Question about iMac purchase

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

  1. Labhras macrumors regular

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    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

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    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.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201624

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

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    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 68040

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    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

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

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