2008 iMac should I fix it?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Quixotic3, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. Quixotic3 macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2009
    I have an old iMac with a bad screen... it looks like a bunch of florecent lights behind it. I was going to set it up for my 4yr old to introduce her to computers. Should I try to track down a good screen for it? or is it really too old? I don't want to go with the external monitor because of space issues. Is there a good place to get old parts for the iMac? I don't want to spend more than $75 on the part.

    here is the model:

    Nice Name: iMac 20 inch Core 2 Duo (Early 2008)
    Machine Model: iMac8,1
    Family name: A1224
    Model Number: MB323
    Group1: iMac
    Group2: Intel
    Generation: 5
    CPU speed: 2.4GHz
    Screen size: 20 inch
    Screen resolution: 1680x1050 pixels
    Colour: Aluminium
    Production year: 2008
    Production week: 10 (March)
    Production number: 27095 (within this week)
    Model introduced: 2008
    Memory - flavour: DDR2-S-800
    Memory - number of slots: 2
    Memory - maximum total: 6GB
    Memory - largest module: 4GB
    Factory: W8 (Shanghai China)
  2. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    Might be difficult to find a replacement part for $75.
  3. nrubenstein macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2008
    Washington, DC
    Basically, look on eBay. One might show up.

    But I'd agree on not spending much.
  4. mreg376 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Well, if it's your GPU they run about $120 I think. And of course you have to get it in. Whether it's worth it or not depends on the state of your machine. I'm writing this on a 2007 24" iMac that I upgraded about a year ago to 6GB RAM and replaced the HD with an SSD. I'm not designing the next space shuttle, but for web browsing, email, youtube, etc. the machine flies.

    On the other hand if the day comes when there's a graphics failure that might be its death knell. :)
  5. jji7skyline macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2011
    You could possibly pick up a fully working equivalent iMac for $100.

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