This load of "Mac is better" is really a bunch of c.... Apple does not manufacture one iota of hardware here, everything is made on the same land of 99% of all PCs: China.
And yes, a Mac is a PC. It would be even if it couldn't run Windows; if it's small, cheap enough and useable for the average person, well, that's plenty PC for me.
Apple hardware DOES fail much more than the Jobs cult followers would admit. I too had a Superdrive gone bye-bye, with under 100 DVDs burned. Never had that kind of trouble with a OEM drive, which I have by the hundreds, since I work as a Tech Support at an University.
I have had a Mac for over 3 years now, and I would not recommend it to any reasonable person. If you are the kind of guy who likes to go to the barber shop with a Rolls-Royce, get one. Me, I am pretty well served with my Mercedes. Got it?