Refurb iMac 27"

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dikiem, May 20, 2011.

  1. dikiem macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Haven't own a mac before, but used them in the past. It's been year though. Anyhow, I notice on Apple they occasionally have the 27" iMac Core 2 Duo 3.0 Ghz w/4GB RAM 1.0TB HD, and ATI w/256MB RAM on sale for $1049 - 1149.

    It looks like an awesome deal and would like to purchase it. My concern is around gaming and photoshop. 256MB video ram is not that much and would cause some issue if this going to be a long term investment right?
     
  2. imaginex20 macrumors 65816

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    I almost purchased this exact model myself but I knew that in the back in my head that I would regret buying a C2D processor at this day in age. I am sure the machine is capable of doing photoshop just fine. I ended up buying the base 27" imac core i5 and don't regret it one bit.
     
  3. desantii macrumors 6502

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    I agree, does not make sense to buy a C2D, there should be I5s refurbs soon
     
  4. dikiem thread starter macrumors member

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    C2D @ 3 Ghz is plenty fast. At least my desktop C2D 2.5Ghz still seems to perform well.

    I was interested because of the 27" screen. The ATI was the deal breaker for me
     
  5. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

    Badger^2

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    What?

    So you are totally willing to compromise with a 4 year old C2D processor -- but its the video card that stopped you? LOL.

    depending on where you are in the world, dont forget to factor in tax. For me in California: $1150 + $110 tax = $1250

    But another few hundred gets you into a brand new 2.7 i5 after rebates, no tax, free shipping.
     
  6. dikiem thread starter macrumors member

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    True.

    So I decided to wait and get it off amazon. Ejheheh
     
  7. farmermac macrumors 6502a

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    I got that same model a few weeks ago for $1100 shipped

    I don't need the new whiz bang processors, but what I do need is a 27" screen to hook up my mbp to work from home - something the new iMacs can't do.

    Realistically most people wouldn't see a difference between a 3.06 c2c and a core i5 or video adapters unless playing games which I don't do.
     
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    I have a 27 inch c2d 3.06 2009 version use it for tv /eyetv recording and surfing the net. works great. but I don't game. I wall mounted it in my kitchen.
     
  9. Krovem macrumors 6502

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    Dont buy the C2D.
     

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