03-26-2011, 04:31 PM
You'd be better off by posting in the thread again rather than editing your existing post in this case. Editing does not bring it back up the list again, so those that have already read it will never see the edit. Not even sure why I looked at it again.
With the 24" he's got it priced about the going price. Although, I wouldn't give that for it.
You can't compare the pricing of a desktop vs an all-in-one and you can't compare the pricing of an all-in-one vs a notebook.
Since Apple doesn't make a consumer grade desktop, you have to decide whether the all-in-one (iMac) is what you want or do you need a notebook. If you need a notebook then your friends Mac is no longer in consideration.
New iMac at $1199 vs that $1000, you get:
3.06 i3 vs 2.4 C2D
500GB vs 150GB drive - drive replacement is no easy job on these things
ATI HD 4650 vs 2600
DDR3 vs DDR2 memory
New vs 3 years old
Warranty vs no warranty
The only things you're losing out on:
21.5" vs 24" screen
And the 8GB RAM which you can still do youself for about $100.
If you can get that iMac for $700, I might be tempted. Any more than that, my money goes with the new one. And if you want to save a little be checking the refurb store. Same as new except for the fancy box, same warranty and get the price down to $1100.