Question about iMac purchase

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Labhras, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. Labhras macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2014
    Hi all - my dad got an offer for an iMac (early 2009 I suppose) 20", 8gb RAM, with Yosemite, intel core 2 Duo 2.66GHz, HDD 320gb for around 600$.
    What are your opinions on this concerning release year-specs-price?
    I think it's a tad too high for a '09 model but I don't really know.
    His normal usage would be checking emails, writing, maybe some work with Excel - or numbers, youtube, downloading and watching videos, but nothing too heavy like video making or any program too taxing on the computer.

    Thanks for your help :)
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    WAY to much. Those are selling for between $200-$300 on eBay.

    For that price you can find 2012 21.5' iMacs all over eBay. For about $900 he could get a new 21.5 iMac refurb from Apple with full warranty.

    Plus that machine is no longer supported by Apple for parts etc.
  3. AlifTheUnseen macrumors member


    May 17, 2014
    Yes, too much.

    However, it should have enough performance to check eMails, watch videos, not-too-heavy excel stuff… etc. Albeit I don't know how smooth Yosemite and apps perform on such old hardware with a hdd. I hesitated to install it on my 2010 iMac...
  4. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    No. Half that. Core2Duos with HDD REALLY show their age.

    My dad has the the 3ghz version of that, which we purchased two years ago for $900.

    If you can get it for half that, great. If not, something around 2012 would be a better option for probably a similar price.
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    I wouldnt pay more than 200$ for that. It is clearly showing its age, especially for youtube.

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