$3000 for $2000 worth of hardware
I just went on Apple's Website to look at the prices of the new G5 Macs. US$3000.00 is a lot for about $2000.00 worth of computer equipment. I went to www.pricewatch.com looked up hardware prices to make a comparable dual chip AMD Athlon 2800MP System. Here is the prices that I came up with. Mid-Tower ATX Case $100.00, 1.44 Floppy $20.00, DVD-R/RW Drive $250.00, Mainboard w/2 2800MP $800.00, 2 512MB PC2100 DDR ECC REG $200.00, ATI Radeon 9600 Pro Ultra 128mb DDR $200.00, SATA Controller $50.00, 56k Modem $10.00, 2 120gb SATA Harddrives $250.00, Keyboard/Mouse $30.00 for the OS I would run Redhat Linux and it's free. The computer that I listed above would toast a new G5 Mac. Last weekend I bought 512MB DDR400 PC3200 for $60.00 at Fry's Electronics. AMD doesn't have any MP Proccessors that are up to 400Mhz bus speeds yet. In the hardware prices Apple is cornholeing their users. At least Apple is doing something right using a unix based operating system.