iMac Early or Late 2009 Questions

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CardboardGiant, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. CardboardGiant macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Here's the situation:

    I replaced my Macbook Pro (2010) with my Macbook Air (2011). And thus I have no need for my MBP.

    On my local Craigslist, someone is looking for a MBP to trade with his iMac (unsure if it's Early or Late 2009).

    According to the ad, the specs are:

    2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (dual processor)
    2GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (memory RAM)
    320GB harddrive
    and it runs version 10.6.8 of snow leopard

    So my question is, would this be capable of running games on Steam such as Half-Life 2 and Portal?

    I plan on using the iMac solely for gaming and maybe Skype as the MBA's can get very hot when using video chat.
  2. d3m0nz3y3 macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    Looks like its neither ( According to the website its 2008 model :eek:

    I have the late 2009 and starcraft2 runs just fine on it. Not sure how the 2008 one will work...
  3. CardboardGiant thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Thanks for the quick response!

    Are you sure? I am looking at the link and I think it's Rev E.... which one do you think it is?



    Oh I see what you mean... it's Definitely Rev D. as the Ram matches the late 2008 model.


    is it worth the trade? My MBP is mid-2010.
  4. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Depends on the gpu. Whatever you do don't take anything with a nvidia 8800. They are known for premature failure. The ati 2600 is more reliable but not as good as the mbp you have. Unless you can trade for an imac with ati 4850 or better just sell yours and buy the 2010 imac with the i7 and ati5750. There are still some available brand new at macmall for $1499.

  5. reclusive46 macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2011
    You'd be better off selling your MBP and buying a gaming PC.
  6. CardboardGiant thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Thank you for your advice.

    I checked Steam's minimum requirements for source games, it seems the minimum requirements for graphics are ATI Radeon 2400 or higher.

    As long as source games are playable, I'll be fine. I have no use for my MBP and am willing to use iMac for games and just messin around.

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