Refurbished iMac 27-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Originally released late 2009?

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  1. cameraguy23 macrumors newbie

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    I'm coming from a 2005 PPC G5 Duo cor 2.0 and on the bench it was something like 1844. What I was doing on it was imovie, iphoto, itunes, and word. It's really time for an update.

    I was on the refurb store and saw this Refurbished iMac 27-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Originally released late 2009
    27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight camera for $1049.00. They come up every so often and they go so fast. Wow!! I jumped on it before I did some research on the specks. The bench on the one is 4400. So it's a big step from my G5.

    Do any of you have this computer and is it still doing the Job?

    Or return it and get
    Refurbished iMac 27-inch 2.8GHz Intel Quad-Core i5 processor for another $500.00?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Its a step up no doubt, but Core 2 Duos are dead.

    If you have the extra $500, Id say its worth the extra life you get out of it.

    what state are you in?
     
  3. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    C2d are not dead. Why do you think they are still supported in lion?


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  4. joelovesapple macrumors 6502a

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    I got an identical machine last year in June... it's a brilliant machine. Sure, if you can get a more up to date model then go for it, but it's still bloody amazing and better than what most people have got! (not on these forums I mean in real life). :)
     
  5. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    because apple didnt want to alienate a really large portion of its older users?
     
  6. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    If a large portion of users have it what makes it dead?


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  7. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

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    What makes it dead is that if you already have it your OK

    But if your looking for a new PC or Mac it's not a good idea to get them
     
  8. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Why not? What's wrong with them?
     
  9. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing is wrong with them, they work fine and will be supported for years to come. They are simply last generation technology and the newer Core i series chips are a significant improvement. It might not be important to everyone but it's worth bearing that in mind when spending alot of money on a computer.
     
  10. OneMike macrumors 601

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    I agree, but last gen doesn't mean dead.

    Take into consideration the computer the person is coming from to where they are going. A PPC G5 to 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo alone is a big leap.
     
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    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    I have one it works fine. I have owned it since feb 2010 . I record and watch a lot of tv on it . I use it for net surfing. it is a good deal for the money. Look into applecare or square trade to go longer then the 1 yr warranty.
     
  12. talmy macrumors 601

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    At $1049 it's $50 more than the 27" Apple Cinema Display, so you are basically paying $50 for the computer. I'd say it's quite a bargain and plenty powerful for just about anything. Much faster than the G5, that's for sure!
     
  13. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

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    if you payed tax on top of that i would say bad deal
     
  14. cameraguy23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tatal with tax came out to 1,185.37.
     
  15. MTI macrumors 65816

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    There's a lot of G4 users working, walking around, and posting on forums thinking "I'm dead?" :D
     
  16. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

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    27" computer price - ACD 27" price=good deal
    That's so last decade :rolleyes:
     
  17. feldhaus macrumors newbie

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    The Core 2 Duo are dead in the sense Apple doesn't use them anymore, its like Saturn, they aren't made anymore, the support is still there but you wouldn't buy one unless it was due to savings $$.
     
  18. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    It's a good machine. I had the 21.5" version of that same line. Pretty fast and will serve you well.

    I will say that my new 2011 iMac with quad core i5 is MUCH MUCH faster. More than I imagined. Obviously you are shopping for low prices but I would recommend getting the latest generation. For the extra cost, it might be worth it. Of course it's up to you though and it all depends on how you use your iMac.
     
  19. mankymanning macrumors regular

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    Give you can get the 21.5" i5 for less money I'd get that. It will absolutely spank the C2D machine. They are seriously old school processors these days.

    Depends how important the 27" screen is I guess.
     
  20. cameraguy23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well after spending a week with my Refurbished iMac 27-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo I must say that I made the right choice for my needs. From what I came from and what I paid I got a great deal. It's very fast and the screen resolution is AMAZING!!! I'm sure the i5 is faster but for $500.00 more I'm not so sure.

    I would like to thank you all for your input on making my decision, much appreciated.
     

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