Walt Mossberg posts in his WSJ column:
If you tried to match the specs of the base iMac G5 in a traditional Dell tower, you’d also pay more. A Dell Dimension 4600, with the best processor, Windows XP Pro, the best 17-inch flat-panel monitor, a CD recorder and the same graphics card, costs $7 more than the 17-inch iMac. And it’s much bulkier and uglier.
That’s certainly not true in the UK. I did a similar price comparison and could have saved about £150 by buying a similar product from Dell – and, of course, Dell is not exactly the biggest value PC maker around.
On a similar topic, OSviews posted an analysis of how a build-it-yourself PC cost more than an iMac, with some rather dubious figures in it (why, for example, not use a board which includes Firewire?) that was picked up by Leander Kahney’s Cult of Mac. As a poster in the comments section puts it:
I can put together a PC that has twice the HD space, twice the onboard video RAM, comes with a 19″ flat monitor, and costs over $300 less. The 19″ clone will cost me $1366 Canadian, the 17″ iMac $1749… If I stick closer to the actual iMac specs, I can pick up a clone for $897 ($917 if you add speakers), a savings of $832. At that price I can almost get TWO clones for the price of the iMac.
Not sure where that guy is purchasing his DIY clone, but methinks he’s getting ripped off.
I love Macs, but trying to pretend that an iMac is cheaper than a bog-standard PC (let alone a build-it-yourself model) is just clutching at straws.