Buying a refurbished Imac after June, will it come with Snow Leopard?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by m83moonchild, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. m83moonchild macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2009
    Hey everyone,

    I will finally have the money to pick up a Mac in June thanks to my company paying for my classes and Apple giving a huge discount for purchases through my company.

    I am looking to get the refurbished 20inch Imac and have these two options:


    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



    Refurbished iMac 20-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    20-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight

    I am leaning towards the $999 model due to upgraded memory and graphics card. Will this play HD content perfectly (such as videos on You tube, or downloaded HD content)?

    If I wait until June and Snow Leopard comes out, will these automatically come with Snow Leopard? Does anyone remember if during the tiger to leopard transition if the refurbished models still came with tiger? '

  2. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    Refurb machines come with whatever they originally shipped with. If the machine you buy shipped with Leopard, that's what the refurb will have.
  3. m83moonchild thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2009
  4. kvasir macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2007
    Don't they do the drop in DVD once they become available? Most of the time they offer the new OS during a transition as a $9.95 option. Anyone else have experience?
  5. zw-gator macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
    I was thinking they'd do what MS did and basically give people who bought a computer with XP after a certain point a free upgrade to Vista
  6. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...isn't the 2600 Pro a lower grade card than the 2600XT?

    I just decided to get the lower 20" iMac as the $150 saved could get a larger external HDD and 4GB of RAM...

    Will I really notice .26 speed difference in the CPU?

    Is there really that much difference between the 2400XT and the 2600Pro GPU's?
  7. Illicit macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2007
    Waterloo, ON
    I've seen that before. It was available when Leopard came out, though I can't remember if it was for refurbs or new models that had Tiger still installed.

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