2.8Ghz Core 2 Duo 17" or 2.5Ghz Core i5 17"

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  1. Yimbie macrumors member

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    Hello everyone! I am looking to purchase my first Macbook Pro. I am having a difficult time deciding between a $1749 17" from Amazon that is the older 2.8Ghz Core 2 Duo and the $2298 17" (w/ student discount and tax... have to include tax) from Apple that is the newest model. The price difference is $549.

    Some things I'm curious about:

    1. Intel HD card? Does it really cause that much lag? How is it compared to the nVidia 9400m? I don't mean benchmarks, I mean real life performance.

    2. Battery life? Is the battery life in the newest model much better than previous gen?

    3. Heat? Is there a difference in heat production between them?

    I don't care about gaming, so the 512 300m vs. 512 9600m is no concern.

    Does the newest 17" justify the $549 price difference? Are there any other things that I should know between the two?
     
  2. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    What are you going to use it for?
     
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  4. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Microcenter has that 17" 2.8 new for $1599.

    At that price it's hard to justify the newer model unless you have applications that require intensive CPU utilization.

    Cheers,
     
  5. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    Damn. Just get the MicroCenter one then. Good Luck!
     
  6. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    1) no about the same
    2)previous model had better battery life
    3) heat same

    i would look at i7 or saving money on previous model
     
  7. Yimbie thread starter macrumors member

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    Photo and video editing, web surfing, word documents, music, and so forth. I'm a typical student. I don't do any gaming. That age has passed me. I was first debating between the 15" and 17" but decided to go with 17" for that extra screen real estate and portability is almost the same to me. I have a great 17" computer backpack.
     
  8. Yimbie thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much for that link! I'd prefer to buy from Amazon though because there's no tax through Amazon. Micro Center charges it and as a result, it will actually be more expensive than the one from Amazon. Also, I live in SoCal and it's sold out there and don't know when they will get them in again. It's the thought that counts! :)
     
  9. warrena macrumors member

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    The Microcenter near me also had the anti glare 2.8 17" in stock, at that price I had to pick one up. Works great and the large anti glare screen is easy to read. Will just use it as a desktop replacement for my last old powerbook.
     
  10. Yimbie thread starter macrumors member

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    Decision

    I decided to get the 2.8Ghz Core 2 Duo. I keep seeing that people are having issues with the Intel HD card. I am off A/C a lot and would annoy me a lot to have things lag when it doesn't need to. Quick question though, how long should I expect the battery life to be (as in a range) with regular web browsing, word document work, and such? I know that the estimated battery life will not be attainable under these conditions.
     
  11. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    If you'll be doing video editing a lot, the i5 might serve you well. Consider it if cost isn't a concern.

    Edit: Never mind, I see you choose the 2.8 GHz. Good Luck :)
     
  12. Yimbie thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you! It's not heavy video editing. It'll basically just be editing what I've recorded from my Sony camera in Europe. Nothing heavy.
     
  13. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    You'll be fine :D
     

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