Mac vs PC: A Price Comparison

wolfcrow by Sareesh Sudhakaran

I’ve always heard an Apple computer (Mac) is more expensive than a PC. I needed a general computer for my new office and decided to test this ‘fact’ for myself. The options I had were:

  • Custom-built (semi-DIY) PC with a 27? monitor
  • iMac 27?
  • HP All-in-one Workstation Z1

  • What did I want to run? Here are the more important apps:

  • MS Office
  • Adobe CC (as a backup to my main system build, which I’ve detailed in Computer for Video Editing)
  • Resolve Lite (backup)
  • FCP-X and Compresser

  • This article is a Mac vs PC vs HP Z1 price comparison. I’ll look at a few major features along the way, but will not go in-depth. I’ve left out high-end workstations because I’ve covered that in Computer for Video Editing.

    I’ll be comparing both the i5 and i7 versions. Let the games begin.

    Comparing the 27? i5 iMac vs an i5 PC

    Unfortunately, in India, where I live, you can’t get an iMac greater than the following specs:

  • i5 Quad Core
  • 8 GB RAM (Upgradable)
  • Nvidia GTX 675MX
  • 1 TB 7,200 rpm platter drive

  • This isn’t a huge deal (the i5, that is). I already have an HTPC at home with similar specs. A nice comparison is in order.

    Note regarding pricing: Pricing might be inaccurate. Please check your local prices. I’ve used Newegg and Apple for prices in USD. In this comparison, I’ve also listed the actual price as it cost me in India.


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