Currently using a "Late 2011 17" MacBookPro8,3" with 2.5 GHz core i7, 16 gigs or RAM, 1TB SSD + secondary hard drive in DVD bay. Running under 10.10.5 Yosemite, or Bootcamp Windows 7. The machine is fantastic, except that (of course) video performance is a bit subpar when compared to what's out there now, with 4k screens and all the rest.
Would love to know what's comparable to that today with roughly 32 Gigs of RAM, 6th -gen core i7 processor, numeric keypad, 4 gigs of graphics RAM in a dedicated graphics card, slot or caddy for secondary disk storage, but I am looking for one that will explicitly be capable of being turned it into a reasonably good Hackintosh
that can also dual-boot into Windows. (even if external Wi-Fi dongle is required for OS-X).
I need a large screen, not something puny because eyesight is not getting better and the apps I run require lots of screen real-estate. (the more the better). I cannot use an external monitor because it would mostly be used in situations requiring mobility. Size, price and weight not as much of a factor, just features! I looked at the Acer Predator 17
, and that was pretty appetizing... possibly a bit overkill on the graphics side but I could live with it otherwise. Not seen any reports of someone trying Hackintosh on that model.
Any help, advice or suggestions appreciated, I am already aware of tonymacx86 and been reading their epic multibeast and clover install tales for weeks, as well as going through all of the 'best laptop for hackintosh' lists from a year or two ago, but haven't done a build of my own yet.
Thanks in advance.
(Of course none of this would be necessary if Apple agreed to license their OS to someone out there willing to make a proper OS-X compatible 17" 'desktop repacement' machine for professional users on the go. Since they're not doing it themselves, sounds like a no-brainer, but I digress)