What would it cost to build a Windows version of the new Mac Pro?

December 27, 2013

Shortly after the new Mac Pro was finally made available for purchase last week, one PC enthusiast set out to answer that question and in order to do so, he asked another one: How much would it cost to build a comparable Windows 8 machine?

It appears that the so-called “Apple tax” isn’t always applicable. Turns out, it costs 20 - 33%  more to build an equivalent Windows PC—and that’s without the cost of labor, and ignoring the small form factor and superior internals of the Mac Pro. The only disadvantage, which PC users always revert to: once it’s built, you can’t really upgrade it. But with this behemoth of a computer, would you even need to?