Why Do People Buy PC's

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by iMacBookPro, Oct 20, 2012.


What do you prefer, Mac or PC?

Poll closed Nov 4, 2012.
  1. Mac

    35 vote(s)
  2. PC

    18 vote(s)
  1. iMacBookPro macrumors member


    Dec 8, 2011
    Los Angeles, California
    People always buy PC's to play games with. Thats just stupid since Macs do so much better things. It has a nice screan then most PC's. There just better. Once you get a Mac you can never go back to PC, its just not as good. People with PC still feel there better than Macs which is crazy. Apple For LIFE!!!!!! :apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple:
  2. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Help me, what is the question for the poll ? Could you clarify the wording ?

    Do I own Mac ? Do I like Mac ?

    What should I say if I have both ?
  3. iMacBookPro thread starter macrumors member


    Dec 8, 2011
    Los Angeles, California
    what do you prefer? Mac or PC
  4. iDutchman macrumors 6502a

    May 9, 2010
    Amsterdam, NL
    How old are you?
  5. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    I thought that was the question. Mac of course; but open-minded
  6. Sahee, Oct 20, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012

    Sahee macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2012
    The first three sentences are quotes from advertising...
    I buy a PC because I dont want to limit myself on a single company (apple). My desktop (custom build) runs windows 7 and 8 + linux and my laptop windows 8 + linux. I always test several devices and read reviews to get the best of the best... and I have fun while doing this.

    26. October I will replace my Zenbook with the Asus Taichi and maybe I will trade my Iphone for a Windows 8 Phone aswell (Lumia 920 for example)... but I will wait for reviews. The Asus Zenbook has the best Display on the market with a nit of 450 and a dpi of 180, it has a better colour rgb than the retina-macbook... and its matte, that's why I bought it.


    When you buy apple you will need to accept the flaws that many of their devices have, as you have no choice but to buy that device... as there is no counterpart. I would never buy the Macbook-Air right now as it does not support NFC and does not have a tablet mode. The Display-Resolution is outdated aswell. Altough think about how many adapters you need when you carry a macbook... just imagine how much time passed by until apple implented usb 3.0 and hdmi in their devices... and hdmi is retina-version only!
  7. Wardenski macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2012
    Who do people buy PCs?

    Because there is always a choice.
  8. Mdwall macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2012
    Probably several reasons. To name a few:
    1. Larger selection of games and software in general
    2. More familiar with the PC.
    3. Price of entry and I think this is a big reason. When the cheapest Mac is 1000.00 for an 11" screen when a rather nicely equipped PC with a larger screen and arguably better specs can be had for the same or less.

    I game very little on computers as I am a console guy myself but when you can simply pop in a newer more powerful graphics card and RAM to play the newest game at a nice resolution vs. the limited options for a Mac, this creates another hurdle.

    That having been said, I am seriously interested in a MBP partially out of curiosity because of my great satisfaction with both my iPod touch and ipad. But also the demo macs I have played with have a certain "feel" that I haven't ever really gotten from a PC.
  9. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Somebody needs to get out of the house. There's more to life than an Apple love-fest kid.
  10. soloer macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2004
    I am a very large fan of Apple, but this is a fairly ignorant thing for you to say. I have a PC and I use it 99% of the time for games (the other 1% is for using work VPN because their instructions don't work worth a damn for my Mac). Anyway, I have yet to find a game that plays as well on a Mac, be it natively or in bootcamp. I'm sure there are a few out there that I haven't tried, but in my experience, gaming is better FOR ME on a PC.
  11. Ryan1524 macrumors 68000


    Apr 9, 2003
    Canada GTA
    Because it's cheaper. But seriously, who cares what people use.
  12. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    For consumers, but gaming PCs, enterprise grade PCs, and PC workstations tend to cost MORE than Macs, not Less.
  13. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2009
    I don't feel like having a poll asking "Mac or PC" on a Mac forum is productive, but alright then...

    I think a lot of PC people buy PCs because some are really cheap and that's all they need, some buy because they need to run PC specific software, or have a hugely better selection of graphics cards, and some buy for the reason that I buy Macs: I prefer the experience and the look and feel of how it does my computing.

    A very small percentage of Apple haters probably buy everything non Apple they can just to spite the company. I had a friend (yes, we can be friends) that bought a cheap Chinese iPhone knockoff because he felt like it was taking sales away from Apple.
  14. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    It depends what your looking for.

