How much would a similar speced PC cost compared to an iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AnimaLeo, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. AnimaLeo macrumors 6502

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    I'm wondering how much price difference there actually is between iMacs and Dells or whatever?

    Say for example: the top end i5 (21.5 inch) (without the ram upgrade, I'd do that myself.)
     
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Probably about the same, or just a little bit more. This is because the monitor that Apple uses in the iMac is an IPS display, which tend to cost an arm and a leg. If you were to get a normal, $100 monitor, a comparable Dell would cost a few hundred less.

    You're also paying for the iMac form factor.

    EDIT: I got $1500 for a Dell with a blu-ray drive, 2.1 speaker system, backlit keyboard, a better video card, and the same i5. For $150 more, you can get a touch-screen LCD. The Apple came out to $1700, without the above features.
     
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  4. excommie macrumors regular

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    I wondered the same thing. Recently I tried pricing out few components.

    Cheapest 27 inch IPS display that I could find is $1099.00

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...4&cs=19&c=us&l=en&dgc=SS&cid=27530&lid=627063

    Core i5 CPU, 2.8 Ghz is $209.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

    Asus MB is $129.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131404

    1TB Hard drive, western digital caviar black - $87.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...n_digital_caviar_black-_-22-136-284-_-Product


    Memory, 4GB about $100.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

    DVD drive, about a $30.

    Case, anything decent is about $150.

    Add about $100.00 for shipping, but will not count in total since you might find some deals avoiding shipping

    Total (still excludes keyboard, mouse, OS, wifi) = 1804.

    Things look different if you get a cheap monitor, but having used IPS displays for the past few years, going back to a cheap TN display is not an option.

    Therefore, iMac 27 inch is a good value in my opinion.
     
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    You forgot GPU which is another 140 buck for ATI 5750. Also, you forgot the PSU which is again, another ~70$ or so.
     
  6. excommie macrumors regular

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    you're right. So whoever came up with a phrase "apple tax", must live in a place where tax rate is negative.
     
  7. AnimaLeo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Holy crap, that's awesome. Thanks for the info guys. =)
     
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