QUOTE (Massacre @ Feb 28 2011, 12:28 AM)
My $600 built-from-scratch PC is better than a $1500 Mac, and so was the $800 PC that it used to be. So technically, for $1400 I got two PC's for less than the cost of a Mac with weaker specs than either of them. Macs might be alright computers, but not at those prices.
And after a pre-made PC died on me, and considering how easy it was to build a new one, I'll never buy a computer again, I'll just build my own, assuming my beloved PC ever dies on me.
Question for you: Did you replace your $600 machine because it died? If so, then you spent the exact same amount on 2 machines that I did for 1. And the reason you did that was because one of them died - after spending $600 on parts, time to build, time to update the bios and every driver and every other thing that Microsoft "forgets" to tell you that you'll need to update to get about 75% productivity out of the machine.
Don't get me wrong - the PC that died during our move was a custom build that I put together for about $900. A little expensive, but when you compare what I spent to build it vs. what a machine (back in 2007) would have cost pre-made, it was a good deal. But it died on me for some reason that I just cannot figure out. So I bought a new one at a great price (and the specs on the Touchsmart are pretty amazing), and it wouldn't work. So I've had it with MS, and went with a Mac.
In essence, I got 1 machine that works at about 95% of optimum for the same price that you paid (parts only - not time or energy) for 2 machines that don't work as well. Now, this is just my opinion as I don't know what problems you may or may not have with your current rigs. But I know I won't have to worry about viruses, spyware, adware, malware, lockups, freezes, rebooting, and generally things not working. And that's what makes the price acceptable - peace of mind. Knowing that when I want to use my machine - no matter what I'm using it for - that it will just work without problem. And that's something you can't put a price tag on.
QUOTE (demon @ Feb 28 2011, 02:58 AM)
QUOTE (Severus Snape @ Feb 28 2011, 01:07 AM)
...to a Mac. That's right - I have finally had enough.
Congrats. I have never owned a Mac and I won't own one anytime soon, but I do not doubt that they are good computers.
Did you never consider getting a PC with another Operating system? I use Windows and I want to try Linux some time. Windows is so bloated and resource hungry. How is Mac OS in comparison?
During the build of my last rig, I tried installing Ubuntu and it wouldn't take. I never figured out why, either. I tried installing it a couple times, and it wouldn't install properly. Very probably it was user error, but I gave up and installed Media Center.
As to how the Mac OS is in comparison to Windows...I can't answer that yet. I've only had it a couple days, so I haven't been able to fully dive into it and see what it's like when you look at resources and management and all that.