Help me choose a pre-owned mac!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mvkVirtual, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. mvkVirtual macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2009
    Hey guys, I am in the market for a used map, in the UK. I am not buying until December time, but wanted some input! I have around £450 budget, but the less I spend is better. It MUST be Intel. I was looking at the following macs. I have about 15 tabs open in my browser at all times, with MSN and Spotify music streaming service running in the background. I also do some light 720P Video editing for youtube.

    My current machine is an Acer. Quad core, 4GB RAM. Geekbench score is around 3000.

    So here are the machines that I think should be the bare minimum specs for what I want:

    Late 2007
    2ghz Core 2 Duo
    Intel GMA X3100 144MB
    Geekbench = 2698+

    iMac White
    Late 2006
    2ghz Core 2 Duo
    ATI Radeon X1600 128MB
    Geekbench = 2637+

    Aluminum iMac
    Mid 2007 (Any Model)
    2ghz Core 2 Duo
    ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT 128MB
    Geekbench = 2707+


    Mac Mini
    Early 2009
    2ghz Core 2 Duo
    Nvidea GeForce 9400M 128MB
    Geekbench = 2804
    Geekbench (Late 2009) = 3229

    I'm kinda leaning towards the Mac Mini. I have seen Early 2009 2.26ghz models boxed for about £450. Also leaning towards the lovely MacBook, for the portability and screen. Out of all of the above which is the best value for money?

    Feel free to make any other suggestions too!
  2. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...what are the prices for the machines you're looking at?
  3. englishman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2006
    Mac mini. Preowned others more likely to have risk of problematic screens although you might be lucky.
  4. mvkVirtual thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2009
    Very true. My Dad actually purchased a 2007 MacBook for £300. It was being sold by a company, so he got a good deal. I actually saw a 2GHz Mac Mini on ebay for £350, so I think that's the route I will be taking unless a good deal on a MacBook comes up. Thanks for your input!
  5. englishman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2006

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