2011 13" 2.7 i7 or 2010 15" 2.53 i5??

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  1. sault macrumors newbie

    sault

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    need help deciding. I do web browsing, video streaming, music, and some editing. I am going to start designing soon for college. which is better bang for buck or just better overall between these 2?

    13-inch: 2.7 GHz (2011 model... higher end 13")

    * 2.7GHz dual-core
    Intel Core i7
    * 4GB 1333MHz
    * 500GB 5400-rpm
    * Intel HD Graphics 3000
    * Built-in battery (7 hours)
    * $1,399.00 (this is price with student discount.)

    OR

    15" Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Intel Core i5

    * Originally released April 2010
    * 15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1440 x 900 pixel)
    * 4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    * 500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    * NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    * $1,439.00

    please give opinions :)
    thanks.
     
  2. ScholarsInk macrumors regular

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    I would go for the second, personally, but I'm a gamer and the discrete graphics make all the difference for me.
     
  3. sault thread starter macrumors newbie

    sault

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    See I just really want the better machine. I'm leaning towards the 15" but I'd like the NEW 13" just because it's "new". I don't plan on keeping it for longer than a year and a half.. because I'm sure by then a NEW MBP's will be out. I probably am going to put 8gb of RAM because that's only $100.
     
  4. sault thread starter macrumors newbie

    sault

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  5. jnash macrumors regular

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    I have the i5 you are looking to buy right now and I am selling it and upgrading to a quad i7 because of the power of the i5 isnt as nice as I needed for video editing. I would say wait save up some cash and get a newer 15" or even a i7 13"
     
  6. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a benchmark that compares the two?

    I'm thinking about the same thing. If the 13" were only higher-resolution screen.
     
  7. jnash macrumors regular

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    Yes this is my i5 with 8 GIGs of ram and a 7200rpm drive vs my buddys stock 15" new i7 2.0 and we had other programs running some have been getting higher scores.
     

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  8. thedarkhorse macrumors 6502a

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    If you're not gaming the new top of the line 13" i7 should smoke the 15" i5, at least that's what all the benchmarks so far say. Portability might be a point to thing about too.
     
  9. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020

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    If you don't plan to keep it longer than a year, coming from a guy that resells his MBP nearly every year at great prices, I say get the latest and greatest, it sells better haha. I'm on my new one now =)
     
  10. sault thread starter macrumors newbie

    sault

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    is $900 good for a 15" Intel core 2. 250 gb hd and 4gb of RAM. the 2009 model. help..
     
  11. sault thread starter macrumors newbie

    sault

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  12. adnoh macrumors 6502a

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    yes
     
  13. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

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    no
     
  14. kitzuki macrumors regular

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    noooooooo
    core 2 duo?
    noooooooo
     

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