Buying advice: i5 worth the upgrade?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by originalvector, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. originalvector macrumors member

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    Considering upgrading from a 15" MBP with 2.4ghz C2D 4gb to an iMac. Would there be a noticeable difference going to the base 21.5" iMac?

    I am a professional web developer, using a text editor (textmate) and Creative Suite 3 for design all day. I don't do much photo editing, just resizing and cropping when putting them into a web layout.

    My current MBP has performed brilliantly so I know the i3 will be sufficient for what I currently use. But my question is, should I consider upgrading to the i5 if I'm planning on keeping this for a few years?

    The base 21.5" seems like the best bang for your buck, because to go up to a 21.5" with an i5 brings the cost to around 1500.

    If I get the base 21.5 and sell the iPod touch (student), my total cost is only 1080 or so.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I don't think you'd see significant time savings or performance gains.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The base is just fine, an i5 might be a second or two faster in some tasks
     

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