And a couple of days later, I still can't come up with a good answer. I thought I'd take it to the pro's.
I've always built my own PCs, but I've been putting off upgrading because I absolutely hate Windows 8. With Windows 9 right around the corner, there are some promises of better functionality... but what if I don't like what they've done with Windows 9?
I don't really game, so when I'm on my computer it's pretty much to use the Adobe suite.
Lightroom and Photoshop (this will be my main use once I'm done with school in 9 months)
Illustrator, Flash, and After Effects also take up a good chunk of my time and I'm working on authoring an e-book with lots of video content. The computer I have is way too slow, though.
So, learning curve from Windows to Mac aside.... can someone give me some other pros and cons? I'm looking at spending about $3-4k on a system and I'm leaning toward a Mac pro and 27 inch display if I go the Mac route. Given the amount of video editing I'm doing, I like the look of the $4k Mac pro, but the $3k version with just 4gb of video memory may be enough.
From building my own PC on PCPartPicker.com, it looks like the difference between a comparable PC and Mac is about $1000, but I'm not sure if that's accurate OR if it's enough to dissuade me from a Mac if the functionality is going to be better. Hard to put a price on that.