Cheap computer for parents

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by davidwes, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. davidwes macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    My parents computer just broke down (an old blueberry iMac). A new imac at 999 is a bit to expensive for them to handle. I was thinking of getting them a macmini at 599 and a dell monitor for 200 dollars or so. Is that a smart thing to do? Do people have experience using dell monitors?

    I know that my dad is intersting in video chat though. What is the oldest mac that could handle ichat av and have a built in isight? or is there a better cheaper solution?

    Thank you,
    David
     
  2. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

    skinnylegs

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    I'd go with a Mac Mini, monitor of choice and iSight camera. The built-in iSight cameras are great but the add-ons get the job done just as well.
     
  3. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    I'd pick up a refurb 17" iMac for about the same money as your Mini/Dell monitor solution. At least you'll get the iSight included then.
     
  4. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a

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    Agree. I've seen those on the refurb store for $799.
     
  5. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah go with the 'furb, I think you'll get more bang for your buck. BUT if you do wanna go with the mini, wait untill the line improves.
     
  6. nightelf macrumors 6502

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