An iMac On A Shoestring?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by scoostraw, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. scoostraw macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2006
    Upper Midwest US
    I want to get a newer iMac (newer than my Intel Core Duo 17" which can only run Snow Leopard). And by necessity I need to do this as inexpensively as possible.

    There is one currently for sale on craigs list that intrigues me. It is a 20" Intel core 2 duo 2.40ghz. 3 gb ram, 320 gb hard drive with Mac os El capitan. Apple keyboard and mouse are included. The seller also has some software (iWork) that he is including.

    I may be able to get it for something close to $100. I'm thinking I could increase the ram to 6g, and at some point put in an SSD.

    I would appreciate any and all thoughts. Thanks!
  2. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Seems like a good deal to me if it is in good condition. You won't be able to go beyond El Capitan, but that's still much better than what you currently have.
  3. theatremusician macrumors member


    Dec 17, 2013
    If it's a model in which you can replace the hard drive from a spinner to SSD and max out the RAM, then you should be able to get some meaningful life from it.
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    For $100 you can't really go wrong, especially if you max the RAM & throw in an SSD.

    If you're looking for something that offers much more longevity than a Core 2 Duo iMac, a 2011 model isn't a bad shout -- max user-upgradeable RAM @32GB, and with an SSD it'll be butter. That would be more expensive though, so as long as you're not breaking the bank, the 20" iMac you're looking at is a solid deal.
  5. scoostraw, Jun 24, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2016

    scoostraw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2006
    Upper Midwest US
    Thanks guys for the feedback. I really appreciate it.

    I went and got it today. Paid $120. It's a really nice machine. Already compared to my old one, it is very snappy and quick.

    In the process I met a nice man who refurbs machines. Turns out this one he had gotten with no HD. He put in a new drive. And he's giving me 10 days to test-drive.

    So yes I'm happy so far. I paid $1100 for my original machine. It blows my mind to be able to pick up something like this for this amount of money. Yes it is not cutting-edge, but man...

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