Need new MBA... i5 or i7??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by eggersj, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hello Everyone,

    My 2008 1st Gen MBA is finally crapping out on me. Started with Kernal panics a couple weeks ago, Tried to clean it up, but now the sound won't work (greyed out) and Itunes won't play music or video (stays at 0:00). I think the logic board is going out again. I've already had it refurbished once in early 2010 through Apple, so I'm ready to upgrade!

    I am planning on the 11", 4GB model, as I am traveling more for work. I am wondering if I should go with the i5 or upgrade to the i7.

    I just use this machine for streaming video, Itunes, word, excel, and basic web surfing (NYT, Wash Post, Insideline, CNET etc.... )

    Will I notice a huge difference between the i5 and the i7?

    Sorry for the elementary question, I just wanted to get some feedback.
     
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    Angelo95210

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    i5 will be fine for your needs. i7 is useful for pro applications like FCX, Adobe etc.
     
  4. macrumors G4

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    Coming from the original, either model will be a significant upgrade, between the CPU and the SSD. With the new models coming out in a few months (likely around July) you might consider seeing what's available from the refurbished stock.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys! Well, I guess that settles it!

    I know there are new ones possibly coming out sometime soon, but that's ok with me. If it was next week I would wait, but I can't make it to July.

    I get about 8% off through my companies discount, so it won't be too bad. Certainly MUCH cheaper than my 1st gen. ;)
     

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