03-26-2011, 02:14 PM
*** UPDATE ****
The offer I am considering is a 24" iMac
2.4 GHZ Core2Duo (or whatever), 8GB RAM, 10k Raptorp drive. I had mistakenly stated a Macbook below.
I am considering a new Macbook Pro + 27" Monitor but a friend of mine is selling his 24" 3+ year old Macbook (2.4 GHz coreduo, 8GB RAM, and 150GB Raptor) for about $1000 without the keyboard. A 2.3 dual core Macbook Pro with 8GB of RAM would run me $1499....add a monitor and I'm up to $2000 before tax.
I have the following reservations about buying a Mac that is 3 years old.
1) Is this enough horsepower to run OSX and a windows instance on VMWare?
2) Will the next gen OS be supported on this hardware?
3) Is the unit quiet enough to run in my bedroom office? The raptopr may be a factor....but I'm concerned about noise when not using the machine.
4) Is $1000 considered to be a fair price (w/o keyboard and mouse). I am considering making offer of $700 if the answers to questins 1-3 are favorable.