getting the BIOS set right, boot order set, and then migrating all the files I wanted on to it as well as installing all the programs I needed. Customizing everything was the biggest time sink, but I think I'm finally happy with what I've got so far. 

Workspace Before

Workspace After

Workspace 1 by bigponymac Workspace 2 by bigponymac
Workspace 2.5 by bigponymac Monitor by bigponymac

The monitor is an ASUS PA248Q. The photo doesn't even come close to doing it justice. It is absolutely gorgeous in person. It makes my old monitor look like garbage in comparison. 

Also if anyone's wondering about my desktop layout, I'm using Rainmeter and RocketDock. I'm also using these icons to keep everything consistent. 

I didn't completely abandon my laptop. I moved it over to my drawing table for the time being. It still has it's uses and I'll probably keep it around until it finally kicks the bucket. 

Workspace 3 by bigponymac

So far I'm really happy with this new computer. It is SO MUCH FASTER than that aging laptop and was super fun to build. There are so many different things I can do now like STREAMING! I've been wanting to stream for so long but my Mac just couldn't handle it. This computer can handle it like a champ and will probably start once I get a mic setup. So excited!

I really can't wait until the Corsair 240 comes out so I can really make this computer look as good as it functions. Thinking about going with the white case and a black and red interior. Going to get some nice red cable extensions and throw in some LEDs so I can show everything off on the inside. All about vanity now.

Until next time!


Derek McElroy
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
Been doing art on my own for a few years now. I recently obtained an AAS in Visual Communications. I have plans to go back to school in the fall to work on a BA in either Studio Art or Graphic Design. Until then I'm just going to go with the flow.

Here you will find mostly fanart of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic as well as sculptures. I may do other stuff from time to time, but ponies will be the main focus as of right now.

If you need to get in touch with me regarding commissions or other questions, the fastest way is through email.


Current Residence: Alabama
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Jazz, Blues
Operating System: OSX Snow Leopard
MP3 player of choice: iPod/iPhone
Favourite cartoon character: Again, too many to pick just one.
Personal Quote: "Life's too short to dwell on the small things."

Alternate Locations

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Facebook -

Check tumblr and Facebook for more behind the scenes stuff like WIP's, my personal insights and inspiration, and occasional funny stuff.

Will ALWAYS be safe for work.



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Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Very nice gallery you've got! I like what I see, and hope to see more! :D
awadd Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Thank you sooooo much for posting that video on your tumblr. I think you just catapulted me a few months further along in learning to draw.
bigponymac Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I completely forgot about that video until it popped up on my dash. lol
equinepalette Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday, dude!
platinum-starz Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
happy b-day! :iconpartycannonplz::party::cake:
Artistic-Pineapple Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Happy Birthday!
Tarzok Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Happy day of Birth :party:
HarmonyStar-v2 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Happy birthday!  :iconpinkiepiecakeplz:
DrunkenDragonDirge Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
May the day have been grand, in times new and far. 
The gift of friends, a smile near to your heart.
And your time here all the more sweet.
Have a wonderful birthday.
Ponytronic Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Happy Birthday ^^
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