I'm in the market for a desktop PC, and since I'm a hardened Mac user, I decided to look into the Mac pro (I use a macpro at work that runs ridiculously fast, so I'd like to have one for personal use) At $2899CDN, I get a quad core CPU at 2.66ghz, 3 gig ram, 640gb harddrive and an nVidia GT120. Doesn't come with a screen It seems a bit too much, so I decided to check up what PC users are paying for the same budget (~4000) At NCIX.com, you won't believe how behind the Mac Pro is: Core i7 2.93ghz 12gbs of DDR3 ram Best Motherboard (it's got a featurelist longer than my thesis) nVidia GTX 480 1.5gb GDDR3 Intel 40gb SSD (for OS installation) 2x WD Caviar 2TB Antec P183 case (arguable as good as the Mac Pro's case) I also threw in some low noise high performance fans for the CPU (Xigmatek's massive 120mm fan for CPU is nearly silent) to match the Mac Pro's silent operation. The price in total came down to $2451CDN That's a nearly 500 premium over the best PC desktop money can buy. How can people stand by and let Apple screw you like this? In short, for 500CDN LESS, I can get a Core i7 2.93ghz > Xeon 2.66ghz 12gb of DDR3 ram vastly > 4gb DDR3 ram nVidia GTX480 vastly > nvidia GT120 4tb of HDD > 640gb of HDD 40gb of SSD > * This must be a joke that Apple thinks it can charge nearly ~3000 on a computer that people can buy for half price. In fact, I may be even over stating it so I went a head a configured a similar desktop PC just to see what's going on with the Mac Pros: Core i5 2.66ghz ~ Xeon 2.66ghz 4gb of ram > 3gb of ram (seriously Apple?) nVidia GT220 > nVidia GT120 (they no longer sell 120's) 640gb WD HDD Same Antec Professional 185 (The most expensive PC Case money can buy) Corsair 750W Guess how much the price came down to. I was pretty shocked. $956CDN That's right folks. Anyone who is seriously thinking of buying a Mac Pro is either too rich or too ignorant. There is no real difference between a 2.66ghz Xeon processor over a Core i5 2.66ghz. It's only Intel's way to extort more money over business owners who want "security over savings". Please name me a few cases where the retail version of the CPU is vastly inferior to the "server" version that it necessitates a near $800 premium for the same performance. I'm really shocked by the fact that Apple continues to screw people over in this area, charging a ridiculous $1800 premium for their desktop computers for absolutely no reason. There is no way you can realistically convince me that the OS or the case is worth nearly $2000. Considering that the Mac Pro is all about performance, it certainly fails to add anything in this department. Using an aging processor, with an obsolete graphics card, a pitiful amount of ram and literally a sad amount of storage. With their focus shifting to limited portable devices with crude input and usage modes, I fear that Apple may fall into the consumer market completely and forget its roots as a company that made great products for professionals and production designers, and not a company made for gimmicks and touch screens. Guess the only thing to look at now is the iMac.