Originally Posted by drizek
and multitasking performance really isnt an issue. i think that is something taht apple/fanboys blow way out of proportion. i never have any problems multitasking on my amd, even when i use windows.
i'm speaking from my own experience w/ my systems, not from "fanboy" zealotry where "apple must be better no matter what!". short of the dual core solutions AMD chips has basically gotten their butts handed to them in re: to multitasking. prior to the HT P4s it they were likely similar in performance. after, the P4s were much more robust at completing multiple tasks. mind u AMD would come out ahead in "one task at a time" scenarios, but when multiple tasks were compared the AMD chips fell way behind. i believe anandtech was the site i remember seeing the benchmarks at, but a number of sites have started doing multitasking testing. basically, select an operation that will take 100% of your available CPU processes and then try and multitask. email, word, chatting, and listening to music or watching a movie won't give u an idea of what your system can handle. try encoding a DVD to divx at full resolution, and go from there.
u had to go there didn't u?
as u don't seem to be familiar w/ Macs i'll try and give u an idea as to what would need to be in place for the 6000 to be spec'd similarly.
as noted in my pros, discrete graphics. u need to jump up to the ATI x300 to model be in the ballpark.
The base systems start at $1425 w/ discrete graphics. mind u, the base x300 is not a pure discrete solution, but it's better than the intel 900 integrated graphics)
- add $50 to simply have an additional RAM slot open and opt for 1 bank of 512MB. (iBooks have 512MB built in w/ a slot open for upgrades).
- add $89 to a DVD burner to compliment the one in the 14" iBook.
- add $39 for bluetooth.
- add $99 for the 9-cell battery required to get the 5+ hours of battery life the 14" iBook gets.
- add $49 for "help desk" support for 30 days. w/ a Mac u get 90 days of call in support w/ the standard warranty.
- add $59 for MyDVD, DVD creation and editing software, to be similar to iDVD which comes w/the iLife suite in every Mac.
- add $39 for acrobat elements, to give windows the basic PDF creation ability that OS X has built in.
thus far that's $1799 to be similarly spec'd to what u get w/ a 14" iBook. once again, this is before adding the extra RAM and the 100GB hard drive he's interested in. w/ the 100GB drive, add $125. i won't suggest the dell memory upgrade as he's better off doing that from newegg, and it would cost him roughly the same for the iBook as well.
with some of the discounts Dell has, he can likely get it for a bit more than the cost of the stock iBook. the basic iBook u can have for $1175 flat after rebate from amazon, but then he'll have to do this math for himself as he may have paid full retail plus tax from apple.
if the price difference is only $100-200, then he needs to decide what benefits the dell may or may not offer based on a similarly spec'd system. as it sits now his decision-maker was price and windows familiarity. if the price is basically moot or perhaps even more expensive w/ the Dell, then he needs to determine whether the extra price is worth his feeling out of sorts in OS X.