I hate how people say that The Mac Pro is cheap compared to a similar Windows PC. People keep saying, : "Hey, i built an equivalent computer for 2000$". No, no you did not. Then i ask for the specs and they say "4 core i7". And they say some mediocre graphic card. Computer power is not measured in what games it can run. These computers usually don't have PCie SSD s, USB 3.0, Intel Xeon 12 core or Graphics Cards as good. See here: The maxed out Mac Pro costs 9600$, And that's certainly not cheap, but building an ALMOST equivalent Windows PC costs 11,500$. From a webpages called "Extremetech.com" / 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2697 V2 CPU ($2750), two AMD FirePro W9000 graphics cards ($3,400 each), Asus Rampage IV Gene micro ATX motherboard ($280), Silverstone FT03 and Strider 850W PSU ($360), 32GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM ($360), and two 512GB Samsung 840 Pro SSDs ($450 each). Plus a windows 8 copy. That is 11,500$ Despite costing $2,000 more than the Mac Pro, the DIY PC isn’t even as good: It has 32GB of RAM instead of 64GB, and the PC doesn’t have Thunderbolt support. The Silverstone case, though similarly shaped, is still much larger than the cylindrical Mac Pro. Futurelooks also took a look at the entry-level Mac Pro ($3,000) and found that it was impossible to build a comparable DIY PC ($4,000). /end So for the absolute professionals, a Mac Pro is cheaper.