This could be in the wrong fourm, but I have only expericnes with PowerPC Macs, and alot of you guys have been using them forever. So I need to ask this question. I'll get to it in a Bit. There is a bit of intel mac in this as well. DISCLAIMER: My whole non total dedication to Macs seems to set off a few people here. I LOVE my G5, I’m not dissing Macs in any way. Now, some of you know, from my threads and postings. I am a hardcore PC guy. Right now I'm running a pretty beast of a main machine, I won't go into it's specs. ( I have dumped about 3400 just into the tower alone, thank god for tiger direct, and that might sound like alot, but its paid for itself, if anyone actually cares about specs PM me. its a NICE machine. ). And now I have a couple of really old Macs, and my G5. And I still have my old PC’s from high school, I keep em around. Now here is what I want to know, exactly. What makes a Mac, better than a PC? I know there is personal preference and all that, and I think OSX is an awesome operating system.....but. Going from back in high school, I actually had built a AMD X2 system in high school ( oh, all that over time at the super market lol ). Which had similar performance to a mid range G5 ( this was RIGHT before the Intel switch ). And, we had some G5‘s at school, some of my freinds parents had G5‘s and I knew alot of “ Mac “ people who would go on and on and on about how “ Macs are more stable, more secure, last longer, better deal, built better, blah blah blah blah Windows doesn’t work. “ Now, here is the thing. I always had XP Pro rigs that I built myself in that time period, I used ME and 95 when I was much younger, so I can’t say to much about them. But what I am trying to say is that, in the years that I used XP Pro. I NEVER had Virus Problem, never had stabilty issues, never had slow down issues, so I don’t buy the whole “ Windows Sucks at everything blah blah “, Because I don’t think XP sucked, Vista did. But 7 does not, I think OSX and Windows ( Anything XP and newer ) are both great operating systems. But here’s what it comes to for me. Back in the day, my PC I built with comarable performance to a mid range G5 cost almost 1800 LESS than a G5 would have with the same performance. As today, if I bought a Mac Pro with similar specs to what I’m running now, would run almost 1900 dollars more ( we are talking no monitor with either system of course ) now here me out. My System and a Mac Pro ( depending on the model of course ) Both of them are EXTEREMLY well built ( I built my own, but I used VERY nice components ) Both of them are rock solid stable Both of them are super easy to expand Both of them perform very very very well Both of them are responsive, fast, run quietly and cool. OSX and Windows 7 are both VERY stable, very fast, and very useable OS’s. Both have tons of support. Whats the difference? Just in the tower your looking at a 1800 dollar difference between the PC and the Mac. So in the same sense as my higher end PC rig in Highschool, and the mid range G5‘s back in the day. What Makes Macs so much better than a PC? I’m trying to understand it. I LOVE my Mac, so don't say I'm a hater for a second. But I fail to understand what justify spending almost 2000 dollars more on the same computer at least in terms of performance just to run OSX? Now I am not doubting the build quality/engineering put into a Mac, they are are AWESOME computers. But I just couldn't justify spending that almost 2K more on a Mac pro rather than on a PC I built myself. And before anyone flips out at me for being a " Mac hater ", I wanna say that I bought my G5 because It was a good deal, and I wanted to try out macs that were not OS9 running piles of crap in high school. ANd I love it, its made very well, its pretty quick, and does 95% of all non serious tasks I ask it to, I love mine., hell even when I use my main rig ( I moved the G5 to my regular desk away from the legacy desk, and hooked it up to that router/dvi switch and gave it its own keyboard and mouse ) I love just touching my G5, feeling that wonderful smooth case, and I just love how well its made But why do you guys spend that much just to run a Mac? Maybe I'm missing something.