Can you get a mac setup for under $600?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by crazycat, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. crazycat macrumors 65816

    crazycat

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    My friend would like to start to use macs for school work, email/internet and maybe some "other" work such as watching DVD's since he is going to school soon. He dose not want to spend more then then $600 as he is on a budget. Thanks.
     
  2. briangig macrumors regular

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    used or new? New, there is the mac mini. Used, anything really, imacs, powerbooks/ibooks, G4 powermacs, can all be had for under 600.
     
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    I would keep an eye on the Apple refurb section (there's not much out there at the moment, but it changes from day to day).

    You can get a reasonable Mac mini setup brand spankin' new for around $600, but you would still need to add a screen, keyboard and mouse (not a problem if you already have these around). The base $499 model might be okay, but its 512 MB RAM is really on the low end of usability.
     
  4. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

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    You could get a nice Mac mini with upgraded RAM for that price. Obviously he will need to have a keyboard, mouse and monitor, but that machine should be a nice starting block.
     
  5. sw1tcher macrumors 65816

    sw1tcher

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    Available right now on Apples refurb page....




    Apple Certified Refurbished Mac mini

    Refurbished Mac mini 1.25GHz
    1.25GHz PowerPC G4
    512MB DDR333 SDRAM
    ATI Radeon 9200 with 32MB DDR video memory
    40GB Ultra ATA hard drive
    Combo drive (DVD/CD-RW)
    DVI or VGA video output
    Built-in 56K Internal Modem

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    Refurbished Mac mini 1.42GHz
    1.42GHz PowerPC G4
    256MB DDR333 SDRAM
    ATI Radeon 9200 with 32MB DDR video memory
    80GB Ultra ATA hard drive
    Combo drive
    DVI or VGA video output

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    Refurbished Mac mini 1.42GHz
    1.42GHz PowerPC G4
    512MB DDR333 SDRAM
    ATI Radeon 9200 with 32MB DDR video memory
    80GB Ultra ATA hard drive
    Combo drive (DVD/CD-RW)
    DVI or VGA video output
    Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth

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    Original price: $599.00
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    I'd go with #3. Throw in a mouse, keyboard, and CRT monitor and he'll be set for a couple of years (at least).
     

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