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Gix1k
Jul 20, 2009, 08:44 AM
I have never owned a MAC. I know nothing about them other than they are pricey. I want one, but never wanted to put out the coin for it. I have a friend that needs some cash pretty bad and wants to sell me this for $600. Is this work that? I am not sure the model # or any details. Someone?

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thegoldenmackid
Jul 20, 2009, 08:45 AM
Specs are always nice and extremely helpful to sorting something like this out. ;)

Tallest Skil
Jul 20, 2009, 08:46 AM
Looks like a 20" (could be 24") and it's obviously Intel.

What are the specs?

Gix1k
Jul 20, 2009, 08:47 AM
He told me it's a 24". I am trying to get the specs. I am awaiting his text with it. Are there several models of this?

Tallest Skil
Jul 20, 2009, 08:48 AM
He told me it's a 24". I am trying to get the specs. I am awaiting his text with it. Are there several models of this?

Just one, but it could be BTO.

Gix1k
Jul 20, 2009, 08:51 AM
Just one, but it could be BTO.

If there is just one model then you MAC guys should know the specs...I am not sure if he upgraded RAM. What's BTO?

Is this capable of installing the newest OS that was released with the 3GS and run fast?

thegoldenmackid
Jul 20, 2009, 08:52 AM
If there is just one model then you MAC guys should know the specs...I am not sure if he upgraded RAM. What's BTO?

BTO = Build to Order i.e. custom configurations (hard drive, ram, processor, etc.) Given this model it would be easy to think that it would be BTO considering at the time this was the top of the line...

Hellhammer
Jul 20, 2009, 08:54 AM
If there is just one model then you MAC guys should know the specs...I am not sure if he upgraded RAM. What's BTO?

BTO = Build To Order

2.16GHz Intel C2D
1GB RAM but I guess your friend has added more (3GB max)
250GB HD (BTO up to 750GB)
nVidia 7300GT or 7600GT

Gix1k
Jul 20, 2009, 08:55 AM
W/out being BTO, what would this have cost him new from store?

alphaod
Jul 20, 2009, 08:55 AM
$2000.

Hellhammer
Jul 20, 2009, 08:57 AM
W/out being BTO, what would this have cost him new from store?

24" was 1999$

thegoldenmackid
Jul 20, 2009, 08:57 AM
White and assuming it's Intel, it looks like 20" model, so at best it could be a 2GHz, 512MB RAM, 250GB HDD assuming it's stock. It's really hard to guess, but you could call up your friend and ask him/her…

For pricing if my assumptions are correct, you're looking at paying about $700 for the machine new. Seeing that it's a 3 year old model, do you want to pay $600 for an old machine?

The OP said 24" iMac. If that is the case, stock is:
2.16 C2D
1GB RAM (512X2)
250GB HD
NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT with 128MB GDDR3 SDRAM

I'd spend an extra $300 for a new one. Your friend is not ripping you off given current prices, but it doesn't make much sense.

Gix1k
Jul 20, 2009, 09:04 AM
The OP said 24" iMac. If that is the case, stock is:
2.16 C2D
1GB RAM (512X2)
250GB HD
NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT with 128MB GDDR3 SDRAM

I'd spend an extra $300 for a new one. Your friend is not ripping you off given current prices, but it doesn't make much sense.


So I can get a new one for about 900 to 1000....Now, but he would have paid 2000 for this one....then? Are you saying $600 isn't really worth paying for this?

thegoldenmackid
Jul 20, 2009, 09:06 AM
So I can get a new one for about 900 to 1000....Now, but he would have paid 2000 for this one....then? Are you saying $600 isn't really worth paying for this?

The extra $300 you could spend for a new(er) one is much better. You can find used current generation one's for around a thousand that will blow this one away. With that being said, given the current prices you are not getting "ripped off," a quick craigslist search put your friend in the lower part of the price range.

Hellhammer
Jul 20, 2009, 09:12 AM
So I can get a new one for about 900 to 1000....Now, but he would have paid 2000 for this one....then? Are you saying $600 isn't really worth paying for this?

