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This is my first post here. I am a late 2013 Macbook Pro user - my laptop is pretty slow in these days and I would like to replace it with a custom hackintosh. The things I am looking for are:

- Full WiFi / BT compatibility (2.4/5GHz 802.11ac, airplay, airdop, handoff, continuity)
- Thunderbolt
- USB type-C
- USB 3.1
- space for AMD RX570 (standard 2 slot size)

I did some research and it seems this mobo (Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac) will be the best
https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITXac/

I am going to use
- i7-7700 3.6 GHz cpu. No water cooling to be used
- NZXT H200i ITX case
- some SSD drive (not m.2)
- some 3.5" HDD drive

My questions are:
- will BT will work after wifi cards swap?
- am I OK with PCI lanes?
- will I be able to use Thunderbolt 3 for display if Radeon GPU would be in place
- I think I am ok with space in this case?
- as this is ITX mobo, there is no place for a mistake here - I will not be able to put some additional WiFi cards or USB controllers as the only one PCI-E slot will be used (however there is still M.2)

I would love to see any suggestions, thank you

EDIT: as i7-7800 and i7-8800 are in the same price form me, I consider to go with z370 chipset
 
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Hi

This is my first post here. I am a late 2013 Macbook Pro user - my laptop is pretty slow in these days and I would like to replace it with a custom hackintosh. The things I am looking for are:

- Full WiFi / BT compatibility (2.4/5GHz 802.11ac, airplay, airdop, handoff, continuity)
- Thunderbolt
- USB type-C
- USB 3.1
- space for AMD RX570 (standard 2 slot size)

I did some research and it seems this mobo (Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac) will be the best
https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITXac/

I am going to use
- i7-7700 3.6 GHz cpu. No water cooling to be used
- NZXT H200i ITX case
- some SSD drive (not m.2)
- some 3.5" HDD drive

My questions are:
- will BT will work after wifi cards swap?
- am I OK with PCI lanes?
- will I be able to use Thunderbolt 3 for display if Radeon GPU would be in place
- I think I am ok with space in this case?
- as this is ITX mobo, there is no place for a mistake here - I will not be able to put some additional WiFi cards or USB controllers as the only one PCI-E slot will be used (however there is still M.2)

I would love to see any suggestions, thank you

EDIT: as i7-7800 and i7-8800 are in the same price form me, I consider to go with z370 chipset

You want to use i7 8700 and Thunderbolt 3? Then the only choice of motherboard (other than getting a Thunderbolt 3 add in card) is this : https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITXac/
 
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