15" i7 vs 17" i5 - Need Purchase Advice

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  1. bigdaddyc188 macrumors member

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    I need some advice, I plan on picking up one of these on Saturday and I am confused on which to get. With student discount they are only $100 apart so the cost isn't an issue. The also seem very similar and I can't really tell much of a difference besides the 2" and different processors.

    - Software Development both Windows and Mac
    - Image Editing / Photoshop
    - Misc nonsense - surfing / office stuff / family stuff
    - Don't really play any games, kids play the sims.


    This will be my first Macbook (I have a 24" iMac)

    Thanks for you help!
     
  2. Xombie11 macrumors regular

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    The 15" i7 will be faster and more portable. If you already have an iMac, the portability factor seems like it would come in handy.
     
  3. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    Have you performed a search on this topic?

    I do all my editing on my 15" 2.5GHZ with an external monitor. If you are serious about editing, you will have a calibrated external.
     
  4. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    while the 15" has a better processor you most likely wont see any difference between them in day to day work.
    just comes down to if you want a bit more screen real estate or a bit more mobility
     
  5. bigdaddyc188 thread starter macrumors member

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    I was curious the level of preformance of the i5 compared to i7.

    With only a 100$ difference in the 15" to the 17" its a tough call.

    Also I have never purchased a Macbook I have only owned Dell & HP laptops.
     
  6. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    You are in for a treat either way...:)
     
  7. dsprimal macrumors 6502a

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    core i7 15" :D have fun with your new baby, treat her right.
     

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