Buying a i5 or a i7 macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Metraon, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. Metraon macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010
    Hello folks !

    I would like some advice for my new macbook pro. I decided to pick a 15'' laptop but i got some things in my mind that is making me hesitate.

    First I'd like to say that this will be a laptop for taking notes and do some school work. I like to play video games also. (WoW, StarCraft 2, Steam, The Old Republic)

    As far as i read on the forums and the reviews...I should go in the Mid the bencmarks seems to show...There seem to have a litttle difference between the i7 and the i5...

    BUT...if i spend a little more...this laptop will last longer and will be more conveniant...

    So what should i do...I5 or I7 :confused:
  2. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    I honestly don't see why the 2.53 exist. 2.4 vs 2.53 is not much.
    I had a 2.2Ghz MacBook Pro (C2D) and a friend of mine have a 2.4GHz, which costed 300 more,
    they are virtually identical in terms of performance, even at gaming on native res and the 2.4GHz have twice the VRAM
  3. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    buy the most you can afford. if money was not an issue everyone would put the i7 in the mbp.
  4. ncc1701d macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2008
    To me, I think the $200 could be better spent elsewhere. $200 for 9%? Maybe look at SSD or something to spend your $200. SSD may not be for gaming enhancements, but certainly the other things you do on your mac.
  5. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

    Next Tuesday

    Sep 14, 2006
    The i7 is overkill. I have the 17" i5 and its plenty fast and quiet. The i7 is more for hardcore program users and people that have money to blow for "status" my friend. He is a one upper.
  6. King Apple macrumors regular

    King Apple

    Mar 17, 2010
    get the 15" i5. That would be perfect for you
  7. lasuther macrumors 6502a

    Feb 13, 2004
    Grand Haven, Michigan
    Buy the 17" for the bigger screen, more resolution, and expresscard/34.
  8. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
  9. MacHead04 macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2009
    I've put this video together for this exact question :)

    hope it helps!
  10. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    I had originally bought a 17" i5 glossy but decided I'd rather have the anti-glare screen. When I took it back I could only buy the anti-glare with the i7. Since I did not want to order it online I decided to go ahead and upgrade to the to the i7. No regrets. It's a blazing fast machine.
  11. Metraon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010
    The last details that I am worried about...this laptop will be mainly for school...Does the i7 use more power than the i5...I have read a lot of reviews and its like 50 50...

    I just dont want a poor battery life
  12. thecheda macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Los Angeles
    i5 or i7

    School: i5
    Facebook: i5
    MS Word: i5
    Games: i7
    Graphics: i7
  13. koruki macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2009
    New Zealand
    School: i5
    Facebook: i5
    MS Word: i5
    Games: i5
    Graphics: i5

  14. Metraon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010
    I decided to buy the i5. Thanks to all who took the time to respond. :):)
  15. jdhatt macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
    care to comment on how it is for gaming? i have the same dilemma as you and am planning on playing pretty much the same games as you, adding diablo III to that list when it comes out. How has it been for you so far? did u get the high-res screen? any problems with that and the 256mb vram? does the 256mb vram still look good or does it mess up? thanks!
  16. macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2010
    Athens, Greece
  17. 2high2aim macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2010
    Buy an i5 its plenty powerful enough to go about your daily tasks and as others have mentioned you could spend the saved cash for better things like SSDs Cases/Sleeve/Bag, accessories and such. (btw I have the i7 if that gives you a better view, yes spec wise its a difference but with the tasks your using these difference do not account for much)
  18. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    HAHA, win.
  19. jdhatt macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
    i know that for every task im doing the i5 is more than enough except for gaming, im not a hardcore gamer but i like to game occasionally like blizzard games and stuff...i dont want to have to buy another desktop or something for my gaming needs...i also plan on getting high res...what impact will that have in the gaming aspect?
  20. Wehrwolf macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2009
    Go for either the low end i5 or the i7. Skip the mid-range; there's little difference between 2.4 and 2.53. Use the cash you save to buy a larger HDD.

    Although you probably won't notice a difference between the i5 and i7 unless you're doing something that's quantifiable. In which case it boils down to whether you want 256 or 512 MB of VRAM.

    I really wish Apple offered 512MB of VRAM on the midrange i5, that would do a little more to differentiate it from the entry level i5.
  21. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    Or just have two i5 models, and have the i7 processor as a BTO configuration like it is with the 17".
  22. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    I've just got a 15" Core i7 standard res MBP over a BTO hi-res due to the long wait (3 - 4 weeks), but I kinda regretted my decision. Now that I have found a potential buyer for my i7, I'm not sure if I should upgrade to a 17" Core i5 (if it should be called an upgrade at all), I'll gain an additional USB, ExpressCard slot, and an HD screen, but I'll lose out in terms of processing speed. Going on a 17" Core i7 will also need to wait for 3 - 4 weeks... :confused:
  23. jdhatt macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
    i already know to get the i5 low end or the i7....its just i dunno which amount of video ram i need!!! for gaming with the high res! :( so frustrating
  24. Metraon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010
    After a month I am very satisfied. It is flawless for gaming and everyday business. For the battery, the lifetime is really good.
  25. toffa813 macrumors regular

    May 10, 2007
    I kinda wish I had made the same decision. I just got the 15" with the i7 2 weeks ago and have realized I do not need it at all. Should've gotten the i5 with hi-res. But then again, the grass is always greener...
    In the end, there is no reason I should be/am upset I have an i7. This thing is sweet.

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