+ 0 Votes No easy answer Tig2 7 years ago I personally prefer the Mac as they tend to have a longer tech lifespan. Consider that using a tool like BootCamp on the Intel Mac platform, the single unit can dual boot both OS X and XP. This way she can use the strengths of both OS. Given her major, she will likely prefer the capabilities of the Mac for graphic work. My partner's son was a Graphic Arts/CS major. He is still using the Mac we got him for college. Still loves it too. Try looking at both kinds. If you have a MicroCenter in the neighbourhood, they carry both. Avoid "big box" retailers and look for a place where you can see a variety of machines. After you have played with a bunch, one will stand out as the right machine. Good luck!