Better value?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dmoreno26, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. dmoreno26 macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2010
    base 15 inch i5 2.4
    4 gigs
    320 gigs

    or 15 inch i5 2.53
    4 gigs
    500 gigs

    which would you guys go for?
  2. CarsonJones macrumors member

    May 11, 2010
    Base 15in for sure. Use that extra $ on a SSD.
  3. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
  4. dmoreno26 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2010
  5. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    I'll give you my reasoning. The i5-520m vs the i5-540m speed difference is minimal at best. Look at any benchmarks for PC/OS X whatever. Passmark etc, you'll see it's not worth the price difference. the 520m is a very good processor, it's not worth the upgrade to 540m at all, only time you ever see that difference in speed is if you're encoding video and even then it's fairly minor. Definitely not value..

    as for the HDD, that's up to you. HDD are cheap and probably even cheaper if you bought it yourself and upgraded. Or like someone else said, save your money and get an SSD. Or go with th 320GB and replace it with a $130 500GB momentus XT for some faster boot speeds and some faster app loading.
  6. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    The reason is that tests show the base and the 2.53 don't differ very much in performance so most people have brought the 2.4. Your talking 130mhz difference which is peanuts, as I understand it their is NOTHING else bar the slight speed increase that is different between the two processors. So save your cash and buy the 7200rpm 500GB or 320GB drive.
  7. runebinder macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    Nottingham, UK
    Definitely go for the base, there isn't too much difference between the 2.4 and 2.53, plus no difference between video memory and 5400rpm hard drives are pretty slow so you'd be better off using the money you save on the 2.4 to put towards a better one.
  8. dmoreno26 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2010
    it comes with a c.d right? the mac os install

    so lets say in 2 yrs i wanna get like a 500 gb or ssd installled all i need to do is install it myself then install mac os right.. is it that simple?

    lol i know noob question, ive been a windowsss guy cut me slack
  9. dmoreno26 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2010
  10. pjcforpres2020 macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Yes, it is essentially that simple, even easier given you can also back up and restore too the new hard drive as well.

    Base i5 is the best value... If you upgrade ram or hard drive after market is cheaper than apple... Screen resolution and anti glare is a personal choice... Get a carrying case...
  11. dmoreno26 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2010

    how would u do that? lol
  12. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    This is the best if you don't need a large capacity for your laptop. Your mac comes with installing disks. Installing an SDD is straightfoward. If in doubt, search this forum here.

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