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Old Jul 7, 2013, 08:27 PM   #1
murray484
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13" cMBP i5 vs i7

Hello,
I am looking at buying a new macbook for university in the next few weeks. I intend to use it for graphics design (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, etc...), as well as web browsing, word processing, and other day to day tasks. I would also like to do some light CAD work with AutoCad for Mac.

I am currently trying to decide between the following MacBook Pros:

Mid 2012 13" MacBook Pro with 2.5GHz i5, 4gb of ram and a 750gb HDD.
- $1089.00 with education discount

Mid 2012 13" MacBook Pro with 2.9GHz i7, 8gb of ram, and a 750gb HDD.
- $1299.00 with education discount

I am comfortable with upgrading the ram myself, so I would upgrade the i5 to 8gb of ram. What I am trying to decide is if the upgraded processor is worth the extra money. Will I notice a difference between the two in my typical usage?

Thanks a lot!
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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i7 is not worth the extra money,I have the i5 model and it handles everything I throw at it without any hiccups
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 08:05 PM   #3
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not to mention money you save you can purchase a SSD
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Old Jul 16, 2013, 08:56 AM   #4
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Save the money. Stick with the i5 and buy a SSD drive. Best upgrade for your MacBook Pro.
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