Alum iMac vs White iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jstad, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. jstad macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2007
    I am debating to save the money by buying a refurb'd White iMac 24" or buying a new 24" iMac. What is the big gain on buying a new model? I dont mind the glossy or matte screen, doesnt phase me. I am more interested in graphics performance and just overall advantage to either iMac.

    I save about $200-300 on a refurb white iMac vs a new Alum. one
  2. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    Not worth that sort of savings. The Alu uses Santa Rosa, the other doesn't and is over 1 yr old tech.
  3. SpaceJello macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2006
    I guess that all depends what you are using the iMac for. By graphics performance do you mean games? Or more on the line of Adobe programs?

    Remember that you can only max out 3 gigs of ram in the white iMacs, and 4 in the new ones, along with different processor speeds. I think the video cards obviously are better in the newer ones.
  4. I'm a Mac macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    DO NOT get the refurbished iMac. If you want to save money, get the 20" iMac. It's just not worth the savings to get a slower processor, less RAM, worse video card.
  5. jstad thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2007

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