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  1. LarBob
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    Do you guys know a place where I could get a Mac laptop that will run El Capitan on the lower price spectrum? I don't care if it's old as long as it can run El Capitan. Don't care if it's refurbished, is missing HDD, etc. I have SSDs I could put in.

    Thanks; I've tried searching but haven't had much luck.
     
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    Most everyone over charges when it comes to any used Mac, especially the laptops. Your best bet is checking if any government offices or universities sell their old computers. I know the university I went to did and they actually sold their old Macs for reasonable prices.

    Do you specifically need a Mac laptop? If not have you considered making a hackintosh? People at http://www.tonymacx86.com/ actually make some pretty good guides and I have personally made three hackintoshs off of their guides that all work great and cost significantly less that an equally powered iMac.
     
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    I could use a Hackintosh laptop, but the bottom line is I'd like a laptop.
     
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    There is a section on http://www.tonymacx86.com/laptops/ that has laptops that people have successfully converted into hackintoshs. Maybe it's worth taking a look since you can probably find a used PC laptop for much cheaper than a used Mac.
     
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    Thank you, I totally forgot about that to be honest. :)
     
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    I forgot
    How cheap is "cheap"?

    You can get some of the older core2duo Macbooks for rather cheap, around $300-$400 (usually) that are in good-ish condition. AFAIK, El Capitan will run on any 2009+ which can go pretty "cheap" for Macbooks. You should find hundreds and hundreds of them around on eBay (I would know, I spent a good 2-3 weeks looking for a late 2011 model for my older sister that was also on the cheap).
     
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    You answered your own Question i think you forgot that the term PC is Personal Computer

    The link did not say desktop
    Neither did I

    Also you contradict yourself when you said you dont have any.
    When your thread is about BUYING a cheap mac
     
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    hey, hey
    I never claimed to not be an idiot
     
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    My school issued us Macbook Airs that run excellently. I'm not exactly sure what model they are (probably fairly new considering it was a grant) but for being as tiny as they are you wouldn't expect them to be able to handle Skyrim on its highest settings.