I have been using a hackintosh for the past three years and it has been really great. However, when it comes to upgrade and achieve full functionality - like sleeping, iMessage etc to work, it is tricky. There will be lots of downtime and stress. Also, in my experience the community is dwindling. These days when I post on tonymac86.com I barely get any replies. I used to get a ton, perhaps the community has moved elsewhere but I dont' really understand the other forums to be honest. In essence, I recommend that anyone going the hackintosh route these days be somebody that is passionate about computing, not somebody looking to save a ton on their next machine. Are you excited about the thought of building a machine, are you excited to learn how to tweak it and look for drivers etc and hack the machine to get it work? If that terrifies you then I recommend avoiding it. If you are up for the challenge then consider it, if you geniunely excited then go for it. But read up - you can't just buy a Dell and make it run OS X, but I expect you know that. That's my two cents. It's also a note to self as, I am still on the fence about the next machine, I'm not sure I will go the hack route again, but I just might.