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Mac computers are more popular nowadays than they' ever been. Why is this? it' s common knowledge that they cost more than PCs, so
why are so many people willing to buy them? is it the fact that they come preinstalled with Mac OS? Possibly, but let' s not forget that OSX can
be installed on any other PC (yes, I said OTHER PC; Macs are just personal computers with a brand name). is it purely because of the appear-
ance? I will admit that they look great, but is that worth the extra money? Let' s look through the "Configure your Mac Pro" page from Apple' s
website to present the facts in a fair way. We' ll find out once and for all if Macs are worth what Apple asks for them.
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to that later.
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which is only so less than what Apple chooses to charge. Good on
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Let' s not forget that Mac computers are difficult to upgrade. After you spend three or four thousand dollars on a shiny new Mac,
it' ll be obsolete within a few years, forcing you to repeat the process all over again. Don' t fall for the marketing.. Don' t become one
of Apple' s mindless sheep. And most importantly:
Don' t get a Mac.
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User avatar #3 - petrobrony (02/06/2013) [-]
#4 to #3 - ducewilliams (02/06/2013) [-]
if your on a mac read it, if you know macs suck keep going
if your on a mac read it, if you know macs suck keep going
#2 - anon (02/06/2013) [-]
i wanted to say that this is honestly one of the best break downs of why not to buy an apple i have seen. i would have liked if you would have also compared it to other "top" brands that people flock to such as Alienware ( **** since dell bought them but still) or the like. since apple wants to charge 3000 for the starting model, and alienware starting models are also in that range it would be nice to show how much more you get off of a company like that verus apple over infated self valuing... OH AND APPLES CAN GET A VIRUS. ******* lying bitches
User avatar #25 to #2 - aahrg (02/06/2013) [-]
alienware is pretty **** , but still above apple.

User avatar #28 to #25 - thewhitenigger (02/06/2013) [-]
i am inclined to agree with you but it has done very well in my gaming habits for 3 years now, so for now i will go on trusting it. probably be selling it for a better computer anyway
#23 - klldarkness (02/06/2013) [-]
Decided to go check out the Mac configuration tool.

Maxed everything out on the 15inch retina version.
Total Price: $8600
2.8ghz Quad Core Core I7 Turbo at 3.7ghz
16GB Ram
762GB Flash Drive

No options to adjust Graphics set?!


Computer i built just last month for my birthday present to myself:

AMD Phenom II X4 3.1ghz
16GB Ram
ATI Radeon HD 5650 1GB
Acer 21inch Display

Total Price? $440. The screen cost $145.

I have always been opposed to Apples products. Granted, this is probably PC bias, as an A+, and N+ certified PC technician, my knowledge base is solely PC. But when you consider the price difference between apply, and name brand PC parts, it's ridiculous. For the $8600 spent at Apple, someone could easily purchase a maxed out, top of the line Alienware laptop, if building your own is out of the question.

Just my opinion, though. I just feel that this "Everyone else has a macbook for college, i should get one too" mentality is disgusting. Unless you're going to college for liberal arts, graphic design, or video arts, a macbook is useless to you. Only in those areas do macbooks actually shine. If you're going for anything else, save yourself the money, and buy a comparable gaming laptop. That way you atleast have something to do on the weekends. xD
#41 to #23 - azakiel (02/06/2013) [-]
Not to be an complete asshole (I know i am), but comparing a I7 with a Phenom doesn't really match up.   
Although i agree deeply, the prices does not match up anywhere. People argumenting that the "Retina" display is some of the best you can get, have never seen a good 120hz IPS screen.
Not to be an complete asshole (I know i am), but comparing a I7 with a Phenom doesn't really match up.

Although i agree deeply, the prices does not match up anywhere. People argumenting that the "Retina" display is some of the best you can get, have never seen a good 120hz IPS screen.
#64 to #41 - klldarkness (02/07/2013) [-]
The differences between the Phenom II, and the Core I5/I7 comes down to heat architecture, and the FSB. Unless you plan on overclocking your CPU, the difference between an AMD quad core, and an Intel Quad core (I5/I7) are completely negligible.

In all actuality, over-clocking is a bad idea, unless someone else buys your computer parts for you. Nothing is worse than burning out your CPU every year and a half, and taking out your mobo with it.

When it comes to the Core I5/I7 line, the overclockability is completely worthless. Why drop $400+ on a Quad I7, just to overclock it from 2.8ghz, to 3.5ghz, and stick it to a stock fan, "Because it can remain within the operable temp range"?

It's cheaper to buy a Phenom II x4, at 3.2ghz, (>$98), a water cooler system, ($120), and spend the difference on extra ram, or a better graphics card. With a water cooler, you can overclock the Phenom II x4 to over 4ghz, and it would remain firmly in the middle of operating temperature range.

Believe me on this. It's better to be two years behind when it comes to CPU's. Not only is it much, much, MUCH, cheaper, but with the right setup, you can use the money you saved to upgrade the more important parts of your computer. Save the $300, and buy a better graphics card. The only time i plan on buying day 1 CPU's is if i ever make it rich. Till then, i'd rather save the cash. Haha.
User avatar #66 to #64 - azakiel (02/07/2013) [-]
Because the clock-per-cycle ratio is way higher on the I3/I5/I7 series, thus making them perform a lot better. This is easily seen on newer processors, like Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge.

