Why I prefer the PC over the Mac
It is all about value. I administer 3 different networks made up entirely of machines with Windows and I rarely have any problems. One of the things that contributes to perceived stability advantage of the Mac is that the hardware is generally good because it all comes from the same place. With PC’s you can get bargain basement slap together hardware with crappy drivers that cause a lot of stability issues. Stick with good hardware and you’ll be alright.
On the issue of cost there really is no comparison, especially if you are buying used equipment. It is very possible to find a perfectly good. 500mhz PC with Win2k for just over $100 if you looking the right places. This machine will do every basic computing task out there.
Sometimes we do buy new. I’ve caught deals on a brand new 2.4 ghz Dell for $300 and free shipping. I ended up adding in a little Ram which brought it up to $350. You might think such low cost machines would give me problems. Nope. I haven’t add any problems whatsoever with these machines. Not one hardware failure. These machines just work.
There are a few things to remember about windows. Turn on automatic updates and put everything on a broadband connection behind a router. They can be picked up for about $40 bucks. Don’t install every crappy shareware program or file sharing software that comes along .
Everything changes though when you start using Win9x. Windows 95/98 was ok if you ran a handful of reliable programs on it but it can get bogged down really easily. Windows ME is a nightmare. If you have it I highly suggest formating the harddrive and upgrading to XP or Win2k or even downgrading to Win98. That OS is evil!
Another weakness in Windows is Internet Explorer and Active X and porn/warez. These sites beg you to install their free software and a machine becomes infested with spyware/adware/malware. Use Firefox and avoid such websites.