08-21-2011, 09:35 AM
1. That would be what a great many do if you can afford two computers. A Mac for their primary computing and a Windows machine for specialized use such as gaming/HTPC.
2. Depends on what "you" want and "really" do with your computers.
3. The thing that keeps me from just going back to my Windows boxes for everything is the OS. Gone are the 4 hour weekly maintenance chores of keeping my machine running great. No requirement for A/V software, spam software, that has to be updated every time you sit down before you can use the thing. If you can get out of the habit of micro-managing a lot of your data (music, movies, photos) and let the OS and it's apps do it for you, you get a lot more time actually using your computer than taking care of it.
My question - what video card are you using now? I see too many of these questions from folks that are currently not
using top of the line cards and are playing all their games just fine in Windows and then worrying about the video card in a Mac that puts the card in their current machine to shame.
If you're one of those that's had the same video card in their Windows box for more than 18 months, then you're not "really" concerned about it. You only "think" you are. And for sure, no self respecting "gamer" would have a 2-3 year old card sitting in their gaming rig.
Having a Windows rig for specialized use, such as only for gaming or a HTPC, the time spent maintaining that machine will also drop drastically.
There is still work to be done on a Mac - don't kid yourself. It is
still a computer after all. There are going to be issues from time to time to deal with, same as with any other computer - and parts do die - a Mac is not immune to that. You do have to be willing to learn new ways of accomplishing tasks you may have been doing in a certain way for a number of years. If you're not willing to learn how a new OS works and how to get your stuff done in it, vs. trying to make it act like some other OS, then I'd suggest you just stick to your Windows machine and forget that OS X, Linux, etc. even exist.