There's always argument that Macs retain value better than PC's, and if you scan Craigslist or eBay this seems fairly obvious. I was curious so I did my own math and I thought the result was interesting, so I thought I'd post it here. My own conclusions are: - The overall depreciation between high-end Mac and a PC is about the same. So long as that's the case you may as well buy the one you enjoy the most. - The Apple hardware quality is tremendously better. - To save the most money buy the lowest-end Mac and use it for a long time. - It is a lot less hassle to sell a Mac. The PC was hard to sell, the Macbook White I had to beat Craigslist people off with a stick. - Applecare is probably not worth it. Debatable of course. Example 1 - Dell XPS 7100: $900 shipped with tax. (6 core AMD processor, 8GB RAM, 2 year warranty) - $400 sale price 18 months later = $500 loss Approx loss is $330/yr Example 2 - Macbook White 2007: $850 new with tax (2 core Intel, 1GB RAM, 1 year warranty) - $275 sale price 60 months later = $575 loss Approx loss is $115/yr Example 3 - Macbook Pro Late 2011: $1870 with mods (Base Quad-core i7) + 16GB RAM + 256GB SSD and DVD relocation kit + 3 year Applecare - $1000 approx sale price 30 months later Approx loss is $348/yr I bought the 2011 MBP for a specific software project and also for personal use, photo and video editing. Not sure if I'll get $1000 in 2.5 years. I plan to keep this one until just before Applecare expires and then get whatever new model is hot at that time. I bought the Dell for a specific software project that ended. As a cost of doing business it was well worth it for me. The machine just rocked and was screaming fast. I had to throw the keyboard and mouse away, they were insultingly poor. The Macbook White was for my wife, it was used and abused a lot and we never had to use Applecare. I upgraded the RAM and HD myself over time with spare parts. If not for the iPad we would probably still have it.