Originally Posted by hillstones
NIce job. Put him in his place. What a moron, finding a PC that is ON SALE! Regular price, $1400. And the other one doesn't even have a monitor. Great comparison. Just proves what a genius he really is. But that is your typical PC shopper. I am sure both those computers run Vista really well too.
Um... it is not so simple. at least not here in New Zealand.
I just did a bit "stronger" scenario. I started with 24" iMac with following specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO 256MB graphics card
24 monitorPrice: NZ$2799 (roughly US$1400)
I compared it with following PC:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz
WD 500GB SATA HDD
CRUCIAL DDR2 4GB PC2 6400 DUAL CHANNEL 2x2GB
ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB graphics card
Asustek P5Q, Intel P45, DDR2. ATX motherboard
Thermaltake W0103 Toughpower 600W ATX Power Supply
Gigabyte Triton Black MidTower ATX Chassis
LG GH20NS10 20X SATA DVD Writer
Viewsonic VX2433WM 23.6" 1920x1080 2ms Hdmi monitor
Logitech Cordless Desktop LX710 kbd + mousePrice: NZ$1977 (roughly US$989)
No software with PC, mind you, and if you don't want to build it yourself, fine - most shops will build it for you free of charge if you get all parts in the same shop, but price will go a bit higher (as no shop has best prices for everything). If you have it built in the shop, you can also get OEM Windows cheap.
Still. That is one very solid configuration without weak spots... by lowering specs to match those of Mac (2GB RAM, slower graphics, smaller HDD, slower dual core CPU) without compromising components quality, you can get robust PC made of solid components for not far from half the price of equally specified Mac. And if you really want to go down that path, you can save even more by choosing generic kbd and mouse, case and power supply, mATX motherboard - just to mention few.
To my opinion it is big difference, specially considering that hardware is basically same brand wise (Intel, ATI...) and I don't expect to find better quality parts in Mac. Design, check... but it is not worth that much; not for me, at least.
I hope US price difference is more reasonable, but here in NZ...
On the other side, 13" MacBook (previous generation with Intel graphics) was - for some time at least - offered for NZ$1800 (US$900), and was not more expensive at all compared to 13" Lenovo, HP, Toshiba laptops. True, others were a bit higher with specs (more RAM, bigger HDDs etc) but were worst in battery life and, arguably, didn't look that good. Now... that was really good offer and almost got me getting MacBook. But desktops... nah.
If you have any doubts, you can check pricespy.co.nz and, of course, apple.co.nz.