Mac2Sell said it's worth 980$ which I highly doubt. it gave 1300$ for my iMac which is 3 months old and runs circles over white one.

If you want to help your friend, sure go for it but you can get current gen 20" for 999$ from refurb store.

Offer him 500$, it would be OK price

Sambo110
Jul 20, 2009, 09:13 AM
If there is just one model then you MAC guys should know the specs...I am not sure if he upgraded RAM. What's BTO?

Is this capable of installing the newest OS that was released with the 3GS and run fast?

The newest OS released with the 3GS? The 3GS is a phone. Snow Leopard will be coming out in September, and yes, that iMac could run Snow Leopard.

Gix1k
Jul 20, 2009, 09:25 AM
The extra $300 you could spend for a new(er) one is much better. You can find used current generation one's for around a thousand that will blow this one away.

Gotcha!! What would ya say I dont have 1000 to put into a computer now, but 600 I could swing. Would you buy this?

Mac2Sell said it's worth 980$ which I highly doubt.

Offer him 500$, it would be OK price


So do I....Will offer 550.

The newest OS released with the 3GS? The 3GS is a phone. Snow Leopard will be coming out in September, and yes, that iMac could run Snow Leopard.

I was meaning they showed it in the conference where they announced the 3GS.

Specs I just got


"IMac: 24" 2.16/2G,250,SD,AP,BT,WLKBM"

Jabbamk1
Jul 20, 2009, 10:10 AM
The HD is not that big so i would only offer him a max of $550. However you could get a alu imac with slightly better than those specs for around $800

Gix1k
Jul 20, 2009, 10:16 AM
Good call...550 it is...Although I thought I was getting a deal, but that's the actual worth of the computer. Any idea the acronyms he posted?

Jabbamk1
Jul 20, 2009, 10:24 AM
SD= Super drive(cd/DVD)
AP= Airport (wifi)
BT= Bluetooth

not sure bout the other one.

EDIT- think it might be wireless keyboard and mouse (worth up to 40)

GoCubsGo
Jul 20, 2009, 10:26 AM
If there is just one model then you MAC guys should know the specs...I am not sure if he upgraded RAM. What's BTO?

Is this capable of installing the newest OS that was released with the 3GS and run fast?

Umm did anyone catch this?
You do realize you cannot run 3.0 anything for a 3GS on an iMac right?

Hellhammer
Jul 20, 2009, 10:26 AM
not sure bout the other one.

WireLess KeyBoard and Mouse, I think

500$ would be OK

Umm did anyone catch this?
You do realize you cannot run 3.0 anything for a 3GS on an iMac right?

Yea, too slow :D

The newest OS released with the 3GS? The 3GS is a phone. Snow Leopard will be coming out in September, and yes, that iMac could run Snow Leopard.

I was meaning they showed it in the conference where they announced the 3GS.

Jabbamk1
Jul 20, 2009, 10:28 AM
It might not beable to run snow leopard as well as it should because of the graphics card but it will run leopard just fine.

Think you got confused. 3.0 is for the iPhone. Snow leopard 10.6 is for Pc's.
Btw this pc is supplied with Tiger OS which was released a while ago.

Tiger 10.4 (2005/2006 i think)
Leopard 10.5 (2007)
Snow Leopard 10.6 (2009

Hellhammer
Jul 20, 2009, 10:30 AM
It might not beable to run snow leopard as well as it should because of the graphics card but it will run leopard just fine.

Why? Tell me a reason. 7300GT is not supported in OpenCL but it'll run OK. GPU has nothing to do with normal usage like web surfing, all is done by CPU

Jabbamk1
Jul 20, 2009, 10:36 AM
sorry, thats kinda what i meant. I did not explain it that well. i was kind of thinking for me then as i would make sure i had a supported GPU for my line of work. I want things to render fast. the 7300 may not do it as fast as i would like. It would be ok for normal usage though as like you said that is all run by the cpu and ram.

Gix1k
Jul 20, 2009, 11:58 AM
Umm did anyone catch this?
You do realize you cannot run 3.0 anything for a 3GS on an iMac right?

What are you talking about? I have not mentioned iPhone 3.0 anywhere in here.

