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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-05 08:31 AM
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PC vs Mac - which should I buy and why?
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I posted a few months ago and got some good comments. But, our now 3 1/2 year old Dell PC is really on its last legs. A friend of ours that knows quite a bit about computers thinks it may be the motherboard, but I don't know if she has all the information. We have backed up all our personal files onto an external hard drive.

Most of the PCs I have had, from IBM, to HP to Dell have lasted about 3-4 years each. The current monitor we have is about 7 years old now, and is also getting on in years.

I would like to get something that will last longer than 3 years or so, but Macs seem to be so expensive compared to a PC, that I am not sure it is worth it. I would prefer not to buy used, as you at least get a warranty with something new.

I can get a very good PC with an LCD monitor for around $1,000. When I went to a local Mac store in the mall, I was looking at well over $2,000 for a similar Mac, not including having to get MS Office. The Mac they have that is just the monitor is pretty cool, but I would also have to buy something extra to play/edit mini DVDs from our DVD camcorder or buy the separate system. Am I way off base in my pricing?

Other than playing & editing the mini DVDs, we primarily use it for internet browsing, email, watching regular DVDs, occasionally using Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and the very occasional PC game.
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