Every Mac Pro revision after its introduction in 2006 has raised the prices of the midrange configurations. Mac Pros are now so expensive that almost nobody like me — geeks who like big, fast, expandable desktops but don’t do many long-running CPU-bound tasks, like video processing, for a living — can afford or justify them. Sure, I’ve gotten three solid years of use (so far) out of this one and it’s still doing fine, but it was also only $2800 for the mid-speed dual-socket model. (The similarly positioned model in today’s lineup is $5000 and is approximately 2.5 times as fast, which, while impressive, isn’t as far ahead as I’d like it to be for that price.)
This pretty much sums up why I gave up on the Mac. I was no longer interested in having a huge 24” laptop. I was tired of having 4 external drives besides the iMac. The overall noise level around my desk has decreased by not having all those drives (amongst which was a Drobo with a rattling fan) there.
And the Mac Pro is just unjustifiably expensive. I’m now running on a home-built desktop, Sandy Bridge i7, lotsa RAM, and an SSD. Ubuntu, with a Windows partition for Lightroom and Photoshop (okay, and games). I hope one day Adobe will release their software for Linux too, but I can boot Windows from within Linux, and I can boot Linux from within Windows, so all in all it doesn’t really matter too much which operating system I happen to have booted up natively.