A lot of your choice of computer/OS depends on what you like to do with your spare time.
Do you like troubleshooting hardware/software/network/virus-malware problems almost daily for hours on end day after day year after year? Do you want to chase the proverbial "best software" by buying one video, audio, word processor, backup, or other program piecemeal one after the other to the tune of hundreds of dollars until you find one that suits you subsequently winding up with a stack of "shelfware" you never use but burnt a hole in your wallet at the time?
Or, do you want a computer that works?
Yeah, Apple products cost more, but they come with a suite of programs installed that save you time NOT scouting the internet for a program to do audio/video editing or making DVDs and more. When you plug in a hard drive, it'll ask you "do you want to use this for a time machine" (installed backup software program) and automate that process for you, EZPZ.
The other issue is, and for me this is a big one, Apple products are end-user tested. Common man. PCs, and the software that runs them, I contend, are still aimed at techies, software/hardware geeks, nerds, engineers. If you LIKE needing to know about things like IRQs and bus or memory speed vs megaflops vs. all the other pedantic detail one needs to get into to use/troubleshoot a PC (otherwise you become a slave to a tech somewhere), by all means, buy one. But Mac software is more intuitive, user-friendly. You can get into it as much as you want, but generally, you won't have to, you'l spend more time just using the software than "setting it up."
I know, I was a PC guy for decades. Learned basic/fortran in HS in the early 70's on an IBM 360 timeshare and a Honeywell 1600 computer (both the size of a refrigerator, with less computational power than a pocket watch in 2013). Played around with Timex/Sinclair, Atari, TRS80s until our pharmacy got MACs in the early 80s. Did I buy a MAC? No, a PC 2086XT in 1987 the size of a suitcase, then another new computer about every 3-5 years until 2006 when I got tired of the endless software updates, virus/malware hassles (a houseguest did some web surfing and infected our network,
the viruses trashed three different hard drives, took me months to figure out) and bought a Mac desktop. Then one for my kids. Then a notebook. Then one for my wife. The time saved is priceless.
I now have time for ham radio AND Ancient Aliens.
There's still some expense involved. I buy the extended warranties, have taken my machines in to the apple store for "checkups" and there's been some software glitches, one recently on an out-of-warranty product but they're covering it because it looks like it was a problem incurred by a software update so the tech time to sort out the corrupted database is on them.
Ever try getting tech help from microsoft? Dell? HP? Many of the companies I'd bought computers from over the years went tits up before the warranty expired, but PC Mag and all the others raved about their products at the time. Do you reach customer service only to find you can't understand the accent? Like to do face to face? You'll like Apple. Yes, it costs more, but you get more.
I still use Windows - 7 - loaded under VMware on my iMac desktop. I gave my wife my old(er) desktop computer, updated her mac mini and put it away (EMP-proofed, "for later" - insurance), for her it's like a new computer. Bigger, faster, better.
The local Apple store "genius" I last spoke to still uses a mac from 1995. Good friend of mine has two G4s ganged together for video editing he's used for over 10 years.
You pays your money and takes your chances. I just don't like working on computers as much as I like working WITH them, that's why I like Mac vs. PC.