Even a very highly overclocked Phenom/FX is nothing compared to a 4.4ghz->5.0ghz Sandy bridge, and seeing as sandy bridge doesn't have any heat problems, then i don't se why that hsould be a problem.
#21 - forgottenmyshorts (02/06/2013) [-]
Glorious post OP. Glorious.
#5 - gatodelfuego (02/06/2013) [-]
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User avatar #1 - yunogasaii (02/06/2013) [-]
Did I just read someone seriously getting mad enough to write a whole ******* essay on Macs to make a point proven? FJ should get it by now that Macs are homosexual.
#18 to #1 - taurusguy (02/06/2013) [-]
I am quite this is not made by anyone from FJ, if it is then gj whoever made it, took some time to do it. But since this is FJ i assume its just a repost as always (i know he isnt the OP anyways, just dont know if FJ users made it)
#6 to #1 - IAMDIZZYONFANTA (02/06/2013) [-]
An argument made well is better than just a bunch of dudes saying "yeah, Macs are bad." It's interesting, thought provoking and provides decent ammunition against the hyperconsumerist tidal wave that is Apple.
#46 - skaife (02/06/2013) [-]
I don't get it when people use the "money is no object" argument when trying to justify a mac. If money is no object, go buy a cruise liner; if not, use whats between your ears.
I don't get it when people use the "money is no object" argument when trying to justify a mac. If money is no object, go buy a cruise liner; if not, use whats between your ears.
#12 - pureevil ONLINE (02/06/2013) [-]
Just sayin', did this on my phone earlier.
User avatar #13 to #12 - pureevil ONLINE (02/06/2013) [-]
(Ignore the Internet Explorer xD)
User avatar #14 to #12 - blazekingxxx (02/06/2013) [-]
Buying pre built PC's is stupid
User avatar #15 to #14 - unklebourbon (02/06/2013) [-]
Unless it's a laptop. Then you have no other choice.
#16 to #15 - anon (02/06/2013) [-]
you should look up CyberPower PCs, you can custom build laptops too

and technically you can custom build a laptop, the hard part is finding the casing
#40 to #16 - anon (02/06/2013) [-]
Then make your own!
#43 to #15 - azakiel (02/06/2013) [-]
Buy a Clevo barebone, and add the parts you need/want = Custom built laptop
User avatar #65 to #14 - pureevil ONLINE (02/07/2013) [-]
I never bought it, I built mine myself, but just sayin', you could get a supreme Pc for the same kind of money.
#57 - wardylocks (02/07/2013) [-]
>mfw my friend got a Mac for free and constantly puts me down because I have a Windows laptop
>mfw my friend got a Mac for free and constantly puts me down because I have a Windows laptop
User avatar #27 - erkaperkish (02/06/2013) [-]
Old, but deserves to be posted again and again.
User avatar #54 - alalalalal (02/06/2013) [-]
The price isn't the issue. Apple has free shipping and that makes up for it guise
#62 to #54 - telmerthisisasix (02/07/2013) [-]
The last time I had a computer shipped (full ATX tower, about the same size as a Mac Pro), shipping was about $30 (with generous rounding)...
#33 - GingerCOM (02/06/2013) [-]
If you want a mac   
get one and stop taking orders from other people you confident-less prick.
If you want a mac

get one and stop taking orders from other people you confident-less prick.
User avatar #32 - laclosa (02/06/2013) [-]
i lost it at the radeon part I got a radeon 6 series and it costs about 100 dollars this is just great
#26 - anon (02/06/2013) [-]
He forgot that after two years you can no longer update your computer and will not work with any of the new devices. My friend is having this problem with his older laptop and AppleTV combination. My co-worker also is having problems installing new software as it tells him he needs to upgrade to the new OS but when he tries that it tells him he needs a new computer and that computer is only 2.5 years old.
User avatar #8 - opiethepug (02/06/2013) [-]
>prebuilts in general
#7 - fuckoutthewhey (02/06/2013) [-]
to be honest i got a mac because i thought that it would be easier to use and i would have less headaches. but recently my mac has also started to become annoying to use. the constant soft wear updates are becoming very annoying. i also got an iphone thinking that it would be great but now i cant wait to jump ship again holding out for either Galaxy S4, Moto X phone, or HTC M7
next computer im def building myself. NEWEGG here i come
#42 to #7 - anon (02/06/2013) [-]
Protip from anon: Read a book on how to build a PC before you actually do build it, it will inform you, and save a lot of headaches in the long run.
#17 - anon (02/06/2013) [-]
I just wanted to put in a quick comment here. The Mac Pro (one in the content) is clearly overpriced. In fact, all Apple computers are - with the exception of one.

The MacBook air is a cool device, that isn't all that much more expensive than its non-Apple ultrabook counterparts, like the ASUS Zenbook. The MBA is only marginally cheaper because of the aluminium build, which I've got to admit is nice.

In summary - Mac Pro is overpriced. The rest of Mac desktops are overpriced. MacBook Pros (both 'retina' and not) are overpriced. The basic MBA, however, is expensive - but not ridiculously overpriced.

This is why I've bought an MBA, but have built my own desktop computer at home.
#53 - anon (02/06/2013) [-]
> The Mac Pro is the most overpriced computer in history

And you can't install OS X on -any- PC. Hackintoshes require somewhat specific builds in order to work properly. The only worthwhile Macs are the MacBook Pro/Airs. The iMac is decent if you need a monitor, but it needs improvement. The Mac Pro is incredibly out of date (granted they're apparently refereshing them later this year) and over priced for what it is. Thanks for stating the obvious.
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