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That’s good advice from an experienced and respected Mac guru. Things are so similar between the two platforms now with hardware the only diff now is just the software. If you get cross-platform software then the differences diminish further. At the higher ends Mac’s and PC’s cost the same and you’ll get what you pay for from the top PC co’s.
So it really comes down to what you want to use. Since you’re not doing this for a living, it wouldn’t kill you to do some experimenting to the point your wallet will allow. Just make sure you check the specs on whatever you plan on getting vs the requirements of any software you’re looking at. If you’re looking to work with AFX and other Adobe products, you’re going to need some specific hardware in your rig like a GPU, RAM and CPU. Those can get pretty expensive whether you get a pre-built rig or build your own.
And yes you can build your own mac again. Just not legally.