Refurb from Apple.com: Can I BTO?

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  1. furrina macrumors regular

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    Anyone have any advice on whether it is recommmended to buy a refurb g5 for example on the Apple store site? They sure do offer quite a savings (there's a dual 2.0 up there now for 2,399).

    The second question I have is, if I want to have more ram, bluetooth module, etc. and refurb airport card installed, can they do that to a refurb model as they would for a new one? I don't see that option on the form, but maybe someone knows something I don't.

    I know I should buy the memory separately and put it in myself, but I figured I'd save myself the trouble, and not sure about the internal bluetooth mod -- are they difficult to install?

    thanks!
     
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  3. Jovian9 macrumors 68000

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    Refurbs are AS IS. No add-ons will be made. They are great deals though. I just bought a 40GB iPod today for $399. My wife has a 20GB refurb iPod and we have a 17" Aluminum PowerBook refurb...no complaints other than the fact that you get the brown refurb box instead of the normal product boxes.
     
  4. djbahdow01 macrumors 6502a

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    BTO cannot be done on refurbs. Also for the internal bluetooth option i believe it is a BTO only piece as they have to put it on the motherboard or something. For a refurb i believe the only way to get bluetooth on the G5 is to buy a usb bluetooth or something of the like.
     
  5. pbailey macrumors newbie

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    You can't purchase everything as you would with a new unit but there are many items that you can purchase at the same time: refurbished Airport Base Stations, refurbished Airport Cards, refurbished 17in - 20in or even a 23in monitor, AppleCare Protection Plan, 4x DVD Media just to name a few.
     
  6. IndyGopher macrumors 6502a

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    No BTO on the refurbs.. pity, too.. it has kept me from recommending the refurb iBook G4's for a couple people I know.. they actually would make use of the BlueTooth option.
     
  7. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    Seeing as how your question has been answered..... I would get the refurb. Seeing as how it is a tower, adding the items you just mentioned will not be hard at all. The internal bluetooth will not give you any advantage really, other than an extra USB port. I would say save the money, buy a refurb, and you can easily add on these extra features, with little to no problem.
     
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Yes the little card plug into the internal antenna and the motherboard USB port.

    For desktop machines, external USB isn't that much worse than internal. For portables it's a PIA for some people.

    As far as the video card on the dual G5s, you may want to take a look at the ATI retail cards. Even though they are 4x -- they have tested faster than the OEM cards in some of the tests.
     

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