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> Citations, links, proof, anything beyond "I can do this, trust me,
> it has to be true".
* Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 Ghz with motherboard
* 4 Gb RAM (four times what the Mac Pro has)
* 500 Gb SATA hard disk (double the hard disk space of the Mac Pro)
* nvidia GEForce 8800GTS 640MB (far superior to the 7300 GT that the Mac Pro comes with, as well as more than double the video RAM.
* Dual 20x DVD-RW drives (The Mac Pro only comes with one. And it is only 16x)
* Antec Sonata III case with 500 Watt power supply
Total cost? $1252.40 USD
That's right around HALF of what the Mac Pro costs.. (The Mac Pro is $2499 USD) And the system I just speced out for you is vastly superior to the Mac Pro. Although the processor is slightly slower (2.4 Ghz, as opposed to 2.66 Ghz. An insignificant difference), the extra specs of this system more than make up for it. The system I speced out has 4 times the RAM, double the hard disk space, a far superior video card both in terms of speed, and the fact that it has over double the video RAM of the Mac Pro. And you get two DVD-RW drives, which are faster than the one that comes with the Mac Pro.
PC hardware prices have plumetted since Apple came out with the Mac Pro. But Apple has not lowered their prices.
btw, the system I speced out is one I put together at www.mwave.com. I have bought a lot of stuff from them, and am very happy with their service.
As I said, and have now proven. Apple can't even compete in the high end market. They can't even come close. Edited 2007-08-04 00:04
> Um… that's not a high-end Mac Pro—that's pretty low-spec for a
> Mac Pro, in fact.
Even the base Mac Pro is considered a high end machine by Apple standards. But ok. You want me to load it up so that it has specs somewhat equivalent to the system I speced out? The situation is only going to get worse though.
The price of the Mac Pro is now $5,075... Now it's over 4x more expensive than the system I built. For roughly the same level of capability.
I configured a machine at newegg with pretty much the same specs as the base Mac Pro at newegg and it costs roughly $1900. So the Mac Pro is about $600 more. More expensive indeed but not twice the price.
And not having to build and configure the machine yourself can be worth $2-300.
Actually, I forgot the second CPU and the GPU. So the same configuration as the base Mac Pro on newegg adds up to $2700. Which makes the Mac Pro cheaper than building your own.
However, there's no doubt that you can build a cheaper machine using different hardware especially if you buy cheaper CPU's. But you have to compare the prices with equal hardware.