13" cMBP i5 vs i7

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by murray484, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. murray484 macrumors newbie

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    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!
     
  2. Tutone macrumors newbie

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    Sep 28, 2011
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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
     
  3. Tutone macrumors newbie

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    #3
    not to mention money you save you can purchase a SSD
     
  4. cledet macrumors regular

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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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