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MAC or PC? Answered

My brother make videos and we have an iMac, lets just say it is not substantial for his needs.  Now just to get the point across we came up with a fair MAC-Pro, it has an SSD for faster boot and render, then a 1 tb drive for storage, a 4 core cpu, two radion hd whatevers, two monitors and no other special add-ons, price = 6,992.00 USD.  Now we came up with a massive decked out PC based substantially off of Dream Machine 2011.  It has an SSD, an intel i7 3.4 ghz (two more than the mac and 200 dollars less) a 3 tb massive kick ass hard drive which cost less than the one tb, 8 gb of ram for 50 dollars, the mac was well over 300.  The biggest newest graphics card NVIDIA has the 590 costing about 750 dollars.  Two 27" monitors a decked out sound system, a RAT 5 Mouse, a generic keyboard, v8 cpu cooler, fair case from cooler master, 1000w power supply, Blue Ray dual write disk drive thing, and the dream machine mobo.  It came in at 2950 dollars and every price for parts was rounded up to the nearest 5 dollars.

Mac = about 7000
PC   = about 3000

Mac = less storage, less speed, less performance
PC   = KICK ASS

Mac = is it worth it just to do videos
PC  = what is a good PC movie aplication/program

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Computothought

7 years ago

At one time the Apple and MSWindows based computers used a different internal hardware. This was the basis of a rivalry for a long time. Now both systems use exactly the same hardware (for the most part). Same machine just different operating system. By the way, the original meaning of PC stood for personal computer not just a Microsoft based computer. Technically a mac is a pc or personal computer. My own take on PC used by MS means political correctness in that you do not talk about Apple based much less any other based systems.

In any case, since both systems are essentially the same hardware wise, you should look at the software you want to use first and then look at the operating system that supports the software. Use what best applies. Ironically most major software packages are available for both the proprietary systems. I would go with the less expensive one at this point. I will use any operating system if you pay me enough. Apple and Microsoft do not pay me. We use linux and bsd. Android is not linux. We dumped Apple and Microsoft at least five years ago and have not looked back. There is enough open source software out there that a lot of the traditional commercial software is less viable now.

Most user applications are going web based anyway, so the "we vs them" attitude is just not that important any more. We use a lot of cows and used hardware, so we save a bundle when considering new(er) systems. Apple may eventually become more modest with their prices, but I expect that you know what will freeze over first.

Linux and BSD rock!!

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jj.incComputothought

Answer 7 years ago

Ok, thanks for your reply. Yes PC is misused, but it is the best I could do. Software wise, you can't actually buy the mac os like you can win 7. If you do, you have to emulate it and it runs slow. Do you happen to know anything relevant to the question though like what program would be good for videos on a Win7 PC.

Now about linux, you can't actually double click install and all that good stuff you can on a PC or a mac, installations are a lot of work that I would rather not pay an IT person to do. When something goes wrong, you're on your own, your com. doesn't auto send what happened to the company because there isn't one, to get fixed. I got to use linux for all of 30 minutes before it crashed and wouldn't work again. Who would waste time on something like that. May I also say it is slow, lacks good driver support, and doesn't have the programs I use (they are free) for it.

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jj.incComputothought

Answer 7 years ago

I haven't read the whole thing yet, but I did wan't to let you know. I installed linux. Gave it half of my hard-drive space. Now it won't boot and has some registry error thing.

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Computothoughtjj.inc

Answer 7 years ago

?? linux does not have a registry. Only mswindows does. Personally I gave up dual booting a long time ago as there are too many gotchas. (best to try on a test machine first and not a production system). I have not done a dual boot with grub 2, but never had a real problem except after imaging drives where the partition map changed. Now I use virtual machines or cheap boxes when I want multiple operating systems. Both Apple and Microsoft have done everything they can to discourage dual booting to put it nicely. Research your issues on the net and fairly sure you can resolve your issue under normal circumstances. I was a Microsoft system administrator for over ten years. Sometimes people are a bit too hasty in wanting to make Linux a scapegoat. Been there done and been through that.