Originally Posted by steelbom
I just configured a Dell Precision T3500 and compared it against the Mac Pro. The Dell came to $21,54 with a quad-core W3565 3.2GHz, 1 TB HDD and 6GB ECC 1333MHz RAM, which is $350 less than the Mac Pro. Dell's charging $1320 to upgrade from 6GB RAM to 24GB of RAM whereas Apple is charging $975 to go to 32GB. Dell's charging $290 for a 1 TB HDD and Apple's charging $300. Apple's charging $500 to upgrade the CPU to a 3.33GHz six-core and Dell's charging $390 for a 3.2GHz six-core or $1220 for a 3.46GHz six-core.
Dell being a blatant rip off doesn't mean Apple is not.
Anyway, even if you need a pre-built, or even a Mac, it's always in your best interest to include as little memory or storage as possible, then add what you need yourself. It's 15-30 minutes of work that will save you upwards of a thousand dollars.
Originally Posted by tedman
The thing is I have more industry and technical experience that a lot of people on this forum. Also, some of my good friends are fantastic engineers and highly experienced in the IT world. They use Macs, too.
They could still get more for less if they bought something else. Everyone has their tastes though, and most will sacrifice value to fulfill that preference.
I like Fifth Avenue bars, and even though they cost three cents more at the corner store, for 10% less mass/calories, I still buy them over Butterfingers.Edited by Blameless - 6/12/12 at 7:38am