Linked by Universal Mind on Fri 6th Aug 2010 16:16 UTC
Apple The "Macs are too expensive" argument is one of the most tiresome and long-lived flamewars in internet history. Obviously, Apple makes a premium product and charges premium prices, and you can always find a computer from another vendor that seems to match or exceed specs that costs less. But if you look at Apple's Mac Pro line, and compare it not so much to other vendors, but to the past lineup of Mac Pros, you discover some very unpleasant truths that help explain why Apple is enjoying record earnings for their Mac line, but doing so to the detriment of some its most loyal and valuable customers.
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it's not a matter that Apple is more expensive, as I've proven is not the case, it's that the OP had a requirement that no Apple product, let alone, other manufacturers met, hence, so he built his own. Thats not Apple's fault, again, that's on fallacy on the OP's part.

Well, that's not entirely correct. I could have bought something from Dell, HP, etc. but I wanted complete control over hardware components for the sake of better compatibility. I probably could have made these work with additional effort, but the cost difference was small (see below) so I didn't go that route.

Just now, I priced an HP Elite HPE-380t at $1100 that has a Core i7 processor, 9 GB of RAM (at 1066 MHz however) and an ATI 5450 graphics card. It's a little slower and a little pricier than my build, but it's already put together. If Apple had something like this, I'd have bought it. As I said before, I would have paid a reasonable premium over this amount to get the Mac Pro case, standard wireless, official support etc. Other OEM's make a < $2500 Core i7 tower (and not by an insignificant margin), but Apple does not.

I like Apple hardware (and obviously OS X) but right now the Mac Pro line does not make much sense for me.

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jackeebleu Member since:

You realize that Corei7 doth not a Xeon equal (yes, I used my Yoda voice)

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LobalSurgery Member since:

You are correct, there is currently about a $25 difference between the Xeon W3530 (used in the base model Mac Pro) and the Core i7 930.

In addition to price, these two processors are very similar both in design and overall performance. Take your pick ;)

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