I can't make a decision!?

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  1. ryan.stewie macrumors regular

    ryan.stewie

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    I'm in the market for a new computer. But I'm stuck between the:

    2008 Refurbished:
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    2.8GHz
    2GB memory DDR2
    320GB hard drive
    8x Superdrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO Discrete with 256MB of GDDR3 Memory

    OR

    2009:
    20-inch glossy widescreen display
    2.66GHz
    2GB memory DDR3
    320GB hard drive
    8x Superdrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    nVidia GeForce 9400M Integrated with 256MB Shared Memory

    I'll be using it for the usuals, small photo editing and video editing (nothing major though), a bit of Handbrake, viewing video, and I'll be doing a little bit of gaming, nothing more intensive than Spore though.

    Screen size doesnt worry me much, but the RAM and Graphics cards do, a little. I'm not exactly a computer genius, but I know the new nVidia chip is integrated making it probably much worse than the old ATI 2600 card, I couldnt find any benchmarks though. Is there much difference between the two? And how much of a perforance boost will DDR3 RAM provide over DDR2? Whats the quality of refurbs, the fact that its "refurbished" turns me off it a bit. I'm also a bit concered over whether the ATI card will be OpenCL supported in Snow Leopard. Also, I can't afford to pay ANY more than one of the 2 iMacs above (thanks for the price hike Apple).

    Sorry 'bout all the questions, I just really don't know which to get? Please help.
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

    tersono

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    It would be a no-brainer for me. Go for the 24" - the screen is MUCH better quality.

    Refurbs are generally exactly like new - with the exception of the box they come in (sometimes). About 75% of the new Apple gear I've bought over the years has actually been a refurb - never had a problem
     
  3. cold macrumors newbie

    cold

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    The 2008 model is faster:

    http://www.macworld.com/article/139350/2009/03/imacs_2009_benchmarks.html

    - better graphic card
    - faster processor
    - bigger screen

    - ddr2 is almost as fast as ddr3 but costs less, so you can easily upgrade to 4gb
    - don't bother about OpenCL and Snow Leopard, it will run as smooth on your machine as on the newer ones

    I would buy the 2008 model.
     
  4. mcavjame macrumors 65816

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    +1 for 2008 Model.

    I have also purchased from the refurb store and purchased used. The refurb store machines are pristine.
     
  5. dn325ci macrumors newbie

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    I bought this exact same refurb. Pristine when it arrived a few days ago. My machine actually arrived in a better spec than I order, but I don't think you can count on that. A great machine in any case. Save your money with the refurb - you won't regret it.

    Don
     
  6. Matt Dean macrumors newbie

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    I had the exact decision to make and, because of the video card scenario, I went with a new 2008 24". Couldn't be happier. MAN, this thing is snappy!

    I have always had G5's and MacPro's and I thought I would find the iMac a step down. Can't say I see much difference at all. And yes, the screen is gorgeous.

    Get the 2008 before they run out - which will be very soon.
     
  7. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816

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  8. Sebby macrumors 6502a

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    I don't usually think like this, but definitely go for the refurb. You've got a bigger screen (and the 24" uses a better panel than the 20"), a faster processor, and better graphics. You can upgrade to 4GB RAM for not much money and it'll be great.
     
  9. Poncho macrumors 6502

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    Go for the refurb. I had the exact same decision to make and yesterday got a new cut-price 2008 24in 3.06 Ghz with GT8000 card and it's blinding!
     
  10. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

    michael.lauden

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    i'd probably go for the refurb.

    cheaper to upgrade RAM immediately and a faster processor makes everyone happy.

    not to mention the giant screen.

    my girlfriend's mother has the 24" 2008 model and it is SEXY
     
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  12. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816

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    Lol. Are you getting the message yet, OP? Sounds like its a resounding, "REFURB!" lol.
     
  13. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    I would have to go with the overwhelming consensus here and say get the refurb.
     
  14. Lexlee macrumors newbie

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    I just bought the new 24' iMac which is great, but if I had to choose between those two I would get the refurbished. Apple support is great incase something goes wrong.
     
  15. ryan.stewie thread starter macrumors regular

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