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Professional Class Desktop: Dell Precision 670 vs. Apple 2GHz PowerMac

Features Apple Dell Inequalities (any worth noting)
Processor Dual 2GHz G5 Dual Xeon 3.2GHz* * Corrected for equivalency as calculated at . The dual 3.4 GHz Xeon selected originally was a $600 upgrade.  
Operating System Mac OS X 10.3 Windows XP Professional  
Monitor and speakers No monitor Built-in mono speaker No monitor Built-in mono speaker  
Graphics 64MB nVidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 64MB nVidia Quadro NVS 280 The Dell as configured has the bottom-of-the-line Quadro card, but that one is still about $100 more than the GeForce chip that's the cheapest option for the PowerMac.
Hard Drive 160GB Serial ATA, 7200 RPM 160GB Serial ATA, 7200 RPM  
Mouse USB Optical Mouse USB Optical Mouse  
Optical Drive Combo (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) Combo (CD-RW/DVD-ROM)  
Ports Optical audio in/out, 2 Firewire 400 ports 1 Firewire 800 port 3 USB 2.0 ports 2 USB 1.1 ports Digital 5.1 out 2 Firewire 400 ports 8 USB 2.0 ports The Dell has a few more ports and slots for adding internal and external devices, but both systems are pretty generous
Expansion options 2 internal hard drive bays 1 optical drive bay 2 100MHz PCI-X slots 1 133MHz PCI-X slot  3 internal hard drive bays 2 optical drive bays 3 100 MHz PCI-X slots
Support option 3-year extended 3-year extended  
Software options The Powermac comes with the following free software that doesn't have equivalents in Windows XP:
  • iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand),
  • Art Directors Toolkit,
  • GraphicConverter,
  • OmniGraffle,
  • OmniOutliner,
  • QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition,
  • Setup Assistant--Transfer data and settings,
  • Sherlock
McAfee Security Center 15-month subscription  Dell lacks the following software functionality that comes with the Apple system. The retail cost of this software is not huge, but it's probably $200-$300. Also, the software cost of the Dell increases because of the need to purchase antivirus subscription services. 
  • Personal finance
  • Digital photo management
  • Digital video creation and management (Microsoft's MovieMaker app is not equivalent to iMovie!)
  • DVD creation
  • Music creation and editing
  • Games
  • Desktop web services (like Sherlock)
  • Software for migrating applications, documents, and personal settings from your old computer to the new one
  • Other useful functions like those with Omnigraffle and OmniOutliner, which come with the Mac.
Total Cost $2,619 $2,742  
Note: All systems were configured with 512 mb of equal-speed RAM.
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