The Apple Markup

Over all people talk about the apple price mark up on products and there are some that say it’s not as major as thought. I decided to check it out for my self.

Note: All prices are in Canadian Dollar

First off is the custom build:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 Quad Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Yorkfield 1333FSB 12MB Retail Box $416.82
ASUS P5N-T Deluxe 780i SLI LGA775 ATX DDR2 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 1PCI GBLAN Motherboard $256.50
Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN Memory Kit $58.36 x2
XFX GeForce GTX 285 648MHZ 1GB 2.48GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP Video Card $399.99 x2
Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM $108.98 x2
Seasonic M12D 850W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 8PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan $369.99
LG GH22LS30 Super Multi 22X SATA Lightscribe DVD Writer OEM $37.61
Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA $92.04
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM $135.12
Microsoft CA9-00001 Desktop Basic Value Keyboard and Optical Mouse Combo USB/PS2 Black $21.80
PC Assembly and Testing with 1 Year Limited NCIX System Warranty (PRE-CONFIG OS If Purchased) $50.00

Parts Total: $2,514.54

Now for close spec Mac Pro:
One 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
8GB (4x2GB)
1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s x2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB x2
One 18x SuperDrive
Apple Mighty Mouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) and User’s Guide
Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter x2
AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac Pro (w/or w/o Display)

Total: $4,376.00

I know that some will discount this article due to it being based on non bleeding edge… but does the average lower gamer, home movie editor, and such need bleeding edge hardware? The goal of this was a prtical machine that gave great $$ to power value and this machine delivers. I could afford this far easier than a mac with simular specs.

For those who don’t agree ¬†with it… leave a comment.