Advice on purchasing imac please

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tonyy, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. tonyy macrumors 6502a

    tonyy

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    #1
    I'm looking to get a desktop for the home and I'm not looking for something too expensive.

    Option 1: early 2009 imac 9,1 20"
    2.0 GHz
    2 GB ram
    Upgraded to a 500gb HD
    Selling for $500
    I would buy a new keyboard, trackpad, update to ML, and up the ram to 8gb

    Option 2: imac 21.5" 10,1
    3.06 GHz
    4GB
    Running ML
    Comes with wireless keyboard and mouse
    Selling for $700

    Is is worth the extra $200 for the same Intel C2D? I would love to find an i3 or newer but $700 is the top of my budget for a desktop.

    It will be used for normal web surfing and light gaming. Also, the typical usage of uploading pics to iPhoto and sharing. So nothing too extensive.
     
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

    rkaufmann87

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    I would pass on both and purchase a Refurbished iMac directly from Apple. They are up-to-date, have the same 1 year warranty as a new machine, are elgible for AppleCare extended warranty and virtually identical to a new machine. Try this option:

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC309LL/A

    however you have to move fast as they change inventory very very quickly!
     
  3. tonyy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    tonyy

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    I would love to buy one from the refurb store but hitting close to the 1k mark is just a bit too much right now.
     
  4. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

    rkaufmann87

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    Then wait and save a couple of hundred dollars, it's much much smarter than buying someones used (who know what you're getting) machine. You may also qualify for Apple's credit, where you can get zero percent financing.
     

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