Looking at a couple of refurbs. One is a 24" and one is 21.5". I've been checking the refurb section regularly and the 24" seem to pop up once or twice a week for a big discount (30-35%) and only last a few hours usually. However, I've never seen the early 2009 imacs in person. Other than the obvious size difference (24 vs 21.5), how does it compare to the newer screens? Is an LED-backlit screen noticeably different? My computing needs are pretty basic (though this would be my first mac so I might end up getting into something more advanced) but I do use photoshop a bit. No gaming. Might try out some basic video editing (just home video stuff of the kids being idiots). I'm not terribly concerned about hard drive capacity, as I can add that externally and I doubt I'd ever need to go beyond 8GB of RAM. And I don't know the difference between the two graphic cards but I suspect they'd both meet my needs. So it seems to come down to a bigger/older screen [edit: and a slightly(??) slower processer] vs smaller/newer screen... Anyway, here are the links (specs below in case the link dies). Keep in mind they're the prices linked are in CDN dollars... http://store.apple.com/ca/product/FB419LL/A?mco=MTEyMDAwNTU Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 24-inch glossy widescreen display 4GB memory 640GB hard drive 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 256MB memory Built-in iSight camera http://store.apple.com/ca/product/FC413LL/A?mco=MTU0Mzg0NTQ Refurbished iMac 21.5-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display 4GB memory 1TB hard drive 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with 256MB memory Built-in iSight camera Both are $1349 CDN.