Need help on buying an iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by The Hippo, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. The Hippo macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2015
    im looking for a decent used or refurbished iMac thats around 250- 300 dollar range as I'm not trying to break the bank since this is for a younger sibling. Would a 2007 model be sufficient? Is this model too outdated to be any use for the next 2 to 3 years? Any guidance would be appreciated.
  2. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    Is your recipient a power user? From a power user's perspective, the short answer: yes, too outdated.

    The cutoff for OSX 10.10 is mid-2007 iMacs or newer. It is likely with the next OSX major update, this machine will be dropped. Also, the specs of that machine are horrible. 2 gig Ram (horrible), slow and small hard drive, and an outdated screen which is blown away by modern displays. No USB 3.0, bad; Firewire is dead, no one is using it, not even Apple anymore. I wouldn't work on this thing if it were given to me for free. And it would absolutely choke on some of the modern work programs, or "applications" in Apple parlance. You can forget about getting anything real work done, if that work involves compiling, database applications, video editing. Heck, even the MS Office suite would be really annoying on this thing.

    Having said this, if your younger sibling is going to do nothing more than post on Facebook or play Youtube videos, this will do the job. But so will a brand-new Chromebook, with a superior display, and for only $199.

    So my point is, if you are picking up a desktop Apple to get real work done, you need to get something more modern, and raise the budget, else it's going to be a real disappointment. And if instead it's going to be used for entertainment, seems to me there are superior alternatives in your pricerange that will deliver a brand-new device with better specs. Outdated tech is outdated, no matter the logo on the front.
  3. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Why not a Mini?

    Would a Mini not work better?

    But yeah, 2007 is just too old to be usable for anyone that wants to do all the modern stuff.

    2009 would be my cutoff.
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    It really depends on what you want to use it for.
  5. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013

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