A Little Note For Windows Users...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by prmccarron, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. prmccarron macrumors regular

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    Every Windows user complains about how much Macs cost. Well, look at this:

    MAC:
    21.5 Inch screen
    4 GB RAM
    500 GB HD
    Wireless Mouse and Keyboard
    Total: $1199

    WINDOWS:
    17 Inch screen
    2 GB RAM
    350 GB HD
    Wired mouse and keyboard
    Total: $800
    +RAM Upgrade = $850
    +HD Upgrade = $950
    +Wireless appliances = $1000
    +Virus Protection = $1100
    +Editing Suite = $1500

    Yes, to get a Win comp up to a Mac level it is more expensive. Plus a $800 monitor upgrade.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Specs and prices are like statistics
    You can make them say whatever you want

    The same case can be made for the Windows side
    And so the debate goes back and forth and back and forth

    It is a pointless comparison
    Each individual user just needs to make their own choices based on their needs and their budget
     
  3. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    That's one example, but a comparable Windows laptop to a MBP is much cheaper. I paid <$600 for my Windows laptop. My MBP is $1100. The only thing different is that I don't have DDR3 in the Windows laptop.
     
  4. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Um yeah, you are getting seriously ripped off if your paying 1100 for virus protection.

    I by macs regardless of there price.
     
  5. Maui macrumors 6502a

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    Prices have come down a tad since 1987. :D
     
  6. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

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    I dont think they meant any of that equaled $1000 but rather adding from the previous total.


    but besides still, you dont need to spend that much on virus protection for a Windows PC, get a good Virus detector (AVG is cheap and or free) plus a router firewall and windows firewall is pretty solid.

    you dont need much.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I think it is a running total, not a price for the individual item
     
  8. Maui macrumors 6502a

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    Aw, come on, it's better if it's the other way. :D
     
  9. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    You're getting seriously ripped off if you pay $100 for virus protection.

    Anyway, seems like this was a biased comparison, OP.

    As MacDawg said, you can make the case for either a Mac or PC, it all depends on what you need.
     
  10. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Statistics don't lie, but liars use statistics.
     
  11. prmccarron thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oops, I meant $100.

    No, when I say the = $**** I mean that's the total so far.

    Yes, that's it

    Actually no it's a running total.
     
  12. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Of course Macs are cheap.

    //thick Asian accent

    You go the Apple store and buy a Macbook with warranty and then you use it for two years and say HEY. I want a new Macbook. So you go to ebay and list your Macbook and sell it for $800 and then buy a new laptop

    Be a man - Rusell Peters
     
  13. InfoSecmgr Guest

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    It's what I do...my aluminum unibody Macbook was $150 after I sold my less than 1 year old plastic MB :)
     
  14. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    If it doesn't have DDR3 RAM I don't want it!

    I have to say that this comparison is a bad one. Really bad in fact.

    Like everyone has been saying, the cost comparison is all relative, some may not need virus protection, or a $400 editing suite (which coincidentally brings the price below that of the iMac) or wireless keyboard and mouse.

    Also, is this machine an HP or Dell? Were there any specials going on? Was this a custom built rig? Was this an all-in-one or a full sized tower? Which version of Windows was it running? What editing suite were you adding to it for $400?

    A lot of unknown's there.
     
  15. alcaholic macrumors newbie

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    huh?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...OTC-17exta6-_-Desktop+PC-_-Gateway-_-83113127

    plus the monitor upgrade


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009167

    So 239 for the monitor plus 789 for the computer comes to $1028.

    You must be very bad at using google, because I found these in a mater of 10 minutes, mind you.

    What it offers is a core i5 desktop, 8gb DDR3 ram,a tb hd, a top end graphics card, and a larger monitor. Where as the Imac has a c2d, integrated graphics, a smaller hd, and less ram. I'm not saying I wouldn't take the Imac, because I would. But honestly, you cant really try to defend macs when it comes to under the hood power.

    So before you decide to run your mouth of next time, make sure you do your research.
     
  16. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    OP was trying to get at when you buy a software suite equivalent to iLife and then buy virus software... it gets more expensive.
     
  17. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Lol, who pays $400 for an editing suite. Who buys a wireless card for a desktop? 17 inch monitor is so 1999.

    PC's can play games, Mac can play WoW. Mac guys are the ones pay more, they have to buy windows :D
     
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  19. xAlucard9000x macrumors newbie

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    Not trying to start a fight

    im not a mac hater, i know they are expensive, but i still plan on getting one, but im not a one sided man, i love windows as well ,and even linux, i just love computers, but your prices are wrong. ill show why

    MAC:
    21.5 Inch screen
    4 GB RAM
    500 GB HD
    Wireless Mouse and Keyboard
    Total: $1199

    WINDOWS:
    17 Inch screen - a 22 inch screen is 159
    2 GB RAM - 4gb of fast ddr2 is only like 80 bucks
    350 GB HD - a 1tb sata is 89
    Wired mouse and keyboard - 20 bucks together
    Total: $800
    +RAM Upgrade = $850- LOL WUT
    +HD Upgrade = $950 - LOL WUT
    +Wireless appliances = $1000 - wtf are "wireless appliances? a router is 40 bucks and a wireless card is 20.
    +Virus Protection = $1100 - what virus protection you smoking? avg is free and works fine, and if your not retarded you don't even need an anti virus.
    +Editing Suite = $1500 - again, wtf are you smoking? sony vegas is one of the priciest, and its only 599

    my pc was only 600$
    2.7ghz dual core
    4gb of ddr2 ram
    750gb sata
    ati radeon 4850 gpu
    17 inch lcd
    wireless keyboard mouse.

    why would you go out of your way to make a post about complete *********? again not tryign to fight, just wondering.


    heres and example of a good comparison
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  20. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    Let us know where you are shopping so we can all avoid that place.
     
  21. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Rubbish thread. Since when has an Anti-virus cost $1000? Just get a free one!
     
  22. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Thats the total price not the price of the actual product.

    Total: $800
    +RAM Upgrade ($50) = $850
    +HD Upgrade ($100) = $950

    etc. etc.
     
  23. jciapara macrumors regular

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    Don't know how to read?

    At least read the whole thread and don't make the same mistake as most of the people who have replied, it is not that the virus is 1100, but 100, plus the 1000 that you had spend for the machine, ram, etc, same for the others. Your quote is missing buying the Windows Operation System. And buy wireless, he meant wireless keyboard and mouse.
     
  24. Alvi macrumors 65816

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    I think you're wrong, First of all, you can get an antivirus for macs too, macs can get viruses too, of course less than Macs, but there are some very good free antiviruses for windows like Avira or Avast, Not sure what windows computer you saw but it's pretty expansive.

    As a professional i can totally assure you that Macs are more expansive in the longterm, If that windows machine has a failure, they're way more probabilities to replace a part than on an iMac, the iMac is very affordable, for what you get, but an iMac lasts you 3-4 years, a PC 6 years and you can keep going.... even with that i still prefer macs

    And btw, most of the users that buy macs, would never pay for a video editing program, they just get it, are happy to have it, but you can't compare iMovie with Adobe premiere or sony vegas, iMovie is an amateur editing program compared to those, still the best i know is final cut, and its for mac! yay
     
  25. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    You forgot to add Windows 7, so at least $100 more.
     

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