Refurb store models, what's the difference?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by IshDisturber, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. IshDisturber macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2007
    Hello All,

    I'm looking at getting a refurb and was wondering if anyone can tell me what the difference between:

    1.) Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo


    2.) Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme

    They are both priced at $1649 which I find confusing since the first system has a 320gb HD and the other one has a 500gb HD.

    Are the Duo processors better than the Extreme?
    Which one is the better system and deal?

  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
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    Pick the better one. Sometimes Apple's refurb store prices make no sense. In fact, sometimes, the deals aren't even that good, IMO. That's the case in Australia, anyway. Sometimes, if the original price of an iMac is $2000 (for example), and a new, updated iMac model is released at a lower price (say $1800 for example), the older model may be put into the Refurb section of their store. They sell it at a discount, but the discount (say 20%) is calculated on the previous original price of $2000 (i.e. 20% off $2000), rather than the new price of a new unit ($1800).
  3. IshDisturber thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2007
    So what is the better deal of the 2 options I listed?
  4. bartzilla macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2008
    I'd go for more storage space myself. The Core2Duo Extreme is a better processor than a Core2Duo for hardware enthusiasts, but for reasons that are irrelevant to the discussion when talking about what is inside an Apple computer.
  5. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
  6. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    Since when has 20% of 2000 been 200?

    I need to go back to school. I always though 20% of 2000 was 400.

    No wonder they never seem like a good deal to you.
  7. brendalana macrumors newbie


    Apr 6, 2008
    Cornwall, Britain

    Greetings, IshDisturber...

    For the information you need—especially the benchmarks...

    Suggest you take advantage of the free (donation) application Mactracker "get info on any Mac" that can be downloaded here:



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