Yeah every part on that list has been superceded at least twice now. It's still a good system, though - there have been a few threads like this recently and all of the computers have been better than the PC that I use every day!
Hey, I'd love to. But a Sempron @ 2.2ghz (the overclock was just for fun, rather than any useful performance gain) running as a host for my many hard drives does the job and will continue to do so for a good while I'm sure.
If I want to use Windows, I use Parallels! That PC barely sees 20 mins of use a day.
i can include all of the needed drivers on a disk, right now its running OSX86, i plan to wipe the hd ahead of time, i do agree with mesa over the whole mac thing, the actual reason I'm selling it is to get a mac mini, but no one has told me what they think the value is.
I'm looking at it from the perspective of an engineer who uses WinXP/Linux as his OS, along with MatLab and some CAD tools for work, as well as several standard C/C++ compliers modified to work for a few embedded systems as target platform. I also game occasionnaly on my WinXP. A MAC would not offer me such flexibility.
But I'd be interested to know about the cases where a MAC does make sense, and justify its price premium. So go ahead by all means.
Well the 'what good is a Macintosh anyway' thread has been done to death, and you don't sound like you want to be convinced of anything so I shan't bother listing how a Macintosh benifits my industry.
But I will point out that there isn't actually a price premium - I costed my Mini up against a similar PC before I bought it and it was only about £20 more, plus had all the advantages - running Mac OS and Windows (with Parallels or Boot Camp), small, and completely silent. And at the high end, I've read quite a few articles from PC sites which were surpised that the Mac Pro was in fact cheaper than an equiv. Dell.
I wouldn't say I'm an 'elitist', but I do think Macs are the better choice for most people right now. Of course gamers and people in certain CAD jobs or whatever will need a PC instead, but a better computer for browsing the internet, IM, MS Word, listening to music and digital camera organisation you will not find. So pretty much every home user who buys a Dell would be better off with a Mini or an iMac.
Not the point, really...this was my attempt at a 'lets not go there' post, which apparently gave a guided tour of where 'there' is. But yeah, let's not.
Oh and people, please PM the mods and get us a Macintosh forum.