Refurb 21.5 Question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iFalcon, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. iFalcon macrumors regular

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    Hello -

    Looking to buy our first iMac finally. The primary use of it is general browsing, email, ms office, and managing pics/videos of our family.

    Based on that, would the $929 build be sufficient? To be honest, the $1019 one isn't that much more considering you get a better processor and video card. Thoughts?

    $929
    Refurbished iMac 21.5-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    500GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight camera

    $1019
    21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    500GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight camera

    Thanks.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I would pay 90$ more to get better CPU and GPU. Those are parts you cannot upgrade so to make it more "future-proof", get the more expensive one. It should be worth it in the long run
     
  3. mclaugaa macrumors newbie

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    I would definitely pay the extra $90 to get the core i3 processor. Runs like a charm!
     
  4. iFalcon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great everyone.

    Now the tough time of waiting for it to ship. We do have a Apple store locally that could give me the instant gratification of picking a new one up today. However, the $180 savings could later be used for more memory.
     
  5. iFalcon thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's interesting there are always the 21.5 i3 refurbs in stock. I wonder if a bulk of those are the yellow screen issue.

    I know Apple refurb products are in mint condition.
     

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