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Comment on "Choosing When to Upgrade Hardware"
by Blain — Apr 06

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I find it a little strange that people wait for Leopard to be included when considering buying a $4000+ computer, is it for the convenince of having it pre-installed or because of the money saved?

A little from column A, a little from column B. There is something to be said for starting fresh. No woes about either wiping your time spent customizing 10.4 to your liking with a fresh install, nor worrying about if some cruft from the 10.4 install will bite you months down the line.

Furthermore, even if it's following $4K, another $129 isn't pocket change. It's psychological, mostly. There's a sense that, after spending $4K, an additional $129 won't be in the budget. Or, more accurately, it's like pulling off a bandaid. Better to get it all done in one fell swoop, the entire package, than in bits and pieces.

Although, if you think about it, if one were a select or premier member, you'd save on the computer's price by a fair chunk of change, getting it now, and 10.5 is shipped to you upon release without any additional purchase. Which is the best of both worlds, really.

Hmm. $2499 for premiere, but you save $1295 for ADC, at least $799 per Octocore, and $129 for 10.5. That makes the effective price of a Select membership $-429, even.

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