It might not beable to run snow leopard as well as it should because of the graphics card but it will run leopard just fine.

Think you got confused. 3.0 is for the iPhone. Snow leopard 10.6 is for Pc's.
Btw this pc is supplied with Tiger OS which was released a while ago.

Tiger 10.4 (2005/2006 i think)
Leopard 10.5 (2007)
Snow Leopard 10.6 (2009


Thanks....again..I referenced the conference where the iPhone was launched because that is also the day they released info on Snow Leopard. I was not sure the name, so I said can it run the OS that was announced with the release of the 3GS.

SD= Super drive(cd/DVD)
AP= Airport (wifi)
BT= Bluetooth

not sure bout the other one.

EDIT- think it might be wireless keyboard and mouse (worth up to 40)


Thanks!!

Gix1k
Jul 21, 2009, 10:38 AM
Real quick....do Macs have "profiles" like Vista..? Meaning I can logon and store my crap and others can logon and NOT see my crap? Can I place files on the harddrive that only I can see? How's that whole thing work?

Hellhammer
Jul 21, 2009, 10:52 AM
Real quick....do Macs have "profiles" like Vista..? Meaning I can logon and store my crap and others can logon and NOT see my crap? Can I place files on the harddrive that only I can see? How's that whole thing work?

Yes, I think so. Use FileVault to encrypt your home folder so it can't be opened without password

geoffreak
Jul 21, 2009, 10:59 AM
Yes, I think so. Use FileVault to encrypt your home folder so it can't be opened without password
... or you could just not share your home directory with other accounts on the computer or other computers on the network ;)


The iMac will work with Snow Leopard assuming it is a Core 2 Duo (64bit) processor. That is the only requirement.

zmttoxics
Jul 21, 2009, 11:01 AM
600 bucks!? Hell yeah I would buy that in a heart beat!

Can I buy that? Would he ship to Canada? :D

Gix1k
Jul 21, 2009, 11:08 AM
600 bucks!? Hell yeah I would buy that in a heart beat!

Can I buy that? Would he ship to Canada? :D


NOt getting it now...Getting this for $600

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Jabbamk1
Jul 21, 2009, 11:10 AM
What are the specs, is it used or new, apple sell refurbs of them (basically brand new) for about $700.

zmttoxics
Jul 21, 2009, 11:11 AM
NOt getting it now...Getting this for $600


Hey I have one of those... :)

Gix1k
Jul 21, 2009, 11:17 AM
What are the specs, is it used or new, apple sell refurbs of them (basically brand new) for about $700.

From the seller


It has 4gb ram "upgraded from 2gb", 250 gb hard drive, 2.16 intel core 2 duo processor " two dual core processors ", dual layer dvd/rw, eyesite webcam, + a like new battery and charger. This also has two operating systems both Leopard 10.5.7 and XP Professional along with office 2008 and adobe cs3 indesign Premium.


So $600 is a deal?

More pics

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http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad344/godlovesme253/SANY0964.jpg


http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad344/godlovesme253/SANY0954.jpg


Hey I have one of those... :)

How you like it?

Jabbamk1
Jul 21, 2009, 11:19 AM
That is an amazing deal, the software and 4gig is what makes it so great. I would go for it, apple offer nothing like that on their refurb stores.

Great find.

zmttoxics
Jul 21, 2009, 11:26 AM
From the seller


It has 4gb ram "upgraded from 2gb", 250 gb hard drive, 2.16 intel core 2 duo processor " two dual core processors ", dual layer dvd/rw, eyesite webcam, + a like new battery and charger. This also has two operating systems both Leopard 10.5.7 and XP Professional along with office 2008 and adobe cs3 indesign Premium.


So $600 is a deal?

More pics

How you like it?

Haha, I have that model exactly. Its a great machine, but its not really 4GB of ram. It shows 4GB but is actually only using 3GB. And thats 1 processor that has 2 cores. I paid 1500 for this machine 2 years ago, so ya, 600 seems nice. :D

Gix1k
Jul 21, 2009, 12:50 PM
Thanks for all the info, everyone!