Seeking Advice: 17" Windows Notebook
I'm a longtime Mac user; I used to use Logic, now use Ableton -- mostly for practicing with drum plugins, but also for messing around with plugin synths and rhythms.
My 5 year-old 17" Macbook Pro is about to give up the ghost.
My lousy eyes really need a 17" display, but Apple doesn't make MBP's that big anymore. The Apple store wants $2,000 for a refurb! Even the 15" ones are a major investment.
So with trepidation, I'm exploring the Windows side.
What minimum specs would I want in a 17" PC laptop for music?
On PCs, does the built-in sound depend on the video card? (I have a decent D/A interface, but would be doing a lot of listening/manipulating with headphones directly into the 'puter.)
What should I expect to pay, about?
Any particular good deals going now?
(I'm in Canada, but can get most brands.)
Are most DAWs and plugins ready for Windows 8? Or am I wise to opt for 7?
Thanks in advance for any tips!