Help!!!! (C2D iMac purchase decision)

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  1. AMC1970, Nov 11, 2013
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    AMC1970 macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2013
    My 13 yr old son has asked for an imac for Christmas for gaming purposes. I have the chance of buying the following second hand desktop from a work colleague

    Mac OS X
    Version 10.5.1
    Processor 2.16 GHz intel core 2 duo
    Memory 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

    Is this of any use for what my son would be looking for?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this and indeed reply :)

  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    With those specs, it's only suitable for all work and no games.

    If he wants to play some games, I'd suggest at least the following:
    2.0GHz quad-core processor
    8GB RAM
    512MB of graphics

    If budget is a concern, buy an iPad mini with retina display for him instead. There's thousands of games on the iOS App Store and should be enough to satiate his desires :)
  3. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    Won't be much use for any modern 3D intensive games which are the kind any self respecting 13 year old wants to play!

    Also, buying a Mac specifically for gaming is always going to end in disappointment. You could get great new PC with a very good graphics card for the same money that a second hand iMac will cost. Or a PS4. Get a PS4 if he wants something decent for gaming.
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    That's why I suggested the iPad Mini with retina display :) besides, he can carry it anywhere with him.

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