    A mac is a poor choice for large enterprise networks, hence when you don't see them very much.

    Or for me, I have incredibly high hardware requirements, something that Macs can't meet.

    I've always owned Macs, but one thing they were never able to do is replace my high powered PCs for work.
  15. Mr. McMac, Oct 20, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012

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    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    Mac's are no better than PC's hardware wise. As a matter of fact, PC's are much more flexible, easy to repair if there's ever a problem. I can swap out a hard drive in less than 2 minutes. Try doing that on an iMac or a Mac Mini. What if your Power Supply, or any other component goes on an iMac? I'll bet it cost a fortune to replace any part if it's out of warranty.
    That said, it all depends on your needs. I own both. Sometimes I prefer my PC, sometimes my Mac's.

    I forget to mention, I've been building my own PC's since the early 90's. Yes I've own a few Dell's over the years, and believe it of not, they've been dead reliable.
  16. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    A Mac is a personal computer too, is it not? ;)
  17. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    I choose PC because of their flexibility and cheapness compared to Macs. But I do also like Macs.
  18. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    I have one PC left in the house (dedicated OTA-WMC), else I began drinking the Apple cool-aid about 2yrs ago.

    Apple stuff is made very well and has fantastic iter-device connectivity.

    I don't miss tweaking the BIOS or just a general hatred of the Registry.
  19. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I choose PC because I appreciate having next day service if something breaks. With apple, if my MacBook Air breaks I'm without it for a week.

    I choose PC because I don't need to spend almost 2x as much for a lower spec Mac than a Dell.

    I choose PC because I can pick the best product for me.

    Why did you pick PC?
  20. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Having read - closely - the OP's original post, (and winced; my inner grammar fascist and anal retentive spelling nerd had to be gagged with duct tape), the very same question occurred to me.

    That is it; price (which matters in a recession, with salary cuts), versatility, wide availability of user platforms, the fact that Windows machines dominate workplaces and one needs to be familiar with them, and obviously, gaming strike me as the obvious reasons for choosing PCs over Macs. My brother has just bought a Samsung laptop for around a third of what I would pay for a machine from Apple with considerably lower specifications.....

    Personally, I prefer Apple (because of OS, because of warranties that are honoured, because viruses, malware, trojans and spam are so much less of a nuisance on a Mac, and of course, because of the sheer style of the computers Apple makes). However, others make their - rather different - choices for perfectly good reasons.

    Indeed. I agree with you. Completely.
  21. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    I had assumed that most people grew out of this obsessive behaviour after their early teens.

    I've been a Mac user for the past 5 years, but I'm currently building a Windows 8 machine for gaming/work purposes. Going to replace my current Mac lineup with a MacBook in the new year for college, maybe.
  22. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Why does it have to be either or?

    I have both in my house. I prefer Macs but Pcs have their place, in fact on my Mac I often use Vmware as well.

    Its not like you'r choosing a wife, but rather using a tool, I pick the tool that best fits my needs. Now I think OSX has a lot of advantages, though windows 7 is a great OS. I also like how well Macs are designed and built but I opted to build my own PC and it equals the clean design of a Mac Pro.

    The moral of the story, I like both, I use both and there's no wrong answer.
  23. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    We have both in our household. Previously, we only bought windows-based PCs because of the game support. Sure there are games for OSX but not as many as Windows. The games have also been historically cheaper on Windows. So if someone wanted a system purely for gaming, I'd mostly say Windows is the OS to run. If they want a mix of functionality, OSX will give them that, especially with Bootcamp to run Windows.

    Honestly, for a general operating system, I've always preferred Unix but again it depends what I'm doing. I never cared much for Linux but if it wasn't Windows and it wasn't OSX, I'd be looking at a BSD based OS on my system. This would be if I wanted to play very very few games :)

    In terms of laptop hardware, I really like the Macs. I've tried all varieties of higher end PC laptops but never cared too much for anything except the Apple ones.

    My husband mostly uses his computer for games so he only wants to run Windows so his interests would be in Windows-based PCs. I come and go for games and OSX provides me enough of what I need and I have a bootcamp partition if I want something else.
  24. skaertus macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2009
    That same old question again. There's no answer to it. There are several reasons why a person would choose a PC over a Mac and vice-versa. Macs are not better than PCs. They may be better at some things. But there's always personal opinions and preferences here. We could discuss this through eternity.

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