After 5 years working all my design and photography works on my first and only mac, and it is time for me to upgrade to a new workhorse. But looking at the price I will be paying to buy a Mac over a PC platform really makes me think twice.... an entry level mac workstation easily burns 2000bills+ tax in my pocket. And knowing that this price that I'm paying will definitely depreciate as soon as burnt my 2000bills, not to mention when a new hardware or gimmick comes out... I remembered that I paid 1800+tax for my G4 733 and it already felt so slow when I first used it 5 years ago on my illustrator and photoshop intensive works. I could have easily solved the problem with a better video card, more rams, etc. but at that time, $2K is my max budget... ~_~ For a PC, I can easily cut all the costs by buying the parts according to my specs and budget, and I think it would definitely be at least at the standards of a Mac platform, but at a cheaper price. Remember, remember those days when Mac marketing gurus **** talked intel based systems to sell more macs... but today Mac itself is using an intel chip. So what are they going to sell now? Mac OS and motherboards are better than window based systems? Today how one can differentiate the difference between the performance of a mac system to a PC system when their core engines are the same? Don't tell me that a MAc mother board is better designed or their benchmarks are way better than PC, as all these BS are used all the time against intel when MAc used to use only PowerPC, and on top of that, all these benchmarking could be easily manupilated...and above all they are all marketing BS. So tell me, does it really justifies the extra moolah to buy a Mac over a PC platform?