Originally Posted by The Euphor
Originally Posted by ns9
Current AMD offerings are out-performing the G5, and even with the 3.0 dualies coming, PC is once again ahead a step. Pricing a PC using AMD to be equal to or slightly better spec (more RAM for PC, more PCI slots, etc) results in a machine with a price tag just $5 under the current top banana (err- sorry- top Apple). Few more weeks and that miniscule gap will widen.
Are you sure about this? I won't say you are wrong, you might know the MAC vs AMD ratio really good. But from the tests found here
, it seems difficult to set up two similar machines.
Only curious, nothing else.
Posted this on another forum amidst a very heated debate on Mac vs PC as far as the price/power thing is concerned...This was a few weeks ago, prices may have come down slightly, and *better* components for the PC (and maybe Mac) available as well.
With that in mind, lets go shopping!
A true PC geek will shop. A PC girl geek is more dangerous Let's see what we can get!
OK- want those Apple 23's? Cool! Can use em with PC. So price is equal there. Next is the basics: Case, PS and fans:
Chieftec server case minus PS, with clear quick-off side panel- $60
Antec TrueBlue 480 (max geek)- $90
Fans- alot to choose from- Zalman, Papst, Panaflo, etc. Av. $20 ea, need 2, $40
Now onto MB, CPU and mem. Since the G5 has 8G cap, dual cpu- time for some fun
Tyan Thunder K8W, S2885ANRF Dual Opteron/SATA RAID/8X/GB/1394 mboard. AGP8X/PCI-x/Firewire.
We will ignore that it can do up to 16G o' RAM, since the G5 cant do that But, the Mac does have the new firewire800. Then again, the Tyan does have FOUR PCI-X, and one "old" PCI. Both have 8x AGP. Price: $450
Opteron 2G- $750 ea., $1500
RAM- G5 comes with 512, with some places offering up to 1G additional free. Matched price: $400
$2540 so far! Getting close!
Video: ATI 9600: Well, we'll exceed the G5 here again- 9600 Pro 128 (vs G5 64M): $85
SATA 160G 7200rpm (match G5): $120
Win XP Pro: $120
DVD/CD equiv: $85
Keyboard/optical mouse- $40
Mac G5: $2994.98
So, if ya want a system, those two are within $5 of each other.
With PC, on your own Better know what you are doing!
But, case has enough room for a few more drives.
As faster Opterons come out, pop 'em in.
RAM is equal on both sides, but- poor G5- PC can go TWICE as much.
Oh wow- can actually sub an ATI 9200 128M Fanless vid card, and have quieter performance. Original card choosen can always have the fan replaced with fanless system.
Win XP is available in 64-bit version, Mac currently does not offer an equivalent.
Like I said- they are both GREAT machines. It is simply preference, and what your use will be. A commercial recording studio in North America is best served with Macs. Go elsewhere in the world, and this will not always hold true. If one has the time and money, best solution is the same as it has been for years: Buy both!