Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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Christmas computer shopping #1: Desktop system

Yes, it's that time of the year. You know, where you start wondering about buying your inlaws a new computer to replace that iMac you bought them back in 1998. That original Bondi blue iMac that's been sucking wind since at least 1999, and which will never, ever have enough horsepower to run OS X. Being the curious type, you find yourself wondering how the new iMac compares to a modern PC pricewise...

Desktop system



  Dell Dimension 4700 Apple iMac G5
Processor 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 with hyperthreading 1.6 GHz PowerPC G5
Cache 512 KB on-chip 512 KB on-chip
System bus speed 800 MHz 533 MHz
Memory 256 MB 256 MB
Type of memory DDR PC3200 SDRAM DDR PC3200 SDRAM
Video card Intel integrated video NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
Video memory Intel integrated video 64 MB
Video bus AGP 8x AGP 8x
Display 17" LCD flat panel 17" LCD flat panel
Resolution 1280 x 1020 [XGA] 1440 x 990 [widescreen]
Hard drive 80 GB 80 GB
Hard drive bus Serial ATA Serial ATA
DVD read 16x 8x
DVD-R [add $55 for 16x dual layer DVD burner] [no dual layer DVD burner available from Apple; 4x DVD burner available for $215 extra]
CD read 48x 32x
CD-R 48x 24x
CD-RW 32x 16x
FireWire - 2 400, 1 800
USB 6 2.0 3 2.0, 2 1.1
Modem - -
Ethernet 100BaseT 100BaseT
Speakers - -
Printer Dell 720 color printer Epson Stylus C86
Software Windows XP Home, some other stuff Mac OS X, iLife, some other stuff
Warranty 2 year parts and labor, onsite service; 2 year phone support 1 year parts and labor; 90 days phone support
Price (inc. tax and shipping
to King County, Washington)
$599 $1414



That's right. The iMac costs 2.36 times as much as the PC. Ouch. That's a lot of money to pay for design [and an admittedly nicer widescreen display]... and don't forget to add $99 for a printer if you need it. [The Dell comes with a free color printer.] [Apple currently has a $99 rebate available if you buy an Epson printer with your new Mac.]

Pricing was accurate as of today, December 2, 2004, and includes Washington state [8.8%] sales taxes.
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