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Apple Mac Pro 2010/2011 Workstation Virtual Teardown

Apple announced yesterday its most powerful computer yet and while the 2010 version of the Mac Pro workstation won't be available till August 2010, we can already virtually tear it down, compare it to its Windows-based counterparts and estimate how much it costs to build.

The cheapest Mac Pro will cost £1999 and feature the following parts; we have guesstimated the prices of the components based on what we believe is the nearest equivalent.

Bear in mind though that comparing Macs to PCs is like comparing Apples to Oranges since some components like Apple's Magic Mouse or the Mac Pro disctinctive casing cannot be purchased elsewhere.

In total, we found out that the cost of the components should we build an equivalent PC would possibly be just short of £1200 using components available on the market and we're certain that Apple could go much lower than that, possibly under £1000, around half the SRP of the Mac Pro.

However, it accounts only for part of the equation and does not include the following; transport and packaging, cost of development, labour, other accessories, logistics, licensing, royalties, marketing, advertising and other ancillary costs.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.