mbellot wrote in post #13473844
Switch to a PC and you'll only need to find $1k to get a phenomenal system.
I upgraded a seven year old system this summer. Went from a Dell SC400 (P4, 2.4GHz, 3GB ram) to a Dell XPS8300 (i7, 3.4GHz, 12GB ram) for $999 thanks to CostCo.
The only regret I have is moving from Win2k to Win7, but I'm getting used to it.
To be honest, I went to the Dell website and did an apple to apple comparison with Apple (didn't even notice the pun until the third time I typed Apple). The cost is about the same. Here's why:
The dell doesn't come with a monitor and a 27" monitor on par with the Apple one is close to a grand. Also, Apples come with all the software you need whereas I would have to buy Office etc. with the Dell. (I already have all of the Apple stuff - Aperture, Photoshop Elements, Office, etc. etc.)