Originally Posted by hmurchison
I'm a bit confused about what you are saying here.
He's just saying that you don't need to buy an extreme Nehalem Xeon system to get a Radeon 4870. The Radeon 4870 is an overall excellent card and it can be bought by itself for only $250 USD. This card at $250 can be used with even a $500 Core 2 PC to deliver excellent gaming performance (Crysis is playable at high resolutions).
So your estimate of the card being $350 means Apple is charging you a premium of up to $100 on the Radeon 4870.
Hope that makes sense.
However as for the Nehalem Xeon, that system is so friggin powerful (16 logical cores) I say Apple has the right to charge whatever the heck it wants.
16 cores. The day has arrived. Wow.