is this a good deal for iMac?

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  1. sk8erboy macrumors regular

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    iMac G5 - 4 Months Old - Loaded -


    Specs:
    17-inch widescreen LCD
    1.6GHz PowerPC G5
    512MB Memory
    60GB Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load Combo Drive
    GeForce FX 5200 Display Driver
    56K internal modem
    Air Port Extreme Wireless Internet Card
    Bluetooth with Mac Wireless Mouse
    Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (Upgrade from 10.3)
    Microsoft Virtual PC (Windows XP Professional) Add $100 - Goes new for $200

    all this for 1,000.



    just checking with you guys to see if this is a good deal.
    please keep in mind i am a student, so i can benefit from apple's discounted prices. what do you guys think?? another thing to think about when comparing the current g5 imac to this is that i NEED the airport extreme card.
    thanks ...
    sk8R
     
  2. macbaseball macrumors 6502a

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    It's alright. That's machine was going for $899, if I remember correctly. It's not reallly a rip off, but I think you could do better.
     
  3. zap2 macrumors 604

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    it was cheaper at apple site but it did not have

    Air Port Extreme Wireless Internet Card
    Bluetooth with Mac Wireless Mouse
    Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (Upgrade from 10.3)
    Microsoft Virtual PC (Windows XP Professional) Add $100 - Goes new for $200
    it a good deal becuz of the add ons, make sure u get the vitual PC disks not just teh program on teh computer
     
  4. Josh396 macrumors 65816

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    Well you said you were a student so why not just get a new Rev. B iMac for $1199? It will come with everything that yours has as well as a better graphics card with twice the VRAM, a 160 HD, Tiger pre loaded and a faster processor at 1.8 Ghz. It also has Bluetooth 2.0 as well although that's nothing major. Just a thought.

    Edit: My bad I didn't see it had Tiger on it. I still think it would be a better deal if you could find an extra $200.
     
  5. macbaseball macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but the machine is used. Also I think you could have gotten Tiger for free, with the $10 upgrade service, but I'm not sure.
     
  6. law guy macrumors 6502a

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    Agree with Josh396 on that - the last iMac updates were really significant - upgrading the machine from 1.6 to 1.8 GHz, adding the airport cards, bluetooth, doubling the ram, putting in 128 MB of VRAM, doubling the HD size to 160, and coming with Tiger. For all of the upgrades and given the price dif, I'd go with a new 17 from the apple store. I have virtual PC as part of Office Pro, but I have never had a use for it.
     
  7. Crikey macrumors 6502

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    I just spent $999 for a 20" 1.8GHz 256MB 160GB SuperDrive model, brand new on a clearance deal from my college bookstore. It doesn't have some of the goodies the current models might have -- AirPort Extreme, BlueTooth, more RAM, better graphics. I don't need those things: I have a wired network, I have to take out the factory RAM anyway to max my iMac out, and I bought it for audio recording/production rather than playing games.

    I speculate wildly that this deal might be available to other college bookstores, possibly including one in your area. Might be worth a phone call to ask.


    Crikey
     

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