New Mac Mini or used iMac 24"?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 18, 2002
Southern California
Just sold my early 2009 MacBook Pro 17" (needed the $), of the remainder I am allowing myself to spend max $850 for a replacement computer.

The question I have is should I get a new Mac Mini or a used 24" iMac? I've been doing research and I can probably get a 2.66Ghz 24" iMac on eBay for around $750-$900 or so.

I do have a 22" Samsung monitor that I would use with the Mac Mini or I can use it as a secondary for the iMac. I also already have a keyboard and mouse.

To me, the iMac option seems to be a no-brainer, so long as the seller is reputable and all. Is the new Mac Mini all that worth it or not?


macrumors member
Nov 27, 2007
If you don't need a 24" display then the Mini will suit your needs. Neither is really upgradable other than ram.

I just bought a 24" iMac and I'm happy with it.

Another cool thing about the Mac Mini is it's small footprint, but with the iMac you are eliminating the need for an external monitor all together.


macrumors 68040
You can put a 3,5" hard drive into the iMac. If I remeber correctly, the 24" had 9400m? If so, and you don't need top-of-the-line graphics, get it. Else if it has Radeon graphics, get it. If you can add another $100 or two, get the 3,06GHz one.
Else get the Mini.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 10, 2009
If you're happy with your monitor (and keyboard and mouse, to a lesser extent), then a new Mini will give you a 12 month warranty (or 3 years with Apple Care) and a newer computer. Or, as J&JPolangin says, go for a 2.53GHz refurb and you still get the warranty and option for Apple Care.
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