Need some help choosing.

Ok guys I am looking to get some information from the woot community on macs and pc. I know macs are better but I really don’t have the money for one. Now for what I want to know. Is a macbook pro with a intel core 2 duo better than a pc laptop with an i3? I know i3 kills core 2 duo in a pc to pc comparison but I don’t know if the macs utilization of the processor may put it on par with the i3 int he pc. I don’t have nearly enough for the i5 macbook pro. So give me your thoughts please and if you can back them up with some knowledge on the subject.

I didn’t think actual performance mattered to the Apple aficionados.