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Old 08-26-2008, 06:32 PM
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How much more does a high-end Mac cost?

How much more does a high-end Mac cost - ballpark - than similar PC?
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:27 PM
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Re: How much more does a high-end Mac cost?

depends on which pc you get, some of the sony models and most of the "gaming" pcs are quite pricey...
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:49 PM
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Re: How much more does a high-end Mac cost?

Go to apple.com, they have a price configurator that will give you the price for whatever configuration you choose. However, finding a similar configurator from a PC company will be harder. I tried HP and Dell, and there was no way to configure a 1:1 match.

Bottom line is, if saving a buck is your primary goal, get a PC. It's the same with cars and home stereos. If you're comparing BMW and Denon with Ford and Panasonic, your decision has already been made.
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:15 PM
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Re: How much more does a high-end Mac cost?

Thanks - I will research on the Apple site.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:08 AM
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Re: How much more does a high-end Mac cost?

I don't have the link, but the comparisons have been made and as Doug says, it's really hard to draw a 1:1 comparison, but you can come close. The last one I saw put the top of the line iMac up against a similar Dell, and the overall difference was about $100 in favor of the Dell. Since the Dell did not include a built in video camera you could say it was a draw. Another point to remember, Mac OSX comes with the computer, whereas on a PC you'll either get a proprietary OS from HP, Dell etc. or have to spend $200 for XP or Vista.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:35 PM
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Re: How much more does a high-end Mac cost?

You can resell your mac for a good few years and get a good whack for it still. So you need to factor this in when buying - PC's will devalue more as soon as they leave the shelf.There are reasons for this ;-)
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:45 PM
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Re: How much more does a high-end Mac cost?

What Mark says is so true. I upgraded from a 3 1/2 year old G5 dual to a Mac Pro last winter and sold my G3 for $1500. Granted it was pretty tricked out, but I got my new MacPro as a refurb from the Apple Store for $2200. Had 3 people that wanted to buy my G3. I've always managed to get at least half my purchase price back when upgrading.
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Old 08-29-2008, 01:15 PM
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Re: How much more does a high-end Mac cost?

You may pay less for PC hardware up front, but you will "pay for it" every time you use it-! Tech support, virus stuff, slavery to Microsoft, hardware and software incompatibilities, etc. Plus PCs limit you to running Windows and Linux--Macs can run those plus OS-X (which after using, you may just find little need for the others).

Also keep an eye out for special pricing on previous/closeout models (why pay top dollar for current computers/cars/etc.?). For instance, our campus bookstore is currently running an attractive special on 24" iMacs, though you're probably talking about a MacPro tower.
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Re: How much more does a high-end Mac cost?

Wow, sorry, but who the heck would pay 1500 for any G3?? I have one, and it's becoming useless. Can't find ram, it's Firewire, Itunes runs like McCain in the morning after a long night.
For 1500, you could have a sweet little 20 inch IMac that is like 15 times as powerful. And has a future.
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Old 09-01-2008, 12:44 PM
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Re: How much more does a high-end Mac cost?

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Wow, sorry, but who the heck would pay 1500 for any G3?? I have one, and it's becoming useless. Can't find ram, it's Firewire, Itunes runs like McCain in the morning after a long night.
For 1500, you could have a sweet little 20 inch IMac that is like 15 times as powerful. And has a future.
Benny, Someone who needs to still boot OS9 for proprietary software or hardware. It was a G5 not a g3
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