REFURBISHED iMac's: When will new gen iMacs show up in the refurb store?

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  1. justywusty macrumors regular

    justywusty

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    just wondering if i should get the last gen refurbished 2.8ghz 24inch that is $700 less on the Canadian store than the new gen 2.93ghz 24inch...or should i wait for the new gen's to start showing up on the refurbished section???

    just need to know how long it normally is before the NEW GENS begin showing up in the refurbished section.


    Thanks! :D
     
  2. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    It varies, but the unibody MacBooks took about two months to start showing up in the refurb store.

    You'll probably be saving ~$200 buying a refurb, so a last-gen will still be $500 cheaper. Whether it's worth the extra is up to you, though. :)
     
  3. justywusty thread starter macrumors regular

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    are the new gens really that much different? it's just with an AIO, when it's obsolete...bye bye monitor as well.
     
  4. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    current generation stuff in the refurb store seem to get discounts around 10% to 15% off the original price. With prev gen products they'll offer bigger discounts.
     
  5. justywusty thread starter macrumors regular

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    the last gen one is only 15% off...but still $700 less than the comparable currrent gen.
     
  6. acrahm macrumors regular

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    i have been debating the same dilemma. is the 2.66 to 2.93 that big of difference?

    Also how easy/hard is it to upgrade the memory and HD for an Imac?

    with my MBP the memory was easy but the HD i had a tech specialist do it...
     
  7. mgridgaway macrumors 6502

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    It depends on which gens you're talking about. You need to be specific. For the current gen, if you go from 2.66 to 2.93 the big difference is a dedicated graphics card, which is a big deal to some people, myself included.

    The Ram is easy to replace, the HD is much harder... not for the faint of heart.
     
  8. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    This was not a major revision, so I would say "not a lot". The new ones offer new processors, but the clock speeds are pretty close. Still Core 2 Duo, not Quad Core. :(

    The new machines offer more HDD space, faster RAM with more expandability (8GB max vs. 4GB max), and newer tech (i.e., processors and graphics).

    I seem to recall reading that graphics performance is pretty close between the old, dedicated card in the iMac and the integrated in the new, but check some of the benchmarks to confirm that if graphics are important to you.

    IMO: I would go for the old machine. I'm considering splurging on a last-gen 2.8 for CAN $1400, which is astounding value for that machine imo. The new one is great, but at $2100, it's just not offer enough of a performance advantage to warrant the price increase. Unless you're doing cutting-edge work like graphics or video, the last-gen will last you many years easily.
     
  9. justywusty thread starter macrumors regular

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    sweet. i'm getting the 1,399 refurb! it's just not worth the extra 700 bucks...and even going to the 1,700 base 24inch model of the new gen with integrated graphics isn't worth it for the extra 300.

    once my bonus from work comes in a week...it'll be MINEEEEEEEE.
     

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