I will be getting alot of angry replies from Apple users about this post. It's impossible that Mac people will just respect this as an opinion and let it slide, mark my words. They will question me and insult my intelligence as usual. So it is written, so shall it be done. Mac fanatics are frightening. I think that every new Apple computer comes with a free brainwashing kit. I forsee a day in the near future when slickly dressed men go door to door trying to convert PC users to Mac. I shudder to think what the Jehova's Witnesses in my neighborhood will do if they ever encounter a roving band of Macintosh users. It will be like Westside Story, but with more violence and worse singing. My personal favorite slogan Mac slings about as if its gospel; "It Just works." Well duh. One would hope something that costs $2000 "just works". I can build a PC out of the spare parts in my bedroom in fifteen minutes and it will "just work" too. Good sales pitch. But what is the real appeal here? You may be asking why I've typed all this, but I feel the need to reply to all the Macintosh propaganda I've been seeing, in this forum and others. I use both frequently, and regardless of the Hype I'll stick with the PC that I built myself. A Windows XP running PC too damn it. I use a Mac G4 with OSX alot at school, and they are fine for your average joe user who surfs the web and writes emails. They are also fantastic for graphic design and video editing. They *are* relatively user friendly (to a point), and intuitive (sometimes). Now before I start sounding too much like an Apple fanatic, I must point out - that I do not like them very much. Mac operating systems make me crazy, and they always have. Thats just the way it is. I will tell you with a clear concience that my home PC has crashed exactly 0 times in the past year. "Blue screen of death" as people are so fond of calling it, has NEVER happened on this machine. And as for Apples never fouling up? The fact of the matter is, yes Apples DO crash, and their "it just works" slogan is just a fancy tagline to help their image. I have had major compatibility issues with OS9, and the formatting of certain media that doesnt translate from Mac to PC well on all the Mac's I've used. I have seen BRAND NEW Macs with OSX that will refuse to recognize some of my peripherals until I load the drivers (same as a PC) They are not the infallible godlike creations that some people will lead you to believe. It all depends on what kind of software you are using, what you are using it for, and how your computers are configured. (any serious computer users will probably end up tweaking both Windows AND macOS to suit their needs, as neither one is perfect for everyone) Macs have perhaps half of the programs that are available to PC users, and yes - a few of those are amazing. (Final Cut Pro is a good example) But the fact of the matter still remains, PC's have a much better selection of available software. Also - as a general rule, it's never good to tie yourself down with hardware that is either unable to be upgraded, or prohibitively expensive to do so (that goes with PC's as well). Apples are built with very nice hardware, but the upgradability is almost laughable when compared to a PC. Personally, I'd rather drive the three minutes to a store, (which sells almost no mac parts.) buy a new processor, plug it into my PC, run the driver disk and be done with it. There are almost infinite combinations of hardware available for the PC, and they are readily accessable. Plus, Macs come with annoying mice. You can get better mice, but why should you have to? Single button; how do I hate thee... let me count the ways. I don't ever recall asking anyone to design a GUI navigation system that features a bunch of keyboard hotkeys to be used in conjunction with my mouse, It kind of seems to defeat the purpose of the mouse. I might as well just use the arrow keys and the damn enter button. What drives me nuts is that your selection of Games is limited, unless you want to get a windows emulator (which you can do) - but then whats the point of getting the Mac in the first place? The conclusion to this rambling mess; As far as general use goes - email, web surfing, word processing, business software, you won't notice much difference between PC and Mac. The second you want to do any multimedia editing, you'll wish you had a Mac. The instant you feel nostalgic and want to play Ultimate DOOM with your buddies, you'll wish you had a PC. They are TOOLS people, not religious icons, and they are very different tools at that. Their areas of expertise overlap somewhat, and they both have their positives and negatives. In the most general of terms, PC's are what 90% of the world uses because they are more versatile. They just are. Get over it Apple fans. Until more software companies start writing software and games FOR apple (many games are actually designed on Mac's, but written FOR PC - explain that one to me...), until parts are made non-proprietary and are made by thousands of third party manufacturers, until they start selling me more than style and taglines... I will continue to build my own PC's. And be slave to giant robots.