I like having options as to what I can upgrade and what software I can use.
If you get a Mac you have to use the hardware they give you for the price they state and it is barely upgradeable if at all. If you are lucky, you may be able add one more hard drive and possibly a PCI video card but that's about it. Everthing else is built into the case and can't be removed. Most upgrading must be done using USB external hardware and that's just too damn expensive.
Not to mention, the most basic iMac start over $1000. People can go out and get an eMachine for $0 to $500.
I ain't seen a beating like that since somebody stuck a banana in my pants and turned a monkey loose
If only Apple would see the light, "OPEN STANDARDS"! I can think of many that have come and gone due to their greed, and if Apple is not careful they will meet this fate, almost have many times. Amiga, Commodore, Tandy PC's, IBM PC's like the PC jr, etc... All of these were proprietary systems had no support form the market except a select vendors, and that killed them all. Microsoft gives us what we need, although it is not OPEN. Windows gives us a standard platform to develop against, hardware to engineer within certain guidelines etc... I would happily buy Apple computers if I had choices like I do with my PC, but Apple will remain the choice of uneducated computer people that just need a computer to do grahics, or specific needs. Apple never has been about a computer with All-In-One capability. I for one hate buying computers that cannot be upgraded, this is why I have been building my own for over 4 years, flexibility to do as I wish, not make a fish tank out of it years later.
What benchmarks are you using? A random number generator? I use macs and pcs on a day-to-day basis and I agree that macs clocked at the same megahurtz are a faster, I agree that Macs don't usually need quite so much RAM and HDD. <b><i>However</i></b>, a 733MHz G4 does not beat a 1.5GHz P4 or a 1.2GHz DDR Athlon.
Anyway, that's fine, but I've got a GeForce Ultra and you've got some Rage Pro card (Macs have always had rubbish graphics). Plus, you probably paid the same as a P4 system (Macs are always overpriced).