Best bang for the buck: Hackintosh or MacBook Pro?

In need of someone with knowledge of/experience with a hackintosh!

Alright, so in the very near future ill be (finally) upgrading from my stoneage powerbook, and my budget could is around the price of a new 15" MBP with the HD upgrade to 7200rpm ($1799). However, I've just recenty started looking into the Hackintosh concept, but with very little knowledge PC hardware.
So my questions are: what is the reliabilty of a Hackintosh being used with Ableton, would I be better off in price/performance building a Hackintosh, and if anyone could suggest the best hardware for my price range?
Also, here are the specs of the MBP to compare with:

15-inch: 2.0 GHz2.0
GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
4GB 1333MHz
500GB 7200-rpm1
Intel HD Graphics 3000
AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5



RationedRot 7 years ago | 0 comments

8 answers

  • thecampbell
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    Get a 13" MBP (better quality hardware than a hack) and then get a larger Dell external monitor for like $80. Use the Dell in the studio, and the tiny, portable laptop while performing.

    Hackintoshes are at best buggy and most likely high maintenance. Unless you want to spend all your time troubleshooting, get a Mac. Or if you're very knowledgeable about computers, the way the parts work together, how an operating system integrates with the hardware — you should be able to manage a Hackintosh. But do you really want to?

    7 years ago | 1 comment
  • Warrior Bob
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    I've seen friends do the "hackintosh" thing. Some of them have done really well, and some of them ended up with buggy, unstable messes. I have no idea what the differentiating feature is.

    If you're getting this computer for music, then you're basically buying an instrument, so approach it with the same mentality. Yes, you can do better with price/performance with a cheaper instrument, but it's fairly rare to get a really rock-solid high-end one without putting out a lot of money.

    When faced with a similar situation I ended up going with last year's Macbook pro. It was really expensive but it's been a fantastic workhorse computer and I use Live on it almost every day. 

    7 years ago | 0 comments
  • kinny Ableton staff
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    2 votes

    I don't know anything about the Hackintosh thing but I guess, you wanne make music instead of building your custom hardware and hacking an OS on it that is not really made for.

    If your don't have a flatscreen already, I suggest a 27-inch: 2.7GHz Quadcore iMac. You will save so much time and have so much fun with it. And the screen is simply awesome, especially for Live.

    But if you get your Hackintosh up and running, Live will work too.

    7 years ago | 0 comments
  • recordbreaka
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    Get a Macbook pro 13in for the 2 6gig Sata interfaces with 2 6gig ssd'd in Raid 0 & as much ram as humanly possible and that would be 16gigs but 8gig should do with the raid.


    7 years ago | 0 comments
  • stoersignal
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    i got both, the newest macBookPro and a custom hackintosh!

    i needed 2 days for building the hackintosh, that means really 18 hours a day, but now its running better than i could imagine, fast and stable!

    my setup : i7 4x2.8ghz (overclocked up to 3.8 ghz)

                    12Gb Ram

                    gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (rev 2.0)

                    ATI Radeon HD5770

    it never crashed, and i never reached the limit!

    so for production i use my hackintosh and for live performance i take my mbp



    6 years ago | 0 comments
  • risome1
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    MBP allways check the refurbished page on the apple store to save some money

    6 years ago | 0 comments
  • d_cooper
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    I use a macbook pro for live performances and a hackintosh in the studio (studio... actually its a corner of my bedroom)!

    took about two days to setup the hackintosh, workes like a charm! never had any crashes and is fast as hell. did not know anything about computers or hacking, look at the guide, its really good.

    if you want to do live performances however, i would really recommend a proper macbook.

    6 years ago | 0 comments
  • JonCD
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    This is no pc territory with a Mac you gotta stay a Mac hackintosh is just that a hack, best is to use a middle of the line or bottom of the line Mac pro and add additional off apple site memory and switch the hard drive to a SSD drive if u can afford one! U can still hook a 10000 rpm WD drive in your new Mac that is where the hack should stop!

    Good luck but don't waste your precious money on hacks!

    6 years ago | 0 comments

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