Though I'm an Apple guy, I've run both systems for years and both of them will do what you need. It comes down to cost and preference. The initial price for a Windows machine will be less than a comparable Apple system. However the cost of ownership for Apple systems is lower. Software tends to be cheaper, OSX versions are often free, and the hardware has a longer useful lifespan before upgrading is required. The rest is really a matter of personal preference. I much prefer the Apple environment for any sort of serious work. I find the interface (both generally, and throughout all the applications) more comfortable and consistent. I can focus on getting things done, rather than running the computer. The suite of tools that come installed is also more comprehensive and useful than what you get with Windows. When it comes to backups (which everyone should do) there is no comparison. I've suffered a hard drive failure in the middle of a time-sensitive project. Even a good backup system, getting my Windows machine up and running would have lost me a day of work. When it happened on my iMac, I was up and running in the time it took to reboot, since my backup software creates a bootable copy.