iMac with dead logic board- value?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gravyboat, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. gravyboat macrumors member

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    Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Got an iMac G5 iSight with a dead logic board according to the techs at the Apple store. No Applecare so the $925 replacement cost seems prohibitive.

    I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts as to sale value. I'd prefer to avoid eBay if possible. If the value is low (say, sub-$200), any thoughts on finding another iMac with perhaps a dead screen and swapping out boards? Or does that sound like unlikely?

    The iMac (20") is in pristine condition- perfect screen, no blemishes or scratches. I added 512 mb Samsung ram so there's 1 gb total. Nothing else was added or changed.

    Thank you very much for any help.
     
  2. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Unfortunately once the logic board goes is usually more cost effective to buy another computer, either second hand or from the refurb store .. :(
     
  3. gravyboat thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi Father Jack,


    Thanks for the reply. Sadly, I think you're right. What a waste of a beautiful machine.
     
  4. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Sometimes a broken screen systems can be found out there. eBay has a 1.8 starting at $100. Also, you can probably sell yours in the $200 range. Somebody out there will try to fix it.

    Best of luck,
     
  5. ftaok macrumors 603

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    Before you sell it (or chuck it), doublecheck to see if you used a credit card that offered an extended warranty. As long as your within the credit card's X-warranty period (usually an additional year from the end of the original warranty).

    Otherwise, you might have more luck selling the individual parts.

    Also, you might be able to find a local Apple tech/shop to fix it for less than $925. I just checked the net and found this PLACE that does it for $450. NOTE - I have no connection with this place and cannot vouch for them. They were the 2nd link turned up from Google.

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  6. gravyboat thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi panzer06 and ftaok,


    Thank you for the suggestions. I'd much rather try to fix this one than shell out money I don't have for a new one so I appreciate these comments.

    I'll check around on eBay and see if anything looks promising. Maybe I'll get lucky.

    As for that repair place, I called them up and was underwhelmed. They said sometimes they use new boards, sometimes refurbished, sometimes they repair your old board, etc. It seems like a real crapshoot. But it's tempting. I'd just be so bummed if it went kaput after the warranty expired-- $450 would go a long way towards a new iMac.

    Thanks again.
     

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