Ok I've been a PC user all my life. I learned Windows 3.11 when I was 6 and went from there. I've used macs at school from time to time and my graphic desighner friend raves about them. I just upgraded my pc and now know that I'd need another 400 or so just to get it to this latest generation. The thing is except for the HDDs and Optical drives this upgrade was practically a whole new PC. I bought the parts individually and assembled them myself. My same computer probably would have cost about another 300 dollars if I bought it pre made. Is it cheaper or more cost effective to get a mac piece by piece? I could use a mac pro but I can't afford it's starting price. Same with the imac andf I outright refuse to pay 600 for a mac mini. I know I can buy off ebay but I'd rather not. I'm trying to be polite here, but the truth is I'm looking for value and I don't see it on apples website are there some other vendors that can help me?