It's a long-standing bar argument: "Which hardware gives you more bang for the buck, Mac or PC?"
A decade ago, it would've been hard for anyone but loyalists to argue in favor of the Mac. The PowerPC's clock speed lagged the Pentium and other x86 CPUs. Meanwhile, components and peripherals for the Mac such as graphics cards and CD drives were limited and pricey because of Apple's proprietary designs. There was no argument: "for every dollar you spent on a PC, you had to pay about $1.60 to get the same-performing Mac hardware," said Ian Lao, an analyst at In-Stat.
But after Apple switched to Intel processors three years ago, Mac hardware immediately made up a lot of ground against its PC counterparts.