Originally Posted by doriangrey7
I wasn't thinking so much about warranty considerations because I guess I thought Macs lasted longer than PC's... I guess I was thinking about it more from a performance perspective...but I appreciate what you're saying about warranty - that is definitely something I need to consider as well... I guess with a used machine I can't get applecare either with the phone support and the nice stuff that goes with that...
Performance wise - a new one hands down. As far as buying used, if you're buying it refurbished from Apple the warranty will be just like a new one. However if you're buying used from an individual, you just never know what they've done to it or why they're really selling it, so without any warranty left you could be up the creek without a paddle.
Unless a seller has it under Apple Care or it's under a year old so that you can buy Apple Care I wouldn't bother.*
*I've personally never bought Apple Care for my iMacs, but 2/3 that I've owned I've had to repair after a year. I did the repair myself and parts cost less than Apple Care but a computer is a computer, Mac or PC, and definitely not infallible.