Take care of your equipment and it'll take care of you.
If it's well-built, it will work, and it'll work very well. No need to spend all that money (if you can't afford to) on a pointless hype-train. I'll let you explain to me why I have yet to have a single issue with Serato in Windows 7 (an OS my laptop doesn't even officially support), 8.1 and Windows 10 but I've seen everything from audio issues to El Capitan issues to Macbooks straight shitting themselves in only a year of being an active DJ (and considering how Retinas aren't exactly user-repairable, those are stupid expensive repairs out of warranty). If not, spend your money wisely and do some research.
Aka Trap Believe it or not my expertise and preference is windows so I actually wish you were right. The screens come from Samsung or LG, the logic board is a custom one from Intel. If anything the only thing they make themselves is the aluminum shell and the OS, which is just a closed-source, heavily-modified version of UNIX.
It doesn't matter which you pick so long as you choose from a quality brand and a quality reseller.
Ironically, I've had less issues with my HP Omen than other DJ friends have had with their Macbooks (never had Serato or Traktor crash during a set *knock on wood*).
I know Traktor supported Windows 10 very well when it was released, but certain hardware (my old 4Trak) didn't until months later.
The screens come from Samsung or LG, the logic board is a custom one from Intel. If anything the only thing they make themselves is the aluminum shell and the OS, which is just a closed-source, heavily-modified version of UNIX.
I recommend you be patient wait and save until you can afford a used 2012 Mac Book Pro or better.
What's your budget, maybe we can assist you finding a good mac ?
Windows can work great but unfortunately it's a gamble sometimes.
My personal advise is never gamble when finances are tight and always go with the guaranteed option which is always mac in regards to Serato.
Money is tight in that I still have to buy speakers and lighting.