Buying a used iMac! Would like your opinions :)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by chikit, May 12, 2011.

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Which would you buy? (If you had to choose)

  1. Apple iMac 24" (Early 2008) - $950

    1 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. Apple iMac 21.5" (Late 2009) - $900

    2 vote(s)
    66.7%
  1. chikit, May 12, 2011
    Last edited: May 12, 2011

    chikit macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Apple iMac 24" (Early 2008)

    2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB DDR2-800 SDRAM
    500GB HD
    256MB ATI Radeon HD2600 Pro
    21.5" 1920 × 1200 IPS
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (CDRW/DVD±R)
    Apple Keyboard & Magic Mouse (both wireless)
    iSight Camera

    Comes with a new HP B110A Wireless Photosmart Printer.

    $965USD (Local Pickup)



    Apple iMac 21.5" (Late 2009)

    3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB DDR3-1066 SDRAM (2x2GB)
    500GB Serial ATA Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256MB
    24" 1920 × 1080 IPS with LED Backlighting
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (CDRW/DVD±R)
    Apple Keyboard & Magic Mouse (both wireless)
    iSight Camera

    $900USD (Local Pickup)


    Your thoughts please? If you think this is too much, what do you think a fair used value would be?

    Thanks very much!
     
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

    rkaufmann87

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    #2
    Opinions about what, they're both good machines.

    If you want opinions on which one your should get then let us know how you intend to use it.

    BTW if the seller promises software then make sure they supply the original media. This also includes the original OS X install disc and iLife install disc. If they don't I'd walk away, it's a good sign how responsible the seller is. Some on these forums will tell you that you can get replacement dvds for OS X and iLife and that is correct however it will a) cost you and b) give you and indication how well the seller takes care of his possessions.
     
  3. chikit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #3
    Very good points, thanks for that. I will ask the seller about the DVDs.
    I intend on replacing a PC office computer with one of these. Nothing really graphic intensive, but would like to know which of these has best value.
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    Personally, I think the 21.5" is a bit too small. I have 24" iMac and I think the screen size is great, although I would prefer the new 27" of course. Speed wise, they are quite equal.

    Both are overpriced though, you can get 21.5" i3 iMac for 929$ from refurb store. That comes with full warranty and is faster than the ones you listed. Offer 700$ or 750$, otherwise go with the refurb.
     
  5. chikit thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I did end up getting a new 21.5" iMac from the refurb store :)

    Thanks!
     

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