20" new iMac VS 24" Refurb both for $1199

Discussion in 'iMac' started by moneyman118, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. moneyman118 macrumors 6502

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    So heres my dilemma; which one should I get. Should I get the newer graphics card? Aren't they (new graphics card) supposed to be better with Snow Leopard? From an operating standpoint which is better. I may download and edit some family videos in the future but not anytime soon. I simply surf the internet and listen to music. Thank you in advance and I apologize if this thread is created somewhere else.

    U.S. Store prices.

    NEW
    20-inch : 2.66GHz
    2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB memory ( I would add another 2gb to make it 4gb)
    320GB hard drive1
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

    VS

    REFURB
    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight Camera
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Refurb. It's much better. New ones have DDR3 RAM that's only + in new ones
     
  3. phungy macrumors 68020

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    I have a 24" iMac and would suggest going with the refurb, plus, its 24". You'll be able to watch 1080p :p You also get dedicated graphics vs shared.
     
  4. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    Refurb 24". It's a great deal. If you don't want such a large screen, get a refurb 20"/2.66 for $200 less. I just had mine delivered yesterday and I swear it is new. Can't find anything on it that would suggest it was pre-owned. Great computer for the kids.
     
  5. moneyman118 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Mike did you get the original white box? Did you get an aluminum keyboard?
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The 24" is way better; plus you get the aluminium keyboard with a keypad ;)
     
  7. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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  8. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    refurb imac advantages
    24" higher quality display
    better graphics
    faster processor
    FW 400 port
    DVI

    new imac advantages
    faster RAM and FSB
    extra USB 2.0 port
    mini display port
    Nice shiny packaging ;)

    So the answer is refurb... and it's not a close call.
     
  9. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

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    I would positively go with the refurb, but keep in mind that the FW 400 port is NOT an advantage, as the New iMac has a FW800 port which is backwords compatible, with the addition of an $8 cable.
     
  10. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    The previous iMac had a Firewire 800 port too, but it also had an extra Firewire 400 port. This latest revision just replaced the FW400 port with an extra USB.
     
  11. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

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    Yep, I know, I'm just saying its not a disadvantage, as they are backwords-compatible and (usually, but not always) there is more of a use for an extra USB than 2 firewire that can serve the same purpose.
     
  12. moneyman118 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sold out?

    The Refurb is not available anymore?:( Do you think they will add more or is it gone?
     
  13. waynergy macrumors newbie

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    Having two Firewire ports is an advantage.
     
  14. The Hammer macrumors regular

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    How is it better other than the screen real estate?
     
  15. ucla95 macrumors member

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    Prob sold out man. Gone forever is my bet.
     
  16. Zmmin3 macrumors regular

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    just keep checking daily, my opinion is there will be a few more coming in as a few of those who just bought them days before the new ones announced will be sending them back in order to get one of the new ones.
     
  17. the_fellowship macrumors regular

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  18. Yazmeen macrumors newbie

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    24" is way better....you will get an awesome display!!
     

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