Best way to get into Mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Flyers1718, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. Flyers1718 macrumors member

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    Well I now have an old windows laptop and its starting to die on me. I really want to get a mac but dont have much money. I really want to get something decent but for cheap. I want to spend like around 500 give or take. What are my best options? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Do you have a USB keyboard and mouse? How about an LCD screen?


    If so, get a used Intel Mac Mini.

    If not, look into a used iMac G5. Usable speeds, LCD built in, very small, and good looking.
     
  3. sananda macrumors 68020

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    what currency?
     
  4. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry US dollars.

    I don't have a keyboard,mouse,lcd but I think a used intel mini might be nice. Can you put 3 gigs in those? Whats the going price for intel mini.
     
  5. sananda macrumors 68020

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    only the very latest mini will take 3 gigs (although apple says 2).
     
  6. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    The core 2 duo? Is the core duo with 2 gigs good for safari,im client,torrents and some photoshop/flash?
     
  7. sananda macrumors 68020

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    yes, core 2 duo.

    i would think a core duo with 2 gigs would be fine. but then i'm not as picky as some. i use photoshop very happily on a 2 year old ibook 1.33 GHz with 1.5 gigs.
     
  8. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah well im using cs3 on my 4 year old laptop with 256 megs of ram. How much do one of those ibooks sell for now? And how much are core duos selling for? Thanks a lot for the help btw,I appreciate it.
     
  9. sananda macrumors 68020

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    well, i'm not in your country so i have no idea about relevant second hand values. but there should be someone about here who can help!
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    You could get maybe $350 for the iBook if its in good condition (800MHz G4 model). You can get a 1.66GHz CD mini for $429 with a combo drive or a 1.83GHz CD with a superdrive for $479 from the refurb shop but you have to be quick.
     
  11. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah I dont see the minis on the refurbs online much. I dont mind not having the superdrive cause ill just get an external. I guess I will be looking for a used intel mini. I guess for a monitor I will get a sceptre 20 inch because its like 30 more than anything smaller on newegg for lcds.
     
  12. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    To get my daughter's mini I stayed up until 2:15AM PST when they had updated the shop.
     
  13. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    What do you mean like watching until they update and then buying? How often to they update?
     
  14. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    The refurb store is updated every day and when the product is sold out it is removed from the listing. minis sell out very fast.
     
  15. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah I guess when I get the money that will be my first option watching for a mini on the apple store. I guess the marketplace here would be a good place to look too.
     
  16. rmhop81 macrumors 68020

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    you may want to be on the lookout if you have a Fry's nearby. I went there beginning of the week and they had a brand new in box 17inch iMac with combo drive etc....the one that retails for $999. Fry's price was only $599. Since the new update to iMac's the old models had a huge price decrease. I would check there or check refurb store which i think they go for $699 there though.
     
  17. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    No frys around here,I guess ill check online. Thanks for the tip.
     
  18. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    You can get a refurb mini from Apple for $429 for the 1.66 Core Duo with superdrive. A wireless mouse and keyboard can be picked up for under $40 online. You can easily get a used CRT monitor for free or under $30 on Craigslist.

    That puts you at $499. Take the extra dollar and buy a Snickers bar.
     
  19. mBurns macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check out the Frys near me.
     
  20. WannaGoMac macrumors 68000

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    Wait for Leopard in October if you can. Save the $129 for an upgrade ...

    Also, the 1.66 refurb comes with COMBO not superdrive.
     
  21. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    Will apple load leopard onto there mini refurbs? I guess Ill do that if they are going to.

    Thanks for the tip.
     
  22. WannaGoMac macrumors 68000

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    No one knows 100%
    But group opinion is yes it will be upgraded or at least be available for a cheap upgrade as they did for ilife 08
     
  23. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright cool ill wait for that then. thanks for the help.
     

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