$950 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by shmwy, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. shmwy macrumors newbie

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    Hello all, I was wondering if you could give me some advice.

    Although I am aware of an imminent iMac update, I found a $950 iMac on Craigslist, and I'm unsure of whether or not to go for it or wait, and spend more money.

    The specs are:
    20" screen
    4GB RAM
    250GB memory
    2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo
    iLife '09
    mac OSX 10.5.6

    It also has a warranty on it until March 2011.

    I'm torn. I am not sure if I should wait or not, what do you think?
     
  2. moneyman118 macrumors 6502

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    Dont get it You can find the same thing here for $999. USD


    Refurbished iMac 20-inch 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    20-inch glossy widescreen display
    1GB memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB memory
    Built-in iSight Camera

    Overview
    Apple Certified Refurbished Products

    - Quality products/great prices
    - Stringent refurbishment process prior to sale
    - Covered by Apple's One-Year Limited Warranty
    - AppleCare Protection Plan can be purchased
    - Supplies are limited

    To learn more about Apple Certified Refurbished Products
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    Product Details

    Model Refurbished 20-inch iMac
    Processor 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    L2 Cache 6MB Shared
    System bus 1066MHz
    Memory 1GB (one 1GB SO-DIMM) of 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; supports up to 4GB
    Hard drive 250GB Serial ATA; 7200 rpm
    Optical drive Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Display 20-inch (viewable) glossy widescreen TFT active-matrix LCD, 1680 by 1050 pixels, millions of colors
    Video Built-in iSight; mini-DVI output port with support for DVI, VGA, S-video, and composite video connections via adapter
    Graphics ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB of GDDR3 memory
    FireWire One FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 port; 7 watts each
    USB Three USB 2.0 ports on computer; two USB 2.0 ports on keyboard
    Audio Built-in stereo speakers with 24-watt digital amplifier, built-in microphone, optical digital audio output/headphone out, optical digital audio input/audio line in
    Ethernet Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
    Wireless Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11n); built-in Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
    Hardware accessories Apple Remote, Apple Keyboard, and Mighty Mouse
    Other Built-in IR receiver
    Size and weight Height: 18.5 inches (46.9 cm)
    Width: 19.1 inches (48.5 cm)
    Depth: 8.1 inches (20.7 cm)
    Weight: 25.4 pounds (11.5 kg)
     
  3. shmwy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But I would still have to buy the protection plan for $170 and upgrade the RAM for about $60, plus the $50 more it costs, so that would still be $280 more than the iMac on craigslist. Or do you think that I should just go ahead and fork out the extra $$$?
     
  4. moneyman118 macrumors 6502

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    Ok soo its a bit different. But you can add your own Ram and upgrade the HD for not much more and have the pleasure of opening the new iMac yourself. It's like Christmas morning when I open a new iMac. (I'm on my third one) Plus you can add a waranty for $169 USD. I dont trust craigslist or ebay all that much. And you can get iLife '09 up to date for and additional $9.95 if it does not ship with the new refurb. :apple:
     
  5. shmwy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Haha yeah, I know what you mean. Maybe I'll just visit this one and then make a decision. thanks. :)
     
  6. shmwy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Also, is 2.0 GHz a lot slower than 2.4 GHz? I only use my mac for internet use, powerpoint, and photoshop painting.
     
  7. moneyman118 macrumors 6502

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    Plus you can get a free printer now. They give $100.00 rebate which you get in like 3 weeks from shipping. I got the lowest end HP Scanner copier and color printer. And I got it for free. That should shift you over to the refurb! :apple:
     
  8. moneyman118 macrumors 6502

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    2.0 is slower. The refurb is faster.

    Model Refurbished 20-inch iMac
    Processor 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    L2 Cache 6MB Shared
    System bus 1066MHz
    Memory 1GB (one 1GB SO-DIMM) of 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; supports up to 4GB
    Hard drive 250GB Serial ATA; 7200 rpm
    Optical drive Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Display 20-inch (viewable) glossy widescreen TFT active-matrix LCD, 1680 by 1050 pixels, millions of colors
    Video Built-in iSight; mini-DVI output port with support for DVI, VGA, S-video, and composite video connections via adapter
    Graphics ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB of GDDR3 memory
    FireWire One FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 port; 7 watts each
    USB Three USB 2.0 ports on computer; two USB 2.0 ports on keyboard
    Audio Built-in stereo speakers with 24-watt digital amplifier, built-in microphone, optical digital audio output/headphone out, optical digital audio input/audio line in
    Ethernet Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
    Wireless Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11n); built-in Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
    Hardware accessories Apple Remote, Apple Keyboard, and Mighty Mouse
    Other Built-in IR receiver
    Size and weight Height: 18.5 inches (46.9 cm)
    Width: 19.1 inches (48.5 cm)
    Depth: 8.1 inches (20.7 cm)
    Weight: 25.4 pounds (11.5 kg)
     
  9. umgoblue2008 macrumors regular

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    I suspect the craiglist one is an imac from when they first came out (august '07), this is because the slowest imac they have at the apple store is now 2.4 ghz, which they refreshed may of last year.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMac_(Intel-based)

    If you look here, you can see that the August '07 model had the 2.0 ghz processor. And you can also see that the memory is slower on the older model.

    I would definitely go for the newer one... (I mean, if he got it in '07 its already been used for a year and a half)
     
  10. shmwy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, exactly. I just wanted to make sure that it wouldn't be incredibly slow comparatively.
     
  11. moneyman118 macrumors 6502

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    Thats what I was thinking but I didnt have an exact date. Apple store is a no brainer when it come to purchasing apple products either new or refurbished.
     
  12. Arcadie macrumors regular

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    I have a 2.0 and love it. the only time i feel i need more power is when im rendering videos. however i use photoshop heavily and its perfect.

    If you using it to edit/view pictures and use the internet a 2.0 is just as fast as a 3.06.. The difference will be impossible to tell. Now if you are doing things like games/video editing.. thats a different story.
     
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  14. Passive101 macrumors regular

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    I play fallout 3, half life 2, and swat 4 on my 20" imac all the time with a 2400 video card :)
     
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  16. pinksatin macrumors member

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    imac

    I could sell you my current iMac for about that much...


    24'' 2.4ghz 4gb ram 1.5tb HD
     
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