Don't get me wrong... I definitely see the appeal of trying out different configs and getting in there and playing around to build a machine for different purposes. And if I was into that, I would obviously get a PC or a Linux box.
But the point I was trying to make is that since the software guys know exactly what hardware it will run on, and they have it there in the building with them, it obviously makes it easier to for them to make a stable OS and programs. And OS X/Final Cut Pro is definitely stable. Honestly, I beat it to death every day, and I can't remember the last time it crashed. I really can't. Apple's closed system works to my benefit in this case. Some people see that as a problem. I don't. I like it that way.
In fact, now that I think about it... I've had this MacBook Pro for 8 months now, and it has yet to crash. NOT ONE TIME. No data lost, no weirdness whatsoever. It just works. Now maybe there are some PC folks out there with the same experience, but I've never had that on a PC.
In fact... here's a true story, from today:
I woke up my ThinkPad and launched Firefox to make sure some code I was writing looked okay on the dark side (just kidding -- sheesh), and of course Adobe Flash came up and yelled at me to update it yet again (another security hole), so I did.
And not only did the installer say "update failed, critical error" or some crap like that, it actually crashed Firefox. I swear, not two minutes into the PC experience and it went down.
And yeah, it could be that I don't know enough to keep the thing running right, but we have an IT department for that. Not my job. Shouldn't be an issue. Not an issue on the Mac.