Good Price for a 20" iMac C2D?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by njalijoe, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. njalijoe macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2009
    Someone in my area is selling for $500 a 20" Intel Core 2 Duo iMac. It has a 2.16ghz/250gb HD/1gb Ram. It is a 2007 model and is not the aluminum based body.

    Is $500 a good price to pay for a 3 year old iMac. I really don't have the money and don't want to spend $1,200+ on a iMac. For what I use it for should do the job. Just wanted to get some of your opinions. Thanks
  2. heesey1010 macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2006
    I'm kind of in the same predicament...but I think that it's not 100% the best deal. It's not a total rip off, since it is a Core 2 Duo, but I feel like you can ask for $400 or $450 because of the RAM. What were you planning to do with it though?
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Yeah. $500 isn't fantastic. Its more the age of the machine than the tech. The HD may fail sooner rather than later so factor in another $50-70 for a new one eventually. You probably will want to add more RAM. A single 2GB stick will cost about $50.
  4. willieva macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2010
    For under $800 you can get a brand new monitor, plus a refurbished mac mini from the apple store(i.e with warranty). You will want to add in some money for more memory if you get the imac, 1 gig is not enough. And btw, that memory is only 667MHz, which is rather slow by today's standards.

    $500 is kind of steep for that. $400 might even be a bit much.
  5. heesey1010 macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2006
    Agreed...and $50-70 is at BARE minimum assuming you actually take it upon yourself to replace the hard drive. The labor that goes into replacing hard drives in ANY of the iMacs is tedious and error-prone. An example can be seen here:
  6. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    You don't want to go that cheap. Not worth it.

    I have an early 2009 20" imac with 2.66ghz C2D, 9400M, 2gb ram and 1 TB hard drive. I'll probably sell soon to get a new iMac.

    I doubt I get more than $800 although maybe because I have a 1TB hd in there.

    Still what I'm saying is the machine I have is a great machine and you can get one with the stock hard drive for $700+. And you'll be much better off. That thing you're looking at needs a memory upgrade and has an older cpu and no benefits of aluminum iMac.

    Sometimes it doesn't pay to be too cheap.

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